Mercer County, located along the Delaware River midway between New York and Philadelphia, has been home to thousands of Americans and its immigrant history is representative of immigrant experience in the northeast.
Although Mercer County, itself, wasn’t created until 1838 from portions of Burlington, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Somerset counties, European settlements have existed in the region since the early 1600s. The County played an important role in colonial history as well as the industrial revolution, attracting waves of immigrant settlers from the earliest days of the Nation’s development.
Genealogists and family history buffs can find many sources of useful information by visiting Mercer County or via the Internet.
Locations for in-person research:
The Trentoniana Collection at the Trenton Public Library
NJ Superior Court Information Center
171 Jersey Street, PO Box 967, Trenton, NJ 08625-0967
(609) 777-0092 or (609) 777-0093
If you are researching American history (1750-1800) or The Revolutionary War, The David Library of the American Revolution, a specialized research institution, is located just outside Trenton in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. During your stay, be sure to visit The Old Barracks Museum, Trent House, Trenton Battle Monument, Washington Crossing State Park and Princeton Battlefield State Park. Also, try to plan your visit to take in the events during Patriots Week, a celebration of Trenton's role during the American Revolution.
Additional On-Line Genealogical Resources:
- American Hungarian Foundation
- Balch Institute/Philadelphia Historical Society
- Central Jersey Genealogical Club
- Ellis Island on-line records
- Ellis Island Experience
- Federal Depository Library links
- Genealogy Links (family history resource)
- Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey
- Kindred Trails International Genealogy and US History
- National Archives/genealogy
- Roots Web (on-line ancestry resource)
- Rutgers University Archives
- The Records Room (vital statistics links)