Calling all NEW JERSEY researchers! Reclaim the Records got YOU an awesome free gift for Giving Tuesday! 😁
It's the New Jersey Geographic Birth Index and the New Jersey Delayed Birth Index, both for 1901-1929 -- never before online anywhere! Now FREE forever!
It's the first-ever online publication of a twentieth century birth index from the Garden State (well, except for that time a few years ago when we got the 1901-1903 birth index and put that up, too). But this time around, we got the GEOGRAPHIC birth index, which means that it's a list of births that have been separated by county of birth, and sometimes by a major city within the county, and it's not just a purely alphabetical list.
Based on published New Jersey vital statistics, we think this collection covers 1,762,288 births in New Jersey (give or take a few) from 1901-1929, which were typed into books, which were then photographed onto 92 microfilm reels. Each of the reels has a few hundred images. It's 493 GB in total. You can browse the images online, or even download them in bulk, if you want (and if you have enough hard drive space). Almost all of these names were typed, so they're mostly OCR'able, and we explain about how to do a text-search on our website.
We also just acquired and published two reels of the New Jersey delayed birth index, also for 1901-1929, which is a more traditional alphabetical list of names, but of the birth certificates that were registered late, often because the parents of the child were immigrants and the baby was born at home, or because the person could not locate their original certificate later in life. These delayed records also include the mother's maiden name, although they sometimes truncate her first name. Some pages are text-based, from an old dot-matrix print-out, and some pages are handwritten. These images are also all downloadable in bulk right now, but these are not visible online just yet.
You can read more about all these 1.78 million new records, how to use them, and what to do if you find a name of interest, all on our website:
Attached to this e-mail are samples of the kinds of records we got, one showing the Geographic birth index and one showing the Delayed birth index.
- Brooke Schreier Ganz
President and Founder, Reclaim The Records
Mill Valley, California