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Monmouth County, New Jersey Online Resources

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Monmouth County is the northernmost county on the Jersey Shore. Freehold Borough is its county seat. A number of searchable online indexes can be found on the Monmouth County Archives website. The Archives developed this collection in conjunction with the Monmouth County Information Services Department. For most of the indexes there is a Select link at the end of the record on which you can click to request a copy of the record. The indexes include:

    

Naturalizations 1804 – 1906

This index can be searched by last name and first name. The data fields are last name, first name, application date, year granted, number, note and file number. 

    

Coroner Inquests 1786 – 1915

This index can be searched by last name and first name. The data fields include last name, first name, town, date, year, cause, and comments. 

    

Illegitimate Children 1734 – 1897

This database can be searched by mother’s last name and father’s last name. The data fields in the search results are mother, father, child, birth date, complaint date, and town. Click on the data field header to sort the list either alphabetically or chronologically. 

    

Tavern Applications 1736 – 1919

The index can be searched by name of the owner. Many of the data field names in the search results have been abbreviated and are unclear, but the data is generally self-explanatory. Copies of the tavern applications are only available onsite.

    

Marriages 1790 – 1890

This database can be searched by husband’s last name and wife’s maiden name. The data fields in the search results are husband last name, wife last name, location, marriage date, performed by, and box. Click on the data field header to sort the list either alphabetically or chronologically. 

    

Insolvent Debtors 1755 – 1898

This index can be searched by last name and first name. The data fields in the search results include last name, first name, term, year, date, and notes. As noted on the website, these records do not contain the names of other family members. Click on the data field header to sort the list either alphabetically or chronologically. 

    

Overseers of the Poor 1754 – 1911

The data fields include name of individual, town, and year. Click on the data field header to sort the list either alphabetically or chronologically. 

 

Name Changes 1887 – 1947
This database can be searched by old name and by new name. The data fields in the search results include old name, new name, year, docket number, and notes. Click on the data field header to sort the list either alphabetically or chronologically.

 

Monmouth County’s Open Public Records Search System (OPRS)

    

Monmouth County’s OPRS provides electronic access to “all records deemed 'permanent and public' by the New Jersey Department of Archives and Records Management (NJDARM) . . .” Select the database that you would like to search from the dropdown list on the homepage. Databases in this collection are:

    

1875 Census Information

To search this database you can select a town and/or a category name from the dropdown list. You can also enter a person’s name. The data fields in the search results are town name, category, person name and page number. There is also a link to a page image file, which is PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.

    

ABC Book

The ABC Book is a deed book, supposedly covering the period from 1665 to 1696, but the earliest deed from 1669. Even though this volume is called a deed book, it also contains records of court cases, jury appointments, marriages, arrest warrants, and more. Click on the Search button to browse the individual pages of the book. Select a page to view and click on the View Selected button. Click on the Get Image button to view the document image.

    

Civil War Bounty Pay

This database does not appear to be functioning. Searches yield blank pages.

    

Civil War Muster Lists

This database contains images of Civil War muster lists for the years 1861 – 1866. Select the year you would like to view from the drop down list and then click Search. This will open a new page with lists for the various years. The data fields in the search results include year, month, and regiment. Select a file to view and click on the View Selected button. Click on the Get Image button to view the document images. Move through the multipage image files by clicking on the page numbers.

    

Common Pleas 1810-1817

This database can be searched by defendant last name (mandatory) and first name and plaintiff last name and first name. You can limit the search by the plaintiff’s town. The data fields include the search fields named above plus a comments field. Select a file to view and click on the View Selected button. Click on the Get Image button to view the document images. Move through the multipage image files by clicking on the page numbers.

    

Name Changes 1887 – 1947

This database can be searched by old name and by new name. The data fields in the search results include old name, new name, year, docket number, and notes. Click on the data field header to sort the list either alphabetically or chronologically. 


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