Doing a genealogy project? Newark Public Library can help! Please read the information below about NJ/Newark resources and if you have more questions submit them here (if an obit request here) we are always happy to help!
For the below resources, if you are unable to come in to the library, please your question here or if an obituary request here. A fee of $15 for up to three obits, or 10 pages of copies, and 30 minutes research will apply for out-of-state residents. There is a limit of three (3) obituary, death notice, or article lookups or 30 minutes research per month per patron. If you have a project that requires more than 30 minutes of research please see our Gateway Service fees. We also recommend using a professional researcher.
Obituaries, newspaper articles, and death notices: Obituaries, articles and death notices are a major genealogical resource! In Newark papers these can be found at the library. For obit requests please include: date of death (if possible) and full name of deceased & submit here. We have a list of digitized NJ newspapers and newspapers we have on microfilm which tells you where to find different papers. See “Newspapers” tab on our home page for more information.
City Directories: City directories can tell where an ancestor lived at any given period. The CFCNJIC owns city directories for many towns in NJ. See our Inventory of Directories. We also have phonebooks for the early 20th c. to 1990 statewide.
Pictures: If you have a famous ancestor or your ancestor had their picture in the newspaper, the library may have a picture of them. See “Pictures” tab on our home page
Books: Some books cover certain families or towns. See “Books” tab, our catalog, and our Guide to Genealogical Books. Yearbooks are also a helpful genealogical source. See our Inventory to Yearbooks. Note that we did not historically collect yearbooks. If we don’t have the yearbook you need there is information on other places you might try here.
Vital Records: The library does NOT have most vital records. Find them at the following places:
- Department of Health through 100 years ago
- New Jersey State Archives More than 100 years ago: On this page click on Birth, Marriage, Death, then find the request form; Through 1955 (deaths), 1940 (marriages), 1923 (births): Available on microfilm in person.
- City Hall Department of Vital Records (Newark only)
- Early Vital Records at NPL
Misc Documents: The library has a collection of city annual reports and other documents (our collection also includes non-city organizations like day care centers, social service organizations, and clubs) that may pertain to ancestors (see Documents tab). Further city documents can be found at the Newark City Archives.
Newark and NJ Maps: . The Newark Library has now digitized the majority of its historical maps and atlases. You can see a specific ancestor’s house on a map using our city atlases. We have city atlases from 1868, 1873, 1889, 1901, 1912 and 1926 that show every house (plus a county atlas from 1906 that only shows a small section of the city). We also have a Sanborn map updated through 1989 and earlier Sanborn maps on microfilm. Newark maps from our collection have been digitized by NJIT here and here, including some atlases and Sanborn maps. A limited collection of Sanborn maps of Newark and NJ is available online for free through Princeton University. If you have access through a university, library, or workplace Digital Sanborn Maps is generally the best way to access Sanborn maps. Other digitized NJ and Newark maps can be found through Rutgers digital collection.
Archives: The best way to search for the archives of a particular school or church that an ancestor attended in Newark, or from a particular neighborhood in Newark is the Newark Archives Project. This website contains an index to archives from all over the United States. For non-Newark materials, search our catalog . We recommend contacting a local library if you are looking for non-Newark material.
Other Newark Archives:
- Barringer High School Archive
- Episcopal Diocese of Newark
- Essex County Hall of Records
- Essex County Park Archives
- Ironbound Environmental Justice Archive (at Van Buren branch, online exhibit)
- Museum of the Old First Ward
- New Jersey Historical Society
- Newark City Archives
- Newark Museum Archives
- Newark Police Musuem
- Newark Public School Archives
Other Places In NJ with Genealogical Collections:
- Jewish Historical of New Jersey
- New Jersey Branches of the Family History Center
- New Jersey State Archives (Vital Records & more)
- Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives
- Seton Hall University (Catholic church records are here)
- Atlantic: Atlantic County Library System, Atlantic County Historical Society
- Bergen: Johnson Public Library
- Burlington: Burlington County Library System
- Camden: Camden County Historical Society
- Cape May: Cape May County Genealogical Library
- Cumberland: Cumberland County Historical Society
- Essex: Newark Public Library, Millburn Public Library , Maplewood Library, East Orange Public Library, Bloomfield Public Library
- Gloucester: Gloucester County Historical Society
- Hudson: Jersey City Public Library
- Hunterdon: Hunterdon County Historical Society
- Mercer: Trenton Public Library
- Middlesex: New Brunswick Public Library
- Monmouth: Red Bank Public Library , Long Branch Public Library
- Morris: Joint Free Public Library of Morristown and Morris Township
- Ocean: Ocean County Historical Society
- Passaic: Passaic County Historical Society , Paterson Public Library
- Salem: Salem County Historical Society
- Somerset: Somerset County Historical Society , Franklin Township Public Library
- Sussex: Sussex County Library
- Union: Plainfield Public Library, Elizabeth Public Library
- Warren: Warren County Public Library
- The Genealogical Society of New Jersey [Professional Researchers]
- Association of Professional Genealogists [link is to those that specialize in NJ]
- Obituary Lookup Volunteers
- Ancestry.com for use at the library
- Family Search free resource with census and other records.
- National Archives and Records Administration Genealogy page
Descriptions about finding aids and research tools available on a federal level. Important information about naturalizations, military records, federal employees, passenger lists and African Americans are accessible through this site. Some NARA material is also available online here.
- Newark Archives Project searchable index of many Newark archives including NPL
- Social Security Death Index
Contains listings and information provided by the Social Security Administration.
Further links of interest