Welcome to Historic South Jersey

 
Postcard of John Fenwick's Home along Salem CreekDoes your family trace its ancestry to historic South Jersey? Salem County, New Jersey has a rich heritage of patriotic colonists and courageous immigrants, of rural farmland and diverse cities, of historic communities and urban change. Many of the inhabitants of South Jersey still live on the land that their ancestors first settled hundreds of years ago. Others arrived in more recent years and wonder about their origins across the sea. New Jersey has welcomed new immigrants for over 350 years, as well as sending its own men and women to settle in new communities across the country. If you are in search of your family's history, the Genealogical Society of Salem County, NJ would like to help you in the path of discovery.
 
As one of the few societies dedicated to genealogy research in South Jersey, the Genealogical Society of Salem County welcomes researchers of neighboring counties Cumberland County and Gloucester County, along with anyone who has an interest in their family history. Many of our monthly programs focus on general researching methods which are helpful to any researcher, even if their family's heritage traces to somewhere other than South Jersey. It is a great way to network with other researchers and learn the tricks of the trade!
 
Founded in 1991, a main highlight of the Genealogical Society of Salem County is our strong programming, featuring a different guest speaker presenting a lecture each month on some aspect of local history or methods of genealogical research. Our meetings also provide researchers with a way to connect with other genealogists who are searching for the same families in the region. Our membership can provide a wealth of information on the resources available in Salem County and the neighboring counties. Please browse many of these resources which can be accessed through this website.
 
We hope that you will consider joining our society and attending one of our upcoming events! Please let us know if there is any way we can be of assistance to you. May your search be fruitful as you seek to grow your family tree!
 
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Our New Website

We hope you enjoy exploring our new website! This project was assisted by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Salem County Cultural & Heritage Commission.
 
    
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News
December, 9
"Tea Burning" Presented By Anthony Melita
The nature of the talk will center on the earliest part of the American Revolution that took place in the 1760's.  This includes illustrations of why colonial citizens were so angry and worked up over tea.   Salem County figures prominently in this discussion though we will be exploring the broader theme of rebellion in Colonial America.  It will a rousing discussion I think people will enjoy.  The hope is that we'll learn about the Character of American Republicanism, a theme not uncommon to modern America.
January, 13
"Searching Newspapers" Presented by Bonny Beth Elwell
February, 10
"Archaeology at Wistarburgh" Presented By Bill Liebknecht
The glass industry loomed large over Southern New Jersey for the better part of two centuries.  The establishment of the Wistarburgh Manufactory is generally credited with giving birth to the American glass industry and has left a legacy of glass production that still exists in the Tri-County Area.  The guest speaker, Bill Liebknecht, will speak about the archeaological findings at the Wistarburgh Glass Factory that was located in Alloway, NJ and the insights that were derived from those findings.  Bill has served as principal investigator for Hunter Research, Inc. of Trenton, NJ and has more than 20 years of experience supervising ...