Using the Indexes: New Jersey Births-Marriages-Deaths, 1901-03 and the Bride’s Index, 1901-14

Late in 2015, Reclaim the Records, a not-for-profit group of genealogists, historians, researchers, and open government advocates, worked with the New Jersey State Archives to acquire the microfilm to the birth, marriage and death annual indexes for 1901, 1902, and 1903.  While speaking with the Archives, she was also able to submit a request for the Bride’s Indexes for 1904-09 and 1910-14.  You can read more about the project’s Records Request #5: New Jersey Birth, Marriage, and Death Indices, 1901-1903 and 1901-1914 on their website.

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What? Wait! You’re Telling Me There Are No Indexes!?

A general sentiment that I read quite frequently on the messages boards is that doing research in New Jersey is so difficult.  Digging deeper, I find that the trouble is with the time period… the early 20th century.  The trouble isn’t with the records themselves; the trouble is the lack of indexes!

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New Jersey Vital Records: What? How? Where? in 2015

I’ve updated a 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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Do you have Danish ancestry?

Let me introduce you to DANE!  The Danish Archive North East (DANE) is located at the Danish Home in Edison, New Jersey.  Their holdings include books, letters, genealogical information, and sociological data comprising the collection of Danish heritage.  The geographical identifier — Northeast — emphasizes their mission to bring the stories of the many Danes who settled and contributed to the history and growth of the northeastern United States.

Key Holdings for Researchers:

Family Files
Microfilm (Perth Amboy centric)
* City Directories
* Censuses
* Newspapers
Church Records for Our Saviours Danish Lutheran Church
Membership Lists
Library of 1000+ items

Upcoming Event:

Genealogy workshop
Sunday, May 17 – 2-5pm

LOCATION: Danish Home, 855 New Durham Road, Edison, New Jersey

URL:  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njdane/

For more information, contact DANE via email.

Save-the-Date: GSBC Annual Seminar featuring, “The Legal Genealogist”

Genealogical Society of Bergen County (GSBC) has announced a SAVE-the-DATE for their 2014 Annual Seminar to be held on Saturday, 22 November, 2014.   The event will feature “The Legal Genealogist,” Judy Russell, CGsm, CGLsm.

The Seminar Chairperson, Judy Kenney, and her committee will announce details shortly, but in the meantime be sure to mark your calendars for the event.  You won’t want to miss this program!

Explore Your Jersey Roots Lectures sponsored by GSNJ, CJGC and NJSA

In celebration of New Jersey’s 350th, the State Archives, Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ) and Central Jersey Genealogy Club (CJGC) have come together to present an evening lecture series and all-day spring program in May-June.

The evening lectures will run on Tuesday/Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. (following extended public research hours in the State Archives’ Microfilm Reading Room), as follows: Continue reading

Another new group for Genealogy — Family History Group of the Ukrainian Historical & Educational Center

Ruthenian immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia and Ukrainians from the Russian Empire first began arriving in the U.S. in large numbers at the end of the 19th century. Since then there has never been one place here to learn about how to track down information on individual families with their ancestral roots in Ukraine and southeast Poland. The Ukrainian Historical and Educational Center of New Jersey plans to change this through the launch of its Family History Group in 2014.  Join the UkrHEC for the inaugural event of its new Family History Group and learn how to research your genealogy.

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New Jersey’s Genealogy TV Show… Family Historian

Are you interested in watching FREE genealogy videos?  Yes, that’s right, I said free.  New Jersey genealogist Stephen Conte hosts the monthly production of “Family Historian” which appears on HomeTowne Television (cable) public access Channel 36 and *online* via www.hometownetv.org.

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