Local History & Genealogy

*In-Library Use Only
Use your JCFPL card to access one of the world's largest online document collections comprising millions of U.S. censuses, birth, death, marriage, military, immigration records and more.

Research the history of your house, your block or your neighborhood using historic maps from the mid-19th through mid-20th century. Search this collection of high-quality color scans of insurance atlases by address or map browse. Many of the historic atlases in the New Jersey Room collection are available online to library card holders here.

As part of an ongoing project collecting all the yearbooks from Hudson County high schools, New Jersey Room staff are compiling indexes to help genealogy researchers find photos and information about earlier generations.

A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

In addition to our extensive collection of local newspapers on microfilm, we now offer access to the digitized Jersey Journal (1867-present) and Star-Ledger (1989-present). Contact the New Jersey Room staff at 201-547-4503 or via our Virtual Reference Service (chat box at bottom right of this page) for help with your search.

Online access to Jersey City’s longest running local newspaper, The Jersey Journal, from its origin as The Evening Journal in 1867 up to three years ago. Use text search or navigate by calendar to a specific date. Limited to library card holders. For more recent Jersey Journal issues, plus ten years of the Newark Star Ledger and many other NJ newspapers, see America’s News.

Over twenty newspaper titles published in Hudson County from 1829-1889, totaling over 75,000 pages, have been newly digitized from microfilm and are freely browsable and searchable online. Combined with the digital Jersey [Evening] Journal available with a library card and the Jersey City News at the Library of Congress site, all known 19th century Hudson County newspapers are now available digitally.

Social Explorer is a powerful tool to access and work with current and historic demographic data. Use Social Explorer to visually explore demographic information, from census and economic data to election and religion data, and more.