New Jersey Societies, Libraries, and Archives

New Jersey has a rich, diverse history and its genealogical and historical communities are passionate about preserving and sharing it. The following state and county-level archives, genealogical societies, libraries, and historical societies are wonderful resources for researchers. Each holds many original records, documents, maps, and manuscripts in their collections. (See also an excellent, growing list of NJ town resources at www.raogk.org/newjersey-genealogy/nj-society-archives/ )

If you would like to have your organization added to the list, or update an entry, contact societies@gsnj.org

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State-Wide Resources

New Jersey State Archives (NJSA)
225 West State Street, 2nd Floor, Trenton, NJ 08608
609-292-6260
www.nj.gov/state/archives
www.nj.gov/state/archives/pdf/GenealogicalRecords.pdf

New Jersey State Library
185 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625
609-278-2640
www.njstatelib.org

New Jersey Office of Historic Preservation
Includes archives and land maps. Appointment and orientation required.
501 East State St., Station Plaza Building 5, Trenton, NJ 08609
609-984-0176
www.nj.gov/dep/hpo

The Story of New Jersey’s Civil Boundaries 1606- 1968
This book, by John F. Snyder and published by the State of New Jersey, is indispensable for understanding the evolution of New Jersey counties and towns. Free PDF download.
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/njgs/enviroed/oldpubs/bulletin67.pdf


The Genealogical Society of New Jersey
P.O. Box 1476, Trenton, NJ 08607-1476
www.njgenealogy.com (Bookstore)
Collections Guide: http://www.gsnj.org/gsnj-collections/

Rutgers University Archives and Special Collections (SC/UA) at the Archibald S. Alexander Library
Rutgers’ Special Collections and University Archives is the repository for the GSNJ’s Collections. In addition, the Special Collections and University Archives (SC/UA) at Rutgers University contains a vast amount of historical and genealogical materials, maps, photographs, publications about New Jersey history, and manuscript materials.
169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163
848-932-7509
www.libraries.rutgers.edu/alexander

New Jersey Historical Society
52 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102
973-596-8500
www.jerseyhistory.org

Newark Public Library, Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center
973-733-7784
www.npl.org

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Centers (FHCs)
Various locations around the US. Assets from the Family History Library loaned to FHCs, on-site consultations, and free access to select databases.
https://familysearch.org/locations/

David Library of the American Revolution
1201 River Rd., Washington Crossing, PA
215-493-6776
www.dlar.org


Ethnic, Cultural, and Religious Resources

The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society—New Jersey Chapter
www.aahgsnj.org

Catholic Church Records (Closed Parishes Only)
Seton Hall University Archives and Special Collections
(Church administration records, ephemera, and records of closed parishes only.)
http://library.shu.edu/archives

Italian Genealogy Society of New Jersey
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njigc/

Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey
Archival repository of the Jewish community of Greater MetroWest, encompassing Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union, and portions of Somerset Counties.
www.jhs-nj.org

Jewish Genealogical Society of North Jersey
732-412-7606
www.jgsnj.org

The Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey
732-249-4894
www.jewishgen.org/jhscj

Reformed Church In America Archives
(Church administration records, ephemera, and records of closed parishes only.)
732-246-1779
https://www.rca.org/rca-basics/archives

Ukrainian Historical & Educational Center
732-356-0132
http://ukrhec.org

 


County-by-County New Jersey Resources


Atlantic County

Founded 1837; prior to formation, called Egg Harbor Township in Gloucester County.

Bordering Counties:
Burlington County—North
Camden County—Northwest
Cape May County—South
Cumberland County—Southwest
Gloucester County—Northwest
Ocean County—Northeast


COUNTY OFFICES

www.aclink.org

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

Atlantic County Historical Society and Library
609-927-5218
www.AtlanticHeritageCenterNJ.org

Bergen County

Founded, 1683; prior to a judicial district in 1675. One of New Jersey’s four original counties (Bergen, Essex, Middlesex and Monmouth). Later divisions created Passaic (1837) and Hudson (1840) Counties.

