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Essex County - Clerk's and Register's Offices


Essex County was formed 7 March 1683 as an original county in the Province of East Jersey. Portions of old Essex County became Passaic (1837) and Union (1857) counties.

County clerks were required by law to file copies of deeds beginning in 1785 and mortgages beginning in 1766. Essex County also filed earlier deeds beginning in 1683. See the Secretary of State page linked below for additional colonial land records.

The State Archives' holdings vary from county to county. Consult the Collecting Policy for additional information about our accessioning guidelines.


Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Manumissions of Slaves - Book A, 1804-1817, and Deed of Sale, 1787
Control #:
CESCL001
Format:
0.1 c.f. (1 vol.); 0.33 reel (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Notes:
Contains a loose deed of sale of a slave named Harry by John [Mange?] to Aaron Crane.
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Birth Certificates of Children of Slaves, 1804-1843
Control #:
CESCL002
Format:
0.1 c.f. (1 vol.); 0.33 reel (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Record of Volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865
Control #:
CESCL003
Format:
1 c.f. (2 vols.); 1 reel (35-mm)
Arrangement:
By regiment,then company
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Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Marriage Records, 1795-1893 (recorded 1795-1940)
Control #:
CESCL004
Format:
6 c.f. (11 vols., 5 boxes); 9 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Returns are numbered by recording date
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Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Name-Change Papers, 1877-1922 and Index, 1881-1967
Control #:
CESCL005
Format:
7 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Generally chronological
Notes:
Most are name-change petitions from the Court of Common Pleas and Circuit Court.
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Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Mill Brook Sewer Records, 1880s
Control #:
CESCL006
Format:
2 c.f. (2 oversized boxes)
Arrangement:
By block number
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Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Circular Letters of the New Jersey Department of Local Government, 1941-1966
Control #:
CESCL007
Format:
1 c.f. (2 boxes)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
1875 State Census Schedules for Essex County
Control #:
CESCL008
Format:
7 c.f. (14 boxes)
Arrangement:
By municipality
Notes:
Film cataloged under Department of State/ Census Bureau/ 1875 State Census of New Jersey.

Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Voter List, no date
Control #:
CESCL009
Format:
0.2 c.f. (1 box)
Arrangement:
By surname first letter

Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Minutes of the Court of Oyer and Terminer, 1827-1906
Control #:
CESCL010
Format:
4 c.f. (4 boxes)
Arrangement:
Chronological

Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Incorporations of Religious and Non-Profit Organizations, 1802-1950s
Control #:
CESCL011
Format:
3.25 c.f. (7 boxes)
Arrangement:
Chronological or (unprocessed)
Notes:
Only the first two boxes of this material have been arranged in file number order; the remainder is unprocessed.
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Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Justice of the Peace Dockets, 1756-1920
Control #:
CESCL012
Format:
66.5 c.f. (104 boxes, 32 oversized vols.); 67 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Alphabetical by justice
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Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Slave Receipts, ca. 1787-1805
Control #:
CESCL013
Format:
0.33 reel (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Chronological by filing date
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Record of Justice of the Peace Commissions, 1878-1920
Control #:
CESCL014
Format:
1 c.f. (1 oversized box)
Arrangement:
By surname first letter, then chrono.

Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Miscellaneous Court Indexes, 1839-1906
Control #:
CESCL015
Format:
6.5 c.f. (7 boxes)
Notes:
Includes indexes to Court of Quarter Session criminal cases.
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Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Grand Jury Minutes and Index to Witnesses, 1864-1882
Control #:
CESCL016
Format:
3.25 c.f. (7 boxes)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Notes:
23 Minute Books & 8 Witness Indexes
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Lis Pendens, 1876-1902 and Indexes, 1876-1972
Control #:
CESCL017
Format:
5 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Chronological by filing date
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Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Tax Assessments, 1854-1855
Control #:
CESCL018
Format:
0.2 c.f. (2 vols.)
Arrangement:
Alphabetical
Notes:
The assessment for 1855 is for land in Rahway, Essex County and Woodbridge, Middlesex County.

Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Veterans Grave Records, ca. 1776-1980
Control #:
CESCL019
Format:
30 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Various
Notes:
Includes several subgroups; see reel list.
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Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Non-Resident Marriage License Applications, 1897-1910
Control #:
CESCL020
Format:
1 c.f. (2 boxes); 1 reel (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Chronological by filing date
Notes:
Applications are numbered continuing from loose marriage returns included in series Marriage Records, 1795-1920.
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Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Miscellaneous Records, 1802-1922 and Index, 1802-1980
Control #:
CESCL021
Format:
9 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Chronological by filing date
Notes:
Labeled "Miscellaneous Corporations"; include incorporations, oaths of identity, powers of attorney, draft exceptions, sheriff bonds.
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Index of Corporations, 1934
Control #:
CESCL022
Format:
0.25 c.f. (1 vol.)
Arrangement:
By initial letter of corporate name
Notes:
Volume mislabeled as index to Religious Incorporations; however, indexes corporate filings of some kind for January-April 1934.

Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
1880 Federal Census Schedules for Essex County
Control #:
CESCL023
Format:
3 c.f. (10 vols.)
Arrangement:
By municipality
Notes:
Volume 10 was missing at the time of accession. Another copy of this schedule is available on film with federal the census reels.

Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Notarial Protests against Promissory Notes, 1814-1861
Control #:
CESCL024
Format:
0.6 c.f. (4 vols.)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Notes:
Includes protests for 1814, 1823-1825 & 1860-1861
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
1850 Federal Census Schedules for Essex County
Control #:
CESCL025
Format:
1 c.f. (2 vols.)
Arrangement:
By municipality
Notes:
Another copy of this schedule is available on film with the federal census reels.

Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
1855 State Census Schedule, City of Newark, 7th Ward
Control #:
CESCL026
Format:
0.1 c.f. (1 vol.)
Notes:
Film cataloged under Department of State/ Census Bureau/ 1855 State Census of New Jersey.

Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
1870 Federal Census Schedule, 10th Ward, City of Newark
Control #:
CESCL027
Format:
0.5 c.f. (1 box)
Notes:
Another copy of this schedule is available on film with the federal census reels.

Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
1865 State Census Schedules
Control #:
CESCL028
Format:
0.5 c.f. (1 box)
Arrangement:
By municipality
Notes:
Film cataloged under Department of State/ Census Bureau/ 1865 State Census of New Jersey.

Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Circuit Court Judgments, 1838-1905
Control #:
CESCL029
Format:
22.5 c.f. (23 boxes)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Circuit Court Minutes, 1838-1902
Control #:
CESCL030
Format:
11 c.f. (11 boxes)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Record of Registered Nurses, 1903-1945
Control #:
CESCL031
Format:
6 c.f. (6 volumes)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Notes:
Each volume includes an index.

Series:
Essex County
Clerk's Office
Medical Certificates, 1840-1882
Control #:
CESCL032
Format:
0.5 c.f. (1 box)
Notes:
Includes copies of diplomas and certificates of physicians and midwives.

Series:
Essex County
Register of Deeds and Mortgages
Deeds, 1728-1901 and Indexes, 1688-1909
Control #:
CESRD001
Format:
533 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Chronological by filing date
Notes:
Deed Book A, covering 1688-1728, was destroyed by a fire.
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Essex County
Register of Deeds and Mortgages
Chattel Mortgages [sample], 1887-1893 and Indexes, 1880-1899
Control #:
CESRD002
Format:
1 c.f. (2 vols.); 2 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Notes:
Includes original volumes 21 (1887-1888) and 46 (1893). These are non-permanent records and were accessioned as a sample.
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Series:
Essex County
Register of Deeds and Mortgages
Assignments of Mortgages, 1853-1861 and Indexes, 1853-1922
Control #:
CESRD003
Format:
14 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Chronological by filing date
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Essex County
Register of Deeds and Mortgages
Mortgages, 1777-1861 and Indexes, 1765-1909
Control #:
CESRD004
Format:
77 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Essex County
Register of Deeds and Mortgages
Miscellaneous Records, 1859-1903
Control #:
CESRD005
Format:
4 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Chronological by filing date
Notes:
Includes mostly indentures and chattel mortgages.
Each volume includes an index.
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~ The collections listed on this page represent 150.05 c.f. of paper records and 759.99 reels of microfilm ~

To contact the New Jersey State Archives about research, reference services, records transfers or donations, please email us at njarchives@sos.state.nj.us

For additional and/or more recent records relating to this topic, contact:

Essex County Clerk's Office, Hall of Records, Newark, NJ 07101-0690, tel. 973-621-7638, website: www.essexclerk.com

Essex County Register of Deeds & Mortgages, Hall of Records, 465 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102, tel. 973-642-0614, website: www.essexregister.com

This page last updated 04/22/2013