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NJ Census Records


All of the existing Federal Census records which have been published can be searched and viewed online on AncestryPlus. In addition, book or microfilm indexes exist for some years.

Federal (U.S.) Census

1790 not available for New Jersey; probably destroyed.
1800 Cumberland County has been reconstructed from a found manuscript; the rest of New Jersey is not available.
1810 and 1820 not available for New Jersey; probably destroyed.
1830, 1840, 1850, and 1860 Morris County Library owns; has a book index.
1870 Morris County Library owns; has a book index with separate volumes for Essex County, including Newark.
1880 Morris County Library owns; has a Soundex (microfilm) index.
1890 completely destroyed by fire except for Civil War veterans and widows.
1900 Morris County Library owns - has a Soundex (microfilm) index.
1910 Morris County Library owns; has a book index.
1920 Morris County Library owns; has a Soundex (microfilm) index.
1930 Morris County Library owns.
New Jersey State Census
No indexes exist for the New Jersey State Census, so it is not possible to look up a surname and find a location; also, the listings that do appear contain no addresses. At the top of the census book page you will see the town name and the election district, but other than that you have no location information. Only in the 1915 census are some streets noted in the far left hand column.
1855 - Much of it is illegible. It only records names, race (white or black), sex, foreign or native born, and number of children between 5 and 16 by race.
1865 Morris County is not included on the microfilm.
1875 Most of this census has disappeared; only part of Monmouth County still exists and it is in poor condition.
1885 Recorded are names, a breakdown by race (white or black), sex, native or foreign born, and by age.
1895 In addition to the categories used in the 1885 census, the 1895 breaks the foreign born down by sex and by Irish, German, or all other nationalities.
1905 The following additional information was collected: month and year of birth, age, marital status, place of birth, place of birth for each parent, number of years in the U.S., whether a citizen, occupation, literacy, ownership of home.
1915 The final New Jersey census has the street where the individual lived in at least some cases. A category was added for school children asking if the child was in school, the name of the school, and whether it was public, parochial, or private.

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Morris County Library (NJ) 2006
21 July 2008