Ancestry Library Edition offers a wide range of materials for those interested in genealogy and history. Categories include the census; vital and church records; military records; court, land and probate records; passenger lists and much more.
Visitors to the library have access to a wide variety of electronic databases; however, remote access to subscription databases is restricted to State Library authorized users: state employees and, unless otherwise noted, Thomas Edison staff and students. Authorized users needing a State Library access card, should complete the appropriate online registration form.
New Jersey residents should use JerseyClicks to access databases licensed for statewide use.
Transmission or reproduction of items beyond that permitted by fair use requires the permission of the copyright owners. It is the user's responsibility to determine and comply with all restrictions based upon the intended use of the materials. All users are expected to respect the intellectual property rights of licensed material. Failure to do so will result in loss of access.
You can browse through our databases below, or use the following menus to narrow your search:
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Indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. Biography and Genealogy Master Index will enable you to quickly determine which publication to consult for biographical information. The total number of biographical sketches indexed by BGMI is now more than 13.6 million
Provides in-depth, original profiles from the Current Biography, World Authors and Junior Authors & Illustrators series, plus biographical full text articles, page images and abstracts from today’s leading magazines and journals—providing the most current coverage of an individual’s life and work.
Contains over 10,000 pages of searchable text, plates and maps, from all 21 New Jersey counties. Most of these histories were published by Everts & Peck between 1870 and 1900 and have long formed the cornerstone of local historical and genealogical research. They are encyclopedic in scope, including chapters which cover: local history, geology, geography, weather, transportation, lists of all local participants in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, government, medical and legal professions, churches and ministers, industry and manufacturing, banking and insurance, schools and teachers, noted celebrations, fire departments and associations, cemeteries, family history, health and vital statistics, roads and bridges, public officials and legislators, and many others.
Once in the database, select publication title American County Histories. Your search will then be run across all New Jersey counties, or you can select specific counties first.
A searchable archive of over 22 million passengers and crew that passed through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924.
FamilySearch provides access to millions of index entries and document images for genealogy records from around the world, including many New Jersey birth, marriage and death records. Create a free account to access.
A collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture. Includes indexes and original page images of U.S. Federal Census records form 1790-1930, and over 25,000 family and local histories.
The New Jersey State Archives provides access to thirteen databases containing over one million entries (indexing names and other information) in nearly 500,000 documents and photographs in the State Archives’ collections. Includes index entries for many marriage records, death records and military records.
NJSL Digital Collections is the State Library’s repository of government documents and Jerseyana.
Find articles from the New York Times, 1851-2014. You can search the full text or read the newspaper as it appeared in print, including all photographs, advertisements, and obituaries.
Indexes content from Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities, 1933-1955, as well as available records for dissertations and theses from 1955 to the present.
Select any of the ten ReferenceUSA databases you wish to search from a main access page: U.S. Businesses, U.S. New Businesses, U.S. Historical Businesses, U.S. Jobs/Internships, U.S. New Movers/Homeowners, U.S. Healthcare, U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles, U.S. Standard White Pages, Canadian Businesses and Canadian White Pages.
This digital collection of Sanborn maps charts the growth and development of New Jersey’s towns and cities during the period 1867-1970. They are large-scale plans drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. The maps list street blocks and numbers.
A collection of pre-1923 New Jersey Sanborn maps digitized in color by Princeton University. Opens to a spreadsheet arranged by county and then municipality. Access maps by clicking on the hyperlinked years available for the municipality.