This guide will help you become familiar with the wealth of resources for researching local history and family in Burlington County.
Last Updated: Apr 25, 2010
Founded in 1694, Burlington County was part of the land settled by the original West Jersey Proprietors. The county's strategic location along the Delaware River and its position across the whole state of New Jersey, "from river to ocean," provided an early haven to diverse populations - Native American, Quaker, Methodist, indentured servant, freeman, farmer, and more.
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.
The following websites will help you familiarize yourself with Burlington County.
- Burlington County Deeds and Land Transactions
Now available online, Burlington County County Clerk’s office offers a public records index of deeds, mortgages, and other land records.
- Burlington County Genealogy Club
Join the Burlington County Genealogy Club on the first Wednesday of each month.
- Burlington County Genealogy Forum
Hosted by GenForum, you can post a message regarding your BurlCo ancestors, a location in the county, and offer assistance to others.
- Burlington County GenWeb Project
The Burlington County GenWeb project brings data and websites together into one page. A great introduction to Burlington County research and a wonderful refresher for those who are looking for new internet resources.
- Burlington County Library Postcard Image Collection
Digital collection of over 400 historic postcards - not only of Burlington County, but also of many Central and South Jersey locations. Highlights include Fort Dix, Mount Holly, Batsto, Trenton, Atlantic City, Camden, and New Egypt.
- Cyndi's List – Burlington County list
An index for beginners and experienced researchers alike offers cross-referenced indexing to Burlington County related websites.
- Rootsweb’s Burlington County mailing list
Subscribe and participate in discussion and queries regarding BurlCo families and research.
- South Jersey History and Genealogy
Focusing on Washington Township, Burlington County and South Jersey in general. A considerable amount of the information on this website concerning the working people of this 19th-century iron furnace and glass work is unavailable elsewhere.
- Tombstone Transcription Project
A compiled list of various cemetery transcriptions of Burlington County graveyards.
- West Jersey Genealogy Club
Join the West Jersey Genealogy Club on the third Monday of each month at First Baptist Church of Beverly.
These map sites will help you place your ancestors in Burlington County.
These sites contain family trees and information regarding some of the old, familiar families and surnames of BurlCo.