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New Jersey, State Census, 19152,845,576
New Jersey, State Census, 19052,145,283
New Jersey, State Census, 18951,560,521
New Jersey, State Census, 18851,286,556
New Jersey, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1643-1890807,660
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Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-201314,243,547
New Jersey, Marriage Index, 1901-201611,090,394
U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-19356,427,235
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-20175,398,276
U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-19704,530,460
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U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942Updated15,293,445
U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-193912,889,432
Biographical Sketches of Loyalists of the American Revolution, Vol. I621
Register of the commissioned officers and privates of the New Jersey Volunteers, in the service of the United States584
Records of officers and men of New Jersey in wars, 1791-1815394
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New Jersey, County Naturalization Records, 1749-1986786,130
New Jersey, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1956-1964559,402
New Jersey, Naturalization Records, 1878-1945151,283
Emigrants in Bondage, 1614-1775Free50,955
The Old United Empire Loyalists List336
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New Jersey, Published Archives Series, 1631-17820
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Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-201314,243,547
U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-19356,427,235
U.S., Selected States Dutch Reformed Church Membership Records, 1701-1995465,390
U.S., Dutch Christian Reformed Church Membership Records, 1856-1970210,144
U.S., Dutch Christian Reformed Church Vital Records, 1856-197052,945
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New Jersey, Wills and Probate Records, 1739-1991463,862
U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820171,563
New Jersey, Abstract of Wills, 1670-1817Updated48,943
New Jersey, Published Archives Series, 1631-17820
New Jersey, Calendar of Wills, 1670-17608,192
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U.S., Select Family History and Bible Records Index14,871
Guide to vital statistics records in New Jersey919
The Biographical encyclopedia of New Jersey of the nineteenth century654
Inventory of the church archives of New Jersey : Presbyterians570
Historical collections of the state of New Jersey519
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Colonial Families of the USA, 1607-1775Free119,305
New Jersey, Published Archives Series, 1631-17820
The Story of New Jersey3,457
New York, Holland Society Yearbook, 19142,424
Genealogical and memorial history of the state of New Jersey1,933
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A Genealogical History

New Jersey in brief

Statehood: 18 December 1787
Capital: Trenton
Largest City: Newark
Counties: 21
State motto: Liberty and Prosperity
State nickname: Garden State
Neighboring states: New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware (Bay)


The Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ, c. 1897

Interesting Facts

  • The Dutch, Finns, and Swedes were the earliest European settlers in New Jersey and Bergen, now part of Jersey City, was the first permanent European settlement in the state.
  • Because of its location between the cities of Philadelphia and New York, there were more Revolutionary War battles fought in New Jersey than in any other state. There were around 100 engagements between the American and British forces within the state, including the Battle of Trenton, which many historians consider to be a turning point in the war.
  • In 1834, the Delaware and Raritan Canal opened up a faster transportation route between Philadelphia and New York City. The canal, in use for nearly a century, was one of the busiest canals in American, particularly in the 1860s and 1870s as Pennsylvania coal made its way to New York to supply its industrial needs.

Featured New Jersey Data Collections

New Jersey, Abstract of Wills, 1670-181748,943
U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 194215,293,445
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-20175,398,276
U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-19704,530,460
New Jersey, Marriage Index, 1901-201611,090,394

Famous People

Help and Advice

Resources

New Jersey Census Research

Existing federal censuses for the state of New Jersey begin in 1800; however, the surviving records from the 1800 census cover only Cumberland County. The 1790, 1810, and 1820 enumerations have been destroyed or lost. Of the mostly destroyed 1890 census, a few schedules survive for Jersey City in Hudson County.

State censuses were taken in New Jersey every ten years from 1855–1915. Unfortunately, they are not complete for 1855, 1865, and 1875. The census records are available at the New Jersey State Archives, the New Jersey State Library, Rutgers, the New Jersey Historical Society (1855–85), and the Newark Public Library (the latter has a street guide to Newark's wards, as do the state archives and Rutgers.

Two earlier "censuses" have been published for New Jersey: Kenn Stryker-Rodda, Revolutionary Census of New Jersey (1972; reprint; Lambertville, N.J.: Hunterdon House, 1986), which was constructed from tax records; and James S. Norton, New Jersey in 1793 (Salt Lake City: the author, 1973), which was taken from militia rosters, with tax records substituting for those counties with missing militia lists.

 

New Jersey Vital Records

Among the Mid-Atlantic states, New Jersey has the longest continuing run of statewide registration of births, marriages, and deaths, which began in May 1848.

 

New Jersey Research Resources

The organizations listed below provide information about New Jersey history and genealogy. In addition to these state-level resources, many counties and towns maintain important genealogical collections in local libraries, genealogical societies, or historical societies, so check for a local resource when researching.

 

Statewide Research Resources

 

Specialty and Regional Research