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Genealogical Society of New Jersey: New Jersey Cemetery Inventory (1920s - 2010s)
RepositoryRutgers University, Special Collections and University Archives
Collection Description
The genealogical holdings of the Special Collections Department of Rutgers University's Alexander Library provide one of the state's richest sources of information on New Jersey family history. The bulk of the records have been deposited by the Genealogical Society of New Jersey and the New Jersey State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Rutgers genealogical collection is smaller, but is also a unique resource. The Genealogical Society's collections maintained and described by members of the Society. See the Society's web site for additional information about its activities.

The genealogical collections include cemetery inscriptions, copies of vital records, family Bible records, and extensive notes and compilations by professional genealogists, among many other resources. Supplementing the materials in Special Collections are a variety of source materials on microfilm available in Alexander Library's Microforms reading room, as well as additional (largely non-New Jersey) printed genealogies and related books.

NOTE: For an overview of the Genealogical Collections, see:

While the library is not able to conduct extensive research for offsite patrons, queries relating to genealogical collections can be addressed to archives staff via:
Collection Contents
This collection consists of files of transcribed tombstone inscriptions from individual cemeteries in New Jersey, arranged by county and then by cemetery name. The files contain transcriptions made by the GSNJ, by the New Jersey Historical Society, and by other entities. In addition to the transcriptions, individual files may contain clippings, notes, and other background material. For a description of the origin and scope of the GSNJ's work in transcribing cemetery inscriptions, as well as online access to the complete inventory of New Jersey cemeteries included, see:

A paper copy of the inventory for the entire collection is also available at the Reading Room.

The Essex County portion of the collection includes files on the following Newark cemeteries: Bowery Cemetery, Coeyman's Burying Ground, Fairmount Cemetery � Founders Crypt, Halsey Street Methodist Episcopal Burying Ground (interment records, 1839), Lang Street Burying Ground, Lyons Farm Baptist Churchyard (NJ Historical Society published Monument Inscriptions only), Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Newark (Old) Burying Ground, Newark "Potters Field" (aka Floral Rest), Newark Trinity Episcopal Cemetery, Old First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, and Woodland Cemetery.

The file-names listed above are as found in the collection inventory. Also included are a number of cemeteries located near Newark, which would likely have been used by Newark residents. For example, the collection includes files on the Episcopal, Methodist, and Dutch Reformed cemeteries in Belleville, and an Essex County file titled "Catholic Cemeteries � Various."
FormatTextual materials
SubjectsGenealogy; Religion / Churches
Time Periods20th Century; 21st Century
Access policyOpen for research