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Looking to Research Your Family History in the Somerset Hills?

Genealogy is one of THSSH's most requested interest areas. While THSSH has limited space to store family historical information, we do have the ability to help you get started on your search and do have a number of family files in our Research Library.

However, at this time we do not have a research assistant volunteer to support email requests.

However, in partnership with the Bernards Township Library, there is a dedicated group there that might be able to assist with your research requests. There is also a tremendous amount of information at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church records in Basking Ridge.

Genealogy Requests

Please make sure you add any relevant historical information to your request. e.g. dates of birth, relatives, marriage dates etc. If you have any relevant stories, please feel free to add those as well. You will also need to submit your email address so someone can contact you if they find anything.

Genealogy Files at the Society

Surnamed folders on hand in the THSSH archives: 206 as of Jan 2014

Alexander, Lord Sterling Fitzrandolph Pyne
Allen, Quilts Flint Quincy
Allen Forbes Rankin
Alward Ford Reeve
Anderson Garrabrant Reid
Annin Grant Reynolds
Badgley Greene Richardt
Baldwin Guerin Rickey
Barclay Gutleber Robison
Barkalow Haas Rozewski
Barker Hall Riggs
Barre Hancock, Rev Roberts
Bateman Hand Roebling (Brooklyn Bridge)
Bedell Hankinson Rolfe
Beers Hannigan Ross
Bergen Happe Rozewski
Bird Harrison Rush
Blair Hart, John Schenck (Scherck)?
Blazier (Blazure) Headley Schley
Boak Heath Schiff
Backoven Hodges Scheuerman
Bonham Helmke Schmidt
Booth Hilmer (Helmer) Schumacher
Boudinout Henry, Dr. Claire Seney
Boylan Hine Sidar, Jean Wilson
Boyle Holmes Sloan
Brady Honeyman Smalley
Brownlee Hasmer Smith
Breese Howlett Snable
Bruno Hunter Southard
Buck Johnson, William Speer (Spear)
Bunn Jones, FC Spencer, Lt. Austin
Carswell Kampmier (Kamprnier) ? Spinning, E.S
Chapin Kearns, Anthony Stanin
Chapen Kemble Stelle
Childs Kennedy, Rev. Samuel Stockton
Comption King Sutphen
Condict Kinnan, Mary Sutro
Conkling Kirkpatrick Sutton, Jeremiah
Connolly Koechlein Swody
Coon Kramer Terrell
Cooper, Daniel Kuser Thompson
Cooper, Peter Ladd Tiger
Coriell Lafayette Tunis
Cormier Lathrop Turner
Cory Lewis Turpin
Craft, Warren Lindabury Vail
Craig Lindsley, Philip Vance
Crampton Line, Joseph (Ling)? Vanderveer
Cross Linn Van Daren
Daggett Looker Van Dorn
Day Lyon Van Nest, Abraham
Dayton McCain Voorhees, Dr. Amadee
DeCoster McCall Whitaker
Dillion McCollum Whitenack
Dorsey McDowell Wilcox
Doty Southard McMurtrie Williams
Douglas Matheny Wilson
Dreesen Malone Windes- Cory Family
Dryden Meeker, Davis Winn
Durham Meeker, Halsey Wood
Eberhardt Moffett Woodward
Ellis Moore Wright
Erving Morse, Samuel Zander
English Marton  
Fenwick Mundy  
Finley Naegele  
  Pelaccio, Giovanni  
  Pennington, Dr. William  
  Peppard, Rev Francis  

Additional Genealogy Research Sources:

Local Information

Bernards Township Vital Records 1850-present
Health Dept. (908) 204-2520
262 S. Finley Ave.
Basking Ridge, 07920

Family History Interest Group (FHIG) (
meets in the Bernards Township Library
32 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge
4th Tuesday of each month at 7 pm. Coffee is served at 6:30 pm.
Call the Ref. Dept. (Ruth Lufkin) at (908) 204-3031 extension 4 for more information.

Local Churches

Basking Ridge Presbyterian (
Cemetery Burial Records
  Tombstone Inscriptions at Jones Genes (

Liberty Corner Presbyterian (

Morristown Presbyterian Church
  Who's Who in the Graveyard (

Historical Societies

Somerset Co. Historical Society (
9 Van Veghten Dr., Bridgewater
Jim Kurtzenberger, Pres.
Dorothy Stratford VP (908) 218-1281 - Open Tues. noon-3 & 2nd Sat. Dec Apr. 1 - Dec. 15

Morris Area Genealogy Society ( Lynn Forester
PO Box 105
Convent Station, NJ 07961-0105

See State Historical Societies below.

Somerset County, NJ Genealogy Forum at


"Somerset County Historical Quarterly", 8 volumes 1912-1919
Includes: Inscriptions of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Churchyard (Vol. 1),
Somerset County Marriages 1795-1879 (Vol. 1, 2,7)

Allan Duncan (
Has put the cemetery records from this in a binder titled
"Somerset Burial Grounds" at the Somerset Co. Historical Soc.

"The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey"
Published by (The Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ))
has periodical articles on "Somerset County Gravestones".
Vol. 39:3, 1964 has the "Liberty Corner Presbyterian Churchyard" gravestones, copied by members of the Genealogical Society in 1922 and checked again in 1940.
(Note: The author of this page is working on an update to that document.)

"Notices from New Jersey Newspapers 1791-1795",
published 2002, Thomas Wilson and Dorothy Stratford

"Cemetery Records of Warren Township", Alan A. Siegel
avail. at: The Somerset Co. Historical Soc.
The Bernardsville Public Library
The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills


Bernards Township Library - (908) 204-3031 (
32 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge

Bernardsville Public Library - (908) 766-0118 (
1 Anderson Hill Rd., Bernardsville
    Local History Room ( Tues. & Thu. 1 - 5 PM

Clarence Dillon Public Library - Bedminster (908) 234-2325 (
2336 Lamington Rd., Bedminster

Joint Free Public Library of Morristown - (973) 538-6161
Local History and Genealogy Dept. - (973) 538-3473 (
1 Miller Rd. and South St. (next to the church above), Morristown NJ

Online Resources

Somerset County GenWeb Project (

Somerset County Resource List at:
Cindi's List (
RootsWeb (

Somerset County, NJ Genealogy Forum (

Mail List: Send a message with "subscribe" in the Subject, to:

County Cemetery Locations at GNIS (

The Political Graveyard (Somerset Co.) - (


State Information

New Jersey State Archives May 1848-May 1878
Division of Archives and Records Management (NJDARM)
M-F 8:30 - 4:30 - (609) 292-6260, 6265
State Library Building
225 West State St., Trenton, NJ 08608-1101

New Jersey Bureau of Vital Statistics 1878-1940
M-F 8:30 - 5:00 (609) 292-4087
Department of Health and Senior Services
Trenton, NJ

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ) (
"The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey", the GSNJ Newsletter,
New Jersey History Room
Alexander Library Rutgers U (732) 932-7851
169 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ

New Jersey Historical Society (
52 Park Place
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-596-8500
Tu-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New Jersey GenWeb Project (

List of New Jersey Historical Societies

New Jersey Church & Cemetery Records ( at NorthEastern Genealogy Online

Presbyterian Historical Society Web Site (


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