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New Jersey Genealogy

Basic guide to Rutgers and other genealogical resources.

Federal Census Records

New Jersey census records for the first four federal census--1790, 1800 (except for Cumberland County), 1810, and 1820--have not survived. Except for parts of Hudson County, the 1890 (11th census) records were destroyed in a fire at the National Archives in 1921.

By law, census data on individuals may not be released for 72 years. The 1950 Census population schedules were released in April of 2022.

Search the Federal Census

New Jersey federal census records from 1830 to 1940 can be searched for free at (Registration required.) The 1940 and 1950 censuses are available for searching from the U.S. National Archives.

United States Census, 1830
United States Census, 1840
United States Census, 1850
United States Census, 1860
United States Census, 1870.
United States Census, 1880.
United States Census, 1900
United States Census, 1910
United States Census, 1920
United States Census, 1930
1940 Census
Official 1940 Census website. Free access.
1940 United States Federal Census
Family Search site.
1950 Census
Official 1950 Census website. Free access.

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