Thank you all so much for coming to the January 18th Researching Your Pre-May 1848 New Jersey Ancestors! I hope the information provided will help you further your family research.
In the class, we discussed:
Useful resources and how to find them on the New Jersey State Library Website.
1. The importance of the May 1848 milestone: This was when the State of New Jersey began to collect Birth, Marriage, and Death data for all residents. These records provide personal information (including birthdate, age, parents’ names) and are highly authoritative because the informant was likely the person themselves or a close relative.
2. The goals of Genealogy: to find a birth, marriage and death record for each individual in a line, working from death to birth, backwards through the generations, starting with yourself.
3. Primary Documents (items produced within a person’s general lifetime) versus Secondary Resources (published items produced long after a person’s death) and how each of these can be useful in researching Pre-May 1848.
5. Resources available at the State Library, State Archives, and County Offices particularly useful to researching Pre-May 1848 ancestors. Examples include: Early Land Records, County Marriages and Colonial Marriage Bonds, Family Histories, and Newspaper Extracts.
6. Jeremiah Basse family research example, in which we saw the importance of resources such as Deeds, Wills, and Newspaper Extracts in leaping back a generation.
Don’t forget that the slide deck for the class and a flow chart for Pre-May 1848 research strategies are up on the Genealogy Research Guide’s Guides and Handouts page. I am happy to answer any further questions you might have!
All featured images taken by Regina Fitzpatrick.