Genealogy and Local History

The State Library’s Genealogy collection consists of about 18,000 items in book or microform format. Our collection includes resources for all over the United States and even some international resources, so you may follow your New Jersey ancestors out of the state!

Our most popular resources include:

We also maintain electronic subscriptions to (Library edition), HeritageQuest, and NewsBank, which members of the public may use in house.

For more information about New Jersey Genealogy, and the holdings of the State Library, State Archives, and County Clerks’ and Surrogates’ Offices, please visit the Genealogy Research Guide.



The Library maintains a large New Jersey newspaper collection. For a complete list of our subscriptions, please visit the Newspapers Research Guide. If you are looking for historic digitized New Jersey newspapers, please visit the New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project Research Guide.

New Jersey Records Collections

If you are looking for New Jersey State primary document records (New Jersey Birth, Marriage, or Death Records, Wills, Deeds, Military Service Records) please contact the New Jersey State Archives.

Research Assistance

Need additional research assistance? The Genealogical Society of New Jersey maintains a listing of local professional genealogists.

Contact the Genealogy Librarian

Regina Fitzpatrick
609.278.2640 x162