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1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920:

Copies of these censuses can be found in the following repositories: National Archives and all of its regional centers, Family History Library, New Jersey Historical Society, New Jersey State Archives, Newark Public Library, Rutgers University Library and the New Jersey State Library.

                        1790, 1800 (except Cumberland County), 1810, and 1820 censuses are missing

                        1890 census (except the 17 names of the Nelson, Cross, and Clooney families from Jersey City, 
                                Hudson County) was destroyed 
                        1890 schedule of Union veterans and widows has survived

The United States Census article provides detailed information about these records.

Census Substitutes
Search the tax ratables described in New Jersey Taxation. Also see the 1793 militia census described in New Jersey Military Records.

Historical Background

1664-1676--New Jersey consisted of two separate proprietorships, East and West Jersey.
1702--The two Jerseys were united to form a singel royal colony.
1776--New Jersey declared itself an independent state. 


1800 (Cumberland County), 1830 1840, 1850 and 1860--Statewide indexes are available in books.

1800 (Cumberland County), 1830 1840, and1850--Statewide indexes are available in microfiche.

1880 (partial), 1900 and 1920--Soundex (phonetic) indexes are available. 

County-wide indexes are listed in the Family History Library Catalog Locality Search under NEW JERSEY, [COUNTY] - CENSUS.

  • Kirkham, E. Kay. A Handy Guide to Record- Searching in the Larger Cities of the United States. Logan, Utah: Everton, 1974. (Family History Library fiche 6010059-60.) Includes ward maps and street indexes for Camden in 1878.
  • Buckway, G. Eileen. U.S. 1910 Federal Census: Unindexed States: A Guide to Finding Census Enumeration Districts for Unindexed Cities, Towns, and Villages. Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Library, 1992. (Family History Library fiche 6101340.)
  • United States.Bureau of the Census. Cross Index to Selected City Streets and Enumeration Districts, 1910 Census. Washington, DC: National Archives, [1984]. (51 Family History Library  fiche 6331481.) Lists street addresses of Elizabeth (fiche 19), Newark (fiche 25), and Patterson (fiche 36) with corresponding census enumeration districts.
  • Buckway, G. Eileen. U.S. State and Special Census Register. Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1992. (Family HHistory Library fiche 6104851-52.)

Special Censuses

Colonial Censuses

The colonial censuses taken in 1726, 1738, 1745, and 1772 were destroyed. Various other records can substitute for colonial censuses. These include lists of petitioners, residents, freeholders, quit renters, jurists, voters, and taxpayers. Many of these lists have been published in periodicals. For a helpful guide in locating these lists, refer to:

  • Stemmons, John D. The United States Census Compendium. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1973.

A colonial census of the early Swedish settlers in New Jersey has been published in the following:

  • Craig, Peter Stebbins. The 1693 Census of the Swedes on the Delaware: Family Histories of the Swedish Lutheran Church Members Residing in Pennsylvania, Delaware, West New Jersey and Cecil County, Maryland, 1638-1693. Studies in Swedish American Genealogy 3. Winter Park, Florida: SAG Publications, 1993.  Includes index and bibliography.


Mortality Schedules

 1850-1880--The 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 censuses have mortality schedules, which are lists of the people who died in the year before the census was taken.  The censuses are at the New Jersey State Library. Microfilm copies are at the state archives, the New Jersey Historical Society, and the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

At the Family History Library mortality schedules are listed as:

  • United States. Census Office. Census of New Jersey, 1850-1880; Third Series (of Persons Who Died During the Years Ending 30 June 1850, 1 June 1860; 1 June 1870; 31 May 1880. Trenton, New Jersey: State Library of Archives and History, Department of Education, 1996. (Family History Library  films 802952-55.) The 1880 schedules are for Atlantic to Hudson counties only.

The schedule for 1850 is indexed in:

  • George, Shirley J. and Sandra E. Glenn. New Jersey 1850 Mortality Schedule Index. Columbus, New Jersey: G. & G. Genealogical Book, 1982. Mortality Schedules 1850-1880


Veterans Schedules

The 1890 schedule of Union veterans and widows has survived. See:

United States. Census Office. 11th Census, 1890. Schedules Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War. File Microcopies of Records in the National Archives, number 123. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1948. (Family History Library  films 338200-202.) Indexed in:

Jackson, Ronald Vern. New Jersey 1890. Salt Lake City, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1990. 1890.) The index does not include the 17 people in the surviving Jersey City, New Jersey population schedules.

State Censuses

 State censuses were taken beginning in 1855. Some records are missing, as indicated below:

1855 - Missing Burlington, Cape May, Mercer, Middlesex, Ocean, and Salem counties and incomplete for the others.

1865 - Missing Cape May, Mercer, Morris, Ocean, Somerset, and Warren counties and incomplete for the others.

1875 - Only Sussex and Essex counties are available.

1885, 1895, 1905, 1915 - All counties are available.


The original records and microfilm copies of state censuses are at the New Jersey State Archives.  Copies of the 1905 and 1915 censuses are also at the New Jersey Department of Health.  The Newark Public Library, New Jersey State Library, Rutgers University Library, and Family History Library have microfilm copies of all New Jersey state censuses. 

  • Buckway, G. Eileen. U.S. State and Special Census Register. Salt Lake City, Utah: Family History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1992. (Family History Library fiche 6104851-52.)


Territorial Censuses

New Jersey has no Territorial Census.

 Web Sites


Heritage Quest Online:

Census Online:

Genealogy Today:

Access Genealogy:

National Archives:

New Jersey Historical Society:

New Jersey State Archives:

Newark Public Library:

Rutgers University Library:

New Jersey State Library:

Mortality Schedules:

Bibliographic Citations

New Jersey Research Outline. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.