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Local History & Genealogy

SCLSNJ offers a wealth of valuable and unique resources for genealogy and local history research, including:

  • local newspapers
  • family histories
  • community scrapbooks
  • memorabilia
  • and more!

You may visit any SCLSNJ branch to begin your research or use our online research databases. There is no charge (other than printing or photocopying) for self guided research or in-person genealogy research assistance.

Explore SCLSNJ’s Research Resources

With the assistance of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, SCLSNJ created a digital archive of Somerset County’s community memories. The archive includes photographs, postcards, and other digital images of the past and present. Through special partnerships with community organizations, Rolling Thunder and Frontline Arts, special collections of artwork and historical documents have been digitized and added to our collections. We continue to add to our collections every day.

Explore SCLSNJ’s Historical and Community Memories Archive

Want to share a personal photo, video, story, or poetry? Make your mark in Somerset County history by submitting a digital item to the SCLSNJ Historical and Community Memories Archive.

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In 2017, Mary C. Nelson, Hannah M. Kerwin, and the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) published a multi-volume historical resource, “The Old Presbyterian Graveyard, Bound Brook, New Jersey: A Resource.

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Historical Collections at Our Branches:

  • Chronicle [Bound Brook] — (also known as Bound Brook Chronicle, State Centre-Record/Bound Brook Chronicle, State Centre-Record and Somerset Advocate/Bound Brook Chronicle/Chronicle [Bound Brook]/Chronicle [Somerville] – several title changes, 01/01/1982 through 04/07/2007 (when publication ceased) on microfilm, in print except for years 1973-1988
  • Irish-American, on microfilm (2 reels) covering 1857 to 1863 and 1863 to 1868
  • Obituary Indices as Excel document for the Chronicle [Bound Brook], 1892 to 2007 (this encompasses roughly 30,000 names)
  • Searchlight Quarterly, Bound Brook High School literary magazine
  • The Echo, Bound Brook High School yearbook, in print and on microfilm, 1928 to present)
  • Bound Brook High School Reunion and Hall of Fame booklets
  • Haelig Family Photos
  • Otto Williams Papers Collection
  • Calco Documents Collection
  • E. Robert Byrne Campground Papers Collection
  • Bound Brook Area Historical Postcards
  • The Italian Immigrant Experience Oral History by Eda Franzetti, 1977
  • Oral History by Bound Brook High School students, circa 1974
  • Sanborn Map, 1927; covering Bound Brook, South Bound Brook and Middlesex
  • Bicentennial Year in Bound Brook, New Jersey scrapbook
  • Bound Brook “Salute to the Bicentennial” scrapbook
  • Somerset County’s Forgotten Patriot: Hendrick Fisher’s Gravestone Rededication, South Bound Brook, New Jersey, July 9, 2005 scrapbook
  • Bound Brook Memorial Library Centennial Year Scrap Book, 1897-1997: 100 Years of Service to the Community
  • Bound Brook Memorial Library: Gifts to 1966 Equipment Fund
  • 1681-1981: 300 Years Bound Brook
  • Bound Brook Hospital Women’s Auxiliary
  • Great Events of 1981 scrapbook by Smalley School Children, 1981
  • Hurricane Floyd scrapbook
  • LaMonte School scrapbook, 1914-1964
  • Bound Brook Drum & Bugle Corps Scrapbook
  • Sarah (Van Arsdale) Van Nostrand scrapbook, local Camp Middlebrook Chapter, DAR
  • Scrapbook of Clippings from Plainfield Courier News, 1938 (Anniversary edition)
  • Bound Brook Memorial Library (16 different scrapbooks covering various years)
  • “The Stars and Stripes” reproduction of the official newspaper of the American Expeditionary Forces, printed in France, 71 issues from 02/08/1918 to 06/13/1919
  • Bound Brook Council Meeting Minutes
  • Bound Brook Library Board of Trustee Minutes
  • Bound Brook Library Borrowers Registers
  • Bound Brook Library Friends Meeting Minutes
  • Old Presbyterian Graveyard documents
  • Polk Directories
  • Veterans Registration Records from WPA for Somerset County
  • American Cyanamid Superfund Site Repository
  • “Courier-News” affiliated titles on microfilm (6/2/1884 to present)
  • “Hillsborough Beacon” on microfilm (1979 to 2007)
  • “Messenger-Gazette” affiliated titles on microfilm (10/16/1823 to 6/2007)
  • “Star-Ledger” on microfilm (1/1/1996 to 12/31/2013)
  • Somerville City Directories in print and on microfilm (1917 to 1984)
  • Plainfield City Directories in print and on microfilm (1902 to 1982)
  • New Brunswick City Directories in print and on microfilm (1968 to 1987)
  • Bridgewater Library Clippings Files on microfilm
  • Somerset County Cultural Resource Survey of 1989
  • Somerset County Veterans Grave Registration Card Collection
  • New Jersey Municipal Budget Collection (1978 to Present)
  • Miscellaneous Historical Map Collection
  • Hillsborough High School Yearbooks (1975 to present)
  • Hillsborough Township Master Plan and Amendments in print (1965 to 2010)
