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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.


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. Trusted by millions of families, its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, an internationally diverse collection of family trees, and ground-breaking search and matching technologies. MyHeritage is available in 40 languages. (You will need to enter a valid library card number (no spaces), from a Morris County Library to gain access from home.)

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.


Recent Finding Aids

The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center recently preserved and organized three manuscript collections: the Hill Family Papers , 1841-1946, the Kathryn B. Jackson Papers, 1901-1994 and the Thomas McClure Peters Diary,1844-1866. The Brinley and Holbook Landscape Architecture Collection was recently conserved and inventoried. 

Hill Family Papers, 1841-1946

The papers document a prominent upper middle class Morristown family that endeavored to enter high society while confronting financial instability and personal conflict. The papers especially highlight the life and career of Alice Leslie Hill, an avid Republican reformer, feminist, and birth control activist whose fractious personal life led to her institutionalization at Greystone Park.

Kathryn B. Jackson Papers, 1901-1994. 

Kathryn B. Jackson was a beloved children’s author who wrote numerous titles for the Golden Books series; she is perhaps best known for the Saggy Baggy Elephant and the Tawny Scrawny Lion. A longtime Morristown resident, Jackson also worked as Senior Editor for Silver Burdett Textbook Company and Scholastic Magazine, and served as President of the Friends of the Morristown and Morris Township Library. Her papers reflect the successful publishing career that she built with husband Byron H. Jackson, Jr., and include photographs and ephemera depicting her family life.


Diary of Thomas McClure Peters, 1844-1866.

Thomas McClure Peters served as Archdeacon of New York and rector of St. Michael’s Protestant Episcopal Church in New York, and founded the Sheltering Arms home for children. Born in Boston, he graduated from Yale in 1841 and entered the General Theological Seminary in New York, but postponed his studies for a two-year tour of Europe. While rector at St. Michael’s, Peters founded a new church cemetery and was actively involved in charitable institutions. The first handwritten diary contains observations of Peters’ travels in Italy, France, England, and Germany, while the second diary includes daily entries regarding the theological calendar, church services, and personal notes.

Brinley & Holbrook Landscape Architecture Plans, 1896 -1929

Brinley & Holbrook was a landscape architecture firm founded in 1901 by John Brinley and John Holbrook, known for their picturesque landscape design plans. This collection contains over 2,000 items consisting of landscape architecture drawings and plans, building and garden sketches, horticulture plans, and photographs by Brinley & Holbrook from 1896 to 1929.


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. 


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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