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  • Most titles about New Jersey and specific towns are shelved in the call number range 974.9 -- 974.978.
  • "Snell's" History of Sussex and Warren Counties (Snell, 1881), is a commonly used source. Surnames are indexed. Use the Table of Contents to locate specific topics. See also at HeritageQuest.com
  • Northwestern New Jersey (Honeyman, 1927), also indexed. Describes towns and local governments and provides biographical information for Sussex, Warren and surrounding counties. See also at HeritageQuest.com
  • Vertical Files on many topics are valuable for local history research: MLSubect List | DH Branch Subject List
  • Sussex County: Images of Our Past (NJ Herald), and Penny a View (McCabe) series of books are sources of excellent images. Most books by Bill Truran are also filled with images.
  • Commonly sourced authors: Wayne T. McCabe; William R. Truran; Myra Snook; Howard Case; Marion E. Wood; Frank Dale; Amelia S. Decker; Charles  E. Stickney; Alicia Batko; Warren D. Cummings; Pete J. Dunn; Carrie Papa.
  • For More Information: New York & Pennsylvania | Northern New Jersey | Newspapers | Links to More Resources


See also: Northern New New Jersey

Beautiful Sussex County in the highlands of New Jersey.

Before the waters; the Upper Delaware Valley / by Elizabeth G. C. Menzies.

Country lanes : portrait of a century past ; featuring the complete works of Louis Larsen ; an artists view of life a century ago / William R. Truran.

Damming the Delaware : the rise and fall of Tocks Island Dam / by Richard C. Albert.

Down history's lane / a complilation of columns written by Jennie Sweetman.

History of Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey: with illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers / compiled by James P. Snell.

History of Sussex County / by Charles E. Stickney

Northwestern New Jersey; a history of Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex counties, A. Van Doren Honeyman, editor-in-chief.

One hundred years of the Sussex Register and County of Sussex : record of historical, biographical, industrial and statistical events during a century, 1813-1913

Sussex County ..... a gazetteer / by Wayne T. McCabe.

Sussex County history : a collection of talks given by Howard E. Case of the Sussex County Historical Society

Sussex county sesqui-centennial, September 2, 1903 / edited by Jacob L. Bunnell. | HeritageQuest

Sussex County, a history, by Warren D. Cummings.

The Civil War in Sussex County, New Jersey / Howard E. Case.

The first Sussex centennary / containing the addresses of Benj. B. Edsall, Esq., and Rev. J.F. Tuttle

The historic Minisink settlements : an investigation into a prehistoric and early historic site in Sussex County, New Jersey / by Herbert C. Kraft.  |  HeritageQuest    

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The borough of Andover, Sussex County, New Jersey : incorporated March 25, 1904, from territorial times, 1664, to tercentenary, 1964 : its early days as territory, furnace and village / prepared for the Ter-centenary Committee of Andover borough.

A history of Andover Township and guide to historic sites.  |  HeritageQuest

The Township crier : Andover Township centennial, 1864-1964.


Life on a Sussex farm / by Ann Bain.


Branchville : sesqui-centennial 1971 to bi-centennial 1976.

Branchville, NJ : 175th anniversary / material compiled by John Newcomer ; [prepared by the committee for the foundation for Branchville's 175th anniversary]

Branchville sesquicentennial Penn-Hattan Pictures. [VHS] /

Branchville Bi-centennial 1976 filmed by Lewis Brevoort Odell ; produced by Progressive Art and the Bi-centennial Committee. [VHS] /

Branchville 1821-1971; 150th anniversary. A digest of its history and environs.


A history of Byram / by Carl O. Johnson and Elspeth Hart.

Byram Township : Township of lakes, 1798-1973, 175th anniversary.

Waterloo and Byram Township / Cindy Lee.

Historical sketches of Cranberry Lake, New Jersey / by Andrew Spence.


History of Frankford Township for its bicentennial 1797-1997 / Barbara S. Haggerty.

Frankford echoes.

