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How to do New Jersey genealogy

  • Research guide for New Jersey External Link from FamilySearch with links to archives, libraries, genealogical and historical societies, repositories for church records, and resources for ethnic genealogy.
  • New Jersey GenWeb project External Link. Links to "county archives" and statewide files featuring obituaries, vital records, ship records, probate records, newspapers, etc. as well as special projects (pension records, tombstone transcriptions).
  • "New Jersey Trails." External Link Free genealogical website offering rich genealogical data, including New Jersey biographies, the 1840 census of Revolutionary War pensioners, county histories and maps, and separate pages for each county with links to biographical and genealogical resources pertaining to that county (such as cemetery listings, obituaries, newspaper clippings).

Counties and geographic areas


  • "Famous People from New Jersey" External Link from State Handbook and Guide Resources. For some individuals, there are links to additional information, while for others there is only a name, occupation, and the New Jersey location associated with the person.
  • "Famous People" of New Jersey External Link with biographical information and some links, from e-Reference Desk's 50 State Learning Resource Guide.


  • Atlas of Historical County Boundaries External Link project of Newberry Library. Offers interactive map with county chronologies and resources for research concerning New Jersey boundaries.
  • New Jersey Digital Map Library External Link from USGenWeb Archives. Includes 19th century maps of New Jersey, the Mid-Atlantic states, and the Chicago and Canada Southern Railway and a 1990 map showing New Jersey county boundaries (from the Bureau of the Census).
  • 1895 map of New Jersey and its counties External Link from the 1895 Atlas of the World by Rand McNally.
  • Historical maps External Link from Rutgers Specials Collections of Rutgers University Libraries. Offers a variety of specialized historical maps from different periods of New Jersey history. Includes maps of railroads, waterways, forests, and canals, as well as county maps and some town maps. Extensive, valuable website.

Digital resources

  • "Electronic New Jersey." External Link Intended to provide digital resources for the curricula of middle and high school students and university courses, the database is a collection of resources from Rutgers University, the New Jersey State Archives, and the New Jersey Historical Society, with ten "modules" illustrating historical themes in New Jersey history.
  • New Jersey Digital Collections (New Jersey State Library) External Link. Lists topics and links to diverse collection of resources, often historical in nature. Many are digitized monographs.
  • Searchable Databases of New Jersey State Archives External Link. Rich resources covering the following historical topics: marriage and death records, Supreme Court case files, proprietary warrants and surveys, Revolutionary War damages, the 1885 state census, legal name changes, Civil War vouchers, New Jersey Department of Agriculture photographs.
  • "Imaged Collections" External Link from photograph and manuscript collections of the New Jersey State Archives. Themes of collections of digitized images include Military and Wartime Activities, Cultural Resources and Historical Geography, Governors' Documents and Institutional Records, County and Municipal Records, and Family Papers and Non-Governmental Organizations (Cleveland Family Records).


Ethnic groups

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