Local History Resources


Paterson Newspapers on Microfilm

Bergen Express and Paterson Advertiser, May 13, Nov. 4, 1818; May 5, 12, 1819

Daily Patersonian, Oct. 18, 1864 – Dec. 31, 1864

Bergen Express

The Falls City Register & Paterson & Bergen Advertiser, 1855 – 1860; 1861 – 1863

Paterson Bee and Paterson Advertiser, Jan. 23, Mar. 23, July 2, 3, 1816

Paterson Daily Guardian, 1856 – 1915

Paterson Daily Press, 1863 – 1915

Paterson Daily Registrar, 1859 – 1865

Paterson Evening News, 1890 – 1987

Paterson Intelligencer, 1825 – 1856

Paterson Morning Call, 1885 – 1969

Paterson People, 1894 – 1895

Paterson Press Guardian, 1915 – 1930

Paterson Weekly Press, 1863 – 1902

Paterson Weekly Guardian, 1857 – 1889

Paterson Sunday Call, 1885 – 1889

The Sunday Chronicle, 1894 – 1928

Paterson Sunday Eagle, 1936 – 1956

Other Newspapers on Microfilm

American Post, 1954 -1965

Bergen Record, 1967 – 2010

Herald News, New Jersey Tercentenary Edition, January 2 – 4, 1964

Jewish Post, 1934 – 1941

Het Oosten, 1917 – 1920, 1934 – 1936

Il Lavortore Italiano, 1905 – 1906

L’Aurora, 1899 – 1930

La Questione Sociale, 1895 -1916

De Telegraaf, 1917 – 1921

Obituary Indexes

We have an extensive obituary index (on index cards!) of the residents of Paterson 1905-1997 that is periodically updated when time permits.  Note that the earliest obituaries that we have indexed were for those who had influence, were famous, or died in some unnatural way (i.e. accident, murder, etc.). Everybody else had a brief mention in the death notices part of the newspaper.

Early Paterson newspapers’ marriage and death notices 1822 – 1867 as published in the The Chronicle & Bergen Essex Advertiser, Paterson Courier, Falls City Register, Daily Guardian & Paterson Daily Guardian, Paterson Daily Register, Paterson Daily Press/compiled by Robert J. Hazekamp Jr. from the Passaic County Historical Society’s Mattie M. Bowman collection; Passaic County Historical Society, Paterson, New Jersey; 2012

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Bowman, Mattie M.; Family Chronicles of the Paterson Intelligencer, marriages and deaths, 1825 – 1856; Passaic County Historical Society, Paterson, New Jersey; 1999.

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Proctor, Mary Jane; Roll Call of the Grim Reaper in Paterson and Vicinity 1898 – 1918: 33,000 death notices as recorded in the Paterson Morning Call Newspaper; Passaic County Historical Society; Paterson, New Jersey; 2012.

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 Passenger Indexes

Bentley, Elizabeth Petty; Passenger Arrivals at the port of New York, 1820 – 1829; Genealogical Publishing Co.; Baltimore, Maryland; 1999.

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Bentley, Elizabeth Petty; Passenger Arrivals at the port of New York, 1830 – 1832; Genealogical Publishing Co.; Baltimore, Maryland; 2000.

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Filby, P. Williams; Passenger and immigration lists index: a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries; Gale Research Co.; Detroit Michigan; 3 Vol. ;1981 -.

LocHist R 929.373 PAS

Schlegel, Donald M.; Passengers from Ireland: lists of passengers arriving at American Ports between 1811 and 1817 / transcribed from the Shamrock or Hibernian chronicle by Donald M. Schlegel; Genealogical Publishing Co.; Baltimore, Maryland; 1980.

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Tepper, Michael; Passenger arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia, 1800 – 1819: the Philadelphia baggage lists; Genealogical Publishing Co.; Baltimore, Maryland; 1986.

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Passenger and Immigration Lists Index and supplements; Gale Research Co.; Detroit, Michigan;1981-.

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Atlases and Maps

Lathrop, J. M.; Atlas of the City of Paterson, New Jersey / compiled from actual surveys, official records, private plans; A. H. Mueler; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 1915.

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Robinson, Elisha; Atlas of the City of Paterson & Haledon, New Jersey from official records, private plans & actual surveys; E. Robinson; New York, New York; 1899.

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Robinson, Elisha; Atlas of the City of Paterson, New Jersey: From official records, private plans & actual surveys; E. Robinson; New York, New York; 1894.

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Sanborn Maps – Paterson: Online access to maps from 1887 through 1923.


Click here for Sanborn maps of other New Jersey towns and cities.


Federal Census (on microfilm)

1830 Federal Census of New Jersey plus Index, LocHist R 929.3749 NEW

1840 Federal Census of New Jersey plus Index, LocHist R 929.3749 NEW

1850 Federal Census of New Jersey plus Index , LocHist R 929.3749 NEW

1860 Federal Census of New Jersey plus Index of Northern New Jersey Counties which includes:  Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union, plus Index, LocHist R 929.3749 FED

1870 Federal Census of New Jersey plus Index of Passaic County, LocHist R 929.3749 FED

1880 Federal Census of New Jersey

1890 Union Veterans & Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War for Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, and Warren Counties, plus index, LocHist R 929.3749 NEW

Please Note all other Census Material for 1890 was lost.

1900 Federal Census of Passaic County

1910 Federal Census of Passaic County

1920 Federal Census of Passaic County

New Jersey Censuses (on microfilm)

Paterson 1885 – 1915


Stryker-Rodda, Kenn; Revolutionary Census of  New Jersey, An Index, Based on Ratables, of the Inhabitants of New Jersey During the Period of the American Revolution; Polyanthos, Inc.; Cottonport, Louisiana; 1972.

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Dr. Samuel Fisher’s Census of Paterson 1824 – 1832.
Available on microfilm and book format, LocHist R 929.3749 HAM


1880 Soundex for New Jersey plus Index, LocHist R 929.373 SOU

City Directories

Paterson 1855-1968 (on microfiche)

Paterson Suburban 1959-1971 (came out every other year), LocHist R 974.923 PAT

Ridgewood, includes Glen Rock, Midland Park, & Fair Lawn, 1946, LocHist R 974.923 PRI

Wayne 1963, 1967, 1971, LocHist R 974.923 WAY

Major Genealogical Titles

The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, standard genealogical encyclopedia of first families in America Vol. I – Vol. VII; F. A. Virkus & Co.; Chicago, