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Introduction

 

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     New Jersey is a state in the Northeastern and Middle Atlantic regions of the United States. As of the United States 2010 Census, its population was 8,791,894.[6] It is bordered on the north and east by the state of New York, on the southeast and south by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Pennsylvania and on the southwest by Delaware. New Jersey lies entirely within the sprawling metropolitan areas of New York City and Philadelphia. It is the most densely populated state in the United States. It is also the second wealthiest.

     The area was inhabited by Native Americans for more than 2,800 years, with historical tribes such as the Lenape along the coast. In the early 17th century, the Dutch and the Swedes made the first European settlements. The British later seized control of the region, naming it the Province of New Jersey. It was granted as a colony to Sir George Carteret and John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton. At this time, it was named after the largest of the British Channel Islands, Jersey, where Carteret had been born. New Jersey was the site of several decisive battles during the American Revolutionary War.

     In the 19th century, factories in cities such as Elizabeth, Paterson, and Trenton helped to drive the Industrial Revolution. New Jersey's position at the center of the Northeast megalopolis, between Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., fueled its rapid growth through the suburban boom of the 1950s and beyond. New Jersey consistently ranks as having one of the highest median incomes of any state in the United States.

 

Surname

Researching
by Surname

 

The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases, as having been either

born, married or died in this U.S. State. Names in dark red denote direct ancestral lines.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Abbott;   Atkinson;   Blew;   Bran;   Burroughs;   Caine;   Garrison;   Haines;   McVicker;   Moreland;   Peachee;   Peiffer;   Post;   Scruggs;   Schute;   Sutton

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families

Asay;   Bishop;   Bozorth;   Brown;   Council/Smith;   Huff;   Mason/Marson;   Peiffer/Phifer;   Platt;   Quigley;   Rainear;   Rhubart;   Sears;   Shinn

Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

Barstow;   Bosher;   Clement;   Cousart;   Fenn;   Gamble;   Gardiner;   Gotta;   Knauf;   McChesney;   McMorrow;   Mildenberg;   Pfeffer;   Platt;   Potts;   Regars;   Sharp;   Shinn;   Silar;   Siler;   Smith;   Wittmeyer;   Worrell;  

Click on this link to find out more about each surname listed above as well as other surnames found within our three family databases.

This link will also lead you to surname resources at Rootsweb, and information about the world-wide distribution of a surname.

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Where in the World do These
 Surnames Come From?

Click on the LINK to the right to see more information about the World distribution of any surname.  You can get greater

detail for any of the maps by clicking on the area, i.e state, county that you are interested in.

 

 

research location

Researching
by Location

 

Our Ancestral Counties

Gazetteer of Places

Historical Changes in County Boundaries

County Research (Genealogical)

County Research

 (General Info.)

Where in the World

are My Ancestors?

 

Our Ancestral Counties

Our Ancestral Counties

 

The following named counties are associated with the history of our DIRECT ancestors.   To select a specific ancestral county, go to our Ancestral Locations home page. Here you will find additional links to our county pages where you can obtain information about our family gen-sites, images of localities, and surnames of persons, in our database, who have lived in the selected county.

Click on this thumbnail map for a full-sized version.

Burlington;   Camden;   Cumberland   Gloucester;

Mercer;   Middlesex;   Monmouth;   Ocean;   Salem

 

Gazetteer of Places

Gazetteer 
of Places

The following Links will take you to gazetteers that identify places within this U.S. State.  These resources feature profiles of cities, towns, neighborhoods and subdivisions.  In addition this site contains maps, data and directions for a wide variety of physical, cultural and historic features.

New Jersey

US HomeTown Locator presents 50 State Gazetteers, plus the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Washington, DC Gazetteers.  Profiles for 179,000 cities, towns, neighborhoods and subdivisions, maps, data and directions for 1.8 million physical, cultural and historical features. 

 

* includes but not limited to Cemeteries, Churches, Locales,

Military Installations;  Populated Places, Post Offices, Schools, Streams, and Trails

New Jersey, United States

Details | Resources | Counties | Cities | Cemeteries |

 

Boundary changes

Historical Changes in the Boundaries of this State

     Conducting genealogical research in the United States requires an understanding of State and County boundaries.  As the population grew more counties were created to meet the public’s need for localized governments.  This phenomena was common in all states during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  As such you may be looking for records in the wrong county or state. 

