NJ Vital RecordsThe NJ Bureau of Vital Statistics explains where various types of records are kept for different years and how to see them or obtain copies. It also describes limitations on viewing and using some types of records. The National Center for Health Statistics NJ web is also helpful in understanding these restrictions and the supporting documents you need to show in order to view these records. See New Jersey Administrative Code 8:2A-1 et seq for restrictions on obtaining information.
For documents at the New Jersey Bureau of Vital Statistics you may
1878+ New Jersey Bureau of Vital Statistics.
1848-1877 New Jersey State Archives.
pre-1848, NJ Secretary of State indexes Colonial marriages (1665-1799). Additional research and resources
You can also contact the local registrar in the town where the marriage occurred.
The NJ State Archives holds naturalization records. Their Morris records cover 1816-1906, in 29 rolls of microfilm. Post-1906, naturalization records will be found in US National Archives repositories. NJ records are in the National Archives Northeast Region office, in New York City.
1914+ New Jersey Bureau of Vital Statistics.
1848-1913 New Jersey State Archives.
Contact the local registrar for the municipality where the death occurred.
Note: effective January 1, 1994, under NJ Administrative Code 8:2A1 et seq not everyone has access to the cause of death information on a death certificate. Surviving spouses, caretaking partners, parents, executors or other authorized representatives may see the entire death certificate. Local registrars will need written authorization from survivors or their authorized representatives permitting the researcher to see this portion of the death certificate.
Additional information for deceased persons who had Social Security numbers may be found in the Social Security Death Index using Ancestry.com (available at Morris County Library).
New Jersey wills are filed and probated in the county of residence of the deceased. Members of the public can view them and make copies at the County Surrogate's Office. Searching Morris probate records will give you name of the executor and the date, book and page number of the will. Contact the Surrogate's Office to make an appointment for on-site examination of wills.
1670-1952 The New Jersey State Archives has copies of all of the wills and inventories filed in this time period. Copies can be ordered.
1953+ wills and inventories are found at the Clerk of the Superior Court, Probate Section.
Superior Court Public Information CenterMorris County Library owns
P.O. Box 967
171 Jersey Street
Trenton NJ 08625-0967
Adoption--see the NJ Adoption Registry, NJ Dept of Children and Families
20th century records are held by the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St Louis. See also the National Archives(NARA) veterans web for overall information. For New Jersey:
Officers and Men of the Civil War from the New Jersey State LibraryCemeteries:
World War II dead and missing, Army and Air Force
World War II dead and missing, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard
Korean and Vietnam War casualty lists, state level lists by name and hometown
Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital
Greystone (still functioning) was formerly the New Jersey State Hospital for the Insane. Hospital inmates and staff, who lived on site will be found in a facility enumeration in the 1900-1930 censuses. (In Hanover Twp, 1900-1920, in Morris Plains in 1930.) Patients were admitted in some cases for mental conditions arising from physical conditions (stroke, kidney disease). Folk singer Woody Guthrie was hospitalized at the facility in the 1950s, when suffering from Huntington's chorea. The hospital, during the Depression, seems to have served as an overflow charity ward for northern NJ cities.
Age Search is a service of the US Bureau of the Census. The confidential records in the Bureau's custody (covering 1900-1990) are searched and an official transcript of the results is provided, for a fee (currently, $40.00). Access to the census records is strictly controlled under the US Code, Title 13, sections 8 and 9.
The Genealogical Society of NJ and The Association of Professional Genealogists (http://www.apgen.org) membership contacts are online if you want to hire a professional researcher. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' Family Search database and Family History Library Catalog are both accessible from your computer. Records may be ordered from your nearest LDS library. MCL can also order microfilm from LDS.