Contact the NJ State Archives
Mailing Address:
NJ State Archives
P.O. Box 307
Trenton, NJ 08625-0307

Office Address:
225 West State Street - Level 2
Trenton, NJ

Contact Information

Email: Feedback@sos.state.nj.us

Mail Reference Fees

These are the fees for what we send through the mail. We have more records at the State Archives, including microfilm of later vital records.

All fees are non-refundable. For requests outside the U.S., additional postage is required. Email us for a quote. Checks should be made payable to: New Jersey General Treasury

Mail requests to:
New Jersey State Archives
PO Box 307
Trenton, NJ 08625-0307

Please send a separate check and letter for May 1848-December 1900 vital records requests.

 

Birth Records, May 1848-December 1913

(For more recent records, contact Bureau of Vital Statistics at 609.292.4087)

For $10.00 fee, paid in advance, we will search for a birth record when the month, year and location are provided. Please use form below and fill out required information.

Note that a portion of the $10 fee is earmarked for the conservation and re-imaging of the 1848-1878 birth, marriage and death returns, which have severely deteriorated over time. See Vital Records Conservation for more information.

If the month and year are not known, no more than one two-year search can be requested for fee of $15.00. Please use the forms below and fill out required information.

Fees are non-refundable regardless of whether the requested record is found.

Payment must be by check or money order payable to “New Jersey General Treasury.”

If requesting other records besides vital records, please send a separate check and letter for May 1848-December 1913 vital records request.

Marriage Records

Marriage Records, 1665-1799
$5.00 per record.
To find and order copies of the marriage record, consult the searchable Index to Marriage Records, 1665-1799

County Marriage Records
$5.00 per record.
Requests must include the husband’s and wife’s names and an approximate date of marriage.

The New Jersey State Archives can provide mail reference services for the following counties:

  • Burlington (1795-1878)
  • Cumberland County (1795-1878)
  • Essex County (1795-1879)
  • Mercer County (1832-1887) (gaps)
  • Passaic County (1838-1878)
  • Somerset County (1795-1878)
  • Sussex County (1795-1878)
  • Union Co. (1857-1878)

Marriage Records, May 1848-December 1913 (For more recent records, contact Bureau of Vital Statistics at 609.292.4087)

For $10.00 fee, paid in advance, we will search for a marriage record when the month, year and location are provided. Please use form below and fill out required information.

Note that a portion of the $10 fee is earmarked for the conservation and re-imaging of the 1848-1878 birth, marriage and death returns, which have severely deteriorated over time. See Vital Records Conservation for more information.

If the month and year are not known, no more than one two-year search can be requested for fee of $15.00. Please use the forms below and fill out required information.

Fees are non-refundable regardless of whether the requested record is found.

Payment must be by check or money order payable to “New Jersey General Treasury.”

If requesting other records besides vital records, please send a separate check and letter for May 1848-December 1913 vital records request.

To find and order copies of marriage records for the 1848-1878 period, consult the searchable Index to Marriage Records, 1848-1878.

Death Records, May 1848-December 1913

(For more recent records, contact Bureau of Vital Statistics at 609.292.4087)

For $10.00 fee, paid in advance, we will search for a death record when the month, year and location are provided. Please use form below and fill out required information.

Note that a portion of the $10 fee is earmarked for the conservation and re-imaging of the 1848-1878 birth, marriage and death returns, which have severely deteriorated over time. See Vital Records Conservation for more information.

If the month and year are not known, no more than one two-year search can be requested for fee of $15.00. Please use the forms below and fill out required information.

Deaths from June 1878-December 1900 will be searched by fiscal year (i.e. July 1890-June 1891), not calendar year. Please specify fiscal years to be searched, if an exact date is not supplied.

Fees are non-refundable regardless of whether the requested record is found.

Payment must be by check or money order payable to “New Jersey General Treasury.”

If requesting other records besides vital records, please send a separate check and letter for May 1848-December 1913 vital records request.

