New Jersey Church Records
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V. 1 #12: New Jersey Church Records
I thought some of our subscribers might like to see my information on
NJ Church records, and view a list of online Olive Tree databases for
I have many NJ databases (military records, census records, tax
records and cemetery records)which I will list in a future
newsletter. For now, I'll stick with the churches.
Northern New Jersey was settled by the Dutch who set up
trading posts in the 1620s. Swedish and Finnish settlements
followed, with settlement along the Delaware River in the
During the colonial era, New Jersey was ruled by England.
People moved into and out of New Jersey constantly. Church,
court, and land records were kept from the time an area was
The first churches in New Jersey were the Dutch Reformed,
Congregational (Puritan), Society of Friends (Quaker), and
By 1775 the largest denominations in New Jersey were the
Presbyterian, Society of Friends, Dutch Reformed, Baptist,
and Anglican (Episcopal) churches.
In the mid-1800s, the Methodist church was the largest,
followed by the Presbyterian, Baptist, Reformed, Friends,
and Episcopal churches.
Except for the Dutch Reformed and Lutheran churches in
northern New Jersey, few of the earliest church records have
The Olive Tree Genealogy New Jersey Section begins at
provides a list of the early settlers in the upper part of
Bergen Co., N. J. before 1700. This list was compiled from
the Church membership, and the Marriage Record, of the
Hackensack congregation. Wives' names are inlcuded.
Marriages in Hackensack before 1700 can also be found at
The church organization at this time occupied the field
between Bergen and Tappan, in an area of about 10 miles
around Hackensack. These three congregations are believed to
be the only ones existing at that period in the vicinity of
New Amsterdam (New York City) on the Jersey side.
Other Olive Tree Genealogy church records for NJ may be
Totowa Passaic Co. Old Dutch Church Baptisms 1756-1822
Marriages Elizabethtown, (was Essex Co.)
First Reformed Dutch Church at Montville Marriages 1826-
Some church records for New Jersey for the period before
1750 in book form are:
o Lutheran Church in New York and New Jersey, 1722-1760 :
Lutheran records in the ministerial archives of the
Staatsarchiv, Hamburg, Germany.translated by Simon Hart and
Harry J. Kreider (not on microfilm)
o New Jersey marriage records, 1665-1800. edited by William
Nelson New Jersey marriage records, 1665-1800 : edited, with
an historical introduction on the early marriage laws of New
Jersey, and the precedents on which they were founded FHLC
Lorine McGinnis Schulze