Cumberland County, New Jersey

Cumberland County

Cumberland County was established on 1748 from Salem County. The county was named in honor of Prince William, Duke of Cumberland (1721–1765), second son of George II of England and military victor at the Battle of Culloden in 1746 .

The Cumberland County Seat is located in Bridgeton plus the county government website is www.co.cumberland.nj.us

Locales surrounding Cumberland County are Gloucester County (north), Atlantic County (northeast), Cape May County (southeast), Kent County, Delaware (west), Salem County (northwest).

Cities and towns to be found in Cumberland County are made up of Bridgeton, Millville, Vineland. Communities include Cedarville, Delmont, Dorchester, Fairton, Fortescue, Laurel Lake, Mauricetown, Port Elizabeth, Port Norris, Rosenhayn, Seabrook Farms.

Townships include Commercial, Deerfield, Downe, Fairfield, Greenwich, Hopewell, Lawrence, Maurice River, Stow Creek, Upper Deerfield. Boroughs include Shiloh.

Cumberland County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in exploring your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules are present for 1790, 1800 (missing), 1810 (missing), 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Cumberland Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Cumberland Co. Industry and Agriculture is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Cumberland Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. You can get free down-loadable not to mention printable census forms that can help with your research.

Cumberland County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Cumberland County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Cumberland County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist often overlook the advantages of Cumberland County court, probate, and land records data as a source of genealogy and family history information. Hidden away in New Jersey courthouses and archives everywhere are often the dreams and worries of the many New Jersey citizens.

The odds are great that your chosen ancestors have left a in-depth document of at least some elements of their lives in the Cumberland County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other methods which could have lead to him or her showing up in court records.

You should call the clerk's department to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other particulars before visiting or asking for information because of many times changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A good number of employees will help individuals in finding the materials, however it's up to the man or women to do the basic research.

The following information and facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, land, probate, and legal records are usually in Cumberland County. The years stated below are considered the first widely known records data for this particular county.

  • Cumberland County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address:60 W. Broad Street, Bridgeton, NJ 08302
  • Cumberland County Clerk  is responsible for land records, including deeds and mortgages, naturalizations, marriages (usually 1795-1840s), and various county court records. A few original county justice of the peace dockets are at the New Jersey State Archives.
    • Phone: (856) 453-4860
    • Land Records: 1766 mortgages / 1785 deeds
    • Marriage Records: 1748
  • Cumberland County Surrogate Court / Orphan's Court probates Wills, appoints Administrators, appoints Guardians for minors, handles applications for Adult Incapacitated Persons, Conservatorships, Adoptions, contested Probate matters, Accountings, Trusts and most other matters involving Estates.
    • Phone: (856) 453-4800
    • Probate Records: 1785 orphans' court minutes / 1804 surrogates' records
  • Cumberland County Treasurer is responsible for the collection of taxes.
  • New Jersey Department of Health has copies ofBirth, Marriage and Death records from 1878 to the present. There is a fee for each copy requested. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.

Cumberland County Links

The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Cumberland County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a fee. This is merely a list which has been collected or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to present your own most popular Cumberland County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Cumberland Co. NJ Books, Newspapers & Publications

Cumberland Co. NJ Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Cumberland Co. NJ Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Cumberland Co. NJ Census Records

Cumberland Co. NJ Cemeteries & Graveyards

Cumberland Co. NJ Church & Bible Records

Cumberland Co. NJ Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Cumberland Co. NJ General and History Websites

Cumberland Co. NJ Immigration & Naturalization

Cumberland Co. NJ Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Cumberland Co. NJ Military Records

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