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Your Guide to Researching
New Jersey Ancestors


* General Guides * Maps * Statewide Genealogy Websites * Societies, Libraries and Archives *
* Finding and Using Records * Queries & Help * More Links *

General Guides to New Jersey Research

Books you might purchase or use in a library include

NGS Research Guide: Research in New Jersey

Each of the three reference books listed below has a small section covering each state that includes maps, historical information, vital records coverage and a bibliography of resources for that state. (note: some libraries may have earleir editions; those are usable)

  1. Handybook for Genealogists ( 11th edition) (find in a library)
  2. Ancestry's Redbook, 3rd ed, revised. (find in a library) (see above for online copy)
  3. The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogical Research (find in a library)

Atlases, Maps & Gazateers

For more information on finding and using maps, see Your Guide to Atlases, Maps and Gazateers.

  • Bookmark or print out this county map of XXXX
  • Good state maps are available in the Handybook or Redbook mentioned above. The Redbook map is also available online.
  • Print out a XXX county outline map (.pdf) -- shows present day counties.
  • 1895 Atlas for XXX (see also map for each county)
  • Perry Costenada maps for XXX
  • U Alabama website of Historical Maps for XXX
  • Each of the county pages in Wikipedia will have a link to a township map -- First, click on the county name in the chart on this New Jersey page then scroll down to the bottom of the page, click the small image once to bring it up on a separate screen, then click it again to make it a full page map.

Statewide Genealogy Websites

Next, see what is available for your counties of interest at at one of these statewide sites. For each, use the county selection list to find out what is available for the various counties. Content will vary, but in usually you wil find the GenWeb site to be the most robust. All are volunteer driven sites; all data free. As time goes by, the upkeep of many of these sites seems to be falling by the wayside.

Societies, Libraries and Archives

For more information on using libraries and archives,
see Genealogy guides to Libraries and Archives, this website.

Finding and Using Records: cemetery, census, church, city directories, countyl histories, court & legal, military, land and property, naturalizations, newspapers, probate, vital.

Use the catalog at the Family History Library to find out what has been filmed covering the state of e New Jersey.

  • Click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the county you are researching
  • and once there click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the township, village or city.
  • You will want to check for resources in all three jurisdictions, although most people check the county holdings first, township next and state last.

Consult the Family History Library's Guide to XXX Statewide Indexes and Collections ; you might also consult the FHL's XXX Research Guidance, although frankly, I find navigation of that section confusing.

Cemetery: For general informaton, see guide to cemetery records, this website

  • Findagrave -- you can limit your search of a surname to a state or county.
  • Cemetery Junction: New Jersey to find a listing of cemeteries in New Jersey, with links to some that have been transcribed online.
  • to search the online New Jersey transcriptions for a specific name.
  • Cemetery Lookup forum
  • Obituary Central's Hawaii cemetery search
  • U.S. Gen Web Tombstone Transcription Project for Rhode Island
  • Guide to Online Cemetery Records & Indexes

Census: For general inforamtion, see guide to census records, this website.

Church: For general information, see guide to church records, this website.

City and County Directories: For general information, see guide to city and county directories, this website.

  • Check the Rhode Island City Directories site to see if one exists for a city you are interested in -- but don't rely on this. It is neither a comprehensive list of what exists nor a complete record of where it is held.

County and Local Histories: For general informaton, see guide to county histories, this website

Court & Legal; For general information, see guide to law libraries, this website

Land & Property: For general information, see guide to land records, this website.

  • XXX is a [] land state

Military; For general information, see guide to military records, this website

The New Jersey State Archives provides these online collections:

Naturalizations; For general informaton, see guide to naturalizations, this website

Newspapers: For general information, see guide to newspapers, this website

  • New Jersey Newspaper Project
  • XXX Obituary Lookup
  • Chronicling America list of newspapers published in XXX -- click a title to get more information
  • New Jersey State Archives: New Jersey Newspapers on Microfilm (note this uses two webpages)

Probate: For general inforamton, see guide to probate records, this website

  • Ancestry Redbook overview: XXX Court Records
  • Family Search Wiki: XXX Court Records

Tax Records

  • Ancestry Redbook overview: XXX Tax Records
  • Family Search Wiki: XXX Tax Records

Vital: For general inforamtion, see guide to vital records, this website.

Queries & Help

  • Check the New Jersey Genweb countypage for look up volunteers.
  • Random Acts of Genealogical Kindnes: XXX
  • Boards
  • Ancestry/Rootsweb message boards

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This page last updated January 17, 2011