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  • Mercer County, New Jersey —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 25, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Burlington, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Somerset Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1838/font>
    County Seat:  Trenton, New Jersey

    County history - Mercer County is named in honor of Continental Army General Hugh Mercer, who died at the Battle of Princeton in 1777.

    Mercer Courthouse

    Capitol history - Construction began on the state's first capitol building in 1795, but in 1885 that building was devastated by fire. The state house reached its present size in 1911, and received no major changes besides the modernization of the main corridor in 1950. A plan was called for to destroy the building in 1960, but was never executed.

    New Jersey State Capitol

    GHLL Mercer County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Mercer County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Mercer County, NJ Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Hopewell Valley Historical Society & Museum / Hopewell, NJ)
    6. US/NJGenWeb site - Mercer County Archives
    7. US/NJGenWeb - Mercer County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Mercer County Clerk, P.O. Box 8068, Trenton, NJ 08650-0068.
               Note:  Contact the registrar of the municipality if you know the place of the birth, death or marriage. Otherwise,
               requests should be directed to the State Registrar or State Archives.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Somerset County (north), Middlesex County (northeast), Monmouth County (east),
             Burlington County (south), Bucks County, Pennsylvania (west), Hunterdon County
             (northwest).

        A History of Trenton - 1679-1929 (Old Mill Society)
        County Forum - Ancestry.com
        Index to Marriage Records - 1848-1867 (New Jersey Department of State)
        Trenton City Directories - 1859, 1877 (partial), 1881, 1900 and 1920.

                      enlarge
    Census Information:
        1820 Census (T) and Index (I) - Scott Township
        1830 Census (T) and Index (I) - Scott Township
        1820 (T), 1830 (T), 1840 (T) - Wayne Township
        1840 Census (T) and Index (I) - Winchester Township
        1860 Census (I) - (N) Townships of:  East Windsor, (T)(1/3), (2/3), (3/3); Washington, (T)(1/2), (2/2);
             West Windsor, (T)(1/3), (2/3), (3/3).
        1920 Census (T> - Mercer County 1920 Federal Census, ED 54 (Txt: 3 pages).


  • Middlesex County, New Jersey —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 11, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Province of East Jersey [an original county].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1683
    County Seat:  New Brunswick, New Jersey

    County history - Middlesex County is named in honor of the former county of Middlesex in England.

    Middlesex Courthouse
    1. Middlesex County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Middlesex County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Middlesex County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Middlesex County - US/NJGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Middlesex County - US/NJGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Middlesex County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Middlesex County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - City of New Brunswick, 78 Bayard Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08903.
               Note:  Contact the registrar of the municipality if you know the place of the birth, death or marriage. Otherwise,
               requests should be directed to the State Registrar or State Archives.
    9. Middlesex County - 1930 Yearbook "Quair" New Jersey College for Women-Rutgers, New Brunswick.
    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission (New Brunswick, NJ)
    11. Society/Museum/Assn - (Plainsboro Historical Society (Plainsboro, NJ)
    12. Society/Museum/Assn - (South River Historical and Preservation Society (South River, NJ)


  • Monmouth County, New Jersey —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 26, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of lands in East Jersey [original County].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1675
    County Seat:  Freehold Borough, New Jersey

    County history - Monmouth County's name may come from the Rhode Island Monmouth Society or from a suggestion from Colonel Lewis Morris. He suggested it be named after Monmouthshire in Wales, Great Britain. Other suggestions include that it was named for James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth (1649 1685), who had many allies among the East Jersey leadership.
             In 1714, the first county government was established and is contained within the New York City Metropolitan Area.


    Monmouth Courthouse
    GHLL Monmouth County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Monmouth County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Monmouth County, NJ Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Atlantic Highlands Historical Society / Atlantic Highlands, NJ)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Central Highlands Genealogy Club / Hamilton, NJ)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Monmouth County Genealogical Society / Lincroft, NJ)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (Monmouth County Historical Associan / Freehold, NJ)
    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (New Jersey Museum of Transportation / Farmingdale, NJ)
    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (Township of Ocean Historical Museum / Ocean, NJ)
    11. US/NJGenWeb site - Monmouth County Archives
    12. US/NJGenWeb - Monmouth County Genealogy & History
    13. Vital Records - Hall of Records, Main Street, Freehold, NJ 07728-1255.
               Note:  Contact the registrar of the municipality if you know the place of the birth, death or marriage. Otherwise,
               requests should be directed to the State Registrar or State Archives.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Middlesex County (northwest), Ocean County (south), Burlington County (southwest),
             Mercer County (west), Richmond County, (Staten Island Borough) New York (north),
             Kings County, (Brooklin Borough) New York (northeast).