A ride through Frankford : yesterday and today Produced by Barbara S. Haggerty for the Frankford Township Bicentennial ; narration: Ed Francisco and Alex Zander. [VHS] /


Franklin Borough golden jubilee, 1913-1963.

Franklin, Hamburg, Ogdensburg, and Hardyston / William R. Truran.

The story of an immigrant group in Franklin, New Jersey, including a collection of Hungarian folk songs sung in America. Translated by August J. Molnar.


A pictorial sampler of historic Fredon / written by Judith Cummings Kaiser ; Consultant: Myra Snook, Township Historian.

GREEN TOWNSHIP (Tranquility; Huntsville)

A brief history of Green Township : Sussex County, New Jersey / by Howard E. Case.

A history of Green Township, December 27, 1824-December 27, 1974 / by Thomas J. Beirne.

Historic & cultural inventory / produced by the Green Township Environmental Advisory Committee


All about Hamburg / by Marion E. Wood.

Franklin, Hamburg, Ogdensburg, and Hardyston / William R. Truran.


Reflections and comments : a salute to Hampton Township on the occasion of its 100th birthday. / Presented by The Centennial Committee : Dorothy K. Kindmark, chairman, Mary Elizabeth Price, co-chairman.


Hardyston memorial : a history of the township and the North Presbyterian Church, Hardyston, Sussex County, New Jersey / by Alanson A. Haines.  |  HeritageQuest

Hardyston heritage in the Bicentennial year, 1762-1976 / written, researched and compiled by Helen H. Wurst.

200th anniversary celebration, Township of Hardyston, Sussex County, New Jersey : Saturday, June 30, at Simpson's Farm : 1762-1962, souvenir historical journal.


Greetings from Bertrand Island [VHS]

Greetings from Bertrand Island Amusement Park / Martin and Laura Kane.

History of Hopatcong Borough / by Stuart A. P. Murray.

Hopatcong : a century of memories / Martin Kane.

Hopatcong historama / [Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club].  |  HeritageQuest

Illustrated guide to Lake Hopatcong for season of 1898 / [Edited and published by Dwight B. Smith] ; reprinted ... with a new introduction by Martin Kane.


Caty : Jill of all trades / by [Catherine Guirreri and Connie McIntyre ; photo editing by Wade Cutler.]

Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the opening of Armstrong's Hall, Lafayette, NJ, at Art at the Mill Gallery at Lafayette Mill Antiques Center / [researched and compiled] by David Messineo.

La Fayette Township, New Jersey : a recounting of the development of the area known as La Fayette since the first survey was made for the West Jersey Proprietors / compiled by Alex Everitt ; assisted by Brian McCann ; under the auspices of the LaFayette Committee for the Bicentennial Celebration.

Lafayette memories - a journey through time celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Marquis de Lafayette, and the history of Lafayette township, New Jersey - September 8-11, 2007 / [research by David Messineo]

Look homeward Lafayette : a nostalgic look at Lafayette --through recipes, pictures, and stories / compiled and edited by Sandra Csippan.

Musings from the mudcut : 1940's and early 50's in Sussex County / by Sandra Elizabeth Csippan ; [compiled by Geza Csippan].

My years on the farm : since 1922 / [by Catherine Guirreri and Connie McIntyre].

The one-room school / by [Catherine Guirreri and Connie McIntyre.]


Montague / Alicia C. Batko.


100 years of progress: Newton town report, 1964.

75 years of service to the community : celebrating the 75th anniversary of Newton Memorial Hospital / [compiled by the 75th Anniversary Committee].

A penny a view-- an album of postcard views-- Newton, N.J. / by Wayne T. McCabe & Kate Gordon.

Around the green, Newton, New Jersey / by Kevin W. Wright, with photographs from the collection of Wayne T. McCabe.

Directory of Newton, Sussex Co., N.J. for the year ... : containing a classified directory of the adult population, also a complete business directory and an appendix of useful information.

Historic & cultural survey : Town of Newton (1915), Sussex County, New Jersey.

History of Newton. / by Vera Gibson

Life on college hill : a history of the site of the Sussex County Community College / Ann Bain.

