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Two of the best books for this project are You, New Jersey and the World and Colonial Histories: New Jersey, both by John T. Cunningham. Check our book catalog to find out which books are in Morris County. The easiest way to find books on specific is to run a keyword search (for example, type in the words morris canal, silk city, arnolds tavern etc.). Some of these books you will be able to take home; reference books must stay in the library. Be prepared to take notes or make copies.

Lindbergh resources
The Morris County Library owns several primary information sources relating to the Lindbergh baby kidnapping. These include trial transcripts & highlights of the direct and cross-examination of Bruno Richard Hauptmann and articles from the Hunterdon County Democrat and other newspapers. Most of this information is on microfilm which can be copied (5 cents/page).

How did the state of New Jersey gets it name?
The name New Jersey was set out in the
original 1664 land grant to Berkeley and Carteret by James, Duke of York (later, James II)
whereof the said James Duke of York, doth hereby acknowledge, and thereof doth acquit and discharge the said John Lord Berkley and Sir George Carteret forever by these presents hath granted, bargained, sold, released and confirmed, and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell, release and confirm unto the said John Lord Berkley and Sir George Carteret, their heirs and assigns for ever, all that tract of land adjacent to New England, and lying and being to the westward of Long Island, and Manhitas Island and bounded on the east part by the main sea, and part by Hudson's river, and hath upon the west Delaware bay or river, and extendeth southward to the main ocean as far as Cape May at the mouth of the Delaware bay; and to the northward as far as the northermost branch of the said bay or river of Delaware, which is forty-one degrees and forty minutes of latitude, and crosseth over thence in a strait line to Hudson's river in forty-one degrees of latitude; which said tract of land is hereafter to be called by the name or names of New Caeserea or New Jersey ...

The name came from the Isle of Jersey, where Carteret had been Royal Governor when King Charles II and his brother James, Duke of York, sought shelter on the 45 square mile island, during the English Civil War.
King Charles 2, in 1664, whose claim to New England gave him power to claim to the southward, being unwilling to sanction the prosperity of the Dutch, as a separate community, granted patent to his brother James, Duke of York and Albany, of lands in America, including all that the Dutch then held as their New Netherlands. The Dutch reluctantly submitted, New York being named after the conquering duke. The Duke of York, possessed of the Jerseys, Granted same to Sir George Carteret, who came from the Isle of Jersey. His intention was to call same in honor of his family, Nova Cesaria, but the people preferred to call it by a name they could better understand, to wit the Jerseys. (The Indian name of the Jerseys was Scheyichbi.)

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