The Jersey City Free Public Library has digitized newspapers, digitized books, digitized Jersey City High School area yearbooks, and Jersey City postcards available for online research.
Birth Notices – Jersey City Historical Newspaper Archive – free, online in a searchable database – you can search for birth, marriage, and death notices (obituaries), and more.
Marriage Notices – Jersey City Historical Newspaper Archive – free, online in a searchable database – you can search for birth, marriage, and death notices (obituaries), and more.
Death Notices/Obituaries – Jersey City Historical Newspaper Archive – free, online in a searchable database – you can search for birth, marriage, and death notices (obituaries), and more.
Libraries, Museums, & Archives
Magazines & Periodicals
African American Historical Serials Collection (with library card)
An archive of periodicals that document the history of African American religious life and culture between 1829 and 1922. It includes newspapers and magazines, plus reports and annuals.
Art Magazine Collection Archives (with library card)
Art Magazine Collection Archive presents a collection of three leading art magazines — Magazine Antiques, ArtNews and Art in America — covering contemporary art, visual art, fine arts and more.
Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection Series 1 (with library card)
An archive of publications focused exclusively on U.S. Hispanic history, literature and culture from colonial times until 1960. Content is indexed and searchable in Spanish and English.
- Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection Series 2 (with library card)
An archive of rare manuscripts, books and newspapers focused on Hispanic American civil rights, religion and women’s rights from the 18th through the 20th century.
- Library access to Liberty Magazine Historical Archive, 1924-1950 (with library card)
Discover moods, attitudes, lifestyles, fads, and fortunes of middle-class America from 1924 through 1950.
- Library access to National Review Archive (with library card)
National Review Archive offers complete indexing, abstracting and full text for the magazine dating back to the first issue in 1955. National Review has been an important American journal of opinion and has consistently provided readers with well-reasoned editorial commentary on critical issues.
Jersey City Historical Newspaper Archive – these papers are all free, online, in a searchable database – you can search for birth, marriage, and death notices (obituaries), and more.
- The American Standard
- Daily Telegraph
- The Argus
- Daily Sentinel and Advertiser
- The Jersey City Argus
- Jersey City Daily Times
- Daily Courier and Advertiser
- Jersey City Times
- The Jersey City Herald
- The Evening Sentinel
- Daily Evening Times
- Jersey City Advertiser and Bergen Republican
- Jersey City Telegraph
- Jersey City Gazette and Bergen County Advertiser
- The Jersey City Advertiser and Hudson County Republican
- Jersey City Daily Sentinel
- Evening Telegraph
- Bergen County Gazette and Jersey City Advertiser
- The Hudson County Courier
- The Bergen County Courier
- Daily Times
- Jersey City Weekly Courier
Library access to Jersey Journal and Star-Ledger Archives (with library card)
In addition to our extensive collection of local newspapers on microfilm, we now offer access to the digitized Jersey Journal (1867-present) and Star-Ledger (1989-present). Contact the New Jersey Room staff at 201-547-4503 or via our Virtual Reference Service (chat box at bottom right of this page) for help with your search.
- Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers (with library card) Gale’s Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers — a full-text searchable, facsimile-image database — provides an as-it-happened window on events, culture, and daily life in nineteenth-century America that is of interest to both professional and general researchers. The collection features publications of all kinds, from the political party newspapers at the beginning of the nineteenth century to the mammoth dailies that shaped the nation at the century’s end.
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- Sports Illustrated Magazine Archive (with library card)
Sports Illustrated Magazine Archive presents an extensive collection of the popular sports magazine dating from its very first issue in August 1954 through December 2000, presented in a comprehensive cover-to-cover format.
- Time Magazine Archive (with library card)
The Time Magazine Archive presents an extensive collection of the prominent weekly news magazine dating back to its first issue in March 1923 through December 2000, presented in a comprehensive cover-to-cover format.
The Jon Schlissel Postcard Collection – searchable by location, businesses, parks, religious buildings, railroads, schools, & street scenes.
High School graduates by surname (alphabetical)
Private High Schools of Hudson County (excluding Catholic Schools) 1856 – 1986, including the Hasbrouck Institute, the Bergen School, Stevens-Hoboken Academy, and Jersey Preparatory School.(Names vary according to when mergers occurred.)
Jersey City Modern Helps
Use your Jersey City Free Public Library card to access one of the world’s largest online document collections comprising millions of U.S. censuses, birth, death, marriage, military, immigration records and more.
Fire Insurance Maps Online
Research the history of your house, your block or your neighborhood using historic maps from the mid-19th through mid-20th century. Search this collection of high-quality color scans of insurance atlases by address or map browse. We are happy that many of the historic atlases in the New Jersey Room collection that are inaccessible at present are now available for our patrons online here.
Hudson County High School Yearbook Indexes
As part of an ongoing project collecting all the yearbooks from Hudson County high schools, New Jersey Room staff are compiling indexes to help genealogy researchers find photos and information about earlier generations. Currently available indexes are for Jersey City High School (now Dickinson High School) from 1876-1900 and Hudson County private high schools (for example, Hasbrouck Institute, Bergen School, Stevens/Hoboken Academy) 1856-1986.
A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.
Jersey Journal and Star-Ledger Archives In addition to our extensive collection of local newspapers on microfilm, we now offer access to the digitized Jersey Journal (1867-present) and Star-Ledger (1989-present). Contact the New Jersey Room staff at 201-547-4503 or via our Virtual Reference Service (chat box at bottom right of this page) for help with your search.
Social Explorer is a powerful tool to access and work with current and historic demographic data. Use Social Explorer to visually explore demographic information, from census and economic data to election and religion data, and more. Users can visually explore change over time and understand the patterns behind the raw numbers.