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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.     

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Trace your British and Irish Roots with Find My Past in our reading room!

 




For a trial period, we are offering Find My Past, which includes exclusive family history records and newspapers such as:

• British newspaper archives from England, Wales and Scotland
• Parish records, including 40 million baptisms, marriages and burials from across England and Wales dating back to 1538
• Passenger lists of ships leaving the UK 1890-1960 to the U.S., Canada and Australia
British Army Records 1760-1915
• Local English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish records dating back to 1700, including school admissions, workhouse registers and apprenticeships records.
• Irish court records

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Check out our local history articles in The Morristown Green.com! 

Here you will find posts written by the NJH&GC staff about interesting and often lesser known places, people and events of the Morris area, using the History Center's extensive research materials. This is an ongoing collaboration with The Morristown Green.com, 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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Exhibit Honors the 275th Founding of the Township of Morris: 
1740-2015 

Our new exhibit is now on display in our second floor gallery, honoring the 275th founding of the Township of Morris. The anniversary exhibit focuses not only on Morris Township's agricultural past, but also its part in the American Revolution and its fame as home to Gilded Age, New York City millionaire mansions. The exhibition also examines the history of the Township's fire and police departments, The Seeing Eye, the College of Saint Elizabeth and other institutions as well as famous Township residents. Hosted by The Mayor and Township Committee, The Historic Preservation Commission of Morris Township and The Morristown and Morris Township Library. Please stop by and have a look. 

Exhibit will be up until mid August.

 

 

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Silas Ogden Journal Acquisition

Silas Ogden’s journal starts on December 11, 1812, with an entry noting the end of his nine-year apprenticeship in Morristown to Silas Mills as a tanner.  During his training, Silas would only see his parents once, and Mr. Mills eventually regarded him as a member of his extended family. Nevertheless, Ogden managed to remain close with his parents and eleven siblings who he immediately set out to visit and assist with a number of business propositions. The journal recounts Ogden’s military training (during the War of 1812 he was a Fife Major in the First Regiment of the Morris Brigade), social engagements with several Morristown families, travels across the state on horseback and by foot, and other aspects of day to day life in early 1800s America. The Silas Ogden Journal was recently cataloged and is available to researchers in the reading room.
 

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Search New Jersey Historical Newspapers (Newsbank) from home
(Morristown & Township Library Card needed for remote access.  The database is free in the NJH&GC Reading Room.)

Search through the following historical New Jersey newspaper titles, in addition to many others.

Centinel Of Freedom (Newark) 1796 - 1876 
Genius of Liberty (Morristown) 1798 - 1811 
Jersey Journal (Jersey City) 1867 - 1962 
The Jersey Journal (Jersey City) 1999 - Current 
Jewish Chronicle (Newark) 1921-1943 
Jewish Journal (New Brunswick) 1956-1971 
Newark Star Ledger 1964 and 1984 
New-Jersey Journal (Elizabethtown) 1786 - 1818 
Palladium of Liberty (Morristown) 1808 - 1822 
The Star-Ledger (Newark) 1989 - Current 
The Times (Trenton) 1993 - Current 
Trenton Evening Times 1883 - 1993 
Trenton Federalist 1800 - 1824 
Trenton State Gazette 1847 - 1898 
True American (Trenton) 1801 - 1818

 

 



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