Veteran’s Day Tribute: Hidden Gems Online

Today’NJSA Search the Collectionss post is in honor of all those who served our great country.  I hope you’ll find the following collection of hidden gems helpful in your family research.  I’m wondering how many of us really take the time to review all the options on any given website.  Do you take the time to look at collection titles that may not have immediate or apparent interest?  When using the New Jersey State Archives (NJSA) website, my guess is that most of us choose “Search the Collections” from the main webpage.

This choice leads us to all of the “genealogical friendly” selections:

  • Overview of Genealogical Collections – a .pdf file reviewing the holdings of NJSA relevant to family research.
  • Searchable Databases – a link to the 14 name searchable data collections for marriages, deaths, land, court, military and more.
  • Catalog (View our browsable catalog) – a link to the almost 200 collections or record groups.  This is probably the most popular choice for most researchers.
  • Imaged Collections – the link “View our imaged collections” takes researchers to the 7,100 digitzed images from NJSA’s photograph and manuscript collections.

And it’s that last option, way at the bottom of the page, that offers us the opportunity to view unique photo and digitized document collections.

Hidden Gems

There are five choices within the Imaged Collections categorized into:NJSA Imaged Collections

And since today’s theme is Honoring Our Veterans, let’s take a closer look at the Military and Wartime Activities category which contain items pertaining to the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and World War I.  The collections range from photographs of soldiers & officers to digitized military documents and most surprisingly, the category comprises just over 25% of the 7,100 items within the Imaged Collections.

I encourage to explore these wonderful treasures and hope you’ll find your “hidden gem”.

To all that have served, I offer our grateful thanks for your military service!

Happy Searching!!


Image courtesy of the New Jersey State Archives:
Department of Defense, Adjutant General’s Office (Civil War); DOS Home > New Jersey State Archives > State Archives > Search the Collections > Imaged Collections > United State Colored Troops – Service Files, ca. 1862-1870s, imaged collection; Muster Roll, 6th Regiment US Colored Troops, Camp William Penn, 6 October 1863 (http://www.nj.gov/state/archives/images/sdea4015/SDEA4015-HowardSamuel001.jpg : accessed 10 November 2015).
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