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Gloucester County Historical Society

Gloucester County Historical Society

Visiting Hours: 
Monday-Friday from 1-4 p.m. 
Tuesday from 6-9:30 p.m. 
First Saturday of the month October through May from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Last Sunday of the month from 2-5 p.m.   
Admission: $5 for nonmembers


Genealogical Holdings in the Library of the Gloucester County (NJ) Historical Society

  • Bible Records: 44 volumes - plus hundreds of copies in vertical files

  • Books: 8,500 genealogies, family histories and general histories

  • Census Records:
    New Jersey State Census: All Southern Counties: 1855 - 1915
    Federal Census:
    All New Jersey: 1830 - 1920
    All Delaware: 1920
    The following Pennsylvania counties:
    Adams Co. - 1860, 1870
    Bucks Co. - 1850, 1870, 1920
    Chester Co. - 1920
    Delaware Co. - 1920
    Lackawanna Co. - 1920
    Montgomery Co. - 1850, 1860, 1920
    Northumberland Co. - 1870
    Philadelphia Co. - 1850, 1920

  • Cemetery Inscriptions: 125 volumes - South Jersey/Delaware Valley

  • Church Records:
    115 volumes - South Jersey/Delaware Valley
    Photocopies of records of 60 South Jersey churches

  • Directories:
    240 microfilm reels with various NJ city, county and telephone directories
    64 bound volumes of Camden city directories
    134 bound volumes of Philadelphia city directories

  • Marriages: 45 volumes of NJ and PA marriages plus Vital Statistics files

  • Miscellaneous Records:
    Account books, almanacs, biographies and diaries
    Charles Sheppard Genealogical Records (17 microfilm rolls)
    Gloucester Co. Document Collection: (Partial name index)
    80,000 original documents pertaining to county history
    NJ Archives - 42 volumes
    NJ Mortality Schedules: 1850-1880
    NJ Tax Ratables: 1772-1822
    PA Archives: 9th Series

  • Newspapers:
    Camden Co.: 1834-1840; 1928-1996
    Cumberland Co.: 1815-1839; Periodic issues 1840-1920
    Gloucester Co.: 1819 to Present
    Salem Co.: 1848-1972

  • Periodicals:
    The American Genealogist
    Delaware Genealogical Society Journal
    Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey
    Mennonite Family History (PA)
    National Genealogical Society Quarterly
    New Jersey History (formerly Proceedings of the NJ Historical Society)
    New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
    North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal
    Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine
    Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

  • Vertical Files: Over 4,000 files containing bible records, pedigree charts, family group sheets, documents, letters, articles, photographs, wills and vital statistics on South Jersey/Delaware Valley families.  Topic headings available on website.

  • Vital Statistics: Over 355,000 index cards containing births, marriages and deaths; most of which have been extracted from area newspapers since 1800.

  • Wills:
    Available for following counties from their incorporation until 1900:
    Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem
    Also: All New Jersey will extracts: 1670-1817 and Monmouth Co. 1693-1841
    Pennsylvania Wills for following counties: Berks Co.: 1752-1825, Bucks Co.1685-1825, Chester Co. 1714-1825, Cumberland Co. 1750-1825, Delaware Co. 1789-1835, Montgomery Co. 1784-1850, Philadelphia Co. 1682-1825, York Co.1749-1820