GENEALOGICAL RECORDS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS OF NEW JERSEY AND MONMOUTH COUNTY, 1726 TO 1865  

Harriet Tubman (left) stands with a group of slaves she helped escape to freedom.
 

     This section features a collection of primary douments, records, court cases, and census data relating to African Americans living throughout New Jersey and in Monmouth County.  As historians have noted, the condition of slavery often deprived African Americans in the past of knowledge of their birthplace and ancestory.  As a result, African Americans searching for their family history often face special and difficult challenges when attempting to explore their past.  Our class felt it was important to compile these genealogy sources to aid African Americans and others reconstruct the history of black families and communities in New Jersey and Monmouth County.  We hope this page will it is helpful for individual students and scholars, as well as for instructors at any level, learn about and teach local African American history.  It is also a source for any individual who is seeking to enrich his/her own family heritage by helping to locate their own long lost ancestors.

** some of the following links were independently published web pages, and the "Back" button on your navigation bar may need to be used to return to this page
Miltary Records of African-American Soldiers in Revolutionary and Civil Wars
Adjudged Manumission Cases, Supreme Court of N.J.
Black Birth Book, Monmouth County, N.J. (1804-1848)
Black Population of Monmouth County, N.J. (1726-1830)
Manumission Book, Monmouth County, N.J. (1791-1844)
Population Records, N.J. Counties (1790-1870)
Monmouth County Census Records (1875)

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