The Elizabeth Public Library
Local History Room
Whether you are
researching your family tree or an historic figure, our Local History Room,
on the 3rd floor of our Main location is a quiet space to pursue
the past. To ensure the safety and preservation of our many unique items, access
to the room is granted during the stated hours, or by appointment. To
schedule an appointment fill out the Genealogy
and Local History Research and Appointment Request Form. The filled
form can either be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (908)
354-5845. You can also schedule an appointment by calling (908) 354-6060
For Remote Research
requests, there is a $25.00 fee which includes up to one hour of research.
Additional research will be billed at $25.00 per half hour. For more information
or to request research, please fill out the Genealogy and Local History Research and Appointment Request Form.
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New Jersey: Rich with history
The Elizabeth Public Library is your
gateway to Elizabeth’s past, and it’s available to you in several ways.
If you were wondering where you can go to begin discovering
the history of Elizabeth, this is the place to start.
Find the people that lived in our city from
1865-1971, complete with addresses, places of employment, and an occasional
date of death.
City Directory Microfilm Holdings
The library has yearbooks with some year gaps for
Battin (1927-1974), Thomas Jefferson (1934-1972), Edison (1966-1987), and
Elizabeth High School (1980-2004). We always welcome donations of yearbooks
from Elizabeth schools that could help to fill the gaps in our
Our collection includes the microfilm edition of The Elizabeth Daily Journal newspaper from
1871-1991 and a limited number of issues of its predecessor, The New Jersey Journal from 1779-1871.
An indexed file covering the years 1915-1991 is an aid to research, and a
noteworthy artifact in its own right. For obituary searches, only prominent
figures are listed in the index.
Daily Journal Microfilm Holdings
New Jersey Journal Microfilm
These files include articles arranged by date and
subjects pertaining to local places, events, businesses and people.
Our collection contains the 1927, 1951, and 1958
editions of the Elizabeth City maps.
Other items of
A few of the outstanding sources of local history you
can find in the library are:
· Elizabeth by Jean Rae Turner
· Elizabeth: The First Capital by
Jean Rae Turner
· The History of Elizabeth, New
Jersey by Edwin F. Hatfield
· As We Were by Theodore Thayer
· Elizabeth Government and
· The Minutes of Elizabeth City
houses a selection of reference books that can be useful tools for
researching your family roots. Titles such as
American Genealogical Biographical Index, Lineage Book: Daughters of the American Revolution and Colonial Families of the United States of
America are a few of the sources available. General genealogical
resources are located outside the Local History Room and are accessible
during all Main Library hours of operation. Genealogies of specific families
and the Genealogy Vertical File are stored within the Local History Room and
can be accessed during open hours or by making an appointment.
The library has back issues of several newspapers on
microfilm: Elizabeth Daily
Journal, Newark Evening News, New York Times, Newark Daily News, Star Ledger,
and The Wall Street Journal. The collection also includes the New Jersey
Census on microfilm for the years 1855-1915 and the US Census for 1830-1910.
To view them we offer two reader/printers, which are connected to computers for
easy scanning and uploading to your email account. Microfilm materials are
available during all library hours of operation. Please ask staff for
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