Essex County, New Jersey Genealogy

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United States > New Jersey  > Essex County

County Courthouse

Essex County Government Complex
County Clerk
465 Martin Luther King Blvd, Rm #247
PO Box 690 Newark, NJ

Essex County Hall of Records
465 Martin Luther King Blvd, Rm #405
Newark, NJ 07102

"The Record Room is the repository for copies of all legal documents which have been recorded within the County since its creation in 1637. The public has access rights to these documents and are permitted to make searches.

The records are available for public inspection between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. By law, staff cannot conduct a title search, although upon request, the staff will familiarize the public with the indexing method and demonstrate how to use the books."


Parent County

Created 1 March 1683 from the Colonial Lands

Boundary Changes

  • 1710, New Barbadoes twp. to Bergen County
  • 1741, part to Somerset County
  • 1822, water boundry defined
  • 1837, part to Passaic County
  • 1857, part to Union County
  • 1871, Union boundary clarified
  • 1876, some changes with Union boundary
  • 1882, Union County County boundary further clarified
  • 1891, Part of Millburn twp. to to Union County Springfield twp
  • 1892, more minor changes with Union boundary
  • 1907, parts of Acquackanonk & Little Falls twps. of Passaic County to Montclair
  • 1958, some Springfield twp., Union County to here.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

  • Boroughs: Caldwell . Essex Fells . Glen Ridge . North Caldwell . Roseland
  • Cities: East Orange . Newark
  • Townships: Belleville . Bloomfield . Cedar Grove . City of Orange . Fairfield . Irvington . Livingston . Maplewood . Millburn . Montclair . Nutley . South Orange Village . Verona . West Caldwell . West Orange
  • Communities: Broadway . Downtown Newark . Fairmount . Forest Hill . Ironbound . Llewellyn Park . Roseville . Seventh Avenue . Short Hills . Springfield/Belmont . University Heights . Upper Montclair . Vailsburg . Weequahic

Neighboring Counties

Bergen | Hudson | Morris | Passaic | Union





Gazetteers of Places/Localities

  • United States Geographic Survey Place Names - GNIS for Essex County  (over 1180 entries)
    (may not always be present in alphabetic order on first try.)


Local Histories






Vital Records

Vital Records Office (revised as of 21 July 2005) (giving locations for birth certificates and phone numbers)

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites