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Union County, New Jersey genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

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Online Records

Union County, New Jersey
Map of New Jersey highlighting Union County
Location in the state of New Jersey
Map of the U.S. highlighting New Jersey
Location of New Jersey in the U.S.
Founded 1857
County Seat Elizabeth
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Address Union County Courthouse
2 Broad Street

Elizabeth, NJ 07207-2204
Phone: (908) 527-4966
Union County Website

Union County, New Jersey Historical Facts

Parent County

  • 9 March 1857, created from Essex County. [1]

Boundary Changes

  • 1860, received part of Woodbridge twp., Middlesex County as part of Rahway twp.
  • 1871, Essex County boundary clarified
  • 1871, Plainfield boundary with Piscataway twp. of Middlesex County changed
  • 1876, boundaries with Essex and Somerset counties clarified
  • 1882, Essex County boundary clarified and again in 1892
  • 1891, part of Millburn twp., Essex County to Springfield twp. and returned in 1958.

Record Loss

Union County, New Jersey Historical Facts



Church Records

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups



Land and Property




  • Goodwin, Aaron. "The Elizabeth-Town Associates: Signatures on the Original Answer, 1751," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 138, No. 3 (Jul. 2007):189-198. Digital version at New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 138.

Naturalization and Citizenship


Courtesy of the Plainfield Public Library:



Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

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
Phone: (609) 292-4978
Fax: (609) 777-0094



Union County Courthouse
2 Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07207-2204
Phone: (908) 527-4966

County Clerk has land records from 1857 and military discharge records from 1941. Clerk Superior Court has divorce records from 1848 and court records. County Surrogate has probate records from 1857. Town Clerks have birth and death records. [1]

Family History Centers
Plainfield Public Library
800 Park Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Telephone: 908-757-1111
The Local History Department offers newspapers, city directories, local histories, church records, biographies, and more.



Vital Records

Union County, New Jersey Web Sites

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

Union County, New Jersey Places

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Essex | Hudson | Middlesex | Morris | Somerset | Richmond (Staten Island) county, New York

Union County, New Jersey Genealogy References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002]. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "HBG" defined multiple times with different content