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, either through Membership or a donation, is encouraged. Thank you for your support.
NOTICE: The GSNJ collections are housed in the Alexander Library on the Rutgers University campus. Until further notice, Rutgers University is closed due to COVID-19 mitigation. At this time, all research requests are on hold. A notice will be posted here and on GSNJ’s Facebook when this service resumes. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Please note that GSNJ cannot:
1) guarantee that our search for records will be successful,
2) conduct research beyond the GSNJ collections, or
3) extend research beyond provided surnames or individuals.
GSNJ also reserved the right to limit the number of requests or copied pages, at any time and for any reason, and that the Society respects the copyright of authors. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
To request GSNJ Research Assistance and copies
1) Identify the Collection(s)
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.
2) Complete a Research Request Form
You may submit a request in a number of ways—please make sure the form is filled out as completely as possible:
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.
Online Form—Fill out our online form (below) and submit it to GSNJ’s Corresponding Secretary.
Other avenues for research in the GSNJ Collection
Conducting Research in Person
Researchers may use the GSNJ collections, free of charge, by visiting the Special Collections and University Archives (SC/UA) at Rutgers University during regular operating hours.
The Special Collections and University Archives (SC/UA) at Rutgers University contains a vast amount of historical and genealogical materials, maps, photographs, publications about New Jersey history, and manuscript materials. Please note that all researchers must check bags, coats, and other materials as requested in the lockers provided at the facility. Non-flash photography is with permission. Scanning equipment is not allowed. Photocopies are available for a small fee. See the SC/UA Rutgers website for complete rules and regulations.
GSNJ cannot complete research requests for materials outside of our collection. We encourage you to visit the SC/UA Rutgers in-person and explore this wonderful resource for New Jersey genealogy and history.
Hiring a Researcher / Record Pulls
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.)