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Genealogy: New Jersey State Library Resources

Interested in learning more about Genealogy? Come in for basic how-to information and a look at New Jersey resources!

New Jersey State Library Resources

The New Jersey State Library has a large collection of Secondary Resources including Family Histories, Indexes to Primary Resources, and regional Genealogy publications from all over the world.  In addition, we also have Reference Genealogy How-To Books, Genealogy Periodicals, and a large New Jersey City Directories collection.  Other than our NJ City Directories, available Primary Documents include: Non New Jersey City Directories, Federal and New Jersey Censuses, and a large Newspaper Collection.  We subscribe to a number of electronic Genealogy resources  including: (in house use only), HeritageQuest Online, and NewsBank, which contains access to the Historic Trenton Times database.  Several of our digitized Genealogy collection items are linked below.

Genealogy in Quarantine

Genealogy Collection Page New Jersey State Library

City Directories

Farm Journals

Using Ratables for New Jersey Genealogy

Newspapers Research Guide

Laws of the Royal Colony of New Jersey


Laws of the Royal Colony of New Jersey v.V p.166-167

"An Act for the Relief of Benjamin Ayars now a Prisoner in the Gaol of the County of Cumberland", and "An Act to naturalize John George Felthausen"


GSNJ Professional Researchers

Van Ripers of Ackquackanonk

Search Genealogy Collection

Use the New Jersey State Library catalog to locate books, periodicals, and publications of all types in the collection of the State Library.


New Jersey Digitized Historic Newspapers

Potter's Field Burial Records

Electronic Resources

HeritageQuest has Digitized Revolutionary War Pension Files and Digitized Town and Family Histories

Ancestry Library Edition   Digitized primary documents and secondary resources from all over the world.  Useful resources:  U.S. Censuses 1790-1950, U.S. City Directories 1822-1922, Digitized NJ Vital Records May 1848-May 1878, NJ Censuses 1855-1915, NJ Vital Records indexes 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, U.S. Social Security Death Index

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