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G E N E A L O G Y (Family Tree) R E S E A R C H
in SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ

 

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  • Vital Records
    Births were not recorded by any New Jersey government (town, county or state) prior to the mandate in May 1848. If you need a birth record prior to that date, you need to locate it in a church register, on a tombstone, on a death certificate or possibly on a marriage certificate. This is per the NJ Division of Archives & Records Management.

Records for births occurring from May 1848--1923 are held at:
Division of Archives & Records Management
225 West State Street-Level 2
Department of State Building
P.O. Box 307
Trenton, NJ 08625-0307
(609) 292-6260 (general information)

Records for births occurring from June 1878 forward can (and should) be accessed through:
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services -Vital Statistics
Vital Statistics Registration
P. O. Box 370
Trenton, NJ 08625-0370
(609) 292-4087 (general info)

Marriage bonds prior to 1795 and between 1848--1940 are held at (but 1878 forward should see below):
Division of Archives & Records Management
225 West State Street-Level 2
Department of State Building
P.O. Box 307
Trenton, NJ 08625-0307
(609) 292-6260 (general information)

Marriages from 1796--1848 are held by the individual counties (although many of the county records are also available at the Archives).
ACCESS A LIST OF THEM HERE:
SOMERSET COUNTY MARRIAGE LICENSES--1795-1879
For Somerset County, these are directed to the County Clerk in writing at:
Somerset County Clerk
P.O. Box 3000
Somerville, NJ 08876-1262
(908) 231-7006 (general information)

Marriages 1878 forward can (and should) be accessed through:
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services -Vital Statistics
Vital Statistics Registration
P. O. Box 370
Trenton, NJ 08625-0370
(609) 292-4087 (general info)

Death records follow the same pattern as birth records. Prior to May of 1848 they were not recorded by a government agency.

Records for deaths occurring from May 1848--1940 are held at:
Division of Archives & Records Management
225 West State Street-Level 2
Department of State Building
P.O. Box 307
Trenton, NJ 08625-0307
(609) 292-6260 (general information)

Records for deaths occurring from June 1878 forward can (and should) be accessed through:
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services -Vital Statistics
Vital Statistics Registration
P. O. Box 370
Trenton, NJ 08625-0370
(609) 292-4087 (general info)


LOOKUPS FOR SOMERSET COUNTY NEW JERSEY
(UPDATED May 2007)

Please follow these guidelines when requesting a look-up.

  1. Put name of county and LOOKUP in caps in subject of message. This will ensure that your request is not accidentally overlooked or deleted.
  2. Put name of book or type of information you are requesting the lookup from in the first line of the message. Many of these wonderful volunteers have more than one book or CD and need to know what you are looking for in order to try to help you.
  3. Limit your request to 1 or 2 specific names. Asking for ALL the marriages on a surname of Brown or Jones or Smith will probably be ignored or request denied.
  4. Don't forget to thank your volunteer for their time and trouble.
  5. IF you have a resource on SOMERSET COUNTY New Jersey, and you are willing to offer a FREE look-up service by email, please contact me at the along with your name, email address, and books/documents/databases where you are offering to look up information.

>>> Irene Smith has offered to do lookups from the following sources

  • NJ Index of Wills, Inventories, Etc. in the office of the Secretary of the State, prior to 1901
  • State of New Jersey Index of Wills, Inventories, Etc. prior to 1901, 3 volumes, 21 counties.
  • Calendar of NJ Wills (abstracts 1670-1785, 1791-1809, 1814-1817)
  • Archives of the State of New Jersey, newspaper extracts (1751-1755, 1766-1767, 1772-1773, 1778-1780)
  • New Jersey Patents and Deeds 1664-1703
  • Genealogies of New Jersey Families (two volumes, compiled from Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey)
  • New Jersey Marriage Records by William Nelson 1665-1800
  • New Jersey in 1793 (militia census)
  • South Jersey Church Records by Jeanine Hammell (volume 1 only)
  • Early Church Records of Burlington County, by Charlotte Meldrum, 3 volumes (Quaker Records)
  • Marriage records by H.Stanley Craig (counties, Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, also South Jersey Marriages)
  • Records of the Reformed Dutch Churches of Hackensack and Schraalenburgh, New Jersey
  • New Jersey Biographical and Genealogical Notes by William Nelson
  • Salem Wills (abstracts 1804-1860)
  • American Marriage Records Before 1699 by William M Clemens
  • Census lookups, statewide

>>> Annette Garkowski has volunteered to do lookups or take digital photography
       in the Hillsborough, Somerset County area.


The following is JUST A sampling (i.e. only a partial list) of publications available FREE, through HeritageQuest. Simply contact your local library to see if they have a subscription (many libraries do). If yes, you can access this at the library. Simply search for "Somerset County" under the PLACE search. The following (and more) will show up. Some county and local libraries allow you to access this from your home -- ask your local librarian about this. [Once using HeritageQuest, search on "Somerset NJ" or "Somerset County NJ" or "Somerset New Jersey" for a long list.]

  • Centennial celebration by the Annin family at the old stone house in Somerset County, N.J., August 15, 1866
  • Philadelphia: Printed for private distribution for Ferdinand J. Dreer, 1866
  • First things in old Somerset : a collection of articles relating to Somerset County, N.J. : including sketches of Washington Rock, Chimney Rock and a list of the freeholders in Somerset County in 1790, by Wm Cornell; Somerville, N.J.: D.N. Messler, 1899
  • Centennial history of Somerset County; Somerville N.J.: C.M. Jameson, 1878
  • Somerset County, 1688-1938 : a chronology with tales from the past : a bicentennial project by Grace Clark; Somerville, N.J.: Somerville Press, 1976
  • Somerset County, 250 years by John Davis; Somerville, N.J.?: Somerville Trust Co., 1938
  • Somerset County, New Jersey, 1688-1930 by Wm S. Woodruff; Camden, N.J.: unknown, 1930
  • The Somerset hills : being a brief record of significant facts in the early history of the hill country of Somerset County, New Jersey by Ludwig Schumacher; New York: New Amsterdam Book Co., 1900
  • Presenting Branchburg, Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Somerville, by Somerville Area Chamber of Commerce; Somerville, N.J.: Thomas H. Hogan, 1966

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