Newton / Kate Gordon and Wayne T. McCabe.

Newton city directory [incomplete run of volumes 1923-1986]

Newton up to date! : history, growth and development of the town, some of the advantages possessed by the town as a business, manufacturing and residence : also pen sketches of all leading firms and business houses / compiled by O.F.I. ; [edited by Virginia Alleman Brown]


The story of Ogdensburg.

Ogdensburg Borough golden anniversary, 1914-1964.

A millennium "homecoming" celebration : a tribute to our community -- historic Ogdensburg

A penny a view-- an album of postcard views: Ogdensburg, N.J. / by Wayne T. McCabe & Kate Gordon.

The story of the growth of a mining town and its unique place in science and history / compiled and edited by Paul Horuzy.

Some history and headlines of the Upper Wallkill Valley / Andrew Bickerton.


Sparta, NJ : head of the Wallkill / William R. Truran.

Sparta, New Jersey, flood of August 11-14, 2000 / by Robert G. Reiser and Robert D. Schopp ; prepared in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The story of Lake Mohawk at Sparta, New Jersey. Reprinted from Building Developer, April, 1929.

The soldier's monument in Sparta."

A penny a view-- an album of postcard views-- Sparta, N.J. / by Wayne T. McCabe & Kate Gordon.

Some history and headlines of the Upper Wallkill Valley / Andrew Bickerton.


The Stanhope eagle. [NEWSPAPER] (indexed)

A short history of Stanhope (From a talk given at the Netcong Rotary Club by Mrs. H. Salmon Riggs)

Historic Stanhope tour guide and documentary overview / by Brian H. Morrell.


A penny a view-- an album of postcard views-- Stillwater, N.J. / by Wayne T. McCabe & Kate Gordon.

McClellan F. Rosenkrans : a memoir.

SUSSEX (Deckertown)

Country lanes : portrait of a century past ; featuring the complete works of Louis Larsen ; an artists view of life a century ago / William R. Truran.

Deckertown-Sussex tercentenary record.

Sussex--formerly Deckertown : historian's bulletin / by Amelia S. Decker.

Squire Stickney's 1895 history of Sussex, New Jersey.  |  HeritageQuest

Boundary line and other bits of biography and history.


Vernon 200 : a bicentennial history of the township of Vernon, New Jersey, 1792-1992 / Ronald J. Dupont, Jr.

A tribute to Vernon Township, 1792-1970: souvenir booklet.


Over the mountain: a place called Walpack / by Robert Williams, Mary Christman and the Walpack Historical Society.


Our Wantage heritage / by people of Wantage ; edited by Lawrence E. King ; illustrated by Muriel Robertson.

A historical sermon; designed as a memorial to the inhabitants of Wantage, Sussex County, N.J., containing an account of the first emigrants ... preached January 7th, 1844, in the Second Presbyterian Church, Wantage, by the Rev. Peter Kanouse, A.M.  |  HeritageQuest

Tales and towns of northern New Jersey / by Henry Charlton Beck ; with photographs by William F. Augustine.   

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See Also: Cemetery & Church Vertical File at Main Library                                   

275th anniversary, 1710-1985 : The Plains Church, Augusta, New Jersey / [compiled by Olive Smith and Steve Koszoru et al.]

Baleville Church directory (1961-1973)

History of the First Presbyterian Church of Branchville, N.J.

The unforgotten man : the poems, sermons and letters of George W. Lloyd / Joseph L. Codella, Jr. and William Bathgate.

History of the Waterloo Methodist Episcopal Church, Waterloo, N.J., 1859-1909 : and briefs of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Lockwood, N.J., and the Methodist Episcopal Church, Stanhope, N.J.

Waterloo United Methodist Church : 150th anniversary / [compiled] by Robert H. Smith ; cover illustrations by Norma Paich.

Christ Union chapel ; we remember and we celebrate seventy years of service to the Culver Lake Community, 1910-1980.

A brief history of church life in Franklin New Jersey / by Herbert Justin Allsup, D.D. Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Franklin, N.J.

