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North Jersey History & Genealogy Center

Special Notice: The Daily Record (June 25, 1900 through July 25, 1974, ) is undergoing conservation and will be unavailable through October 2014.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

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 expore 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
For addition information please send an email to:
njhgc@jfpl.org

 

Recent gift reflects early Morristown History

The watercolor painting on the left is a recent gift to our library. It illustrates the family home of Major Daniel Phoenix, who was a local merchant, property owner and civic leader in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Morristown. The house stood on the current site of the old Y.M.C.A building shown in the postcard on the right, which is now a commercial space known as the Courthouse Plaza. The building is located across from the Morris County Courthouse at 60 Washington Street in Morristown.  

Read more about the story of this property's transformation through the years, as it passed through the hands of several owners.

 

Upcoming speaking event

Sunday, November 16, 2:00 pm
“Owning New Jersey: Historic Tales of War, Property Disputes & the Pursuit of Happiness”
Featuring author Joseph Grabas 



New Jersey’s land records and deeds are unlikely sources for a thrilling tale, but the state’s boundaries were drawn in such documents centuries ago, by authors who never stepped foot in North America. Bizarre and mysterious tales do abound, like the silk baron’s castle and the assault against a sixteen–year–old maiden during the throes of the American Revolution. Join land title expert Joseph Grabas as he combs through these all–but–forgotten stories of the pursuit of happiness and property in early New Jersey with an emphasis on Morris County conveyances. Joseph Grabas is a recognized Certified Title Professional and an expert in Land Title Research, having examined over 100,000 land titles in five States and all 21 Counties in New Jersey since 1978.

Refreshments will be served.

 

New Feature

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

  

Some New Acquisitions at the NJH&GC

Rhode Island in the American Revolution: A Source Guide for Genealogists and Historians, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 2014
By Eric G. Grundset 

New York in the American Revolution: A Source Guide for Genealogists and Historians. National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 2012
By Eric G. Grundset 

Both of these comprehensive guides provide details on existing manuscript and archival material for Rhode Island and New York during the Revolutionary War era, along with listings of published historical and genealogical studies which supplement the original sources. Researchers will find these guides to be essential resources to identify materials and studies located in many scattered libraries and archives. Both include table of contents, text pages, map pages, and indexes.

 

America's Women in the Revolutionary Era 1760-1790: A History Through Bibliography, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 2011 
Edited by Eric G. Grundset 

DAR Library researchers made an effort to locate every relevant published resource about Revolutionary women possible, including books, articles, dissertations and online documents in this authoritative three volume guide. The books document sources about America’s women from the famous to the obscure, including a great wealth of resources describing the daily lives of regular women of different races and classes. This focus on “average” women was a driving force of the research behind the book.

 

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, (4th edition) Genealogical Publishing Company, 2012 

by John Grenham                    
H929.01415 Gre

Many genealogists consider John Grenham's Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, (4th edition) to be one of the most up-to-date and thorough source books for serious researchers of Irish family history.

Editorial Reviews:
"The most comprehensive and authoritative book on Irish genealogy available." --- Heritage Quest 
"Highly recommended for anyone doing Irish research." --- Federation of Genealogical Societies Forum

 

A History of New Jersey Libraries, Scarecrow Press, 2014 
by Christine M. Keresztury  (Editor)
H2 Hist

For the first time, a library history is focused on the way in which libraries of all kinds have developed within a single state. The growth of public libraries, the state library, school libraries, academic libraries, and special libraries are all considered in this one volume. New Jersey's library history stretches back into the mid-18th century with the development of a small book collection by the colonial government.

 



Hidden History of New Jersey at War
, The History Press, 2014 
by Joseph G. Bilby, James M. Madden, and Harry Ziegler
H2 Bil

The Garden State has made innumerable contributions to our nation’s military history, but many of those stories remain hidden within larger national narrative. Perhaps the most critical one-day battle of the Revolution was fought in Monmouth County. During the Civil War, a New Jersey unit was instrumental in saving Washington D.C., from Confederate capture.  In World War II, New Jersey women flocked to war production factories and served in the armed forces. Uncover these and other stories from New Jersey’s hidden wartime history.

 

 



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