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Ocean County, New Jersey

Ocean County

Ocean County was established on February 15, 1850 from Monmouth County. The county was named for the Atlantic Ocean, which forms the eastern border of New Jersey .

The Ocean County Seat is located in  Toms River plus the county government website is

Locales surrounding Ocean County are Monmouth County (north), Atlantic County (south), Burlington County (west).

Cities and towns to be found in Ocean County are made up of . Communities include Barnegat CDP, Bayville, Beach Haven West, Cedar Glen Lakes, Cedar Glen West, Crestwood Village, Dover Beaches North, Dover Beaches South, Forked River, High Bar Harbor, Holiday City-Berkeley, Holiday City South, Holiday Heights, Lakewood CDP, Leisure Knoll, Leisure Village, Leisure Village East, Leisure Village West-Pine Lake Park, Loveladies, Manahawkin, Mystic Island, New Egypt, North Beach Haven, Ocean Acres, Pine Ridge at Crestwood, Silver Ridge, Toms River CDP, Vista Center, Waretown, Warren Grove, West Creek.

Townships include Barnegat, Berkeley, Brick, Eagleswood, Jackson, Lacey, Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor, Long Beach, Manchester, Ocean, Plumsted, Stafford, Toms River. Boroughs include Barnegat Light, Bay Head, Beach Haven, Beachwood, Harvey Cedars, Island Heights, Lakehurst, Lavallette, Mantoloking, Ocean Gate, Pine Beach, Point Pleasant, Point Pleasant Beach, Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, Ship Bottom, South Toms River, Surf City, Tuckerton.

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

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

Ocean County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Ocean County Courthouse and Government Records

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

  • Ocean County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 118 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08754
  • Ocean 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: (732) 929-2018
    • Land Records: 1850
    • Marriage Records: 1850
  • Ocean 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: 732-929-2011
    • Probate Records: 1850
  • Ocean 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.

Ocean County Links

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

Ocean Co. NJ Books, Newspapers & Publications

Ocean Co. NJ Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Ocean Co. NJ Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Ocean Co. NJ Census Records

Ocean Co. NJ Cemeteries & Graveyards

Ocean Co. NJ Church & Bible Records

Ocean Co. NJ Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Ocean Co. NJ General and History Websites

Ocean Co. NJ Immigration & Naturalization

Ocean Co. NJ Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Ocean Co. NJ Military Records

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