GSNJ Collections—Research Assistance and Copies

GSNJ offers assistance to those who cannot access our collections in person or who have questions about our holdings. Please note that requests will be completed for records or information within GSNJ Collections only. Requests will be answered as promptly as possible by GSNJ’s Corresponding Secretary. Membership in GSNJ is not required for research requests but support for GSNJ is encouraged. Thank you for your Membership.


Things We Cannot Do:

1) Guarantee that our search for records will be successful.
2) Research beyond the GSNJ collections.
3) Extended research on family surnames or individuals.


Other Avenues for Research

If the search within the GSNJ Collections does not provide the information you require; if you need research outside of GSNJ’s collections either at the SC/UA Rutgers, New Jersey State Archives, or other repositories; or if you need assistance with a particular research problem, consider hiring a New Jersey-based professional researcher. GSNJ maintains a list of New Jersey Professional Researchers who can provide individualized research or record lookups. The list contains names of researchers, contact information, and areas of expertise. Please contact a researcher directly for information on services, pricing, and other terms. (Please note that inclusion on GSNJ’s list does not imply endorsement of an individual’s services.)


To Request Research Assistance and Copies

Use the GSNJ Online Finding Aids to locate collections that have the surnames you are looking for and include any dates and details you find. Nearly all of GSNJ’s Finding Aids, except those for the General and Miscellenous Collections, are searchable and online. If requesting a record from the GSNJ Bible and Family Records Collection, please provide the published record number and family name. Note that providing record numbers and/or complete family names and dates will speed your request.

You may submit a request in a number of ways:

  • Mail-In—Download and fill-in the GSNJ Collections—Research Request Form and mail your completed request form to:
    GSNJ Corresponding Secretary
    P.O. Box 664, Hopewell, NJ 08525
    Please include a self-addressed, stamped business-sized envelope so research results can be mailed back to you.
  • E-Mail—Download and fill-in the GSNJ Collections—Research Request Form and e-mail your completed request form to reference@gsnj.org.
  • Online Form—Fill out our online form (below) and submit it to GSNJ’s Corresponding Secretary.


GSNJ Collections–Research Assistance Form

Please note that GSNJ Research Assistance is designed to help those who cannot make it in person to the collections in New Brunswick or need advice on a specific collection. GSNJ’s Corresponding Secretary will answer all queries but, due to limited time, retains the right to limit the number of lookups or requested copies. If in-depth lookups or research in the GSNJ Collections is required, GSNJ recommends visiting the collections in-person or contacting a local Genealogy Researcher who can search the collections in-person for you. Thank you for your understanding.

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GSNJ Collection(s) to be Searched

Before using this form, please review GSNJ’s online Finding Aids and/or use the Search function on this site to search across them. This will help speed your search. Then, complete the information for the GSNJ Collections that may apply.


A) The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey (GMNJ), Volumes 1–50

Nearly 100 years of scholarly research articles on people and places across New Jersey. We will provide specific requests as well as search other indexes not yet online. 

Please consult the online index for GMNJ before submitting a request. If listed in the index, please provide volume number, date, page, article title, and subject surname. 

If not found in the online index, you may inquire about a specific name, although results may not be guaranteed. Please provide as complete information as possible, name, location, relevant dates, and/or key relationships.:


B) GSNJ Bible and Family Record Collection

More than 6,500 original, photocopied, or transcribed records, primarily pre-1850, arranged and numbered in accession order.

Please consult the surname index at www.gsnj.org before submitting a request. If listed in the index, please provide the specific record number(s).

If not found in the online index, you may inquire about a specific name, although results may not be guaranteed. Please provide as complete information as possible, name, location, relevant dates, and/or key relationships.:


C) GSNJ Cemetery Inscriptions

Transcribed inscriptions from more than 800 New Jersey cemeteries. 

Please consult the online index for the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey before submitting a request.

If a cemetery’s inscriptions have been published in the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, you may request a complete list of inscriptions. Please provide provide the specific volume number, date, page, and Cemetery name.

If not found in the online index, you may inquire about a specific name, although results may not be guaranteed. Without a specific article listed, you will receive only those pertaining to the surname(s) below. Please provide as complete information as possible, name, location, relevant dates, and/or key relationships.:


D) GSNJ Emigrant Register

An unofficial typed register of New Jersey residents who emigrated from the state before or during the 19th century. (Name index not online.)

SEARCH FOR (Please provide as complete information as possible, name, location, relevant dates, and/or key relationships):


E) GSNJ General Collection

An expansive collection containing miscellaneous family notes and notebooks, compilations, and correspondence regarding primarily New Jersey families. (Name index not online.)

SEARCH FOR (Please provide as complete information as possible, name, location, relevant dates, and/or key relationships):


F) GSNJ Other Collections and Questions

If the record(s) found in the Finding Aid is not specific to those listed above, or if you have other questions, please let us know in the box below. (For searches, please provide as complete information as possible, name, location, relevant dates, and/or key relationships):

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