New Jersey Gazetteers

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Online Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Print Only Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

  • Cities, towns and post-offices of New Jersey in 1880 Cities, Towns and Post-Offices of New Jersey in 1880 : being a complete gazetteer of the state, with the census report and statistics for 1880, alphabetically arranged. Millville, New Jersey : South Jersey Pub. Co., 1979
  • Encyclopedia of New Jersey Encyclopedia of New Jersey. New York, New York : Somerset, c1983
  • A Geographic Dictionary of New Jersey Henry Gannett. A Geographic Dictionary of New Jersey. Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Publishing Company, 1978
  • New Jersey Local Names NJ Dept of Transportation. New Jersey Local Names. Trenton, New Jersey : New Jersey Department of Transportation, Communications Office, 1986

Why Use Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

A gazetteer is a dictionary of place-names. Gazetteers list or describe towns and villages, parishes, states, populations, rivers and mountains, and other geographical features. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published. Within a specific geographical area, the place-names are listed in alphabetical order, similar to a dictionary. You can use a gazetteer to locate the places where your family lived and to determine the civil and religious jurisdictions over those places.

There are many places within a state with similar or identical place-names. You will need to use a gazetteer to identify the specific town where your ancestor lived, the state the town was or is in, and the jurisdictions where records about the person was kept.

Gazetteer Contents[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers may also provide additional information about towns, such as:

  • Different religious denominations
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Major manufacturers, canals, docks, and railroad stations
  • The population size.
  • Boundaries of civil jurisdiction.
  • Ecclesiastical jurisdiction(s)
  • Longitude and latitude.
  • Distances and direction from other from cities.
  • Schools, colleges, and universities.
  • Denominations and number of churches.
  • Historical and biographical information on some individuals (usually high-ranking or famous individuals)