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Getting Started:
Climbing the Branches of Your Family Tree

There are many resources publically available to help you trace your Hackettstown ancestors or to satisfy your curiousity about the history of the town. The internet offers search engines and sites, both free and subscription based, to help get you started. The Federal Census, taken every 10 years, provides invaluable information about family members in each household. Census records from 1790-1930 are available to the public. The Warren County library has access to both federal and New Jersey state census information.

The Hackettstown, Warren County and New Jersey state libraries have numerous resources to assist you in finding the tools and information needed to trace your family history. The Waren County courthouse, located in Belvidere, houses copies of deeds, wills and other legal documents that can provide you with information on your family or the families that lived in your home at the turn of the century.

 
Where to Go
Local and county libraries as well as historical societies are excellent resources for additional research opportunities. Check out the following:

Hackettstown Historical Society
106 Church Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
908.852.8797

Hackettstown Public Library
Church Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
908.852.4936

Warren County Library (Headquarters)
199 Hardwick Street, Belvidere, NJ 07823
908.475.6322

Warren County Library (Northeast)
63 Route 46, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
908.813.3858

Warren County Historical and Genealogical Society
313 Mansfield Street, Belvidere, NJ 07823
908.475.4246

 
New Book on Hackettstown's Historic Main Street
Co-authors Len Frank and Ray Lemasters take readers on a historic journey along Main Street in their new publication, Historic Main Street, Hackettstown, New Jersey. An appealing overview for general-interest readers and a wonderful resource for local genealogists or history buffs, this 180 page, fully indexed volume is a must have for anyone interested in Hackettstown's early industries, businesses and ancestral families. Frank and Lemasters provide readers with a well-researched glimpse of the town's beginnings, how Hackettstonians lived and worked during America's Victorian era and the changes along Main Street from the 19th century through to present day. Scattered through the book are images of Hackettstown, old newspaper and promotional ads and excerpts from the local news columns in the Hackettstown Gazette and Warren Republican, two of the town's early newspapers. In addition to it's time travel down Main Street, the book includes features on Hackettstown's once flourishing carriage industry, the area's early postal services, a history of the area's medical professionals, the advent and development of the railroad and much, much more! The book is now out of print. However, it is now available on CD. CDs can be purchased at the Hackettstown Historical Society Museum. They can also be ordered by mail. All proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the Hackettstown Historical Society.

Copies can be purchased at the Hackettstown Historical Society Museum, in select local Main Street businesses or by mail.

Click here to download the order form get your copy today!

 

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Links and Resources
Use these links and resources to research your Hackettstown historical or ancestral interests. The items in green are links.
Websites
- Ancestry.com
- Genealogy.com
- Cyndi's List
- Warren County GenWeb Project
- NJ State Library
- National Archives
Books
Available at the Hackettstown Museum for reference and research
- Historic Main Street Hackettstown, New Jersey
- The History of Hackettstown
- The People of Hackettstown
- The Story of Hackettstown
- The History of Warren County NJ
- History of Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey
- The Story of old farm or Life in New Jersey in the eighteen century
- Pioneer Families and Northwestern New Jersey
- Early Germans of New Jersey
- Northwestern New Jersey: a history
- The New Jersey volunteers (Loyalist) in the Revolutionary War
- History and Directory of Warren County New Jersey
Newspapers
Available on microfilm at the Hackettstown Museum and Library
- The Warren Gazette
- The Warren Republican
Family Histories
Available at the Hackettstown Museum
- Ayers Family
- The Flock Family History
- The Rusling Family
- Bird Family Genealogy
- The Lindy Family
- The Vannatta-Van Etten Family
- John Wildrick of NJ
- Pickel/Pickle/Pickell Family
Forms
- Census Record Abstracts
- Family Group Record
- Ancestral Chart
Reference and Tutorials
- On Line Genealogy Classes
- How To Reference Guides
- Relationship Chart