     The web site for the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project provides interactive maps for all states. The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries is meant to be a resource for people seeking records of past events, as well as people trying to analyze, interpret and display county-based historical data like Land Records, Probate Records, Court Records, Tax Records, and Vital Records that document birth, death, and marriage.  The following link will take you to a list of all the boundary changes to this State and each county or equivalent within this U.S. State, as well as the date these changes occurred.  Each entry is followed by a citation to the primary source(s) used to determine the change.

 

NEW JERSEY:

 Consolidated Chronology of State and County Boundaries

County Research (Genealogical)

County Research
(Genealogical) 

Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the County’s website.  Here you will find additional links to more information specific to that location.    The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects, at the national level, that were created to collect and disseminate data that goes beyond county and state lines.

 

Atlantic;   Bergen;   Burlington;   Camden;   Cape May;   Cumberland;   Essex;   Gloucester;   Hudson;   Hunterdon;   Mercer;   Middlesex;   Monmouth;   Morris;   Ocean;   Passaic;   Salem;   Somerset;   Sussex;   Union;   Warren;

 

County Research  (General)

County Research
(General)

Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based mostly on anonymous contributions. Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the Wikipedia article about the county.  Here you will find additional links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

 

Atlantic · Bergen · Burlington · Camden · Cape May · Cumberland · Essex · Gloucester · Hudson · Hunterdon · Mercer · Middlesex · Monmouth · Morris · Ocean · Passaic · Salem · Somerset · Sussex · Union · Warren

 

Where in the World  are My Ancestors?

Where in the World are My Ancestors?

Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important as their names. The LINK

to the right will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 

 

Gen tool-kit

Gen Tool-Kit

 

Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located therein.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral state for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are the State Archives; the State Library; and the State historical and/or genealogical societies.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this county, to the family historian.

Cemeteries

History

Libraries, Museums

and Archives

Maps and Gazetteers

 Records

Societies

(History & Genealogical)

Cemeteries

Cemeteries

New Jersey African American Cemeteries     

New Jersey Cemeteries     

New Jersey Cemetery Directory 

Nj-Indian-Cemeteries-L Mailing List Homepage     

Nj-Indian-Cemeteries-L Searchable Mailing List Archives  

New Jersey Cemetery Photos       

history

History

HISTORIC PLACES (select a county)

Atlantic Bergen Burlington Camden Cape May Cumberland Essex Gloucester Hudson Hunterdon Mercer Middlesex Monmouth Morris Ocean Passaic Salem Somerset Sussex Union Warren

Historical Information

·        Administration of Governor William Franklin, 1767-1776

·        Archives of the State of New Jersey  First Series, General Index

·        The discovery and early history of New Jersey 

·        Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey  1766-1767

·        Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey  1751-1755

·        Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey  Volume X, Administration of Governor William Franklin, 1767-1776

·        Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey  Volume VII, Part of the Administration of Gov. Jonathan Belcher, 1746-1751

·        General index to the Documents relating to the colonial history of the state of New Jersey  First series, in ten volumes

·        Historical Collections of the State of New Jersey

·        The History of New Jersey  From Its Discovery by Europeans, to the Adoption of the Federal Constitution

·        The History of New Jersey  from Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time

·        History of New Jersey

·        The History of New Jersey 

·        New Jersey Bibliography 

·        New Jersey Historical Markers

·        New Jersey Historical Time Line

·        New Jersey History's Mysteries

·        New Jersey Towns and Counties (History)

·        Good order established in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