        American Local History Network - Monmouth County
        Maps - The Changing Landscape of Monmouth County, New Jersey (1873)
        Monmouth County Library - The Library Online

    Census Information:
        1840 Census - (I) 7 pages, (T) 35 pages Townships of:  Stafford, pgs 141-148; Dover, pgs 156-
             170; Howell, pgs 174-198; Upper Freehold, pgs 204-231; Freehold, pgs 235-265; Shrewsbury
             pgs 271-301; Middleton, pgs 305-335.
        1850 Census - (I) 38 pages, (T) 67 pages townships of:  Shrewsbury, pgs 001b-034b; Ocean, pgs
             040bb-084b; Atlantic, pgs 090b-101b; Howell, pgs 107b-151b; Freehold, pgs 157b-185b;
             Raritan, pgs 191a-235a; Marlborough, pgs 240b-251b; (remainder in process of breaking-down
             into townships)
        1860 Census (I) - (T):  Townships of:  Atlantic, Freehold, Holmdel, Howell, Manalapan, Maroboro,
             Matawan, Middletown, Millstone, Ocean, Raritan, Shrewsbury, Upper Freehold and Wall
        1870 Census (N) - (T):  Townships of:  Atlantic, Freehold, Holmdel, Howell, Manalapan, Maroboro,
             Matawan, Middletown, Millstone, Ocean, Raritan, Shrewsbury, Upper Freehold and Wall
        1910 Census (T) - (in process of breaking-down into townships)


  • Morris County, New Jersey —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 11, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Hunterdon County.
    Established:  15-Mar-1739
    County Seat:  Morristown, New Jersey

    County history - Morris County is named in honor of Colonel Lewis Morris (1671 1746), colonial governor of New Jersey at the time of the county's formation.

    Morris Courthouse
    1. Morris County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Morris County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Morris County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Morris Area Genealogy Society (Convent Station, NJ)
    4. Morris County - US/NJGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Morris County - US/NJGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Morris County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Morris County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - Morris County Clerk, P.O. Box 900, Morristown, NJ 07960-0900.
               Note:  Contact the registrar of the municipality if you know the place of the birth, death or marriage. Otherwise,
               requests should be directed to the State Registrar or State Archives.
    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Morris County Heritage Commission (Morristown, NJ)


  • Ocean County, New Jersey —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 13, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Monmouth County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1850
    County Seat:  Toms River, New Jersey

    County history - Ocean County is named for the Atlantic Ocean, which forms the eastern border of New Jersey.

    Ocean Courthouse
    GHLL Ocean County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Ocean County, NJ Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Genealogy Club of Little Egg Harbor / Little Egg Harbor, NJ)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Ocean County Historical Society / Toms River, NJ)
    7. US/NJGenWeb site - Ocean County Archives
    8. US/NJGenWeb - Ocean County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Ocean County Clerk, P.O. Box 2191, Toms River, NJ 08754.
               Note:  Contact the registrar of the municipality if you know the place of the birth, death or marriage. Otherwise,
               requests should be directed to the State Registrar or State Archives.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Monmouth County (north), Atlantic County (south), Burlington County (west).

        History of Ocean County - Overview of Ocean County, Origin of Ocean County,
             Ocean County History, Early Ocean County Maps, County Statistics,
             1909 Fourth of July Parade, South Jersey Unpaved, Piney Power, The Jersey Devil,
             The Wells Mills Frog Farm, Early Years of Seaside

    Census Information:
        1860 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Ocean County (Index: 11 pages / Text: 26 pages).
        1870 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Ocean County (Index: 17 pages / Text: 34 pages).
        1880 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Ocean County (Index: 24 pages / Text: 7 pages).


  • Passaic County, New Jersey —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 21, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Bergen and Essex Counties.
    Established:  07-Feb-1837
    County Seat:  Paterson, New Jersey

    County history - Passaic County is named for a word, "Pasaeck", a Lenape [Indian] word meaning "valley".

    Passaic Courthouse
    1. Passaic County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Passaic County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Passaic County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Passaic County Historical Society (Paterson, NJ)
    4. Passaic County - US/NJGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Passaic County - US/NJGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Passaic County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Passaic County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - Passaic County Clerk, 77 Hamilton Street, Paterson, NJ 07505-2018.
               Note:  Contact the registrar of the municipality if you know the place of the birth, death or marriage. Otherwise,
               requests should be directed to the State Registrar or State Archives.
    9. Passaic County - Wanaque Area Local History Archive, Early European Settlers


  • Salem County, New Jersey —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 12, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of the Province of West Jersey [an original county].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1694
    County Seat:  Salem, New Jersey

    County history - Salem County is named in honor of a Hebrew word meaning "peace".

