Genealogy: New Jersey, Library and society resource list

New Jersey, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (4)

  1. Genealogical Society of New Jersey:  http://www.rootsweb.com/~njgsnj/
  2. New Jersey Historical Society:  http://www.jerseyhistory.org/
  3. New Jersey State Library:  http://www.njstatelib.org/
  4. NJ Division of Archives and Records Management:  http://www.state.nj.us/state/darm/index.html

University Archives and Collections (15)

  1. College of Saint Elizabeth. Phillips Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts:    http://www.cse.edu/library_rarebooks.htm
  2. Drew University. Special Collections:   http://www.depts.drew.edu/lib/special.html
  3. Drew University. United Methodist Archives Center:   http://www.depts.drew.edu/lib/uma.html
  4. Monmouth University:   http://library.monmouth.edu/spcol/spcol.php
  5. Princeton Theological Seminary:   http://www.ptsem.edu/grow/Library/collections.htm
  6. Princeton University. Cotsen Children’s Library:   http://ccl.princeton.edu/
  7. Princeton University. Rare Books and Special Collections:   http://www.princeton.edu/~rbsc/
  8. Princeton University. Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library:   http://www.princeton.edu/~mudd/
  9. Rider University:   http://library.rider.edu/specialcollections/index.html
  10. Rowan University:   http://www.rowan.edu/open/library/policies_services/special_collections/stewart.htm
  11. Rutgers University:   http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/libs/scua/scua.shtml
  12. Saint Peter’s College. Archives:   http://library.spc.edu/archindex.php
  13. Saint Peter’s College. Special Collections:   http://library.spc.edu/spcoll.php
  14. Seton Hall University:   http://library.shu.edu/sc-homepage.htm
  15. Trenton Public Library:   http://www.trentonlibrary.state.nj.us/trentoniana.htm

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (21)

  1. Basking Ridge–Bernards Township Library:  http://www.bernards.org/library/btwebsites.htm
  2. Bernardsville–Bernardsville Public Library:   http://www.bernardsville.org/local.htm
  3. Danforth–Paterson Free Public Library:   http://www.paterson.k12.nj.us/~publiclibrary/3localresources.html
  4. Jersey City–Jersey City Free Public Library, New Jersey Room:  http://www.jclibrary.org/service/njroom.php
  5. Mays Landing–Atlantic County Library:  http://www.atlanticlibrary.org/aclibrary/reference/index.asp
  6. Morristown–Joint Free Public Library of Morristown and Morris Township:   http://www.jfpl.org/gene.htm
  7. Morristown–Morris County Library:   http://www.gti.net/mocolib1/nj.html
  8. Newark–Newark Public Library. New Jersey Information Center:   http://www.npl.org/Pages/Collections/njic.html
  9. Newark–Newark Public Library. Special Collections Division:   http://www.npl.org/Pages/Collections/specialcollections1.html
  10. Piscataway–Piscataway Public Library:   http://www.piscatawaylibrary.org/localhistory.html
  11. Plainfield–Plainfield Public Library:   http://www.plainfieldlibrary.info/document.asp?doc_id=1019
  12. Princeton–David Sarnoff Library:   http://www.davidsarnoff.org/
  13. Salem–Salem County Historical Society, Jaquette Memorial Research Library:  http://www.salemcounty.com/schs/research.htm
  14. Trenton–Trenton Public Library:   http://www.trentonlibrary.state.nj.us/trentoniana.htm
  15. Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (6)
  16. Gloucester County (NJ) Historical Society:   http://www.rootsweb.com/~njglouce/gchs/holdings.html
  17. Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey:   http://www.jewishgen.org/jhscj/Archive.html
  18. Jewish Historical Society of MetroWest:    http://www.jhsmw.org/archives.html
  19. New Jersey Historical Society:   http://www.jerseyhistory.org/archivesmain.html
  20. Salem County Historical Society:   http://www.salemcounty.com/schs/research.htm
  21. Westfield Historical Society:   http://www.westfieldnj.com/history/society.htm

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. Electronic Resources – New Jersey State Library:  http://www.njstatelib.org/Electronic_Resources/

Databases, electronic journals, and e-books are provided in this site to the residents of New Jersey.

Digital Library Collections (5)

  1. New Jersey Digital Highway:  http://www.njdigitalhighway.org/
  2. New Jersey State Archives Imaged Collections:  http://www.njarchives.org/links/imgcollections.html
  3. Rutgers University, Alexander Library, Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (CETH) :    http://www.ceth.rutgers.edu/
  4. Scholarly Communications Center:    http://www.scc.rutgers.edu/scchome/
  5. Digital Library Projects:    http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/dig_lib_projs/dig_lib_projs.shtml