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

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New Jersey State Archives (NJSA)

225 West State Street, 2nd Floor, Trenton, NJ 08608
609-292-6260 |

Searchable Databases + Order Forms:

Genealogical Holdings Overview:

New Jersey State Library (NJSL)

185 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625
609-278-2640 |

New Jersey Resources:

New Jersey State Library Guide to Genealogical Resources

New Jersey State Library Introduction to Genealogical Resources (Recorded Webinar)

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 |

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)

New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project (NEW!)

A collaboration between Rutgers University Libraries, the New Jersey State Archives, and the New Jersey State Library.

Project description at Rutgers and project website:

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey

P.O. Box 1476, Trenton, NJ 08607-1476 | (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 |

New Jersey Historical Society

52 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102
973-596-8500 |

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

973-733-7784 |

Jersey City Free Public Library—New Jersey Room

201-547-4503 |

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.

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.

David Library of the American Revolution

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

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 may still be unavailable.

The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society—New Jersey Chapter

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

Central Jersey Genealogy Club

German Genealogy Group (GGG)

Italian Genealogical Group (IGG)

Italian Genealogy Society of New Jersey

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.

Jewish Genealogical Society of North Jersey

The Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey

Reformed Church In America Archives
(Church administration records, ephemera, and records of closed parishes only.)

The Swedish Colonial Society

Ukrainian Historical & Educational Center

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



Atlantic County Historical Society and Library


Atlantic County Library System

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


Bergen County Clerk—Land Record Online (NEW!)


Genealogical Society of Bergen County |

Bergen County Historical Society, Library, and Archives


Bolger Heritage Center for Genealogy and Local History at the Ridgewood Public Library
201-670-5600 x135

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

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



Burlington County Historical Society


Burlington County Library System

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