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Hudson County, New Jersey

Hudson County

Hudson County was established on February 22, 1840 from Bergen County. The county was named for the English explorer Henry Hudson (d. 1611), who explored portions of New Jersey's coastline .

The Hudson County Seat is located in Jersey City plus the county government website is

Locales surrounding Hudson County are New York County (Manhattan), New York (east), Richmond County (Staten Island), New York (south), Essex County (west), Union County (west), Kings County (Brooklyn), New York (south) and Bergen County (north).

Cities and towns to be found in Hudson County are made up of Bayonne, Hoboken, Jersey City, Union City, Guttenberg, Harrison, Kearny, Secaucus, West New York. Communities include Exchange Place, Greenville, Liberty State Park, Newport, Paulus Hook.

Townships include North Bergen, Weehawken. Boroughs include East Newark.

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

Hudson Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Hudson Co. Industry and Agriculture is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Hudson 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.

Hudson County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Hudson County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist often overlook the advantages of Hudson 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 Hudson 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 Hudson County. The years stated below are considered the first widely known records data for this particular county.

  • Hudson County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 583 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306
  • Hudson 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.
    • Address: 257 Cornelison Avenue, 4th Floor, Jersey City NJ 07302
    • Phone:  (201) 369-3470  
    • Land Records: 1840
    • Marriage Records: 1840
  • Hudson 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.
    • Address: 595 Newark Avenue, Room 107, Jersey City, NJ 07306
    • Phone: 201-795-6378
    • Probate Records: 1840
  • Hudson 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.

Hudson County Links

The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Hudson 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 Hudson County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Hudson Co. NJ Books, Newspapers & Publications

Hudson Co. NJ Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Hudson Co. NJ Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Hudson Co. NJ Census Records

Hudson Co. NJ Cemeteries & Graveyards

Hudson Co. NJ Church & Bible Records

Hudson Co. NJ Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hudson Co. NJ General and History Websites

Hudson Co. NJ Immigration & Naturalization

Hudson Co. NJ Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hudson Co. NJ Military Records

Hudson Co. NJ Schools & Directories

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