  • Document Repository for various Gas Pipeline projects (2001 to 2013)
  • Document Repository for GSA Somerville/Belle Mead Depot Redevelopment (1994 to 2004)
  • “Historic Cemeteries Located in Hillsborough Township” in print
  • Manville High School Year Books (Incomplete collection from 1958 to 2016)
  • The Manville News in print (1946-2016)
  • Montgomery High School Year Books
  • Van Harlingen Historical Society Oral History Series
  • Montgomery Citizen
  • Montgomery News
  • Rocky Hill Gazette
  • Family Burying Grounds Montgomery Township (Revised)
  • Family Burying Grounds Montgomery Township
  • History of the NJ State Village for Epileptics
  • North Plainfield High School Canuck Yearbooks (1928-2007)
  • North Plainfield High School Alumni Association Directories (1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010) and Newsletters (1991-2009)
  • Washington Park Historic District Document Collection
  • North Plainfield Library Association and Advisory Board Meeting Minutes and Document Repository
  • Plainfield, North Plainfield, and Warren Area Historic Map Collection
  • Blue Hills Historical Society Document Collection
  • Master Plan for Development of The Green Acres Tract in North Plainfield, NJ
  • Various historic photographs and scrapbooks
  • Blairsden Collection — Artifacts, photographs, articles, and press clippings related to C. Ledyard Blair, the Blairsden family, and the Blairsden Estate in Peapack.
  • Shirreffs Collection — Historical books and materials focusing on horsemanship and equine studies.
  • Reference desk (1942 to 1954, 1956 to 1972, 1974 to 1987, 1990 to 2005)
  • Somerville High School Pioneer in print (1942 to 1972, 1974 to 1984, 1987 to 1988, 1990 to 1993, 1995 to 2006, 2009 to 2014)
  • Somerville High School Valkyrie (1916 to 1929)
  • Biographical and portrait encyclopedia of third congressional district, comprising Somerset, Middlesex, and Monmouth counties, in PDF form, available at the reference desk (1896)
  • Biographical Encyclopaedia of New Jersey of the Nineteenth Century, in PDF form, available at the reference desk
  • Extensive breakdown of businesses on West Main Street and Division Street, Somerville, in PDF form available at the reference desk
  • Index to the Somerville Public Library branch New Jersey Room Vertical File, in PDF form, available at the reference desk
  • Index to the Somerville Public Library New Jersey Room Closet, in PDF form, available at the reference desk
  • Chronology of Somerset County and Somerville: Pre-Revolutionary through 2010, last updated 10/27/15, in PDF form, available at the reference desk
  • Extensive image collection for Somerville and environ, scanned to 600 dpi, available at the reference desk
  • Powerpoint presentation (slides on DVD, slides converted into image files): How Somerville Grew: A History in Maps. Slides available at the reference desk, DVD available in the New Jersey Room.
  • Echoes Sentinel – in PDF form, 11/14/1963 to 12/30/2010
  • Cemetery Records of Warren Township, Somerset County, New Jersey, in print (1998)
  • Cemetery Records of Warren Township, Somerset County, New Jersey, 2nd Edition, 2002
  • Somerset County, New Jersey Marriages, (1795-1878), in print
  • Warren History: The Newsletter of the Warren Township Historical Society, 4 volumes published between 1994 and 2010 , in print
  • Warren Township in Historic Photographs: a selection of photographs from the collection of the Warren Township Historical Society, 2 volumes published in 2006
  • Warren Township, Somerset County, New Jersey, register of births: 1849-1878
  • A History of Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church, by Susie B. Boyce 1997
  • A History of Springdale United Methodist Church, by Susie B. Boyce, 1995
  • Warren Township (Images of America) by Alan A. Siegel
  • The Kirch-Ford House by Alan A. Siegel
  • The Mount Bethel Baptist Meeting House, Cemetery and Church by Alan A. Siegel
  • Villages at the Crossroads: A History of Warren Township 1806-1976 by Barbara Tomblin
  • War Veterans of Warren Township, Somerset County, New Jersey
  • Warren A-Z: An Entertaining Guidebook to the 275-Year History of Warren Township, New Jersey
  • Warren History, Newsletter of the Warren Township Historical Society
  • Warren Township Register of Births, 1849 – 1878
  • Watchung (Images of America) by David B. Page
  • Genealogy of the Moldenke Family
  • “History of Watchung” — Articles regarding Watchung and Moldenke’s Castle, Bicentennial booklet, also contains some information on Native American tribes
  • The Deserted Village and the Blue Brook Valley prepared and edited by James B. Hawley
  • The Revolutionary War in Somerset County New Jersey compiled by the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission, published in 2001
  • Somerset County: Crossroads of the American Revolution by William A Schleicher and Susan J Winter
  • The Indians of Lenapehoking (the Lenape or Delaware Indians) by Herbert C Kraft and John T. Kraft
  • The Lenape Indians of New Jersey by Herbert C Kraft
  • Atlas of Somerset County, New Jersey, 1873, reprint
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