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The Daily Genealogist: Passaic County Historical Society Genealogy Club

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Passaic County Historical Society Genealogy Club, New Jersey

Passaic County is located in northern New Jersey. It is part of the New York City Metropolitan Area. Paterson is the county seat. The Passaic County Historical Society Genealogy Club was established in 1985 “for the purpose of advancing genealogical study and discovering, obtaining, preserving and perpetuating whatever may relate to genealogy, biography and family history in Passaic County, New Jersey.” The Genealogy Club has made a number of resources available on its website. Click on the “Resources On Line from the Collection” link to access them. The majority of the databases in this online collection are transcriptions. In some cases photographs and graphics have been provided; Click on the “Resources On Line from the Collection” link at the bottom of the homepage to access them.

The Passaic County Historical Society Genealogy Club online resources include the following:

Schools and Associations
This section includes lists of Passaic and Paterson high school graduates, Association of Exempt Firemen, DAR applicants, Hamilton Club Membership Roster, Paterson normal school graduates, residents of the Old Ladies’ Home of Passaic City, and members of the Paterson Rambling Club and the Riverside Athletic and Singing Club. The years spanned by these lists are 1873 through 1934.

Bible Records
This section contains extracted family records for more than twenty-five Passaic County families from Bibles in the historical society’s collection. A cross-referenced index to surnames has been compiled.

There are seventeen cemetery-related databases in the collection. They include burial listings, narrative descriptions, a guide to Passaic County cemeteries, lists of lot owners, and a cemetery map.

There are a number of church-related resources, ranging from church histories to lists of church members and pew holders to marriages, baptisms, and cemetery tombstone inscriptions. The denominations include Catholic, Presbyterian, African Methodist, and Reformed Churches.

Newspaper Extracts
This section contains extracts from various local newspapers, in addition to information about newspapers in the Passaic County Historical Society’s collections.

Orphan Research
This section contains materials related to orphans in the Passaic and Paterson area. There are short histories of the Passaic Home and Orphan Asylum, Mount St. Joseph Home for Boys and Girls, the Paterson Orphan Asylum, and the St. Joseph’s Orphanage for Girls. There is also a list of “inmates” in the Paterson Orphan Asylum as of November 5, 1877. Each child’s full name and age is provided. Photographs of three of the asylums can be viewed by clicking on the link next to the title.

In addition, the online resources include biographies and industry and business profiles. The heading “Passaic County and Its Environs,” includes the following: Franklin Twp. Births & Deaths 1861–1862; Who’s Who in Passaic County, 1917; Italian-American Who's Who, 1943; Principal Farmers in Passaic County, 1871-1874; Paterson Cholera Epidemic Death List, 1832 and 1849; and Pompton Lakes: Marriages, Births, Deaths, 1896, among others.

Posted by Jean Powers at 05/07/2012 08:00:00 AM | 

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