New Jersey Genealogical publications (magazines, newsletters, periodicals, books, etc.) consist of all sorts of beneficial facts pertaining to individual ancestors, entire lineages and families, places in time, and regarding all types of genealogical records and repositories. They allow you to uncover a abundance of information and facts about your ancestors from many historical newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals. These different kinds of resources can frequently supplement public records and offer you information and facts that is not documented anywhere else. Here, one can learn much more concerning your ancestor’s possible every day activities by putting them in the framework of their time.
Newspapers – New Jersey newspapers can provide all types of evidence about historical occasions, local history, court and legal notices, obituaries, and much more.
In 1775, the first New Jersey newspaper was published. A five-volume published set called “New Jersey Archives,” 2d series (Trenton, N.J., 1901-17) contains extracts from that paper and another early New Jersey paper as well. More were published in Thomas B. Wilson, Notices from New Jersey Newspapers, 1781-1790 and 1791-1795 (Lambertville, N.J.: Hunterdon House, 1988, 2002). An Index to Central New Jersey Newspapers was compiled by Michael Brown. It included listings of meetings, land purchases, accidents, injuries, marriages, and deaths from 1783 to 1881. researches should look at William C. Wright and Paul A. Stellhorn, eds., Directory of New Jersey Newspapers, 1765- 1970 (Trenton, N.J.: New Jersey Historical Commission, 1977) in order to locate specific newspapers from the state.
The state library, state archives, Rutgers University, and the New Jersey Historical Society all have their own collections of newspapers from the state. The New Jersey Historical Society also has a card file of deaths and marriages that were extracted from those newspapers, as well as from some church records and from the Rutgers collection called Hutchinson Collection of New Brunswick Newspaper Extracts (1792-1865). Another good index of birth, death, and marriage records from newspapers can be found at the Gloucester County Historical Society. The “New Jersey Archives,” 1st series contains 11 volumes that include extracts about New Jersey from 1704 to 1782 that were published in newspapers outside of New Jersey.
The Gloucester County Historical Society and other southern New Jersey repositories contain some fairly in-depth manuscript collections. The New Jersey State Archives also has a small collection, which was covered in Historical Records Survey, Calendar of the New Jersey State Library Manuscript Collection (Newark, 1939). Rutgers is home to the Charles Carroll Gardner Collection, which contains a lot of information on families in Essex County. Researchers should also examine the following collections:
- Charles E. Sheppard at Vineland
- John P. Dornan files at Rutgers
- The Freeman Gardner collection on early Woodbridge families at the New Jersey Historical Society
- The Hiram E. Deats collection at Flemington for Hunterdon County.
A lot of information can also be found at the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, including the Gilbert Cope Collection. The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and the New York Historical Society are also home to collections that contain information on New Jersey residents. Some of those collections are the John E. Stillwell collection, the Josephine C. Frost collection, and the Alfred Vail collection.
- New Jersey Historical Manuscripts: A Guide to Collections in the State (Trenton, N.J.: New Jersey Historical Commission, 1987) is a general guide to 263 repositories. While a little outdated, it is still useful.
- Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the New Jersey Historical Collection, New Jersey Historical Society Collections, vol. 15 (Newark, N.J.: New Jersey Historical Society, 1979) is also somewhat dated, but includes family and personal papers as well as a wealth of other useful material.
- A Guide to the Manuscript Collection of the Rutgers University Library (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1964) can be a useful starting point to this impressive collection, to which much important material has been added since.