New Jersey State Census, 1905 (Family Search Historical Records)

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Collection Time Period

This census includes residents of New Jersey in 1905.

Record Description

The collection consists of a name index of the 1905 Census of New Jersey, including all residents in all counties.

Record Content

The index includes the following information:

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  • Name
  • Age
  • Estimated birth year
  • Sex
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Family number
  • Film number
  • DGS number
  • Image number
  • City, town, or village
  • County
  • Township, ward, or district

How to Use the Record

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

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Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor in the census, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related.
  • Be sure to extract all families before you look at other records. The relationships given will help you to organize family groups. The family groupings will help you identify related families when you discover additional information in other records.
  • Married family members may have lived nearby but in a separate household so you may want to search an entire town, neighboring towns, or even a county.
  • You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.
  • You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.
  • Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.
  • The census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.

Record History

The state of New Jersey took a state census every 10 years, beginning in 1855 and continuing through 1915. However, the 1885 census is the first to survive in its entirety.

Why the Record Was Created

The census was compiled to obtain a count of the population of the state to determine how many representatives the state would send to Congress.

Record Reliability

The information in this record is generally reliable. However, use the information with some caution, since the information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or by a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified.

Related Websites

New Jersey Department of State

Related Wiki Articles

New Jersey Censuses Existing and Lost

Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

  • United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71.
  • Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Division of Archives and Record Management. "New Jersey State Census, 1905." Department Of State. Division of Archives and Record Management, Trenton, New Jersey.