·        A Guide to New Jersey History 

·        Historical Collections of New Jersey

·        A Civil and Political History of New Jersey

Libraries, museums, arcxhives

Libraries, Museums & Archives

·        Collections of the NJ Historical Society Vol. IX 

·        Genealogy and Local History Collection  New Jersey State Library

·        Historic House Museums & Historic Structures 

·        Historic House Museums in New Jersey 

·        Historical Museum Guide for New Jersey 

·        Jerseyana Collection  New Jersey State Library

·        Library of Files  New Jersey Genealogy Data

·        Mining Museums and Miners' Memorials for New Jersey 

·        New Jersey Digital Collections  NJ State Library

·        New Jersey Genealogy Records

·        New Jersey Public Libraries

·        New Jersey Records

·        New Jersey State Archives 

Maps and gazetteers

Maps and Gazetteers

·        The Origin of New Jersey Place Names

·        Maps of New Jersey

·        Guide to the Ghost Towns of New Jersey

·        New Jersey (and Pennsylvania) Place Names

·        New Jersey County Maps 1683 - Present

·        New Jersey Historical Maps and Atlases

·        New Jersey Maps

·        New Jersey Points of Interest

·        New Jersey Towns and Cities

·        Pam Rietsch's 1895 Atlas

·        Historic USGS maps of New Jersey

·        Historical Topographic Maps

·        New Jersey Historical Counties

·        New Jersey Historical County Boundaries

·        New Jersey Post Offices

·        New Jersey Post Offices  1846

·        New Jersey Postal History 

A Chronology of New Jersey Maps

1736;   1776;   1794;   1795;   1796;   1796;   1811;   1812;   1814;   1815;   1822;   1823;   1823;   1825;   1826;   1828;   1830;   1831;   1831;   1831;   1832;   1832;   1833;   1835;   1836;   1838;   1839;   1839;   1840;   1841;   1845;   1846;   1854;   1856;   1857;   1860;   1860;   1870;   1872;   1872;   1872;   1874;   1875;   1877;   1879;   1880;   1883;   1888;   1888;   1889;   1892;   1895;   1897;   1897;   1922

 

records

Records

·        New Jersey Bible Records

·        Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Service, NJ pg.108

·        Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy  Vol. II

·        Bench and bar of New Jersey, 1942

·        Index to Supreme Court Case Files, 1704-1844

·        Legal Name Changes, 1847-1947

·        Livingston's Law Register, 1851  Statewide Lawyers

·        Supreme Court Index  1704-1844

·        Guide to the City Directories of New Jersey

·        New Jersey City, County and Rural Directories

·        Calendar of New Jersey wills  Volume I, 1670-1730

·        Index of wills, inventories, etc. in the office of the Secretary of State  Prior to 1901, Vol. 2

·        Index of wills, inventories, etc. in the office of the Secretary of State  Prior to 1901, Vol. 3

·        Index of wills, inventories, etc. in the office of the Secretary of State prior to 1901  Vol.1

·        New Jersey Will and Estate Records

·        Colonial Naturalization List  1713-1772

·        New Jersey Immigration & Naturalization Project

·        New Jersey Naturalization & Citizenship Records and Substitutes

·        New Jersey Land Grant Project

·        Extracts from American newspapers relating to New Jersey  Volume 2

·            Extracts from American newspapers, relating to New Jersey, Vol. I, 1704-1739

·            Tenth volume of extracts from American newspapers relating to New Jersey  1917

·            New Jersey Newspaper Extracts

·            Old New Jersey Genealogy, History & News

·            Personal...But Polite  Newspaper Extracts of Personal Columns

·            Proprietary Warrants and Surveys, 1670-1727 

·             Directory of New Jersey Funeral Homes 

·            New Jersey Funeral Homes 

·            New Jersey Newspaper Obituaries

·            New Jersey Obituaries

·            New Jersey Obituaries Search 

·            New Jersey Obituary Search

·            Obituaries 101

·            Colonial Marriages, 1665-1799

·            Index to Colonial Marriage Records  1666-1799

·            Index to Marriage Records  1848-1867

·            Index to Marriage Records, May 1848 - May 1878

·            Index to Death Records, June 1878 - June 1885

·            New Jersey Death Records (Coffin Plates, Funeral Cards, Obits, Cemeteries, and more)

·            New Jersey Marriage Project

·            New Jersey Marriage Records  1665-1800

·            New Jersey Marriage Records

·            NJGenWeb BMD Project

·            Online New Jersey Death Records & Indexes 

 

Military Records

·                                                1813 Invalid Pensioners - New Jersey

·                                                New Jersey Forts

·                                                New Jersey Medal of Honor Recipients

·                                                New Jersey Military Records

·                                                New Jersey National Guard

·                                                New Jersey Wars, Battles and Conflicts

·                                                The Civil War Archive  Union Regimental Index

·                                                Civil War Cartes de Visite

·                                                Civil War Genealogy Database

·                                                Civil War Treasury Vouchers, 1861-1865

