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Hunterdon County - Clerk's Office


Hunterdon County was formed from the northern portion of original Burlington County on 11 March 1714. Consult the Burlington County page linked below for pre-1714 records.

The northern portions of original Hunterdon County were set off as Morris County in 1739. The southern portion became part of present-day Mercer County in 1838.

County clerks were required by law to file copies of deeds beginning in 1785 and mortgages beginning in 1766. Hunterdon County also filed earlier deeds beginning 1730. See the Secretary of State page linked below for additional colonial land records.

The State Archives' holdings vary from county to county. Consult the Collecting Policy for additional information about our accessioning guidelines.


See also: Burlington County - Clerk's Office
Secretary of State - Genealogical and Colonial Records (including state censuses)

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Justice of the Peace Dockets, 1778-1948
Control #:
CHNCL001
Format:
60 c.f. (114 boxes, 17 OV vols.)
Arrangement:
Books are numbered

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Court Cost Docket, 1782-1785
Control #:
CHNCL002
Format:
0.2 c.f. (1 vol.)
Arrangement:
Chronological

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Manumissions of Slaves, 1788-1836
Control #:
CHNCL003
Format:
0.25 c.f. (57 files)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Notes:
The guide includes three indices: slaves by surname, slaves by given name, and slaveowners/fellowbondsman/witnesses.
Finding Aid:
Click here!

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Birth Certificates of Children of Slaves, 1804-1835
Control #:
CHNCL004
Format:
1.75 c.f. (4 boxes)
Arrangement:
Alpha. by slave owner's name
Notes:
Guide includes various name indexes including by given name of child, surname of child, given name of mother, etc.

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Court Dockets, 1859-1888
Control #:
CHNCL005
Format:
0.75 c.f. (3 vols.)
Arrangement:
By year
Notes:
Includes Court of Common Pleas cases and possibly cases from other courts.

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Jury Lists, 1874-1908
Control #:
CHNCL006
Format:
0.5 c.f. (1 box)
Arrangement:
Various

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Local Election Records, ca. 1760-ca. 1885
Control #:
CHNCL007
Format:
15 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Alphabetical by town/township
Notes:
Record of local town and township elections, as reported to the County Clerk.

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Road Records, 1761-1921
Control #:
CHNCL008
Format:
4 reels (35-mm)

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Deeds, 1705-1911 and Indexes, 1785-1955
Control #:
CHNCL009
Format:
0.5 c.f. (1 box); 130 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Chronological by filing date

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Docketed Judgments, 1855-1916
Control #:
CHNCL010
Format:
0.25 c.f. (1 vol.)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Notes:
Includes judgments from the Circuit Court and Court of Common Pleas.

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Circuit Court Minutes, 1852-1861
Control #:
CHNCL011
Format:
0.7 c.f. (4 vols.)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Notes:
The fourth volume in this series, titled "Equity Cases," records only three cases.

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Affidavits, 1713-1860
Control #:
CHNCL012
Format:
5 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Roughly chronological by filing date

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Court Liens, 1700s-1800s
Control #:
CHNCL013
Format:
3 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Roughly chronological by filing date

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Mortgages, 1766-1902 and Indexes, 1766-1956
Control #:
CHNCL014
Format:
39 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Chronological by filing date

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Special Deeds, 1730-1898
Control #:
CHNCL015
Format:
6 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Chronological by filing date
Notes:
Land records with special circumstances, such as 99-year leases, conditional sales, etc.

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Index to Various Court Records, 1700-1900
Control #:
CHNCL016
Format:
20 reels (fifteen 35-mm & five 16-mm)
Notes:
Indexes to recognizances, indictments, affidavits, appeals, insolvent debtors' petitions, and miscellaneous records.

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Marriage Records, 1795-1900
Control #:
CHNCL017
Format:
10 reels (35-mm)
Notes:
Loose marriage returns organized by surname of officiant.

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Indictments, 1713-1860
Control #:
CHNCL018
Format:
4 reels (35-mm)

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Insolvent Debtors Petitions, 1700s-1800s
Control #:
CHNCL019
Format:
12 reels (35-mm)

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Lis Pendens, 1875-1926
Control #:
CHNCL020
Format:
1 reel (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Chronological by filing date

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Veterans Grave Registrations, ca. 1790-ca. 1940
Control #:
CHNCL021
Format:
3 reels (35-mm)

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Miscellaneous Court Records, 1713-1860
Control #:
CHNCL022
Format:
131 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Roughly chronological
Notes:
Includes Court of Common Pleas case papers; see Index to Various Court Records.

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Card Index by Subject, no date
Control #:
CHNCL023
Format:
1 reel (16-mm)
Notes:
Subject index to recognizances, miscellaneous court records, Surrogate's Dockets, etc.

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Chancery Court Inquisitions, 1855-1917
Control #:
CHNCL024
Format:
1 reel (35-mm)
Notes:
Includes primarily lunacies and habitual drunkeness cases.
Restrictions:
Some records may be confidential as per NJSA 30:4-24.3

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Notarial Protests against Promissory Notes by William S. Stover, Notary Public, 1868-1879
Control #:
CHNCL025
Format:
1 c.f. (4 vols.)
Arrangement:
Chronological

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Record of Surveyors' Tests, 1884-1896
Control #:
CHNCL026
Format:
0.75 c.f. (1 vol.)
Arrangement:
Chronological

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Register of Pharmacists, 1877
Control #:
CHNCL027
Format:
0.2 c.f. (1 booklet)

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Register of Dentists, 1871-1894
Control #:
CHNCL028
Format:
0.1 c.f. (1 booklet)

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
List of Causes Noticed for Trial, 1856-1874
Control #:
CHNCL029
Format:
0.25 c.f. (1 booklet)
Notes:
Includes cases in the Supreme Court, Circuit Court and Court of Common Pleas.

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Record of Members of Fish and Game Protective Societies, 1880-1917
Control #:
CHNCL030
Format:
0.1 c.f. (1 booklet)
Arrangement:
Chronological

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Rough Court Minutes, 1860-1925
Control #:
CHNCL031
Format:
1.25 c.f. (3 boxes)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Notes:
Includes minutes of the Supreme Court, Circuit Court, Court of Common Pleas and Court of General Quarter Sessions of the Peace.

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Supreme Court Minutes, 1854-1880
Control #:
CHNCL032
Format:
0.25 c.f. (2 vols.)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Notes:
The second volume includes an 1860 list of peddler's licenses.

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Circuit Court Appeals Docket, 1858-1875
Control #:
CHNCL033
Format:
0.1 c.f. (1 booklet)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Notes:
Covers September 1858 - September 1875.

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Record of Appointments of Notaries Public, Commissioners of Deeds and Justices of the Peace, ca. 1859-1930
Control #:
CHNCL034
Format:
0.4 c.f. (1 booklet, 1 vol.)

Series:
Hunterdon County
Clerk's Office
Register of Firemen, 1873-1890
Control #:
CHNCL035
Format:
0.3 c.f. (1 vol.)


~ The collections listed on this page represent 69.6 c.f. of paper records and 385 reels of microfilm ~

To contact the New Jersey State Archives about research, reference services, records transfers or donations, please email us at njarchives@sos.state.nj.us

For additional and/or more recent records relating to this topic, contact:

Hunterdon County Clerk's Office, Hall of Records, 71 Main Sreet, PO Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822-2900, tel. 908-788-1214, website: www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/countyclerk.htm


This page last updated 04/23/2013