New Jersey: Bibliography and Sources

New Jersey Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

John H. Long, Editor and Historical Compiler; Peggy Tuck Sinko, Assistant Editor; Emily Kelley, Research Associate; Laura Rico-Beck, GIS Specialist and Digital Compiler; Peter Siczewicz, ArcIMS Interactive Map Designer; Robert Will, Cartographic Assistant

Copyright The Newberry Library 2004

Atkinson, Joseph. History of Newark, New Jersey. Newark, N.J., 1878.

Barker, Bette Marie, Daniel P. Jones, and Karl J. Niederer, comps. Guide to Family History Sources in the New Jersey State Archives. Trenton: Division of Archives and Records Management, New Jersey Department of State, 1987.

Bergen, James J. "Original and Present Boundary Lines of Somerset County." Somerset County Historical Quarterly 1 (1912): 4–5.

Boyd, Julian, ed. Fundamental Laws and Constitutions of New Jersey, 1664–1964. Princeton, N.J.: D. Van Nostrand Co., 1964.

Boyer, Charles S. Civil and Political History of Camden County and Camden City. N.p., 1922.

Burr, Nelson R. Narrative and Descriptive Bibliography of New Jersey. Princeton: D. Van Nostrand Co., 1964.

Cappon, Lester J., Barbara Bartz Petchenik, and John Hamilton Long, eds. Atlas of Early American History: The Revolutionary Era, 1760–1790. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1976. Section on boundaries is thoroughly documented.

Case, Clifford P. "Southerly Line of Somerset before the Revolution." Somerset County Historical Quarterly 1 (1912): 205–208.

Cooper, Howard M. Historical Sketch of Camden, New Jersey. Camden, N.J.: Horace B. Ketler, 1909.

Craven, Wesley Frank. Colonies in Transition, 1660–1713. New York: Harper and Row, 1968.

Dawson, Henry Barton. Papers Concerning the Boundary between the States of New York and New Jersey, Written by Several Hands. Yonkers, N.Y., 1865–1866.

Documents Relating to the Colonial, Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey. Title varies. Archives of the State of New Jersey, 1st ser. Vols. 1–42. Edited by William A. Whitehead et al. Newark [etc.], 1880–1949.

Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York. Vols. 1–11 edited by E. B. O'Callaghan; vols. 12–15 edited by B. Fernow. Albany, 1853–1887. Cited as Docs. of N.Y.

Dubester, Henry J. State Censuses: An Annotated Bibliography of Censuses of Population Taken after the Year 1790 by States and Territories of the United States. 1948. Reprint. New York: Burt Franklin, 1969. The standard guide for its subject.

Effross, Harris I. "Origins of Post-Colonial Counties in New Jersey." Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society 81 (1963): 103–122.

Ellis, Franklin. History of Monmouth County, New Jersey. Philadelphia, 1885.

Faden, William. Map of "Province of New Jersey, Divided into East and West. . . ." [London], 1777. Reproduction, J. Warren Arnold, Cape May, N.J., [1970].

Filby, P. William, comp. Bibliography of American County Histories. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, Co., 1985.

Genichtel, Frederick W. Trenton Decree of 1782 and the Pennamite War. Trenton: Trenton Historical Society, 1920.

George, Staughton, Benjamin M. Nead, and Thomas McCamant, eds. Charter to William Penn, and Laws of the Province of Pennsylvania, Passed between the Years 1682 and 1700, Preceded by Duke of York's Laws in Force from the Year 1676 to the Year 1682, with an Appendix Containing Laws Relating to the Organization of the Provincial Courts and Historical Matter. Harrisburg, 1879.

Godfrey, Carlos E. "Origin of the Counties of New Jersey." New Jersey Historical Society, Proceedings, n.s., 9 (Oct 1924): 371–374. Reproduced mainly from New Jersey Law Journal (July 1924).

Godfrey, Carlos E. "When Boston Was New Jersey's Capital." Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society 51 (1933): 1–23.

Hamilton, Ann B. Researcher's Guide to United States Census Availability, 1790–1910. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1987.

Hanson, Frederick R. "Colonial Bergen County." New Jersey History 81 (January 1963): 17–20.

Hills, I. "Map of Part of the Province of Jersey." N.p., 1781.

Kane, Joseph Nathan. American Counties: Origins of Names, Dates of Creation and Organization, Area, Population, Historical Data, and Published Sources. 3d ed. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1972.

Kerr, William T. "John Reid's Map of Raritan River: A Controversy Revived." New Jersey History 91 (1973): 186–188.

