The Hugh B. Wheeler
Reading Room in Toms River houses the genealogical
and historical research collection of the Ocean
County Library. The collection is for in house use
only. For persons outside of Ocean County we may
be able to help you in your research. Please use
service or call
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INFORMATION & HISTORY
**DONATING TO THE BISHOP/WHEELER COLLECTION**
of Ocean County, done in the past half century,
provide documentation of area growth.
Old atlases of New Jersey enable researchers
to determine changes in wards, names of municipalities
and other civil boundaries. Woolman and Rose's "Historical
and Biographical Atlas of the Jersey Shore"
and Beers and Comstock's "Atlas of New Jersey"
Basic "how-to" manuals for
amateur genealogists, such as "Do People Grow
On Family Trees?" by Ira Wolfman.
Ethnic search strategy
books, such as "Finding Our Fathers" by
Address books which
lead to archives, museums, historical and genealogical
societies, such as "Genealogist's Address Book".
Some city directories of the Ocean County
area, for this century. Current telephone directories
are available at the main library next door.
& State Censuses of New Jersey
complete federal censuses of New Jersey from 1830-1930
on microfilm, with Soundex indexes for 1880, 1900
and 1920 and book indexes for 1830-1870 for
New Jersey. All available state censuses
of New Jersey done from 1855-1895, on microfilm,
and for Ocean County and Monmouth County, the state
censuses done in 1905 and 1915.
1930 Federal Census of individuals and families
has arrived. You can view the microfilm copies of
the1930 Federal Census for New Jersey at the Toms River Branch of the
Ocean County Library.
Finder for the Latest Census data!
Histories of particular sections of New
Jersey, written in the 19th century, which often
have family genealogies. "History of the County
of Hudson" by Winfield is such a title.
Histories of specific
religious/ethnic groups, Hinshaw's "Quaker
Genealogy" and Chambers' "Early Germans
of New Jersey" for example.
The International Genealogical Index
(put out by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter
Day Saints), 1989 edition, which provides birth,
marriage and christening dates for many persons,
broken down by state. Many researchers use the IGI
as a "stepping off place" to verify dates
of these sacraments and others use the batch numbers
to obtain copies of original records.
Indexes to passenger
lists by name of immigrant and date of arrival,
such as "Italians To America" by Glazier.
Indexes to biographical
and genealogical information found in various titles
about New Jersey, such as Sinclair's "New Jersey
Biographical Index". Bishop has many of the
original sources cited.
& Newspaper Clipping File
Area newspapers (Toms River, Lakewood, Tuckerton, Seaside Heights, Beach Haven and Manasquan) on microfilm. Years covered range from the 1850s to the 1980s depending on the title. Please call 732-349-6200 or visit our Information Desk at the Toms River Branch for more information.
of Nathaniel Holmes Bishop III
The complete papers of Nathaniel Holmes
Bishop III, including those connected with the cranberry
industry, galley sheets of his publications, genealogical
materials, diaries of his trips and old photographs
have been archived, arranged and made accessible
as primary source material.
County Cemetery Project
of all known graves, cemeteries and burial grounds
in Ocean County by Township, Boro or location.
Data base can be searched by last name only, or first
and last name. The Headstone Directory
can be searched by township or by an alphabetic
listing of the cemeteries. A Biography and
Photograph section is also included.
Transcriptions of meetings of the Bricksburg
Fruitgrowers Organization, the Polyhue Yacht Club
of Beachwood and Alfred Brown, as well as transcriptions
of Anderson and Campbell's (Funeral Home) records
for the turn of the 20th century are available to
Lists of Service men and women
Lists of the men and women who fought
in New Jersey units in the Revolutionary War,
Civil War and skirmishes in between.
Abstracts of New Jersey wills, from earliest
recorded dates to 1814, listing every person mentioned
in whatever context. Index to New Jersey wills probated
/ Marriage Records
We have books of sample forms to help
researchers to obtain copies of vital records. We
own compilations of marriage records/vital records
gathered by local researchers and similarly, copies
of family trees done by area researchers. Check
online resources below for ways to access vital
Most births, deaths and marriage records
are not online, but when you need a certified copy
for your passport or a simple record for your genealogy
research, you can logon for instructions about getting
one. Included below are web sites for U.S. and foreign
vital records, certified and “simple” records.