A history of the Yellow Frame Presbyterian Church, Fredon Township, Sussex County, New Jersey / by Nathan H. Lanning.  |  HeritageQuest

The history of the Tranquility United Methodist Church, 1802-1972 : 170th anniversary, September 24, 1972 / by Helen R. Johnson.

Hamburg Baptist Church, Hamburg, New Jersey : 1798-1973 : a history / compiled by Mrs. Frances Bresnahan Moyse.

Hardyston memorial : a history of the township and the North Presbyterian Church, Hardyston, Sussex County, New Jersey / by Alanson A. Haines.  |  HeritageQuest

Celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Lafayette Baptist Church building, and the history of Lafayette Methodist-Episcopal and Presbyterian churches / [researched and compiled] by David Messineo.

Two and one quarter centuries on Old Mine Road; the history of Minisink Reformed Church, 1737-1962, Montague, New Jersey, by R.W. Blasberg and Jean-Albee Everitt.  |  HeritageQuest

Centennial, Presbytery of Newton : an adjourned meeting, in the First Presbyterian Church, Washington, N.J. : the historical narrative, histories of the churches and other data : Tuesday, November twentieth, nineteen seventeen.  |  HeritageQuest

A meeting of Christians / by Warren D. Cummings.

History of Newton Presbytery / compiled by Amelia Stickney Decker (Mrs. Ralph) and Ralph Decker.

Newton. Christ Episcopal Church Parish directory.

An inheritance of the faithful : a 225th anniversary history of Christ Episcopal Church, Newton, New Jersey, organized 1769, incorporated by royal charter, 1774 / by Merritt Ierley.

The first century of Newton Methodism, 1831-1931 / by John G. Lytle.  |  HeritageQuest

Proceedings of the centennial anniversary of the Presbyterian Church at Sparta, N.J., November 23, 1886, together with a history of the village.  |  HeritageQuest

A brief history of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Stockholm, New Jersey.

A Bicentennial history of the Stockholm United Methodist Church / [compiled by Richard G. Clayton.]

History of the First Presbyterian Church, Sussex, New Jersey, 1839-1979.  |  HeritageQuest

History of the first Presbyterian Church, Sussex, N.J. : one hundredth anniversary, 1839-1939 / [compiled by Amelia S. Decker, Ralph Decker].

One hundredth anniversary, 1872-1972 : The United Methodist Church, Walpack Center, New Jersey.

Church register of the Walpeck Congregation : commenced with the Pastoral Service of Joh. Casparus Fryemuth, Preacher there, May 31, 1741.

A working historical sketch of the Sandyston and Walpack United Methodist Churches.

Minutes of the Walpack M.E. Church, 1864-1913 / assembled by Robert Williams.

History of the First Baptist Church of Wantage, Sussex, N. J. Revised by Rev. Geo. F. Love in 1874 and by Rev. James Bristow in 1903. List of members copied by the late Mrs. Jennie Little Meeker...  |  HeritageQuest

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See Also: Cemetery & Church Vertical File at Main Library                             

Baleville Cemetery / [Baleville Cemetery Association]

Layton Cemetery : Layton, New Jersey / genealogical research by Don & Jackie Miller

The Stanhope Union Cemetery. Compiled by Ella and Allen Black.

Behold and see, as you pass by : epitaphs in the old cemetery of the First Presbyterian Church of Sparta, 1787-1924 / Mary Elinor Eppler.  |  HeritageQuest

Newton cemetery interments : beginning April 25-1908.

Cemeteries and burial grounds within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area : Sandyston, Walpack, Pahaquarry Townships New Jersey / compiled by Myra Snook.

Records of North Church Cemetery. (Hardyston)

New Beemerville Cemetery / copied by Peg and Lewis Haggerty ... [et al.]

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The one-room school / by Catherine Guirreri and Connie McIntyre

Then and now : forty years in the schools of Sussex County / by Ralph Decker

Stones and stories : an oral history of the Old Monroe School / by Carrie Papa

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INDUSTRY & AGRICULTURE                           

Mine Hill in Franklin, and Sterling Hill in Ogdensburg, Sussex County, New Jersey : mining history, 1765-1900 : final report / Pete J. Dunn.