Bordering Counties:
Rockland County, NY (portions once part of Bergen County, NJ)—North
Hudson County—South
Essex County—Southwest
Passaic County—Southwest and West


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.bergen.nj.us
www.bergencountyclerk.org

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

Genealogical Society of Bergen County
www.njgsbc.org | contact@njgsbc.org

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

Bolger Heritage Center for Genealogy and Local History at the Ridgewood Public Library
201-670-5600 x135
www.ridgewoodlibrary.org

Bergen County Historical Society, Library, and Archives
201-343-9492
www.bergencountyhistory.org

Bergen County Inter-Library System (BCCLS)
www.bccls.org

Burlington County

Founded, 1694; earliest official records from 1681. One of New Jersey’s four original counties (Bergen, Essex, Middlesex and Monmouth).

Bordering Counties:
Mercer County—North
Monmouth County—Northeast
Ocean County—East
Atlantic County—South
Camden County—Southeast
Philadelphia and Bucks County. PA—West


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.burlington.nj.us

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

Burlington County Genealogy Club
c/o Burlington County Library
www.bcls.lib.nj.us/burlington-county-genealogy-club

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

Burlington County Historical Society
609-386-4773
www.burlingtoncountyhistoricalsociety.org

Camden County

Formed 1844, set off from portions of Gloucester County.

Bordering Counties:
Burlington County—Northeast
Atlantic County—Southeast
Gloucester County—Southwest
Philadelphia County, PA—Northwest


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.camden.nj.us

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

Camden County Historical Society and Archives
856-964-3333
www.cchsnj.org

Cape May County

Founded 1685.

Bordering Counties:
Atlantic County—North
Cumberland County—Northwest

COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.cape-may.nj.us

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

Cape May County Historical and Genealogical Society
609-465-3535 x5
www.cmcmuseum.org

Cumberland County

Founded 1748; set off from Salem County.

Bordering Counties:
Gloucester County—North
Atlantic County—Northeast
Cape May County—Southeast


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.cumberland.nj.us

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

Cumberland County New Jersey GenWeb
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njcumber/

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

Cumberland County Historical Society
856-455-4055
www.cchistsoc.org

Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society
856-691-1111
www.vinelandhistory1864.org

Essex County

Founded 1683. One of New Jersey’s four original counties (Bergen, Essex, Middlesex and Monmouth).

Bordering Counties:
Passaic County—North
Bergen County—East
Hudson County—East
Union County—South
Morris County—West


COUNTY OFFICES

www.essex-countynj.org

Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs
201-857-5290
www.essexcountyparks.org/cultural

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

Newark Public Library, Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center
973-733-7784
www.npl.org

Newark Archives Project
http://nap.rutgers.edu

New Jersey Historical Society
www.jerseyhistory.org

Old Newark
http://oldnewark.com

Gloucester County

Founded 1686, with founding of separate courts; officially recognized in 1694. Portions set off to create Atlantic County (1837) and Camden County (1844).

Bordering Counties:
Philadelphia County, PA—North
Camden County—Northeast
Atlantic County—Southeast
Cumberland County—South
Salem County—Southwest
New Castle County, DE—West
Delaware County, PA—Northwest


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.gloucester.nj.us

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

Gloucester County Historical Society
856-845-4771
www.gchsnj.org

Hudson County

Founded 1840 from portions set off from Bergen County.

Bordering Counties:
Bergen County—North
New York County, NY (across Hudson River)—East
Essex County—West


COUNTY OFFICES

www.hudsoncountynj.org

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

The Hudson County Genealogical and Historical Society
www.hudsoncountynjgenealogy.org

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

Jersey City Free Public Library—New Jersey Room
201-547-4503
www.jclibrary.org/departments/new-jersey-room

Hunterdon County

Founded 1714; set off from Burlington County.

