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Welcome to New Jersey. Please meet Tracker, our project mascot, if you haven't met him already. He will be there to lead you around the sites and sniff out research information. So pull up a comfy chair and get your favorite beverage and take a look around.

If you can contribute materials, coordinate a county site, do look-ups, type, etc., please contact me.

The area was inhabited by Native Americans for more than 2,800 years, with historical tribes such as the Lenape along the coast. In the early 17th century, the Dutch and the Swedes made the first European settlements. The English later seized control of the region, naming it the Province of New Jersey. It was granted as a colony to Sir George Carteret and John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton. At this time, it was named after the largest of the British Channel Islands, Jersey, where Carteret had been born. New Jersey was the site of several decisive battles during the American Revolutionary War.

In the 19th century, factories in cities such as Paterson and Trenton helped to drive the Industrial Revolution. New Jersey's position at the center of the Northeast megalopolis, between Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., fueled its rapid growth through the suburban boom of the 1950s and beyond.

We are new and just beginning to build this new site. This site will be under constant construction while we continue to add materials, so please stop back often and check to see what has been added.

Map of NJ Counties from the U.S. Census Bureau


New Jersey County List

County Date
Formed
County Seat Parent County Coordinator
Atlantic 1837 Mays Landing Gloucester Adopt me...
Bergen 1683 Hackensack East Jersey Adopt Me....
Burlington 1694 Mount Holly West Jersey Adopt Me.....
Camden 1844 Camden Gloucester Adopt Me....
Cape May 1692 Cape May West Jersey Adopt Me....
Cumberland 1748 Bridgeton Salem Adopt Me....
Essex 1683 Newark East Jersey Adopt Me....
Gloucester 1686 Woodbury East Jersey Adopt Me....
Hudson 1840 Jersey City Bergen Adopt Me....
Hunterdon 1714 Flemington Burlington Adopt Me....
Mercer 1838 Trenton Burlington, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset Adopt Me....
Middlesex 1683 New Brunswick East Jersey Jana
Monmouth 1683 Freehold East Jersey Adopt Me....
Morris 1739 Morristown Hunterdon Adopt Me....
Ocean 1850 Toms River Monmouth Adopt Me....
Passaic 1837 Patterson Bergen, Essex Adopt Me....
Salem 1694 Salem West Jersey Adopt Me.....
Somerset 1688 Somerville Middlesex Adopt Me....
Sussex 1753 Newton Morris Adopt Me....
Union 1857 Elizabeth Essex Adopt Me.....
Warren 1824 Belvidere Sussex Adopt Me....
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Updated 5 January 2015