Mining for America : the Franklin-Sterling Hill, N.J. zinc mines, "the flourescent mineral capital of the world" / William R. Truran.

Prospectuses of 19th-century mining companies at Franklin and Sterling Hill, New Jersey / compiled by Pete J. Dunn.

A mile deep and black as pitch : an oral history of the Franklin and Sterling Hill mines / [edited] by Carrie Papa.

The New Jersey and Pennsylvania concentrating works. Edison, New Jersey; Sussex County 1889-1900.

Thomas Edison's "Ogden Baby" : the New Jersey & Pennsylvania Concentrating Works / by Rodney P. Johnson.

Booth Brothers Knife factory.

Farm profits and factors influencing farm profits on 460 dairy farms in Sussex County, N.J. / Frank App.

Agriculture in Sussex County.

116 years of creameries in Sussex County, New Jersey; 1861-1970.

Grist mills / by Frank Dale.

The Lackawanna Railroad in northwest New Jersey / by Larry Lowenthal and William T. Greenberg.

Sussex County Farm and Horse Show / New Jersey State Fair.

The Old Mine Road. Introd. by Henry Charlton Beck.

The Old Mine Road : the first road, 104 miles long, built in America from Esopus (Rondout, N.Y.) to the Pahaquarry copper mines in Warren County, New Jersey / [Charles E. Stickney].

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All roads lead to Milford, Pennsylvania : featuring postcards from the past / by Skip Gregory & Sandy Leiser.

Commemorative biographical record of northeastern Pennsylvania, including the counties of Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike and Monroe / J.H. Beers & Co., 1900.    

A history of the Minisink Region : which includes the present towns of Minisink, Deerpark, Mount Hope, Greenville, and Wawayanda in Orange County, New York ... /  by Stickney, Charles E., 1867.  |  HeritageQuest

An outline history of Orange County, together with local tradition and short biographical sketches of early settlers, etc. / by Eager, Samuel W.  |  HeritageQuest

Pre-revolutionary Dutch houses and families in northern New Jersey and southern New York / by Rosalie Fellows Bailey, A.B.  |  HeritageQuest

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Biographical and genealogical history of Morris and Sussex Counties, New Jersey / Lewis Publishing Co., 1899.     

History of Essex and Hudson Counties, New Jersey / by Shaw, William H., 1884.   |  HeritageQuest

History of Hunterdon and Somerset counties, New Jersey / by Snell, James P., 1881.  |  Index available at HeritageQuest

History of Morris County, New Jersey / W.W. Munsell & Co., 1882.  |  HeritageQuest

History of Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey, with illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers / by Snell, James P., 1881. | HeritageQuest

Northwestern New Jersey; a history of Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex counties / by Honeyman, A. Van Doren, 1927  |  HeritageQuest

That ancient trail Old Mine Road first road any length built in America / by Decker, Amelia Stickney, 1942.

The first Sussex centennary [sic] containing the addresses of Benj. B. Edsall, Esq., and Rev. J.F. Tuttle  /  Edsall, Benjamin B., 1853.  

Sussex county sesqui-centennial, September 2, 1903 / by Bunnell, Jacob L., 1903.  |  HeritageQuest

Historical address, sesquicentennial, Sussex County, N.J. / by Swayze, Francis J.  |  HeritageQuest

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Microfilm: view the list of holdings here.
New Jersey Herald
Stanhope Eagle
Sussex Independent
Sussex Register
Wantage Recorder
Hopatcong Breeze
The New York Times: Search full text back to 1980 with your Sussex County Library card.
Microfilm and index, back to 1851, is held at the Main Library. (Holdings end at DEC2003.)


Sussex County Historical Society

New Jersey Historical Society

Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, Newark Public Library

Cemeteries in Sussex County

Historic Markers in Sussex County

Slavery in New Jersey and Sussex County

Historical Maps of New Jersey

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of New Jersey

Library of Congress: Local History & Genealogy Reading Room


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