New Jersey Resources: Societies, Offices, Libraries, and Archives

New Jersey has a rich, diverse history and its genealogical and historical communities are passionate about preserving and sharing it. The following state and county-level archives, genealogical societies, libraries, and historical societies are wonderful resources for researchers. Each holds many original records, documents, maps, and manuscripts in their collections. (See also an excellent, growing list of New Jersey town resources at www.raogk.org/society-archives/newjersey.)

If you would like to have your organization added to the list, or update an entry, contact societies@gsnj.org

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New Jersey State Archives (NJSA)

225 West State Street, 2nd Floor, Trenton, NJ 08608
609-292-6260 | www.nj.gov/state/archives

Searchable Databases + Order Forms:
https://wwwnet-dos.state.nj.us/DOS_ArchivesDBPortal/index.aspx

Genealogical Holdings Overview:
www.nj.gov/state/archives/pdf/GenealogicalRecords.pdf


New Jersey State Library (NJSL)

185 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625
609-278-2640 | www.njstatelib.org

New Jersey Resources:
http://www.njstatelib.org/research_library/new_jersey_resources

New Jersey State Library Guide to Genealogical Resources
http://libguides.njstatelib.org/genealogynjsl/NJSL

New Jersey State Library Introduction to Genealogical Resources (Recorded Webinar)
https://www.njstatelib.org/webinar-introduction-to-new-jersey-genealogy-recap/


New Jersey Office of Historic Preservation (NJSHPO)

Includes archives and land maps. Appointment and orientation required.
501 East State St., Station Plaza Building 5, Trenton, NJ 08609
609-984-0176 | www.nj.gov/dep/hpo


The Story of New Jersey’s Civil Boundaries 1606-1968

This book, by John F. Snyder and published by the State of NJ, is indispensable for understanding the evolution of NJ counties and towns. Free PDF download.

New Jersey State Library (Free PDF Download)
http://hdl.handle.net/10929/21587


New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project (NEW!)

A collaboration between Rutgers University Libraries, the New Jersey State Archives, and the New Jersey State Library.
https://libguides.njstatelib.org/digitized-newspapers

Project description at Rutgers and project website:
https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/news/new-jersey-digital-newspaper-project-selects-three-newspapers-digitization
https://blogs.libraries.rutgers.edu/njdnp/


The Genealogical Society of New Jersey

P.O. Box 1476, Trenton, NJ 08607-1476
gsnj.org | www.njgenealogy.com (Bookstore)

Rutgers University Archives and Special Collections at the Archibald S. Alexander Library
Rutgers’ Special Collections and University Archives is the repository for GSNJ’s Manuscript and Bible Records collections.

169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163
848-932-7509 | www.libraries.rutgers.edu/scua


New Jersey Historical Society

52 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102
973-596-8500 | www.jerseyhistory.org


Newark Public Library, Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center

973-733-7784 | www.npl.orgwww.npl.org/collections-services/charles-f-cummings-new-jersey-information-center/


Jersey City Free Public Library—New Jersey Room

201-547-4503 | www.jclibrary.org/locations-a-hours/main-library/new-jersey-room


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Library

The Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City Utal is the largest genealogical library in the world. The FHL can be visited in-person or you can access many of the collection online (all are free). The FHL has an ambitious goal to digitize all the microfilm in their holdings, more than 3 million reels, and have them online by 2020. https://www.familysearch.org

But, due to copyright restrictions and privacy, some film, whether on a reel or digitized, may only be access at the FHL or one of the Family History Centers (FHCs), which are located around the world. https://www.familysearch.org/locations/


David Library of the American Revolution

1201 River Rd., Washington Crossing, PA
215-493-6776 | www.dlar.org

Please Note: Many sites hosted by RootsWeb continue to be offline due to an ongoing problem with the RootsWeb hosting. As of August 2018, RootsWeb announced that the pages are coming back online in stages but many society pages hosted at sites.rootsweb.com may still be unavailable.

The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society—New Jersey Chapter
www.aahgsnj.org

Catholic Church Records (Closed Parishes Only)
Seton Hall University Archives and Special Collections
(Church administration records, ephemera, and records of closed parishes only.)
www.library.shu.edu/archives

Central Jersey Genealogy Club
www.cjgcnj.com

German Genealogy Group (GGG)
http://germangenealogygroup.com

Italian Genealogical Group (IGG)
http://www.italiangen.org

Italian Genealogy Society of New Jersey
https://www.facebook.com/IGSNJ/

Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey
Archival repository of the Jewish community of Greater MetroWest, encompassing Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union, and portions of Somerset Counties.
www.jhs-nj.org

Jewish Genealogical Society of North Jersey
732-412-7606
www.jgsnj.org

The Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey
732-249-4894
www.jewishgen.org/jhscj

Reformed Church In America Archives
(Church administration records, ephemera, and records of closed parishes only.)
732-246-1779
https://www.rca.org/rca-basics/archives

The Swedish Colonial Society
www.colonialswedes.net

Ukrainian Historical & Educational Center
732-356-0132
www.ukrhec.org

Atlantic County


Founded 1837; prior to formation, called Egg Harbor Township in Gloucester County.

Bordering Counties:
Burlington County—North
Camden County—Northwest
Cape May County—South
Cumberland County—Southwest
Gloucester County—Northwest
Ocean County—Northeast


COUNTY OFFICES

www.aclink.org


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Atlantic County Historical Society and Library
609-927-5218
https://www.atlanticcountyhistoricalsocietynj.org


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Atlantic County Library System
https://www.atlanticlibrary.org

Bergen County


Founded, 1683; prior to a judicial district in 1675. One of New Jersey’s four original counties (Bergen, Essex, Middlesex and Monmouth). Later divisions created Passaic (1837) and Hudson (1840) Counties.

Bordering Counties:
Rockland County, NY (portions once part of Bergen County, NJ)—North
Hudson County—South
Essex County—Southwest
Passaic County—Southwest and West


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.bergen.nj.us
www.bergencountyclerk.org

Bergen County Clerk—Land Record Online (NEW!)
http://www.bergencountyclerk.org/Services/71


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Genealogical Society of Bergen County
https://www.njgsbc.org | contact@njgsbc.org

Bergen County Historical Society, Library, and Archives
201-343-9492
www.bergencountyhistory.org


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Bolger Heritage Center for Genealogy and Local History at the Ridgewood Public Library
201-670-5600 x135
www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/localhistory
www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/local-history-resources

Bergen County Inter-Library System (BCCLS)
Search all Bergen County libraries from one place!
www.bccls.org

Burlington County


Founded, 1694; earliest official records from 1681. One of New Jersey’s four original counties (Bergen, Essex, Middlesex and Monmouth).

Bordering Counties:
Mercer County—North
Monmouth County—Northeast
Ocean County—East
Atlantic County—South
Camden County—Southeast
Philadelphia and Bucks County. PA—West


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.burlington.nj.us


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Burlington County Historical Society
609-386-4773
www.burlingtoncountyhistoricalsociety.org


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Burlington County Library System
https://www.bcls.lib.nj.us

Camden County


Formed 1844, set off from portions of Gloucester County.

Bordering Counties:
Burlington County—Northeast
Atlantic County—Southeast
Gloucester County—Southwest
Philadelphia County, PA—Northwest


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.camden.nj.us


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