South Jersey Church Records… Across the Delaware River

Researchers with roots in South Jersey, particularly those in Burlington and Camden counties, should pay special attention to a collection from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) in Philadelphia.  Officially titled —  Pennsylvania and New Jersey Church and Town Records (1708-1985) —  this collection was indexed, digitized and made available through Ancestry in January 2012. The bulk of the church records within the collection comes from Protestant and Methodist church congregations.  However, additional material available includes cemeteries, funeral home records, historical societies, and newspapers.

A detailed review of the collection can be found on the HSP’s website:

http://hsp.org/sites/default/files/hsp_film_collection_on_ancestry.pdf

What is surprising is the amount of material beyond Pennsylvania.  A quick review of the collection guide shows that you can find records from 64 New Jersey churches spread across eight southern counties:

•    Atlantic:  6
•    Burlington:  22
•    Camden:  21
•    Cape May: 1
•    Gloucester: 4
•    Monmouth: 1
•    Ocean: 5
•    Salem: 4

All HSP members have access to this and other member’s only databases as part of membership benefits.  Additionally, those with a personal subscription or local library subscription access can utilize the collection directly:

Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985
http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451

Happy Searching!
Michelle

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3 thoughts on “South Jersey Church Records… Across the Delaware River

  1. Amazing! Just did a quick search (on Ancestry) and found my grandfather’s brother’s death certificate! Thanks so much for posting this reminder about these records – now, back to more searching!!

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