Leaming, Aaron, and Jacob Spicer, comps. Grants, Concessions, and Original Constitutions of the Province of New-Jersey, the Acts Passed during the Proprietary Government, and Other Material Transactions before the Surrender Thereof to Queen Anne. Philadelphia, [1758].

Lee, Francis Bazley. New Jersey as a Colony and as a State. 4 vols. New York: Publishing Society of New Jersey, 1902.

Long, John H. "A Case Study in Utilizing Computer Technology: The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries." Perspectives: American Historical Association Newsletter 30, no. 3 (March 1992): 16–17. Describes how computers have been employed in the making of this atlas.

Long, John H., ed. Historical Atlas and Chronology of County Boundaries, 1788–1980. 5 vols. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1984. Volume 1 covers New Jersey.

MacDonald, Grace E., comp. Check-List of Session Laws. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1936. Complemented by Pollack (below), this guide lists all state session laws through 1935.

MacDonald, Grace E., comp. Check-List of Statutes of States of the United States of America, Including Revisions, Compilations, Digests, Codes, and Indexes. Providence: Oxford Press, 1937. The most complete guide to state codes through 1937.

Map of "Johnson's New Jersey." [New York]: Johnson and Ward, n.d.

McCormick, Richard P. New Jersey from Colony to State, 1609–1789. New Jersey Historical Series, vol. 1. Princeton, N.J.: D. Van Nostrand Co., 1964.

McLean, Alexander. History of Jersey City, New Jersey. [Jersey City, N.J.]: 1895.

McMahon, William. South Jersey Towns: History and Legend. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1973.

[Nelson, William.] "History of the Counties of New Jersey." Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society 52 (1934): 69–87.

New Jersey. Laws of New Jersey. Trenton, etc., 1703–present. Title varies; cited as N.J. Acts.

New Jersey. New Jersey Revised Statutes. Trenton, etc., 1703–present. Title varies; cited as N.J. Rev. Stat.

New Jersey Boundary Commission. Report and Proceedings of the New Jersey Boundary Commission Appointed to Locate and Mark Out, by Stakes and Buoys, the True Boundary Line between New York and New Jersey in Lands under Water in the Hudson River, Bay of New York, Kill Von Kull and Arthur Kill, or Staten Island Sound, [in] 1888. Jersey City, N.J., 1890.

New Jersey (Colony). To the Honourable, the Commissioners 'Appointed by His Most Gracious Majesty, for Ascertaining, Settling, Adjusting, and Determining the Boundary, or Partition Line, between the Colonies of New York, and Nova Caesarea or New Jersey.' [New York, 1769], Washington, 1935.

Norton, James S. New Jersey in 1793. Salt Lake City, 1973.

[Oldmixon, John.] British Empire in America, Containing the History of the Discovery, Settlement, Progress and State of the British Colonies on the Continent and Islands of America. 2d ed. 2 vols. London, 1741.

Parry, Clive, ed. Consolidated Treaty Series. 231 vols. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana Publications, 1969–1981.

Paterson, William, comp. Laws of the State of New-Jersey, Revised and Published under the Authority of the Legislature. New Brunswick, N.J., 1800.

Paullin, Charles O. Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States. Edited by John K. Wright. Washington, D.C. and New York: Carnegie Institution of Washington and American Geographical Society of New York, 1932. Excellent section on interstate boundary disputes.

Pelton, Henry. "'Jersey Claim Line,'" Historical Society of the Town of Warwick, Historical Papers 1 (1914): 30–35.

Penn, William. Papers of William Penn. Edited by Richard S. Dunn and Mary Maples Dunn. 5 vols. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1981–1987.

Pollack, Ervin H., comp. Supplement with Bibliographical Notes, Emendations, and Additions to the Check List of Session Laws, Compiled by Grace E. MacDonald. Preliminary ed. Boston: National Association of State Libraries, 1941. Fills gaps in MacDonald's 1936 compilation (above) to produce the most complete list of state session laws through 1935.

Pomfret, John E. Colonial New Jersey: A History. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973.

Pomfret, John E. Province of East New Jersey, 1609–1702: The Rebellious Proprietary. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1962.

Pomfret, John E. Province of West New Jersey, 1609–1702: A History of the Origins of an American Colony. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1956.

Pomfret, John E., with Floyd M. Shumway. Founding the American Colonies, 1583–1660. New York: Harper and Row, 1970.

