Hudson County, New Jersey Genealogy

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County Courthouse

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At the time of European contact in the 17th century, Hudson County was the territory the Lenape or Lenni-Lenape, namely the bands (or family groups) known as the Hackensack, the Tappan, the Raritan, and the Manhattan. They were a seasonally migrational people who practiced small-scale agriculture (companion planting) augmented by hunting and gathering which likely, given the topography of the area, included much (shell)fishing and trapping. These groups had early and frequent contact with the by Europeans, with whom they engaged in trade. Their Algonquian language can still be inferred in many local place names such as Communipaw, Harsimus, Hackensack, Hoboken, Weehawken, Secaucus, and Pamrapo.

Henry Hudson, for whom the county and river on which it sits is named, established a claim for the area in 1609 when anchoring his ship the Halve Maen (Half Moon) at Harsimus Cove and Weehawken Cove. The west bank of the North River (as it was called) and the cliffs, hills, and marshlands abutting and beyond it, were settled by Europeans (Dutch, Flemish, Walloon, Huguenot) from the Lowlands around the same time as New Amsterdam.

Parent County

22 February 1840: formed from Bergen County. [1]

Boundary Changes

1852: part of Harrison twp. returned to Bergen County as Union twp.
1892:
water boundary clarified.

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Archives and Libraries

Biography

Cemeteries

Church History and Records

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    • Hoboken
    • Hoboken Dist

Court

Census

  • 1890
  • 1905

Directories

Genealogy

History

Land and property

Maps

Military

Civil War service men in Hudson County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county.

Newspapers

Naturalization and citizenship

Probate records

Public records

Taxation

Vital records

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Websites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].