Sussex County, New Jersey

Sussex County

Sussex County was established on May 16, 1753 from Morris County. The county was named for the county of Sussex in England .

The Sussex County Seat is located in Newton plus the county government website is www.sussex.nj.us/

Locales surrounding Sussex County are Orange County, New York (northeast), Passaic County (east), Morris County (south), Warren County (southwest), Monroe County, Pennsylvania (west), Pike County, Pennsylvania (northwest).

Cities and towns to be found in Sussex County are made up of Andover, Branchville, Franklin, Hamburg, Hopatcong, Ogdensburg, Stanhope, Sussex, Newton. Communities include Crandon Lakes, Hainesville, Highland Lake, Lake Mohawk, Layton, Stockholm, Vernon Valley Rivers, Clove Brook, Delaware River, Flat Brook, Lubbers Run, Musconetcong River, Papakating Creek, Paulins Kill, Pequannock River, Pequest River, Punkhorn Creek, Wallkill River, Wawayanda Creek.

Townships include  Andover, Byram, Frankford, Fredon, Green, Hampton, Hardyston, Lafayette, Montague, Sandyston, Sparta, Stillwater, Vernon, Walpack, Wantage.

Sussex 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.

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

Sussex County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Sussex County Courthouse and Government Records

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

  • Sussex County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 43-47 High Street, Newton, NJ 07860
  • Sussex 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: 83 Spring Street , Suite 304, Newton, New Jersey 07860
    • Phone: (973) 579-0900
    • Land Records: 1766 mortgages /1785 deeds
    • Marriage Records:1766
  • Sussex 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: 4 Park Place, Newton, NJ 07860
    • Phone: 973-579-0920
    • Probate Records: 1804
  • Sussex 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.

Sussex County Links

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

Sussex Co. NJ Books, Newspapers & Publications

Sussex Co. NJ Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Sussex Co. NJ Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Sussex Co. NJ Census Records

Sussex Co. NJ Cemeteries & Graveyards

Sussex Co. NJ Church & Bible Records

Sussex Co. NJ Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Sussex Co. NJ General and History Websites

Sussex Co. NJ Immigration & Naturalization

Sussex Co. NJ Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Sussex Co. NJ Military Records

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