To find and order copies of death records for the 1848-1878 period, consult the searchable Index to Death Records, 1878-1887.

Land and Estate Records

Wills and Estate Inventories, 1670-1952

$10.00 per packet (up to 10 pages), $1.00 each additional page
Provide the name of the deceased, approximate death date, and county or major city of residence. Include file number, if known.

Secretary of State's Deeds, Surveys and Commissions, ca. 1650s-1790s
$5.00 per deed
Provide the name of the grantor and grantee, location (county), and approximate year.

East and West Jersey Proprietors' Surveys, 1680s-early 1900s
$5.00 per record
Provide book and page citation, names of parties, and approximate date and location of land. Some of the surveys are included in our index to Proprietary Warrants and Surveys.

Military Service Records

Revolutionary War
$10.00 per record
Provide soldier's name and other identifying information, such as county of service.

1793 Militia Census, Wars of 1794-1815, and Mexican War (1846-1848)
$5.00 per record
Provide soldier's name, Records of militia, wars of 1794-1812, and Mexican War copied from published transcriptions.

Civil War
$10.00 per record; William S. Stryker's Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War, 1861‐1865 is located on the “Searchable Databases” page of our website. An order form can be filled out and printed based on the results of that search. The State Archives’ Civil War collection includes printed rosters and muster rolls. Be sure to check the Civil War Treasury Vouchers database as well.

Spanish American War and National Guard/Punitive Expedition into Mexico, 1916
$5.00 per record, per conflict
Provide name, company, and regiment.

World War I
$5.00 each for a soldier's unofficial service record
Provide name, county or major city of residence, and age.

To find a soldier's death information card and photograph (if included); please use the World War I Casualty Database

New Jersey Home for Disabled Soldiers Case Files [incomplete], ca. 1866-1920s
$10.00 per file, up to 10 pages, $1.00 for each additional page.
Consult our finding aid or a list of soldiers.

Legislative Records

Inventories of Damages by the British and Americans in New Jersey, 1776-1782

$5.00 per file, up to 10 pages, $1.00 for each additional page.
To find and order copies of a Damage record, consult the searchable Inventories of Damages by the British and Americans in New Jersey, 1776-1782

Naturalizations (Citizenship Papers)

State-Level Naturalizations (by the Supreme Court, Chancery Court, Prerogative Court and Legislature) all counties, 1750s-1830s

$5.00 per 5 years searched
Provide name, county, and approximate year; almost all are men because women obtained citizenship through their husbands.

County-Level Naturalizations
(Court of Common Pleas)

The New Jersey State Archives can provide mail reference service fees for the following counties:

  • Burlington (1790-1956)
  • Camden (1844-1932)
  • Essex (1792-1931)
  • Mercer (1838-1940)
  • Ocean (1850-1951)
  • Sussex (1817-1958)
  • Union counties (1857-1906)

For all other counties please contact the local county clerk.

$5.00 per 5 years searched
Provide name, county, and approximate year; almost all are men because women obtained citizenship through their husbands.

Court Records

N.J. Supreme Court Case Files, 1704-1844
$10.00 per packet (up to 10 pages), $1.00 each additional page.
To find and order copies of a N.J. Supreme Court Case record, consult the searchable Index to Supreme Court Case Files, 1704-1844.

Federal Census Records

U.S.Census Records, 1830-1880
$5.00 per record
Copy of entry sent when page citation is provided.

Newspaper Searches

Searches/Obituaries from New Jersey Newspapers, 1778-mid-1900s
$5.00
From the State Archives' collection of microfilmed newspapers when name, date and city/town are provided. New Jersey Newspapers on Microfilm.

Name Change Judgments, 1847-1947

$5.00 per record.
To find and order copies of a Name Change record, consult the searchable Index to Legal Name Changes, 1847-1947.

Certification of Documents Service

$25.00 per document
Only documents owned by the New Jersey State Archives may be certified for legal purposes. When requesting a certification please send a separate check for the copying fee.