Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tuesday's Tip - New Jersey Records on FamilySearch

This week's Tuesday's Tip is:  Check out the FamilySearch historical record collections for New Jersey.

On the FamilySearch historical record collections page (https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list), enter "new jersey" in the Search box in the upper left-hand corner of the screen:

There are nine record collections for New Jersey:

*  New Jersey, Births and Christenings, 1660-1980 (2,126,666 records, index only)

*  New Jersey, Marriages, 1682-1985 (802,437 records, index only)

*  New Jersey County Marriages, 1682-1956 (300,071 records, index and images)

*  New Jersey, Deaths and Burials, 1720-1988 (1,025,623 records, index only)

*  New Jersey, County Naturalization Records, 1749-1986 (browse images only)

*  New Jersey, Probate Records, 1679-1980 (browse images only)

*  New Jersey, Middlesex County Probate Records, 1830-1921 (browse images only)

*  New Jersey, 1885 Census (305, 188 records, index only)

*  New Jersey, 1905 Census (507,107 records, index only)

For my own research, the most valuable record set on the list above are the New Jersey Probate Records, 1679-1980.  I've found the will of my 4th great-grandfather, Stephen Cutter (1745-1823) in Middlesex County in that collection.  Unfortunately, most of the records for Middlesex County are after 1804.

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Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver

1 comment:

Sharon said...

Re: Middlesex County before 1804. Probate records were not kept at the county level for any counties until 1804. For estates prior to 1804, you can use the NJ Archives series (on Ancestry) to find will and inventory abstracts. Also you can use the 3-volume index of wills/inventories to help narrow dates and counties up to 1900.