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Essex County - Locating Records

Here is a brief listing of the availability of various records for Essex County, New Jersey and where they can be located.

(There are no state vital statistics records prior to May 1, 1848)

Locations and Addresses for obtaining Records
Record Type Location Indexed
Birth Records     
     
     
Marriage Records 1711 to 1795 
(Marriage Bonds)
NJ State Archives (mail or in person) Indexed
Marriage Records 1795 to 1848    Essex County Clerk (mail or in person)  
Marriage Records 1848 to 1878 NJ State Archives (mail or in person) Indexed
Marriage Records 1879 to 1940 NJ State Archives (in person)  
Marriage Records 1879 to Present NJ State Dept. of Health (mail)  
Marriage Records (Lookups) USGenWeb Archives  
     
Death Records 1848 to 1878 NJ State Archives (mail or in person) Indexed
Death Records 1879 to 1940 NJ State Archives (in person)  
Death Records 1879 to Present NJ State Dept. of Health (mail)  
     
     
Divorce Records 1743 to 1850 NJ State Archives (in person)  
Divorce Records 1850 to Present Superior Court of New Jersey (mail)  
     
     
(Declarations of) Intention 1849 - 1931 Essex County Clerk (mail or in person)  
     
     
Manumissions of Slaves 1805 to 1817 NJ State Archives (in person)  
     
     
     
Military Records Prior to WWI NJ State Archives (mail or in person) Indexed
Military Records (Pensions) Prior to WWI Morristown Free Public Library (in person)  
     
     
Naturalization Records 1840 - 1930 Essex County Clerk (mail or in person)  
Naturalization Records Up to 1906 NJ State Archives (mail or in person)  
Naturalization Records 1838 - 1982 National Archives and Records Administration  
     
     
New Jersey Tax Ratables 1773 to 1822 NJ State Archives (in person)  
New Jersey Tax Ratables 1773 to 1822 Morristown Free Public Library (in person)  
     
     
Passenger and Immigration Lists Index series Morristown Free Public Library (in person)    
     
     
Peddlers' Licenses 1739 to 1867 NJ State Archives (mail or in person) Indexed
     
     
County Deeds 1785 to Present    Essex County Clerk (mail or in person)  
County Deeds Prior to 1900 NJ State Archives (in person)  
     
     
Proprietary Deeds 1664 to 1702 NJ State Archives (in person)  
     
     
Secretary of State's Deeds 1664 to 1785 NJ State Archives (mail or in person) Indexed
     
     
Shopkeepers' Licenses 1781 NJ State Archives (mail or in person) Indexed
     
     
Tavern Licenses 1726 to 1871 NJ State Archives (mail or in person) Indexed
     
     
Wills and Inventories Essex County Hall of Records  
Wills and Inventories Before 1901 NJ State Archives (mail or in person) Indexed
Wills and Inventories 1902 to 1949 NJ State Archives (mail or in person) Indexed
Wills and Inventories 1902 to Present Superior Court of New Jersey (mail)