Essex County, New Jersey Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Essex County Courthouse
 465 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973.621.4920 

County Clerk has marriage records 1795-1879,
divorce and court records from 1948
and naturalization records 1779-1929;
City Clerks have birth and death records 
County Surrogate has probate records;
Register of Deeds has land records [1]

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. [1]

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 County boundary clarified
  • 1876, some changes with Union boundary
  • 1882, Union County boundary further clarified
  • 1891, Part of Millburn twp. to to Union County's Springfield twp
  • 1892, more minor changes with Union boundary
  • 1907, parts of Acquackanonk & Little Falls twps. of Passaic County to Montclair
  • 1958, some of 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




Dutch Reformed
  • 1694 - Zabriskie, George Olin. "Resident of North-Eastern New Jersey in 1694," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 108, No. 3 (Jul. 1977):157-158. Digital version at New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 108. List of residents in Dutch Reformed congregation of Acquackanonk Township and New Barbados.
LDS Ward and Branch Records
  • East Orange
  • Newark


Directories ($) has Newark City Directories 1861-1923 (8 yrs. missing) available online.

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





Obtaining Copies of County Probate Records

Copies of recorded probate records and the estate files can be obtained from the surrogate's offices for a fee. Addresses of surrogate's offices are found in:

  • Eichholz, Alice, Editor. Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources. Revised Edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1992. (Family History Library book 973 D27rb 1992.) Explains state-by-state history, vital records, census, background sources, periodicals, archives, libraries, societies, maps, land, probate, court, tax, cemetery, church, and military records. Includes county boundary map and table which shows when each county was created and the parent counties.

In addition, copies of the original wills, administrations, inventories, and guardianships sent to Trenton since 1901 can be ordered from:

Clerk of the Superior Court
Records Information Center
P.O. Box 967
Trenton, NJ 08625-0967
Telephone: 609-292-4978
Fax: 609-777-0094


Vital Records

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

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cumberland County, New Jersey page 464, {WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; FHL Book 973 D27e 2002. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "HBG" defined multiple times with different content