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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://newjersey.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,035,c,somerset.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Somerset_County, New Jersey
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," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'',https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somerset_County,_New_Jersey#Communities, accessed 18 March 2020.</ref>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amwell,_New_Jersey Amwell]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basking_Ridge,_New_Jersey Basking Ridge]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloverhill,_New_Jersey Cloverhill]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutchtown,_Somerset_County,_New_Jersey Dutchtown]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flagtown,_New_Jersey Flagtown]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Acres,_New_Jersey Free Acres]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladstone,_New_Jersey Gladstone]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamington,_New_Jersey Lamington]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_Corner,_New_Jersey Liberty Corner]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Rocky_Hill,_New_Jersey Little Rocky Hill]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyons,_New_Jersey Lyons]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middlebrook,_New_Jersey Middlebrook]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neshanic,_New_Jersey Neshanic]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neshanic_Station,_New_Jersey Neshanic Station]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Branch,_New_Jersey North Branch]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluckemin,_New_Jersey Pluckemin]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pottersville,_New_Jersey Pottersville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockingham,_New_Jersey Rockingham]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Branch,_New_Jersey South Branch]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoutsburg,_New_Jersey Stoutsburg]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zion,_New_Jersey Zion]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_Mead,_New_Jersey Belle Mead]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackwells_Mills,_New_Jersey Blackwells Mills]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blawenburg,_New_Jersey Blawenburg]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradley_Gardens,_New_Jersey Bradley Gardens]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clyde,_New_Jersey Clyde]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Franklin,_New_Jersey East Franklin]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Millstone,_New_Jersey East Millstone]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Rocky_Hill,_New_Jersey East Rocky Hill]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finderne,_New_Jersey Finderne]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Center,_New_Jersey Franklin Center]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Park,_New_Jersey Franklin Park]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Knoll,_New_Jersey Green Knoll]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griggstown,_New_Jersey Griggstown]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlingen,_New_Jersey Harlingen]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston,_New_Jersey Kingston]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martinsville,_New_Jersey Martinsville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middlebush,_New_Jersey Middlebush]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleasant_Plains,_New_Jersey Pleasant Plains]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Mile_Run,_New_Jersey Six Mile Run]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skillman,_New_Jersey Skillman]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somerset,_New_Jersey Somerset]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Mile_Run,_New_Jersey Ten Mile Run]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voorhees_(CDP),_New_Jersey Voorhees]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weston,_New_Jersey Weston]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zarephath,_New_Jersey Zarephath]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bedminster,_New_Jersey Bedminster]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernards_Township,_New_Jersey Bernards]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branchburg,_New_Jersey Branchburg]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridgewater_Township,_New_Jersey Bridgewater]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Township,_Somerset_County,_New_Jersey Franklin]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Brook_Township,_New_Jersey Green Brook]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_Township,_New_Jersey Hillsborough]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgomery_Township,_New_Jersey Montgomery]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Township,_New_Jersey Warren]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernardsville,_New_Jersey Bernardsville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bound_Brook,_New_Jersey Bound Brook]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_Hills,_New_Jersey Far Hills]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manville,_New_Jersey Manville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millstone,_New_Jersey Millstone]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Plainfield,_New_Jersey North Plainfield]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peapack-Gladstone,_New_Jersey Peapack-Gladstone]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raritan,_New_Jersey Raritan]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Hill,_New_Jersey Rocky Hill]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somerville,_New_Jersey Somerville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Bound_Brook,_New_Jersey South Bound Brook]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watchung,_New_Jersey Watchung]
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==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====

Revision as of 10:32, 18 March 2020

Somerset County, New Jersey ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


Somerset County, New Jersey
Map
Map of New Jersey highlighting Somerset County
Location in the state of New Jersey
Map of the U.S. highlighting New Jersey
Location of New Jersey in the U.S.
Facts
Founded May 14, 1688
County Seat Somerville
Courthouse
[[Image: |center|200px]]
Address Somerset County Courthouse
20 Grove St, PO Box 3000
Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone: (908) 231-7006
Somerset County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Somerset County is located in the north central region of the state. It was created in 1688. Somerville is the county seat. The county was named for the county of Somerset in England.[1]


Somerset County, New Jersey Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1901 1765 1901 1777 1765 1794 1830
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1840. General compliance by 1920.