·                                                New Jersey and the Rebellion

·                                                New Jersey troops in the Gettysburg campaign from June 5 to July 31, 1863

·                                                Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey  in the Civil War, 1861-1865

·                                                ROOTS-L Civil War Links

·                                                Roster of 39th New Jersey (A, H and K Companies) Volunteers

·                                                United States Colored Troops Service Files

·                                                William S. Stryker's Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War, 1861-1865

·                                                Korean War Casualty List

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·        Loyalist Muster Roll Index

·        New Jersey in the American Revolution, 1763-1783

·        Inventories of Damages by the British and Americans in New Jersey, 1776-1782

·        New Jersey's Revolutionary Experience

·        Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War

·        Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War

·        A history of the Second Regiment, N. G. N. J, Second N. J. Volunteers, Spanish War, Fifth New Jersey Infantry

·        Spanish-American War Infantry Officers

·        Spanish-American War Naval Officers

·        New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial

·        Vietnam Conflict Casualty List  New Jersey

·        Soldiers of the Great War  Volume II

·        Governor's War Cabinet  1942-1944

·        World War II Casualty and POW Lists

·        World War II Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945  New Jersey

 

societies

Societies (Historical & Genealogical)

·        Advocates for New Jersey History

·        The Archaeological Society of New Jersey

·        Canal Society of New Jersey

·        The Genealogical Society of New Jersey

·        The League of Historical Societies of New Jersey

·        Medical History Society of New Jersey

·        Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society

·        The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America  New Jersey

·        New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association

·        New Jersey Historic Trust

·        New Jersey Historical Commission

·        The New Jersey Historical Society

·        New Jersey State Society  D.A.R.

·        New Jersey State Society  U.S. Daughters of 1812

·        Preservation New Jersey

·        Society Of The War Of 1812  New Jersey

 

 

Internet
Resources

 

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General Resources

Locality Specific Resources

FREE Record Collections

Our Genealogy Reference Library

 

General Resources

·              Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

·              Free Genealogy Search Help For Google

·              Linkpendium > Genealogy > USA

·              Data Base Collections at Ancestry.com$

·               USGenWeb Archives

·              GenealogyLinks.net

·              Access Genealogy

·              Histopolis.com – Collaborative Genealogy and History

·              Birth & Marriage Records Indexes for USA

·              Record Search - Family Search.org

·            Cyndi's List - United States Index

·            Family Search,  USA IGI Batches, Localities

·            Libweb - Libraries on the Web

·            50states.com - States and Capitals

·            RootsWeb Town Search 1.0

·            USA Resources at RootsWeb

·            StateGenSites - U.S. Genealogy Sites by State

·            The USGenWeb Project

·            DistantCousin.com - archive of genealogy records

·            Searchable Death Indexes & Records

·            Census Finder –Free Census and other Records

Locality Specific Resources

Locality Specific Resources

·             New Jersey -  State Facts and Information

·             New Jersey Information (50 States.com)

·             New Jersey – Access Genealogy

·             New Jersey – Genealogy Today

·             Genealogy Trails History Group – New Jersey

·              Cyndi’s List – New Jersey

·              Genealogy Links – New Jersey

·              New Jersey Resources at RootsWeb

·              Family Search - IGI Records for New Jersey

·              New Jersey GenWeb Archives

Free Records & Databases

FREE Records
 & Databases

All of the records and databases we’ve collected are FREE and can be accessed and searched online without having to pay for a subscription.   We have divided our collected into 14 record types as follows: Biographical; Birth; Cemetery; Census & City Directories; Church; Court; Death; Immigration & Naturalization; Land; Marriage; Military; Newspapers; Occupational; and Tax Records.    We try not to list any sites that have only a few records for the purpose of getting you to a website that will charge a fee to actually see the record beyond just a name.  

This Link will take you to our

collections of FREE Records.  

Genealogy Reference Library

Our Genealogy 
Reference Library

The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books that pertain to this U.S. State.   Here you will find books about the history and records of this State, as well as its counties and other localities such as towns and churches.   The collection also contains research works about State military units and personnel during America’s wars.  In addition, there are resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who settled in this State.

This Link will take you to

our collections of reference books.  

Click on these links to visit some of the websites we really like!!

 

Contact Information

Contact Information

 

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