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!

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!!

Event: Ukrainian Genealogy Conference, November 4-5th

Less than 10 days left to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount!  Join fellow researchers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia at this one-of-a-kind event.  Nashi Predky is the only genealogical conference dedicated to Ukrainian research in the US.

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Will I see you this Fall?

It’s September and this means Back-to-School for my family.  However, for me… this means Back-to-Genealogy.  While I slow down my schedule during the Summer to spend more time with my family, I look forward to the normalcy of our school routines.

Currently, my research calendar is getting busier and this means that I’m out to more research “hot-spots”!  In the past month, I’ve made trips to county courthouses, the State Archives, and not-so-close libraries.  What are your plans for research? Continue reading

PBS’s “Genealogy Roadshow” is looking for Philadelphia-area Residents

South Jersey here’s your chance!

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Want to have your family history researched by the experts at Genealogy Roadshow?

Last week I wrote about Genealogy Roadshow’s search for New Orleans-area residents who want to explore their family history on national TV. Today, I learned the program’s producers are also looking for Philadelphia area residents for the same purpose.

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Searching the “Archives” of the Internet

InternetArchiveLogo“The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.”

This site can be very helpful in your research process as it offer two areas that are the focus in today’s blog post – Web and Texts.  While there are others—Video, Audio, and Projects – I’ve chosen the two that I think are the most beneficial for genealogists.

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Day 1 of the 2013 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh

Week-long institutes are a gathering of like-minded genealogists who want to take their education to a new level.  If you’ve never attended a National Conference or Institute, I encourage you to look into them.

This is my second year attending the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh held at LaRoche College in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.  My choice for the week this year was “Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Stories: Writing a Quality of Narrative” lead by John Philip Colletta.  Since I have a fair amount of immigrant ancestors both 20th century eastern European back to colonial, I thought spending a week with the nationally known Dr. Colletta would be an exciting opportunity for growth in my writing.

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