A US Government Web site which shows you how to
obtain copies of birth, death and marriage records
from the state or city where the event took place.
Very timely information gives fees, locations and
addresses, as well as dates of available records.
Is updated frequently.
Records 2 (USA)
A Web site which not only leads you
to government resources but also offers related
links. Because authenticated copies are not required
for genealogy research, you may find a more inexpensive
way to find those necessary records via a Web link.
A network of Internet, voice and fax setups to help
you get a certified copy of a vital record in record
time. While the availability varies from state to
state, you can often take your credit card in hand
and apply online for a record needed for your passport
or similar document. Interestingly, the site provides
phone numbers and addresses as well as online connections.
Because Foreign Vital
Records are different in each locality, your best
bet is to go to the place/country involved on Cyndi's
List, by alphabet or subject, and look
For example, under
“England”, then “Records”, a web site
entitled “Free BMD Project” offers links to
free data which has been transcribed. Not complete
but improving day to day. Down the page a bit is
the “Public Records Office”, a government
site which tells you how to access many thousands
of documents. (Government offices are often most
reliable -but slowest).
Another way to access
Foreign Vital Records is to find the main government
page for the country you are interested in (using
your favorite search engine) and look for “Vital
Records”. Often, instructions and even forms
are available online---although not the records
you may search a surname on a mega-site which includes
some vital record data bases among its subscribers.
California, for example, now allows births and deaths
to be searched online for a period of about 75 years.
Rootsweb gathers up searchable sites and puts them
in one spot. Virtually all sites pertain to the
Lastly, you might
want to look for births and marriages on the LDS
The Mormon volunteers have recorded many sacramental
records which are useful for family history. Mostly,
they deal with happenings over 75 years ago.
sites for Genealogical & Historical Research
Genealogy research can be both stimulating and emotionally satisfying. As you solve the puzzles and contradictions of people’s lives, you may learn more about yourself than you do about Grandmom and Grandpop! To find your place in history, to understand your family and country of origin, to make peace with the issues and problems each family has----try "finding your family", or least get started, on the Web. Favorite sites include governmental, religious, volunteer-run, commercially sponsored and huge, mega-sites about all sorts of genealogy topics.
This site has been acquired by FamilyHistory101.com. It still contains the terminology and descriptions of basic genealogy research including commonly used abbreviations, genealogical terms, forms, old terms for illnesses (jail fever is typhus)plus links to ther sites.
Ellis Island Family History Center
The site of the American Family Immigration History Center. Useful for researching records of passengers and members of ships' crews who came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. Original ship manifests as well as photographs and histories of passenger ships are also available.
Free access to a database of information on 10 million immigrants 1830-1892, the years before Ellis Island opened. The site is still under construction and there are plans to add immigrants and make ship manifests available.
The National Archives
A perfect place to start your genealogy research. From the Research Room on their homepage to Quick Links to Genealogy, you can find out which records are available and where to find them. Hints about using the federal censuses and ships passenger lists are given also, with basic how-to suggestions for beginners. Federal censuses are probably the single best source of information about Americans and the NARA Web site can show you how to make the most of their data. The magnified passenger lists related to the Titanic are really amazing.
The LDS (Mormon) Church
The single best place for church records. Drawing upon sacramental data gathered by their own researchers as well as information input by volunteers, the LDS Church has put together an international database of births, deaths and marriages. Name searches bring up brief records, full family trees and Web sites connected to the family involved. You may find a simple record of a birth or marriage or a lengthy family history going back for generations. The very simplicity and clarity of this Web site make it a joy to use---and it’s totally amazing to see where the information comes from!
The Social Security Death Index
Found on Ancestry.com. It allows researchers to examine brief information about deceased persons who were covered by Social Security. You can enter as little as a surname and find date of birth and death. In addition, you can apply to the Freedom of Information office to get a copy of the original social security application, which is full of information about the person’s family. It’s remarkably useful in tracking distant members of your family or friends-or finding out if and when a long lost person has died.
