GETTING STARTED WITH GENEALOGY
Sussex County was set off from Morris County in 1753 and from Warren County in 1824.
The following is a list of the most commonly used genealogy resources for local surnames. Search the Library Catalog for information about where to find specific books.
- Surname Index
- Cemetery & Church Vertical File
- Genealogy Vertical File
- Sussex County, NJ Marriage & Obituary Dates (1814-1903)
- History of Sussex & Warren Counties (Snell)
- Northwestern New Jersey (Honeyman)
- Index to the Genealogical Magazine of NJ (through 1982)
- Sussex County, New Jersey Deed Abstracts (Downing)
- Abstracts & Indexes of Wills (New Jersey)
- Military Registers & Indexes (New Jersey)
- Library Database Subscriptions: Ancestry.com & HeritageQuest
- Sussex County Clerk
- Sussex County Surrogate Index Online
- Sussex County Historical Society
- Library of Congress: Local History & Genealogy Reading Room
- More Genealogy Resources
Some primary ways genealogists identify names, dates and places:
VITAL RECORDS (birth, marriage, death certificates) are NOT housed in public library collections.
Death certificates are issued by the municipality in which the person died. Lists of Municipal Registrars in New Jersey
Birth and Marriage certificates are often found at the County Clerk's Office.
Hall of Records 83 Spring St. Suite 304 Newton 973-579-0900 County Clerk’s Office statement about vital records
Use the following sources to locate vital records that are not housed in Sussex County:
New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services Vital Statistics
PO Box 370 Trenton, NJ 08625-0370 (609) 292-4087
The New Jersey State Archives accepts reference requests and houses microfilm.
225 West State Street-Level 2 P.O. Box 307 Trenton, NJ 08625-0307 (609) 984-2396
Locate holdings of NJ county & municipal records.
The Centers for Disease Control website provides contact information for U.S. state and county vital records offices.
The International Vital Records Handbook is found at Main Library: RH 929.1072 INT
- Microfilm: New Jersey Herald (1849-present) & Sussex Register (1814-1943)
- Find publication dates in Sussex County, NJ Marriage & Death Dates (1814-1903): 929.3479 SUS
- Wantage Recorder on microfilm; there is no index but some dates are found within the Surname Index.
Obituary Requests must contain the person's full name, and at least the month and date of death.
Finding Death Dates:
The Sussex County Surrogate maintains local probate records and is often a good source for finding an accurate death date.
They maintain an online index and their phone number is 973-579-0920.
The Social Security Death Index is available through Ancestry.com
"About 98% percent of the people in the SSDI died after 1962, but a few death dates go back as far as 1937." -- Ancestry.com
Lists of Municipal Registrars in New Jersey Death certificates are issued by the municipality in which the person died.
CENSUS RECORDS (Use: microfilm; Ancestry.com; HeritageQuest.com)
Online Census Records Resources:
Calculating Birth Year Based on Census Information Charts that convert ages in the federal censuses, 1790-1920, into birth years.
U. S. Bureau of the Census. Age Search Service Instructions for obtaining information from closed census records (1930 to the present).
U. S. National Archives. Clues in Census Records, 1850-1930 Description of some of the clues that can be found in census records that will help you find other records about the same individual.
U. S. National Archives. How to Use NARA’s Census Microfilm Catalogs Instructions for using National Archives catalogs of microfilmed census records and Soundex indexes.
U. S. National Archives. National Archives Microfilm Rental Program Instructions for borrowing census microfilm directly or through a library.
U. S. National Archives. The Soundex Indexing System Instructions for using the Soundex indexing system.
Soundex Code Generator National Archives site that converts surnames to Soundex codes.
- Main Library Church and Cemetery Vertical File
- Search Library Catalog | View Surname Index
- U.S. Cemetery Address Book is available on Ancestry.com
- Cemeteries in Sussex County
- Index to Military Men of New Jersey 1775 - 1815
- Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War
- Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War
Sussex County Surrogate Online Index
If a will was probated in Sussex County, the Surrogate’s Office may have the record.
Sussex County Surrogate's Office 3 High Street, Suite 1 Newton 973-579-0920
Sussex County Land Records Online
Sussex County Clerk's Office Hall of Records 83 Spring Street, Suite 304 Newton 973-579-0900
Search Library Catalog
- Sussex County New Jersey Deed Abstracts
- Early Deeds and Documents of the Minisink Region
- Passenger and Immigration Lists Index
- American Passenger Arrival Records
Use the catalog to determine which years are available.
- Newton High School
- Kittatinny Regional High School
- Franklin High School
- High Point High School
- Sussex County VoTech
- Hopatcong High School.
- Newton City Directory
- Ask a Reference Librarian about local phone books dating back to the 1970s.
Sussex County Historical Society
82 Main Street
P.O. Box 913
Newton, New Jersey 07860
New Jersey State Archives is helpful for sorting out which types of records can be found where:
225 West State Street
P.O. Box 307
Trenton, NJ 08625-0307
The Geneaological Society of New Jersey lists names of professional researchers and houses collections of genealogy records:
The Genealogical Society of NJ
PO Box 1476
Trenton, NJ 08607-1476
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does extensive genealogy research. Their Family History Centers are located for use by genealogists around the world. The closest Family History Center to Sussex County is in:
Ledgewood New Jersey
156 Mountain Rd