The New Jersey Geographic Birth Index and Delayed Birth Index, 1901-1929

Exciting news from Reclaim the Records for Giving Tuesday! The New Jersey Geographical Birth Index (1901-1929) and the New Jersey Delayed Birth Index (1901-1929) are both now online at the Internet Archive.

New Jersey Index of Births, 1915-19 — Middlesex County

Their announcement:

These records are currently only available in image format, as they were scanned from 94 reels of microfilm and have not yet had a text transcription project to turn their contents into a searchable database. However, the majority of both record sets were typed, and you should be able to use the Internet Archive’s built-in OCR capabilities to do a text-search of most of the images. Click the little magnifying glass on the far-left side of each item to do a “Search Inside.” … it’s a list of births that have been separated by county of birth, and sometimes by a major city within the county, and it’s not just a purely alphabetical list. Nice, right? (The “5” before the “Feb.” means 1925. A “6” means 1926, and so on.)
Luckily, New Jersey’s index is almost entirely typed! With a few extra names written in (neatly) here and there. Based on published New Jersey vital statistics, we think this collection covers 1,762,288 births in New Jersey (give or take a few) from 1901-1929, which were typed into books, which were then photographed onto 92 microfilm reels. Each of the reels has a few hundred images. It’s 493 GB in total.

The New Jersey Geographic Birth Index and Delayed Birth Index, 1901-1929
Homegrown in the Garden State

Excellent news for Giving Tuesday… if you are grateful for the New Jersey records Reclaim the Records has obtained and digitized, then please consider donating so more records can be made accessible.

Happy Searching!

GSNJ’s 100th Annual Meeting: a long legacy of New Jersey genealogy

This week the Genealogical Society of New Jersey will hold its 100th Annual Meeting. This year, it will be held virtually and is followed by a presentation — Reclaim the Records — by Alec Ferretti.

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey—
A History of Genealogical Preservation

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ) was founded in 1921 by a group of genealogical scholars dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey family history. A common interest among GSNJ’s founders was the transcription of tombstone information. Styling themselves “tombstone hounds,” they began organizing “tombstone hunts” at burying grounds around the state.

In 1924, the Society was incorporated with a mission to discover, procure, preserve and publish information pertaining to families and individuals associated with New Jersey. GSNJ’s institutional history has depended extensively on contributions made by volunteers.

A break? A hiatus? I’m back. #Genealogy

It’s been some time since my last post and I will say, I have missed sharing New Jersey genealogy news with you. While I have been busy with my career with Legacy Tree Genealogists, I still remain connected to my home state New Jersey! In September of 2020, I rejoined the Board of Trustees for the Genealogical Society of New Jersey and am working hard with other Trustees to bring the Society to wider audiences.

Some updates on the New Jersey State Archives include their holdings have recently received death certificates through 1961 (1962 should be available soon!) and the staff has created many new databases, including the Delayed Birth Certificate index (records mainly from the 1940s for births post-1900).

Another great announcement found recently comes from the Newark Public Library’s Newark Evening News Digitization Project. They have digitized the editions for 1883-1923 and have made them available online: https://www.digifind-it.com/newark/. If you have ancestry in Newark or Essex County, this resource is not to be missed.

Until next time! Happy Searching!!

New Jersey Vital Records: What? How? Where? in 2018

I’ve updated a 2015 (originally published in 2013) JRG post on accessing vital records in New Jersey:

Yes, unfortunately, obtaining vital records can be a challenge in New Jersey if you don’t know where to start your search. On March 3, 1848 New Jersey passed “An ACT relating to the registry and returns of births, marriages, and deaths, in the state of New Jersey” which required town clerks to annually submit a certified copy of births, marriages and deaths that occurred in their jurisdictions. This law created a wonderful set of records, we as genealogists, use to solidify our family branches, twigs and roots.

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Ukrainian Genealogy Group to Host a Virtual Conference

The Ukrainian History and Education Center (UHEC) is proud to announce the first-ever virtual event for Ukrainian genealogy. Nashi Predky (Our Ancestors), the family history group of the UHEC, will be hosting their 2018 Spring Workshop virtually on Saturday, March 17th.

Since the group’s formation in 2013, all of the workshops and annual conferences have been held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Somerset, New Jersey. This year, the committee is excited to offer this event to fellow researchers who may not be able to travel for an in-person event.

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