Family Tree Maker
A commercial Web site which offers some free searches and others by subscription. It’s very useful in finding Web sites connected to specific families and can lead you to FTM disks containing census indexes, family trees and out-of-print books. Often, the library or your friends may own the disks, so buying is not required! The free databases change from month to month, so look at this site often.
Cyndi’s List organizes the material by subject, so that you can search by nationality, religion, physical location or historical period. If you need to know about family Bibles or Danish relatives or Civil War ancestors, there is a Web site here for you. Almost anything you might think of is covered here and is easily located. Includes over 260,000 links to family history plus a “new to genealogy section.”
An online bulletin board where you can post questions or messages about your family and read replies from others interested in the name. People from all over the world can enter questions or comments; all that is required is an e-mail account and something genealogical to share. Just browsing may turn up data you may have missed before.
This easy to use site includes cemetery records, military records, Native American records, surnames, biographies and genealogical books online.
Rootsweb.com is a joint product of Rootsweb and Ancestry.com. It offers an immense but easily-searched database. Surnames, keywords, World Connect and GenWeb Projects, SSDI, WW I Draft Records, California vital records, Immigrant Transcribers Guild data and the Obituary Daily Times are included in the overall "quick search". Anything from an entry on a passenger list to a birth record found by the mother’s maiden name may show up, along with names and e-mail addresses of contributing researchers. Every week too, a review of new databases and comments will arrive in your e-mail if you subscribe. Set aside a few hours a week just to keep up with this elegant and information-packed genealogy Web site.
Irish Family History Foundation
This site contains genealogical links, maps, newsletters etc for those researching Irish genealogy. The foundation uses extensive sources to supply marriage, death, baptism, census records etc FOR A FEE!
Italian Genealogical Group
An organization dedicated to furthering Italian family history and genealogy BUT so much more. The New York City Death Index and New York City Groom Index can be used by any ethnic group.
This site provides a way of locating towns in Central Europe by using sophisticated mapping techniques combined with a special Soundexing system. You can search for a village in all of Central Europe or in just one country, and the results will provide a map of the area with your place starred in red. Zooming in and out and tweaking the map to the north or south help you to locate adjacent towns. Especially helpful is the European Soundexing, which retrieves similar-sounding names of places which may now be in a different country from the one shown in maps 100 years ago. Not tied to any nationality or religion despite its name. We even found battleground villages from World War II!
The US GenWeb Project
This site allows you to focus in on one part of the United States and find out what type of genealogical records are found there. Volunteers aid in retrieving and inputting information, so that a person-to-person contact may develop. Each adopted town or county has a full listing of what is available locally, a real treasure when you are working on family far away. Works well to supplement the NARA materials.
Northern New York Historical Newspapers
Indexed access to selected historical newspapers in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties which have been scanned from microfilm and converted to PDF files.
New Jersey State Archives
The State Archives operates New Jersey's research center for public records of enduring historical value. The website contains a catalog of holdings, image collections, and searchable databases. Historical records include marriage, death, legal name changes, Civil War vouchers, and more.
If in doubt, head for the Google search engine and enter your family name or personal name within quotation marks. Or use a subject such as Italian Nobility. The excellent, well-sorted results will surprise you! And you may see some of the genealogy Web sites we’ve listed above. Very good for highly specific searches.
**DONATING TO THE BISHOP/WHEELER COLLECTION**
The Ocean County Library would like to thank the many people and organizations who have donated materials to our local history collection. If you would like to help us add to our collection, we are seeking the following items in good condition:
- Ocean County area school yearbooks
- Postcards of Ocean County locations
- Ocean County area cookbooks (including those from fundraisers)
- Ocean County telephone books published before 1990; and
- Books and pamphlets concerning Ocean County and New Jersey.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-349-6200, ex. 5101 if you have items you would like to donate.
questions? We have answers!
Compiled by L. Brown