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Genealogical Research in Vital Records   Tags: birth, cemeteries, death, family, family_history, funerals, genealogical, genealogy, history, marriage, obituaries, records, vital_records, wills  

There are a wide variety of records that chronicle the events in our lives. All of them are valuable clues for family history researchers.
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Indexes to Historical Burlington County Newspapers

These indexes offer researchers a number of opportunities! 

Citations are added everyday by BCLS staff and volunteers, so don't forget to search them frequently!

  • Burlington County Newspaper Notices Index  
    This index includes over 140,000 citations to birth and marriage announcements, death notices and obituaries from more than 40 Burlington County newspapers and publications. Also includes citations to WPA grave registration cards, cemetery transcriptions, funeral home records, and more.
  • Batsto Citizens Gazette  
    The Gazette was the chief source of news and information on Batsto Village, an open-air museum in the Wharton State Forest, from 1966-1997.
  • Bordentown Register/Register News  
    Founded in 1845, this weekly newspaper covers the news from Bordentown and the surrounding area. The index includes citations for both historical and current events.
  • Central Record  
    This weekly community paper, begun in 1896, reports the news of Medford, Medford Lakes, Mount Laurel, and other central Burlington County towns. The index includes citations from January 1980 to the present day.
  • New Jersey Mirror  
    The Mirror was published from 1818-1947 in Mount Holly, but included news from the entire county. Here is the full-text of selected articles (births, marriages, death notices, court cases, town news, surrogate cases) from the first issue to the last.
  • Times-Advertiser/Community News Index
    Index to historical and current for two weekly newspapers covering Pemberton Township and the area - "Times-Advertiser" (published 1935-1982) and "Community-News" (published 1983-to date).
  • A-Z Guide to Newspapers for Researching Burlington County People and Places  
    An alphabetical guide to newspapers that will help you research Burlington County. Includes years available at BCLS and indexing.

On the Web

Vital records, i.e., records that document the major “highlights” of our lives - birth, marriage and death - offer some of the most important clues for solving the genealogy puzzle. In many cases, church records of baptisms, marriages, etc., may substitute when civil records are not readily available. For example, the State of New Jersey began systematic recording of births, marriages, and deaths in May 1848. Before this date, other sources, like Quaker Meeting minutes, must be consulted. No matter the source, vital record documents are the factual framework on which our family histories are constructed .

Accessing Vital Records from New Jersey

  • Vital Records in New Jersey
    Please note, New Jersey law protects and restricts the release of vital records, as such, vital records are not public records and cannot be searched online. This website provides information on registering, amending and obtaining copies of vital records on file in New Jersey.
  • List of Registrars for Burlington County
    Vital records (e.g., birth, marriage, death) are also available from local Vital Records Offices in the municipality where the event occurred, according to appropriate state laws.
  • NJ Vital Records, May 1848 – 1923
    Birth, death and marriage records from May 1848 – 1900 are available by visiting the New Jersey State Archives. In addition, the NJSA also holds microfilm copies of marriages and deaths through 1940. These materials are available for in-person use only.

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