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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.  Our Electronic Resources include a digitized copy of William Stryker's Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War (browsable, here's a searchable interface), (in house use only), HeritageQuest Online, and NewsBank, which contains access to the Historic Trenton Times database.  See below for further details!

Genealogy in Quarantine

Genealogy Collection Page New Jersey State Library

City Directories

Farm Journals

Upcoming Genealogy Lectures or Classes at the NJSL


(Note:  These are Genealogy lectures sponsored or hosted by the NJSL Presents program at the State Library.  Speaker is Regina Fitzpatrick, Genealogy Librarian, unless otherwise stated.  Additional upcoming free webinars are listed in the Genealogy in Quarantine Document.)

1. Tuesday October 4, 2022 Death Records: The Linchpin of Genealogy Research

2. Thursday October 13, 2022 National Family History Month Panel: New Jersey Public Libraries and Genealogy

3. Tuesday October 25, 2022 Genealogy Research Stories: Family History Research Stories by Edna Velez, New Jersey State Archives

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

State Library Pinterest Genealogy Board

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  Especially useful for digital copies of U.S. Federal Population Censuses prior to 1950, but also has digitized primary documents and secondary resources from all over the world.

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