    Salem Courthouse
    GHLL Salem County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Salem County, NJ Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Salem County Historical Society / Salem, NJ)
    6. US/NJGenWeb site - Salem County Archives
    7. US/NJGenWeb - Salem County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Salem County Clerk, 92 Market Street, Salem City, NJ 08079-1913.
               Note:  Contact the registrar of the municipality if you know the place of the birth, death or marriage. Otherwise,
               requests should be directed to the State Registrar or State Archives.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Gloucester County (northeast), Cumberland County (southeast), Kent County, Delaware
             (southwest), New Castle County, Delaware (west.

        Important dates:



  • Somerset County, New Jersey —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 12, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Middlesex County.
    Established:  14-May-1688
    County Seat:  Somerville, New Jersey

    County history - Somerset County is named in honor of the county of Somerset in England.

    Somerset Courthouse
    1. Somerset County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Somerset County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Somerset County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Somerset County Historical Society (Bridgewater, NJ)
    4. Somerset County - US/NJGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Somerset County - US/NJGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Somerset County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Somerset County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vital Records - Somerset County Clerk, P.O. Box 3000, Somerville, NJ 08876-1262.
               Note:  Contact the registrar of the municipality if you know the place of the birth, death or marriage. Otherwise,
               requests should be directed to the State Registrar or State Archives.


  • Sussex County, New Jersey —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 12, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Morris County.
    Established:  08-Jun-1753
    County Seat:  Newton, New Jersey

    County history - Sussex County is named in honor of the county of Sussex in England by Royal Governor Jonathan Belcher (1689-1757).

    Sussex Courthouse
    GHLL Sussex County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Sussex County, NJ Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Sussex County Historical Society / Newton, NJ)
    6. US/NJGenWeb site - Sussex County Archives
    7. US/NJGenWeb - Sussex County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Sussex County Clerk, 83 Spring Street, Suite 304, Newton, NJ 07860.
               Note:  Contact the registrar of the municipality if you know the place of the birth, death or marriage. Otherwise,
               requests should be directed to the State Registrar or State Archives.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Orange County, New York (northeast), Passaic County (east), Morris County (south),
             Warren County (southwest), Monroe County, Pennsylvania (west), Pike County,
             Pennsylvania (northwest).

    Census Information:
        1900 Census (T) - Federal Census Sussex County, New Jersey (ED-173, ED-175, ED-177)


  • Union County, New Jersey —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 5, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Essex County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1857
    County Seat:  Elizabeth, New Jersey

    County history - Union County is named after the "Union of the United States", which was threatened by dispute between North and South over slavery.

    Union Courthouse
    GHLL Union County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Union County, NJ Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Cranford Historical Society (Cranford, NJ)
          Union County Historical Society
          116 East Fourth Avenue
          Roselle, NJ 07203

    6. US/NJGenWeb site - Union County Archives
    7. US/NJGenWeb - Union County Genealogy & History
    8. Union County Vital Records - Union County Clerk, 2 Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07201.
               Note:  Contact the registrar of the municipality if you know the place of the birth, death or marriage. Otherwise,
               requests should be directed to the State Registrar or State Archives.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Essex County (north), Hudson County (east), Richmond County, New York (east),
             Middlesex County (south), Somerset County (west), Morris County (northwest).

        1921 City Directory - Elizabeth, New Jersey

                      enlarge


  • Warren County, New Jersey —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 13, 2009, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Sussex County.
    Established:  20-Nov-1824
    County Seat:  Belvidere, New Jersey

    County history - Warren County is named in honor of Dr. Joseph Warren who, although he had no known association with the area, earned a heroic reputation throughout the original 13 states for his devotion to the revolutionary cause, which led to his death in the battle of Bunker Hill.

    Warren Courthouse
    GHLL Warren County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Warren County, NJ Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Warren County Historical Society and Museum / Belvidere, NJ)
    6. US/NJGenWeb site - Warren County Archives
    7. US/NJGenWeb - Warren County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Warren County Clerk, Rt. 519, Wayne Dumont Jr. Administraion Building.
               Belvidere, NJ 07823.
               Note:  Contact the registrar of the municipality if you know the place of the birth, death or marriage. Otherwise,
               requests should be directed to the State Registrar or State Archives.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Sussex County (northeast), Morris County (east), Bucks County, Pennsylvania (south),
             Hunterdon County (south), Northampton County, Pennsylvania (west), Monroe County,
                Pennsylvania
    (northwest).

    Census Information:
        1850 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Warren County (Index: 18 pages / Text: 22 pages).


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