Bordering Counties:
Warren County—North
Morris County—Northeast
Somerset County—East
Mercer County—Southeast
Bucks County, PA—West


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.hunterdon.nj.us

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

Hunterdon County, NJ, Genealogy Resources
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njhunter/index.htm

The Hunterdon Gazette Project
www.rootsweb.com/~njhunter/hchs.htm

Hunterdon Republican Newspaper
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njhrna/

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

Hunterdon County Historical Society
908-782-1091
www.hunterdonhistory.org

Califon Historical Society
www.califonhistoricsociety.org

Tewksbury Historical Society
908-832-6734
www.tewksburyhistory.net

Alexandria Historical Society
Alexandria and Holland Townships; Milford and Frenchtown Boroughs
908-996-4565
www.alexandria-nj.us/Alexandria_Historical_Society.htm

Lambertville Historical Society
609-397-0770
www.lambertvillehistoricalsociety.org

Mercer County

Founded 1838; set off from portions of Burlington County, Hunterdon County. and Middlesex County.

Adjacent Counties:
Somerset County—North
Middlesex County—Northeast
Monmouth County—East
Burlington County—South
Bucks County, PA—West
Hunterdon County—Northwest


COUNTY OFFICES

www.mercercounty.org

Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission
http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/commissions/cultural/

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

Central Jersey Genealogy Club
www.cjgcnj.com

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

Historical Society of Princeton
609-921-6748
www.princetonhistory.org

Trenton Historical Society
www.trentonhistory.org

Trenton Public Library, The Trentoniana Room
120 Academy Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
609-392-7188
www.trentonlib.org

Middlesex County

Founded 1683. One of New Jersey’s four original counties (Bergen, Essex, Middlesex and Monmouth).

Bordering Counties:
Union County—North
Monmouth County—Southeast
Mercer County—Southwest
Somerset County—Northwest


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.middlesex.nj.us

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

East Brunswick Historical Society
www.ebhistoricalsociety.webs.com

Sayreville Historical Society
www.sayrevillehistory.org

Monmouth County

Founded 1683. One of New Jersey’s four original counties (Bergen, Essex, Middlesex and Monmouth).

Bordering Counties:
Middlesex County—Northwest
Ocean County—South
Mercer County—West
Burlington County—Southwest


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.monmouth.nj.us

Monmouth County Archives
732-308-3771
www.visitmonmouth.com/archives

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

Monmouth County Genealogy Society
www.rootsweb.com/~njmcgs/

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

Monmouth County Historical Association, Research Library, and Archives
732-462-1466
www.monmouthhistory.org

Matawan Historical Society
www.matawanhistoricalsociety.org

Ocean Grove Historical Society
732-774-1869
www.oceangrovehistory.org

Morris County

Founded 1739; set off from Hunterdon County which was earlier set off from Burlington County.

Bordering Counties:
Sussex County—North
Passaic County—Northeast
Essex County—East
Union County—Southeast
Somerset County—South
Hunterdon County—Southwest
Warren County—West


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.morris.nj.us

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

Morris Area Genealogy Society
www.rootsweb.com/~njmags/

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

Morristown & Morris Township Public Library and North Jersey Genealogical Library
973-538-6161
www.jfpl.org/NJHistoryHome.cfm

Morris County Historical Society
973-267-4565
www.acornhall.org

Ocean County

Founded 1850; set off from Monmouth County. In 1891, Ocean annexed portions from Burlington County.

Bordering Counties:
Monmouth County—North
Atlantic County—South
Burlington County—West


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.ocean.nj.us

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

Ocean County Genealogical Society
732-341-1880
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njogs

Genealogy Club of Little Egg Harbor
www.gcleh.org

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

Ocean County Library
732-349-6200
www.theoceancountylibrary.org

Ocean County Historical Society
732-341-1880
www.oceancountyhistory.org

Passaic County

Founded 1837; set off from Bergen and Essex Counties.

