The Genealogical Collections of the MCHA Library & Archives include both primary and secondary resources and periodicals. Secondary resources include a large collection of over 500 published and unpublished genealogies of Monmouth County families. In addition, the Library holds the research files of several local genealogists, which include notes, letters, charts, and photocopies and transcriptions of documents. Miscellaneous Family Surname files of information are kept by the Library that have been given to the Association by genealogical researchers to be shared with others.
Please note that Ocean County was separated from Monmouth County in 1850. The MCHA Library & Archives collects information about Ocean County and its inhabitants prior to 1850 only. To obtain information about post-1850 history and genealogy in Ocean County, consult the Ocean County Historical Society and the Ocean County Library.
Primary resources include:
Bible records -- The Monmouth County Genealogy Society has published the Bible Records held at MCHA. These volumes can be accessed in our research room during regular library hours.
Cemetery gravestone inscription listings
Census records and indices (federal and state)
Obituaries -- There are personal name indices for a limited span of a few newspapers, namely the Freehold newspapers, the Red Bank Register, The Matawan Journal, and the Hightstown Gazette.
Secondary resources:Index to Family Surnames
Periodicals concerning genealogy include:Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey
The New England Historical and Genealogical Register
New Jersey Archives (1st series)
New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society
The 23-page Addendum to Edward Raser's "Graveyard and Gravestone Inscriptions Locator - Monmouth County" is now available as a PDF file from the Genealogical Society of New Jersey. To access it, click here.
The MCHA Library & Archives online catalog is up and running! We are in the process of restrospectively cataloging our collections. Included in the catalog are books, manuscript collections, and vertical files. You may access our online card catalog remotely by following this link:
The Library of Congress has been digitally scanning books prized by historians, writers and genealogists as part of their mass project. Some of these books include important Monmouth County references such as George Beekman's Early Dutch Settlers of Monmouth County. In order to access others, please click here. We recommend that you go to "Advanced Search" and type "Monmouth" in the "any field."
The Monmouth County Genealogy Society focuses on family history in Monmouth County.
While MCHA offers genealogical research done in our collections only (see under Services for more information), if outside research is needed, the Genealogical Society of New Jersey offers a list of professional researchers.
For questions regarding MCHA's Library & Archives, please click here.