Burlington County, New Jersey Genealogy

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Guide to Burlington County, New Jersey ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Mount Holly
Organized: 17 May, 1694
Parent County(s): Colonial lands
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Burlington County is located in the central region of the state. It was created on May 17, 1694. Mount Holly is the county seat. The county was named for Bridlington, England.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Burlington County Court House
49 Rancocas Road
Mount Holly, NJ 8060
Phone: 609-288-9500
Burlington County Website

County Clerk has land and military records.
County Surrogate has probate records.
County library has naturalization records.[2]

Burlington County, New Jersey Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1901 1795 1901 1730 1766 1688 1830
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started 1 May 1848. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • Parent County(s): First county created in what is now New Jersey, from the Colonial lands, 1681.[4]
  • County Seat: Mount Holly[5]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

  • Shamong Township
  • Southampton Township
  • Springfield Township
  • Tabernacle Township
  • Washington Township
  • Westampton
  • Willingboro
  • Woodland Township

  • History Timeline[edit | edit source]

    • 1681, a court was established in the province of West Jersey.
    • 1692, boundary set with Gloucester County.
    • 1693, Gloucester County boundary repealed.
    • 1694, formed by a union of "1st and 2nd tenths"
    • 1710, boundaries more definite.
    • 7 March 1837, part set off to form Atlantic County. [7]
    • 1838, part transferred to Mercer County.
    • 15 February 1850, Ocean County set off. [8]
    • 1857, boundary with Ocean County clarified.
    • 1891, Egg Harbor township transferred to Ocean County.
    • 1902, parts added from Camden and Atlantic counties.

    Resources[edit | edit source]

    Bible Records[edit | edit source]

    Biographies[edit | edit source]

    Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries of Burlington County, New Jersey online and in print
    Tombstone Transcriptions Online
    Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
    List of Cemeteries in the County
    See New Jersey Cemeteries for more information.

    Census Records[edit | edit source]

    For tips on accessing census records online, see: New Jersey Census.

    Historical populations
    Census Pop.
    1790 18,095
    1800 21,521 18.9%
    1810 24,979 16.1%
    1820 28,822 15.4%
    1830 31,107 7.9%
    1840 32,831 5.5%
    1850 43,203 31.6%
    1860 49,730 15.1%
    1870 53,639 7.9%
    1880 55,402 3.3%
    1890 58,528 5.6%
    1900 58,241 −0.5%
    1910 66,565 14.3%
    1920 81,770 22.8%
    1930 93,541 14.4%
    1940 97,013 3.7%
    1950 135,910 40.1%
    1960 224,499 65.2%
    1970 323,132 43.9%
    1980 362,542 12.2%
    1990 395,066 9.0%
    2000 423,394 7.2%
    2010 448,734 6.0%
    Source: "Wikipedia.org".

    Church Records[edit | edit source]

    Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about denominations, view the New Jersey Church Records wiki page.

    Contains the church records of:
    • Beverly: Beverly Presbyterian Church; First Presbyterian Church
    • Burlington: Episcopal Church; Providence Presbyterian Church of Bustleton; St. Mary's Hall Church
    • Cinnaminson: Asbury United Methodist Church
    • Hainesport: St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
    • Medford: Medford Methodist Church
    • Moorestown: First Presbyterian Church; First United Methodist Church; Methodist Episcopal Church
    • Mount Holly: First United Methodist Church; Perinchief Funeral Home; St. Andrew's Episcopal Church; Trinity Episcopal Church
    • Palmyra: Central Baptist Church of Riverton and Palmyra; Epworth United Methodist Church
    • Pemberton: Grace Episcopal Church
    • Riverton: Calvary Presbyterian Church
    • Southampton: Trinity Episcopal Church
    • Tabernacle: Indian Mills Charge Methodist Episcopal Church
    • Vincentown: Vincentown Methodist Church

    Additional churches:

    • St Mary Parish, Founded:1837- Address: 45 Crosswicks St, Bordentown, NJ 08505 - Phone: (609) 298-0261 Fax: (609) 298-7178 - Website: [1]


    • 1702-1836 "Register of St. Mary's Church, Burlington, N.J.," Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Vol. 2, No. 3 (Jun. 1903):241-302. For online access, see WeRelate; see also FHL Book 974.8 B2p. Includes baptisms, marriages, marriage banns, and burials.


    • 1685-1730 "Marriages at Chesterfield, New Jersey, 1685-1730. Certificates Records in the Minutes of the Chesterfield (N.J.) Monthly Meeting," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 9 (1885):347-352. For free online access, see WeRelate.