Bordering Counties:
Orange and Rockland County, NY—North
Bergen County—East
Essex and Morris Counties—South
Sussex County—West


COUNTY OFFICES

www.passaiccountynj.org

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

Passaic County Historical Society, Library, and Archives—Genealogy Club
973-247-0085
www.rootsweb.com/~njpchsgc/

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

Passaic County Historical Society and Library
973-247-0085
www.lambertcastle.org

Paterson History
www.patersonhistory.com

Salem County

Founded 1694; courts established in 1681.

Bordering Counties:
Gloucester County—Northeast
Cumberland County—Southeast
Kent County, DE—Southwest
New Castle County, DE—West


COUNTY OFFICES

Salem County Archives
856-935-7510 x8394
www.salemcountyclerk.org/archives-room/

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

Genealogical Society of Salem County
www.gsscnj.org/

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

Salem County Historical Society
856-935-5004
www.salemcountyhistoricalsociety.com

Somerset County

Founded 1688 (first settled in 1681); set off from portions of Middlesex County.

Bordering Counties:
Morris County—North
Union County—East
Middlesex County—Southeast
Mercer County—South
Hunterdon County—West


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.somerset.nj.us

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

Bernards Township Library—Family History Interest Group (FHIG)
www.bernardslibrary.org

Minisink Valley Historical Society
New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania genealogical resources.
www.minisink.org

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

Somerset County Historical Society and Library
908-218-1281
www.schsnj.org
https://www.facebook.com/Somerset-County-Historical-Society-NJ-160345337393362/

Sussex County

Founded 1753; set off from Morris County.

Adjacent Counties:
Orange County, NY—Northeast (portions originally part of New Jersey)
Passaic County—East
Morris County—East and South
Warren County—Southwest
Monroe County, PA—West
Pike County, PA—Northwest


COUNTY OFFICES

www.sussex.nj.us

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

Sussex County Historical Society (Genealogical Resources)
973-383-6010
www.sussexcountyhistory.org

Union County

Founded 1857; set off from portions of Essex County.

Adjacent Counties:
Essex County—North
Hudson County—Northeast
Richmond County, NY—East
Middlesex County—South
Somerset County—West
Morris County—Northwest


COUNTY OFFICES

www.ucnj.org

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

Genealogical Society of the West Fields
www.gswf.weebly.com

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

Plainfield Public Library Local History, Genealogy, & Special Collections
908-757-1111 x136
www.plainfieldlibrary.info/Departments/LH/LH_main.html

Elizabeth Public Library
908-354-6060
www.elizpl.org

Westfield Memorial Library
908-789-4090
www.wmlnj.org

Clark Historical Society
732-340-1571
http://drrobinsonmuseum.org/clarkhistoricalsociety.html

Cranford Historical Society
908-276-0082
www.cranfordhistoricalsociety.org

Union County Historical Society
908-245-9010
www.unioncountyhistoricalsocietynj.org

Westfield Historical Society
www.westfieldhistoricalsociety.org

Warren County

Founded 1824; set off from portions of Sussex County.

Adjacent Counties:
Sussex County—Northeast
Morris County—East
Bucks County, PA—South
Hunterdon County—South
Northampton County, PA—West
Monroe County, PA—Northwest


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.warren.nj.us

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

Delaware and Lehigh Valley Genealogical Club
www.rootsweb.com/~njdlvgc/

Warren County Historical and Genealogical Society
908-475-4298
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njwarren/

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND LIBRARIES

Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission
www.wcchc.org

 

For details on the historical boundaries of counties and municipalities, download the following publication from the State of New Jersey.

The Story of New Jersey’s Civil Boundaries 1606- 1968
This book, by John F. Snyder and published by the State of New Jersey, is indispensable for understanding the evolution of New Jersey counties and towns. Free PDF download.
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/njgs/enviroed/oldpubs/bulletin67.pdf