Pratt, Daniel J., comp. Report of the Regents of the University on the Boundaries of the State of New York. N.Y. Sen. Doc. no. 108, 1873, and N.Y. Sen. Doc. no. 61, 1877. 2 vols. Albany, 1874–1884.

Rabenhorst, Thomas D., and Carville V. Earle, eds. Historical U.S. County Outline Map Collection, 1840–1980. Baltimore: Department of Geography, University of Maryland (Baltimore County), 1984. A portfolio of redrawn federal maps; no supporting text or documentation.

Rankin, Edward S. "Boundaries of Essex County and the Township of Newark." Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society n.s. 13 (October 1928): 414–417.

Richards, Horace G., comp. Book of Maps of Cape May, 1610–1678. Cape May, N.J.: Cape May Geographic Society, 1954.

Russ, William A. How Pennsylvania Acquired Its Present Boundaries. Pennsylvania Historical Association. Pennsylvania History Studies, no. 8. University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University, 1966.

Schwarz, Philip J. Jarring Interests: New York's Boundary Makers, 1664–1776. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1979.

Sealock, Richard B., Margaret M. Sealock, and Margaret S. Powell. Bibliography of Place-Name Literature: United States and Canada. 3d ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 1982.

Shaw, William H., comp. History of Essex and Hudson Counties, New Jersey. 2 vols. Philadelphia, 1884.

Sheafer, P. W., et al., eds. Historical Map of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, 1875. Very helpful for old places, roads, names, and the like.

Sinko, Peggy Tuck. Guide to Local and Family History at the Newberry Library. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Publishing, 1987.

Snell, James P., comp. History of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, New Jersey: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia, 1881.

Snyder, John P. "Bounds of Newark: Tract, Township and City." New Jersey History 86 (Summer 1968): 93–105.

Snyder, John P. Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries, 1606–1968. New Jersey Bureau of Geology and Topography, Bulletin no. 67. Trenton, N.J.: Bureau of Geology and Topography, 1969. An outstanding compilation. All text references and citations to “Snyder” refer to this book.

Stanger, Francis A. "Separation of Cumberland County from Salem County in 1747–48." Vineland History Magazine 33 (January-April, 1948): 150–161.

Stephenson, Richard W., comp. Land Ownership Maps: A Checklist of Nineteenth Century United States County Maps in the Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1967. Most of the maps listed here have been reproduced on microfiche by the Library of Congress.

Swindler, William F., ed. Sources and Documents of United States Constitutions. 10 vols. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana Publications, 1973–1979. The most complete and up-to-date compilation for the states.

Thorndale, William, and William Dollarhide. Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790–1920. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987. An atlas of well-designed county outline maps for each state, accompanied by a bibliography and an explanation of methodology.

United States. Statutes at Large of the United States of America, 1789–1873. 17 vols. Boston: Little, Brown, 1845–1874. Cited as U.S. Stat.

United States Congress, Committee on the Judiciary. Agreement between the United States of New Jersey and Delaware. 59th Congress, 2nd session. House Report 6440, January 19, 1907.

United States Congress, House. Boundary between New York and New Jersey. 23rd Congress, 1st session. House Document 260, April 4, 1834.

U.S. Census Bureau. “Significant Changes to Counties and County Equivalent Entities: 1970–Present.”

Van Zandt, Franklin K. Boundaries of the United States and the Several States. Geological Survey Professional Paper 909. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1976. The standard compilation for its subject.

Voorhees, Oscar M. "Western and Northern Boundary Lines of Somerset County." Somerset County Historical Quarterly 1 (1912): 256–261.

Voorhees, Oscar M. Exterior and Interior Bounds of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Flemington, N.J.: Hiram E. Deats, 1929.

Wall, John P., and Harold E. Pickersgill. History of Middlesex County, New Jersey, 1664–1920. 3 vols. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1921.

Whitehead, William A. "Eastern Boundary of New Jersey." Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society 10 (1865–1866): 89–158.

Whitehead, William A. "Northern Boundary Line. The Circumstances Leading to the Establishment, in 1769, of the Northern Boundary Line between New Jersey and New York." Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society 8 (1856–1859): [157]–186.

Widmer, Kemble. Geology and Geography of New Jersey. Princeton, N.J.: D. Van Nostrand Co., 1964.

Wilson, Harold F. Story of the Jersey Shore. Princeton, N.J.: D. Van Nostrand Co., 1964.

Winfield, Charles H. History of the County of Hudson. New York, 1874.

Winfield, Charles H. Monograph on the Founding of Jersey City. New York, 1891.