    List of Churches and Church Parishes

    Court Records[edit | edit source]

    Directories[edit | edit source]

    Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

    Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

    African American
    Lyght, Ernest. Path of Freedom: the Black Presence in New Jersey's Burlington County, 1659-1900 - Cherry Hill, N.J. E. and E. Pub. House, c. 1978. - 108p. F142.B9 L93

    Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

    Genealogies[edit | edit source]

    Guardianship[edit | edit source]

    Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

    Land and property records can place an ancestor in a specific location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

    See New Jersey Land and Property for information about New Jersey Proprietary land records. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse.

    Local Histories[edit | edit source]

    Your relatives may be included in biographies, in church, school and government history, or in military events and lists. For more information, see New Jersey History and scroll to Local Histories.

    Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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    for more resources

    • United States Geographic Survey Place Names - GNIS for Burlington County(over 1150 entries)
      (may not always be present in alphabetic order on first try.)
    • FamilySearch Places: Map of cities and towns in this county - How to Use FS Places

    Migration[edit | edit source]

    Early migration routes to and from Burlington County for settlers included:[9]

    Military Records[edit | edit source]

    Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

    Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

    Newspapers[edit | edit source]

    Burlington County Newspaper Notices Index

    • The "Burlington County Newspaper Notices Index" includes citations to birth announcements, marriage announcements, death notices, obituaries, and other related news items gathered from over twenty-five Burlington County area newspapers and publications.
    • The oldest citations in this index date back to 1810 and are from the Rural Visitor, a newspaper published in Burlington City, from July 1810 to July 1811. The majority of the citations in the database are death notices and marriage announcements from the mid-1800's and 1910-through the WW II era. Most of the birth announcements date from the 1970's-early 1980's. However, no newspaper in the Burlington County Library System microfilm collection has been indexed from the first issue to the last.

    Bordertown Register

    • The "Bordentown Palladium" was founded in 1845 as a weekly community paper serving the Bordentown region of Burlington County, New Jersey, an area six miles south of Trenton. The newspaper was renamed "Bordentown Register" in 1851 and renamed again in 1966 to"Register-News". Over its 160 years of publication, the newspaper has chronicled the history of the Bordentown region, including local news for surrounding towns of Fieldsboro, Florence, Roebling, Columbus, Chesterfield, Mansfield, and Yardville, marriages and death notices, legislative news, judicial announcements, business and social concerns of the area. Of special note is the news of hometown soldiers in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean, and Vietnam Wars and subsequent.

    Obituaries[edit | edit source]

    Other Records[edit | edit source]

    Voting Records[edit | edit source]

    • 1739 Thompson, John J. "'Poll Book of an Election in 1739' Burlington County, New Jersey," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 18 (1894):185-193. For free online access, see WeRelate.
    • 1787 Shinn, Henry C. "An Early New Jersey Poll List," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 44 (1920):77-81. For free online access, see WeRelate.

    Periodicals[edit | edit source]

    Probate Records[edit | edit source]

    From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas and may have earlier records. In 1852, most of those records were transferred to the Burlington County Probate Court. For more complete information and for online and other resources, see New Jersey Probate Records.

    Online Probate Indexes and Records

    School Records[edit | edit source]

    Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

    Tax Records[edit | edit source]

    New Jersey tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information see the wiki page New Jersey Taxation.

    Online Tax Indexes and Records

    • 1684 Thompson, John J. "A Burlington County, New Jersey, Assessment List, 1684," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 15 (1891):346-349. For free online access, see WeRelate.

    Vital Records[edit | edit source]

    Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the New Jersey Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. Original marriage records are usually held at the county Bureau of Vital Statistics.

    Birth[edit | edit source]

    Marriage[edit | edit source]

    Death[edit | edit source]

    Divorce[edit | edit source]

    Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

    Archives[edit | edit source]

    Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

    Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

    • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
    • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

    Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

    Libraries[edit | edit source]

    Museums[edit | edit source]

    Societies[edit | edit source]

    Burlington County Genealogy Club
    PO Box 2449, R.D. #2
    Mt. Holly
    Burlington County Historical Society
    457 High Street
    Burlington City, NJ 08016-44514
    Telephone: 609-386-4773
    Fax: 609-386-4282

    Burlington County Historical Society
    457 High Street
    Burlington City, New Jersey 08016
    Telephone: 609-386-4773

    Bordentown Historical Society
    211 Crosswicks Road
    Bordentown, NJ 08505
    Telephone: 609-298-1740

    Websites[edit | edit source]

    • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

    Research Guides[edit | edit source]

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. Wikipedia contributors, "Burlington County, New Jersey" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burlington_County,_New_Jersey accessed 29 August 2018.
    2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Burlington County, New Jersey page 464, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
    3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Burlington County, New Jersey . Page 464-465 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 460.
    4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 464. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
    5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002).At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
    6. Wikipedia contributors, "Burlington County, New Jersey," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burlington_County,_New_Jersey, accessed 8 August 2019.
    7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 464. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
    8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 464. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
    9. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 464. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.