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As of 1 January 2009, the NJ Dept. of Health has transferred vital records through December 31, 1900 to the State Archives. YEAH! Although these records were already at the Archives on microfilm, now you no longer have to get records from 1878 to 1900 from the Dept. of Health, which was $$$ and time consuming. Now the State Archives will do the lookups for $10 each.


Birth, Marriage & Death Records are maintained at both the city/town/borough AND State levels. You should contact the local clerk (see the state web site, municipalities section for contact info) to see if they have records, or contact the State of New Jersey (especially if you do not know the location of the event). ALSO SEE a LIST OF REGISTRARS, by county, in New Jersey.

The State Bureau of Vital Statistics and Registration maintains birth, marriage, and death records from 1878 to the present. Domestic partnership records are available from 2004 to the present.

Vital records from May 1848-May 1878 may be ordered from the New Jersey State Archives (these records also include some burial records). See the NJ State Archives online databases.

Death Certificates 1904-today
New Jersey death certificates for the time period of 1904 and forward are filed alphabetically by SURNAME. There are no certificate numbers issued to them. The stamped number in the upper right hand corner is
actually the page number for the particular volume that the certificate has been bound into.

Also, the LDS Family History Library does not have any vital statistics
for New Jersey after 1900. The NJ Dept. of Health has not released the
microfilm to any agency beyond the NJ State Archives. And even they are
not allowed to perform mail search requests. These films are for
in-person use only.

Here are the options for you to obtain a copy of a New Jersey death certificate from 1904-today:
1) Write to the township vital records office:
Fee: Unknown (wait time unknown)
2) Write to the NJ State Dept. of Health:
Fee: $25 (wait time 4-6 months)
3) Hire a professional researcher to search & copy the record at the
NJ State Archives.
Average fee: $15-30 (wait time less than a month)
List of researchers hosted by the Genealogical Society of NJ:

Also available at the New Jersey State Archives:

-- Marriage Records, 1666-1799 in New Jersey and County Marriage Records for Burlington (1795-1878), Cumberland County (1795-1878), Essex County (1795-1879), Mercer County (1832-1887) (gaps), Passaic County (1838-1878), Somerset County (1795-1878), Sussex County (1795-1878), Union Co. (1857-1878)

NJ Marriages 1665-1799 (search the index)

-- Obituaries from New Jersey Newspapers, 1778 - mid-1900s; Cost:
$5.00 from the State Archives' collection of microfilmed newspapers when name, date of death and city/town are provided.

Social Security Death Index (free) - provides birth date, death date, social security number, state or territory where the number was issued, last known town/city and state of residence.
Other Resources & Suggestions for Locating Vital Records:

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