Sunset at Gowanus Bay

Sunset at Gowanus Bay
Sunset at Gowanus Bay, Henry Gritten, 1851

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Research links for the State of New Jersey

The Dutch were the first to settle in what is now New Jersey, at a location they called Pavonia, later to become Bergen, New Jersey. After the English takeover of New Netherland in 1664, New Jersey consisted of two provinces, East Jersey and West Jersey. The two were united into one province in 1702 and counties began to be formed. On December 18, 1787, New Jersey officially became a state, being the third state to ratify the U. S. Constitution. Present day New Jersey is divided into 20 counties. For an overview of county formation in New Jersey see, Counties of New Jersey.

Below are links for websites that would be beneficial to anyone conducting genealogical or historical research in New Jersey. In the future I will feature blog posts specific to certain individual New Jersey Counties.

New Jersey GenWeb Project

New Jersey State Archives

New Jersey Historical Society Archives

New Jersey Department of Health (obtaining vital records)

New Jersey Colonial Marriages (a search tool)

New Jersey Church Records at Olive Tree Genealogy

Calendar of New Jersey Wills at Internet Archive

Index of Wills, inventories, etc. in the Office of the Secretary of State Prior to 1901, Vol. 1

Index of Wills, inventories, etc. in the Office of the Secretary of State Prior to 1901, Vol. 2

Index of Wills, inventories, etc. in the Office of the Secretary of State Prior to 1901, Vol. 3

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