Genealogy Help and References

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Looking to Research Your Family History in the Somerset Hills?

Genealogy is one of the local historical society’s most requested interest areas. While the Society has limited space to store family historical information, we do have the ability to help you get started on your search.

However, in partnership with the Bernards Township Library, there is a dedicated group there that might be able to assist with your research requests. There is also a tremendous amount of information at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church records in Basking Ridge as well as burial records in other towns.

Getting Started

Local Information

Bernards Township Vital Records

1850-present
Health Dept. (908) 204-2520
262 S. Finley Ave.
Basking Ridge, 07920

Family History Interest Group (FHIG)
meets in the Bernards Township Library
32 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge
4th Tuesday of each month at 7 pm. Coffee is served at 6:30 pm.
Call the Ref. Dept. (Ruth Lufkin) at (908) 204-3031 extension 4 for more information.

Local Churches


Historical Societies


Documents

Somerset County Historical Quarterly“, 8 volumes 1912-1919
Includes: Inscriptions of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Churchyard (Vol. 1),
Somerset County Marriages 1795-1879 (Vol. 1, 2,7)
Allan Duncan (ADuncan282@aol.com)
Has put the cemetery records from this in a binder titled
Somerset Burial Grounds” at the Somerset Co. Historical Soc.

The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey
Published by (The Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ))
has periodical articles on “Somerset County Gravestones”.
Vol. 39:3, 1964 has the “Liberty Corner Presbyterian Churchyard” gravestones, copied by members of the Genealogical Society in 1922 and checked again in 1940.
(Note: The author of this page is working on an update to that document.)

Notices from New Jersey Newspapers 1791-1795“, published 2002, Thomas Wilson and Dorothy Stratford

Cemetery Records of Warren Township“, Alan A. Siegel
avail. at: The Somerset Co. Historical Soc.
The Bernardsville Public Library
The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills


Libraries

Bernards Township Library – (908) 204-3031
32 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge

Bernardsville Public Library – (908) 766-0118 1 Anderson Hill Rd., Bernardsville
    Local History RoomTues. & Thu. 1 – 5PM
    Email: localhistory@hublib.lib.nj.us

Clarence Dillon Public Library – Bedminster (908) 234-2325 (www.clarencedillonpl.org/)
2336 Lamington Rd., Bedminster

Joint Free Public Library of Morristown – (973) 538-6161
Local History and Genealogy Dept. – (973) 538-3473
1 Miller Rd. and South St. (next to the church above), Morristown NJ


Online Resources

Somerset County GenWeb Project

Somerset County Resource List at:


State Information

New Jersey State Archives May 1848-May 1878
Division of Archives and Records Management (NJDARM)
M-F 8:30 – 4:30 – (609) 292-6260, 6265
State Library Building, 225 West State St., Trenton, NJ 08608-1101

New Jersey Bureau of Vital Statistics 1878-1940
M-F 8:30 – 5:00 (609) 292-4087
Department of Health and Senior Services, Trenton, NJ

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ)

The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey“, the GSNJ Newsletter,
New Jersey History Room
Alexander Library Rutgers U (732) 932-7851
169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

New Jersey Historical Society 52 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-596-8500
Tu-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New Jersey GenWeb Project

List of New Jersey Historical Societies

New Jersey Church & Cemetery Records

Presbyterian Historical Society Web Site

Genealogy Files at the Historical Society in Basking Ridge

So with nothing better to do, I went to the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills in Basking Ridge and gathered the names of every file in their position. Below is that list of surnamed folders on hand in the THSSH archives: 206 in all.

Alexander, Lord SterlingFitzrandolphPyne
Allen, QuiltsFlintQuincy
AllenForbesRankin
AlwardFordReeve
AndersonGarrabrantReid
AnninGrantReynolds
BadgleyGreeneRichardt
BaldwinGuerinRickey
BarclayGutleberRobison
BarkalowHaasRozewski
BarkerHallRiggs
BarreHancock, RevRoberts
BatemanHandRoebling (Brooklyn Bridge)
BedellHankinsonRolfe
BeersHanniganRoss
BergenHappeRozewski
BirdHarrisonRush
BlairHart, JohnSchenck (Scherck)?
Blazier (Blazure)HeadleySchley
BoakHeathSchiff
BackovenHodgesScheuerman
BonhamHelmkeSchmidt
BoothHilmer (Helmer) Schumacher
BoudinoutHenry, Dr. ClaireSeney
BoylanHineSidar, Jean Wilson
BoyleHolmesSloan
BradyHoneymanSmalley
BrownleeHasmerSmith
BreeseHowlettSnable
BrunoHunterSouthard
BuckJohnson, WilliamSpeer (Spear)
BunnJones, FCSpencer, Lt. Austin
CarswellKampmier (Kamprnier) ? Spinning, E.S
ChapinKearns, AnthonyStanin
ChapenKembleStelle
ChildsKennedy, Rev. SamuelStockton
ComptionKingSutphen
CondictKinnan, MarySutro
ConklingKirkpatrickSutton, Jeremiah
ConnollyKoechleinSwody
CoonKramerTerrell
Cooper, DanielKuserThompson
Cooper, PeterLaddTiger
CoriellLafayetteTunis
CormierLathropTurner
CoryLewisTurpin
Craft, WarrenLindaburyVail
CraigLindsley, PhilipVance
CramptonLine, Joseph (Ling)? Vanderveer
CrossLinnVan Daren
DaggettLookerVan Dorn
DayLyonVan Nest, Abraham
DaytonMcCainVoorhees, Dr. Amadee
DeCosterMcCallWhitaker
DillionMcCollumWhitenack
DorseyMcDowellWilcox
Doty SouthardMcMurtrieWilliams
DouglasMathenyWilson
DreesenMaloneWindes- Cory Family
DrydenMeeker, DavisWinn
DurhamMeeker, HalseyWood
EberhardtMoffettWoodward
EllisMooreWright
ErvingMorse, SamuelZander
EnglishMarton
FenwickMundy
FinleyNaegele
Nishwitz
Osborne
Palmer
Pelaccio, Giovanni
Penn
Pennington, Dr. William
Peppard, Rev Francis
Philhower
Pitney
Patts
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