NJGenWeb ~ Morris County, New Jersey
Frequently Asked Questions about Morris County
This FAQ has been compiled to attempt to answer some of the most common questions presented by researchers about Morris County. It is not intended to be the definitive answer to all questions.
1. How to ...
Assuming that you've already done the basics, and you are now at the point where you know your ancestor was in Morris County, here are some suggestions.
Obtain Vital Records of people from Morris County?
Vital Records of people from Morris County can be obtained either from the State or from the local town.
Here is a link that lists the municipality and the date that their records go back to.
Every municipality is required to submit their Vital Records to the State, I believe beginning in 1878. So if the municipality does not have the year that you are looking for I would try for the State records.
If you are requesting a record from the State remember that NJ requires that you submit identification.
The steps that I take for vital records is:
If you are looking for records that are prior to 1848 I would check for church affiliations and baptism/church records.
New Jersey State Archives
The Archives has original state vital records for the period May 1 1848 to May 31 1878 that you can request a search of these records by mail for a fee of $10.00 per record searched (Check with the Archives to verify the fee before mailing in your request.). These records are also accessible to the public on microfilm in the Archives Search Room.
The Archives has microfilm copies of death & marriage records for June 1 1878 to 1940 and birth records for June 1 1878 to 1923. These records are accessible to the public on microfilm in the Archives Search Room. The Archives staff does not search these records in response to mail or telephone requests, these must be searched in person.
New Jersey State Archives
For New Jersey Births prior to 1848
Since State birth records begin in 1848, what can you do to confirm a birth date prior to that year? There are three sources that are generally used: Family Bible; Church Baptismal Records and Printed Genealogies.
Check out the information from the Morris County Library's web page:
The State Library also maintains a web site to assist in answering some common questions about its holding.
Citing Sources is extremely important, not only to the person doing the actual research, but for people who may one day view your work. Listing that a person was born on such-n-such date at a certain place, is necessary, but where did you find that information?
Census records for Morris County?
Census records for Morris County can be found at the Morris County Library and at the Joint Free Public Library of Morristown and Morris Township. The Roxbury Township Library has some census records for Roxbury Township. Most major libraries with Local History and Genealogies Areas would probably also have copies of the the Census microfilms. If you are attempting to research from a distance you might want to check out your regional office of the National Archives.
The Morris County NJGenWeb site has posted indexes for some of the census records.
Other information about Morris County
The Morris County Heritage Commission appointed by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, encourages a broad awareness and understanding of Morris County's diverse history.
To request further information from the Morris County Heritage Commission, call (973) 829-8117 or 829-8114. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Libraries that contain Morris County information but are not in Morris County?
The following are some genealogy research libraries that you might want to check out. (Please call first to verify hours of operation & location.)
Libraries Morris County?
The earliest records for Morris County?
Some of the earliest records for Morris County can be found at the Joint Free Public Library of Morristown and Morris Township. These include:
Early town records and minute books, including the Morris Town Book, 1740-1834; Transactions of the Morris Township Committee, 1798-1855; Minutes of the Morristown Council, 1865-1975; and The Pequannock Town Records, 1741-1836.
The earliest newspapers that are available?
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