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Geneaology Records and Data Collection

Date: March 8, 2017

Genealogy is the study of your unique family history. It is a personal record of your ancestors, including, when they were born, where they lived, who their children were, who they married and where you belong in your extended family tree.

Learning about your family history usually starts at home by talking with relatives and friends, and recording information about your ancestors.   You may have useful sources at home such as birth certificates, obituaries, wedding announcements, a family Bible, etc.

You may find that others in your family have already done genealogy work, so don't hesitate to ask close or distant relatives if they have already started researching your family.   Once you have exhausted all your genealogical resources at home, you may need to broaden your search with outside sources.  Local public libraries are an excellent place to start. Most will have books on genealogy, and some will have genealogy departments.  On-line sites can also be useful in determining your genealogy.

Most states and provincial capitals worldwide have archives or libraries of public records that may be invaluable in genealogical research.

For more information on genealogy in the State of New Jersey, including how to go about getting such information and records, please go to the following sites:

http://www.nj.gov/health/vital/gen.shtml

http://www.nj.gov/state/archives/catgenealogy.html