Somerset County, New Jersey Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for New Jersey counties. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section New Jersey Local Histories.


Parent County[edit | edit source]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1710, boundaries changed.
  • 1714, part back to Middlesex County.
  • 13 March 1714, part set off to be Hunterdon County.[4]
  • 1741, part from Essex County.
  • 1749, boundary with Morris County defined.
  • 1790, boundary changes with Middlesex County and again in 1855, 1858 and 1878.
  • 22 February 1838 1838, part of Montgomery twp set off to form Mercer County. [5]
  • 1844, Tewksbury twp. from Hunterdon County and restored in 1845.
  • 1850, part of Fanklin twp. added to to North Brunswick twp., Middlesex County.
  • 1876, Union County boundary clarified.
  • 1965, Hunterdon County boundary clarified.

For animated maps illustrating New Jersey county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation New Jersey County Boundary Maps" (1683-1928) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1779 Fire burned the courthouse.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
NJGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
NJGenWeb Archives
NJTombstone Project
NJInterment
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See New Jersey Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about denominations, view the New Jersey Church Records wiki page.


Court Records[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for New Jersey counties. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section New Jersey Local Histories.


Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See New Jersey Land and Property for information about New Jersey Proprietary land records. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.


Maps[edit | edit source]

Hunterdon CountyMorris CountyMercer CountyMiddlesex CountyUnion CountyNJ SOMERSET.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources



Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Somerset County, New Jersey Genealogy for settlers included:[6]

Military[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Somerset County, New Jersey Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Occupations[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Poorhouse, Almshouse[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]

Boroughs
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Somerset County, New Jersey Genealogy Probate Court. From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. Most counties transferred all records to the Probate Court, but in some circumstances, Court of Common Pleas records should be searched for records prior to 1852. Most records are housed at the Somerset County, New Jersey Genealogy Courthouse. Some records are on microfilm at the Ohio Genealogical Society and the Family History Library. For more complete information about the location of county probate records see:

See the wiki page New Jersey Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only).

Obtaining Copies of County Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Copies of recorded probate records and the estate files can be obtained from the surrogate's offices for a fee. Addresses of surrogate's offices are found in:

  • Eichholz, Alice, Editor. Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources. Revised Edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1992. (Family History Library book 973 D27rb 1992.) Explains state-by-state history, vital records, census, background sources, periodicals, archives, libraries, societies, maps, land, probate, court, tax, cemetery, church, and military records. Includes county boundary map and table which shows when each county was created and the parent counties.

In addition, copies of the original wills, administrations, inventories, and guardianships sent to Trenton since 1901 can be ordered from:

Clerk of the Superior Court
Records Information Center
P.O. Box 967
Trenton, NJ 08625-0967
Phone: (609) 292-4978
Fax: (609) 777-0094

Online Probate Records

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Somerset County Courthouse
20 Grove St; PO Box 3000
Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone: (908) 231-7006

County Clerk has court records from 1777 and land records from 1785. County Surrogate has probate records.[8]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]

Somerset County Historical
9 Van Veghten Dr
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Telephone: 908-218-1281
E-mail:schs@schsnj.com
Website

Somerset Hills, Historical Society Of The
PO Box 136
Basking Ridge NJ 07920
Website

Somerset Historical Center
10649 Somerset Pike
Somerset, PA 15501
Telephone: 814-445-6077
Fax: 814-443-6621
Website



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Schools[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

New Jersey tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information see the wiki page New Jersey Taxation.


Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the New Jersey Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. Original marriage records are usually held at the county Bureau of Vital Statistics.


Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

1606-1981 - New Jersey, United States Marriages at FindMyPast — index $

Death[edit | edit source]

Somerset County, New Jersey Websites[edit | edit source]

Somerset County, New Jersey Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]


Somerset County, New Jersey Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Somerset County, New Jersey" in Wikipedia : the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somerset_County,_New_Jersey accessed 23 September 2018.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Somerset County, New Jersey . Page 464-465 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 460.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 465. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  6. Handybook, 847-61.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Somerset_County, New Jersey ," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somerset_County,_New_Jersey#Communities, accessed 18 March 2020.
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Somerset County, New Jersey page 465, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.