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North Jersey History & Genealogy Center

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The North Jersey History and Genealogy Center is a department within the Morristown & Morris Township Library, located in the building's lower level. We invite you to explore our exceptional collection of New Jersey and early American histories, genealogies, maps, historical newspapers, historic preservation materials, manuscripts, records, rare books, and fine art and prints. Our collection is open to all. You can discover more about our collections through our online catalog, our collections page, our digital images, and also by clicking Archival and Manuscript Collection Finding Aids in the column to the right.

Phone: 973-538-3473
Please email us for more information.


Exhibit - Called to Serve: Morristown & Morris Township in WWI


Exhibit - Called to Serve: Morristown & Morris Township in WWI

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center presents an exhibit from our library's collections. The exhibit will be on display from April 5 - August 14, 2017 in the F.M. Kirby Gallery on the second floor of the library.



On April 6, 1917, the United States formally entered WWI by declaring war on Germany.  German U-Boat attacks against unarmed vessels carrying American citizens and evidence of a German plot to ally with Mexico against the United States rendered American neutrality unsustainable, and so the United States joined in the conflict that had raged for two and a half years.

By the summer of 1917, communities around the country were mobilizing human and financial resources in support of the Allied war effort.

The photos and stories told here in newspaper headlines, obituaries, photos, ephemera and letters provide a small glimpse into one such community. 

A pilot’s diary, correspondence of fire fighters to their friends back at the fire station, a letter of a mother who lost her son, and first hand battle descriptions by African American soldiers  reveal the personal and human side of a community that was deeply affected by the war.

Learn more about the Great War by visiting MacCulloch Hall’s exhibit on the Women’s Land Army and Acorn Hall’s exhibit on Morris County and World War I.


Library Photo Contest

Library Photo Contest
The North Jersey History and Genealogy Center invites interested persons to enter our second photograph contest. This is an exciting way to celebrate our local history through the art of photography.


The photographs should be taken between September 1st, 2016 and May 1st, 2017 by amateur photographers of Morristown and Morris Township. An amateur photographer is defined as a person who receives less than 50% of their annual income through photography. Contestants may submit up to five 8x11 prints.  Photos should feature a landmark, landscape, historic building, architectural feature, or other subject that reflects Morristown and/or Morris Township and should be submitted by May 8, 2017.  An award will be given for the best Morristown photograph and another for the best Morris Township photograph. For further details, please contact the History Center at or (973) 538-3473.

Model Release: Photographs that contain recognizable people must be accompanied by a model release form signed by each person photographed. If any photographed individuals are under the age of 18 years, the youth’s parent or legal guardian must also sign the photo release

Please include the date the photograph was taken, your name, contact information and the location of the photograph. 

Awards will be given to the photographers of the best Morristown and best Morris Township photographs at an awards program on Thursday, June 8th at 7 PM in the meeting room in the library’s lower level. 

All submissions automatically agree to allow the library to use the images in library publications, social media or in future exhibits. Photographers will be cited whenever and wherever we post the photographs. 

Photo of Morristown





2016 Photo Contest Winners

Our contest challenged anyone with a passion for photography to capture images of Morristown and Morris Township and share them with the library. In response, we received many excellent submissions portraying numerous places of interest in our community.

Here are the winning photos for our 2016 contest.


The index to our Miscellaneous Manuscripts collection is now online.

Our Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection contains smaller or single-item collections that are unrelated by provenance. Their custodial history is largely unknown. Brought together for ease of access and preservation, this collection spans the years 1691 to 2011 and is arranged alphabetically. Content varies widely, but primarily centers around the Morris County vicinity and New Jersey. The collection includes correspondence, deeds and land records, financial and legal documents, sermons, bible records, business, church and town records, personal diaries and journals, political memorabilia, military records, advertisements and ephemera. More items will be added to the collection as they arrive in the department. 


Announcing MyHeritage!

MyHeritage is a leading destination to discover, share and preserve your family history. Millions of families around the world use MyHeritage to create their family tree and make instant, meaningful discoveries about their ancestors. With access to all the major record archives and the most internationally diverse collection of family trees, exciting discoveries are at the touch of a button. The site makes it easy for users of all levels to uncover their roots with minimal effort and preserve their family story for future generations.

And best of all, this program is free to Morristown and Morris Township library cardholders! To access this database from home you must have a valid Morristown and Morris Township Library Card.

 (This database is also available to many other Morris County library cardholders. Check your local library for access.)


Find my past has added 10 million new Irish records! 

Fully indexed with original images.

Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
Explore over 7 million baptism records dating back to the 1600s to reveal your ancestor's birth place, residence and the names of their parents. Break down those brick walls!

  Upperchurch and Drombane Parish records  Baptism date  20 Aug 1832
Cashel and Emly Diocese County Tipperary

Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Marriages
Uncover the details of previous generations with over 3 million marriage records. Discover the name of your relative's spouse, the name of their father and their father's address. Where and when did your Irish ancestors tie the knot? 

Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Burials
Delve through more than 250,000 burial records from across all 32 counties. Records will reveal your ancestor's date and place of death and may even contain details of payments made to the church. 


We now subscribe to Findmypast and Fold3

Findmypast includes historical records from around the world - Start exploring today!

The Findmypast database includes online collections of Irish records and UK parish records, dating from 1538, and the most comprehensive archive of British military records online.

Other collections include:

  • Census records from England, Wales & Scotland, 1841-1911 (As well as U.S. census records)
  • Easy-to-search birth, marriage and death records
  • Travel & migration records including 24 million passenger list records
  • Military, armed forces & conflict records from WWI, WWII & more
  • Historical British Newspapers from 1710 to 1955

Fold3 includes U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.


Available in the library reading room only.


Check out our local history articles in The Morristown! 

Here you will find posts written by the NJH&GC staff about interesting and often lesser known historical places, people and events of the Morris area, using the History Center's extensive research materials. This is an ongoing collaboration with The Morristown, so check back often.  We encourage you to use our history library to research any aspect of the Morris area's past. 



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