Source Information

Ancestry.com. New Jersey, U.S., Birth Index, 1848-1878, 1901-1903 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.
Original data: Birth Indexes. New Jersey State Archives, Trenton, New Jersey.

About New Jersey, U.S., Birth Index, 1848-1878, 1901-1903

About This Collection

This collection consists of images of an index to births occurring in New Jersey between 1848 and 1878, and1901 and 1903. The database can be searched using any of the following details:

  • Child's name
  • Gender
  • Birth date
  • Parents' names

Note: A record number is available as well and can be viewed on the image.

How to Request a Copy of This Record

The New Jersey State Archives maintains all birth, marriage, and death records filed at the state level starting in May 1848 and ending 100 years ago. Requests for certificates of these records should be submitted by mail, along with a fee, using the New Jersey State Archives' downloadable request form.

Vital records can be great sources of genealogical information. Besides providing the name of the person for whom the record was created, vital records can provide a wealth of other information. Birth records will generally, but not always, contain the following information: Child--name, birthplace, date of birth, sex, hospital, time of birth; Father--name, race, birthplace, age, occupation; Mother-- name, race, birthplace, age, occupation, residence, term of residence in the community, term of pregnancy, marital status, number of other living children, number of other deceased children, number of children born dead.

Modern birth records are maintained by the states. They are extremely valuable, but many researchers, learning birth information from home sources, fail to obtain birth certificates. This reluctance is most unfortunate and can result in an inaccurate or incomplete family genealogy. Modern birth records contain much more information than earlier records. Although birth certificates vary from state to state, most of them share much information in common.

Taken from Johni Cerny, "Research in Birth, Death, and Cemetery Records," in The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, ed. Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997).

Updates:
11 August 2022: Added 169,684 new records.