Project: New Jersey

Categories: New Jersey | New Jersey Projects

This project is part of the United States History Project.

Welcome to the New Jersey Project!

The purpose of this project is to coordinate all New Jersey related projects and resources and combine that information into one place.

New Jersey Counties
Atlantic Bergen Burlington Camden Cape May Cumberland Essex Gloucester Hudson Hunterdon Mercer
Middlesex Monmouth Morris Ocean Passaic Salem Somerset Sussex Union Warren


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For a full list of participants, see the badge report. Please also add your name to the list of New Jersey Project members.

The coordinator for this project is H. Husted. Please don't hesitate to contact her if you have questions.

It is not necessary that you be related to someone who lived in the state of New Jersey or live there yourself to join. Anyone with an interest is welcome! If you would like to participate, please do the following:

  1. Answer our G2G post and we'll award you the US History Project badge.
  2. Add us_history and New_Jersey to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed.
  3. Please see our list of goals for a basic overview for ways you can help.


This template is for use only on profiles that are of importance to the project or need to be PPP'd and managed by the project. They are not for every single person from New Jersey. A sticker might be used in that circumstance.

The template is {{US History|sub-project=New Jersey}} which will give you:

... ... ... is a part of New Jersey History.
Join: New Jersey Project
Discuss: New Jersey


The overall goals of the US History Project are to create and develop profiles on WikiTree for those who lived in New Jersey and the other states in the union. To meet these goals:

  1. Add New Jersey-related profiles, checking for existing profiles to avoid duplication. If any duplicate profiles exist, request merges, starting with the oldest generation.
  2. If profiles were loaded by GEDCOM, use WikiTree Styles and Standards to clean up residue and broken links.
  3. Search out original rather than derivative documentation and add sources.
  4. Write comprehensive, well-sourced biographies.
  5. Make sure profiles of all family members are correct and documented.
  6. Profiles need to be linked to the greater WikiTree. Try to find the connection.
  7. Identify and add missing New Jersey notables

List of Things To Do

  1. Need space pages created and developed for New Jersey counties and linked to this page. Would you like to lead a county project?
  2. Check out this handy list of New Jersey sources.
  3. If you have any New Jersey state resources that you are willing to do lookups, please add them to the New Jersey Resources Page.
  4. If you live in New Jersey, please consider adding your name to the New Jersey Research Assistance page.

Ongoing List of Things to Do

  1. Cemeteries in New Jersey need to be photographed and the categories added to profiles on WikiTree. See the New Jersey Cemeteries Project
  2. Help develop the Native Americans Project with information about New Jersey state tribes.
  3. Work on New Jersey's unconnected and unsourced profiles.
  4. Add profiles for the men who died in World War I, serving from New Jersey for the New Jersey in the Great War project and for the Roll of Honor project.

Town and County Projects

Historical Projects

State Resources


Primary Sources

  • The New Jersey State Archives has colonial court and land records, as well as probate records filed at the state level and all vital records 1848-1910s. More recent records are available from the Department of Health.
  • Many records are held at the county level, such as property records and pre-1848 vital records. Check this list of county clerks.
  • When official records are hard to find, sometimes there is a goldmine waiting for you in county and town historical societies and libraries. Try the Genealogical Society of New Jersey's List of New Jersey Societies, Libraries, and Archives
  • The New Jersey federal census returns from 1790-1830 are lost, except for Cumberland County in 1830. NJ has the distinction of having less extant census returns for this period than any other state. Tax lists and petitions are frequently used as "census substitutes" for this era. In the absence of census records, land records, probate records, and church records are so important when researching early NJ genealogy.
  • FamilySearch has indexed many state and county records; at this time, it is not as useful for colonial ancestors.

Secondary sources

  • The Abstracts of Wills is an incredibly useful series for tracking ancestors. They cover the period 1670-1817, are public domain, and are widely available on, google books, and Hathi Trust.
  • See the WikiTree page Sources-New Jersey for a bibliography of genealogical works on New Jersey (many available as eBooks online). This page is continually growing; request to join the trusted list for updates.

Related New Jersey Categories on WikiTree

Related Projects and Pages on WikiTree

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