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New Jersey Genealogy: Orphanages

Basic guide to Rutgers and other genealogical resources.

Adoption Records

Directory of Agencies Holding Closed Adoption Records
New Jersey Adoption Resource Clearing House. Updated 4-13-2017.

Birth Certificates

As of January 2017, authorized individuals may obtain an uncertified copy of an adoptee’s original birth certificate. See:

Rutgers University Special Collections

Passaic Home and Orphan Asylum
Including registers of inmates, 1896-1961, and inmate case files.
Sheltering Arms Childrens Service (New York, N.Y.)
Including case histories, registers and other information on the backgrounds of admitted children, 1864-1955, and foster home files, 191-1946. Also includes records of the New York Child's Foster Home Service, 1852-1956; the Howard Mission and Home for Little Wanderers, 1861-1946; the Children's Fold, 1870-1905; the Shepherd's Fold, 1894-1904; and the Katy Ferguson Home (which served African Americans exclusively), 1925-1953. Advance notice required to consult this collection.

Other Orphan Records

Catholic Charities Adoption Association and St. Mary's Orphan Asylum (1853-1972)
Seton Hall University, Msgr. William Noe Field Archives and Special Collections Center.
Newark Orphan Asylum Record Books (1868-1929)
Newark Public Library, Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center.
Protestant Foster Home Record Book (1848-1911)
Newark Public Library, Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center. In 1948 the Protestant Foster Home merged with the Newark Orphan Asylum, becoming the Newark Home for Foster Care.

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