New Jersey, Births - FamilySearch Historical Records

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New Jersey, Births, 1670-1980
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
New Jersey, 
United States
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Location of New Jersey
Record Description
Record Type Birth Records
Collection years 1670-1980
FamilySearch Resources
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Division of Archives and Record Management, New Jersey Department of State, Trenton


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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The collection consists of an index to selected birth records from various places in New Jersey for the years 1670 to 1980.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Births

  • Child’s full name
  • Date and place of child's birth
  • Child's gender and race
  • Whether living or stillborn
  • Father's name, age, occupation and place of birth
  • Mother's maiden name, age and place of birth
  • Child's place of order in family
  • Parents' place of residence

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of birth
  • The place of birth
  • The name of the child's parents

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the name, date and birth place to obtain a copy of the birth record
  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth and parents' names to find the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of New Jersey.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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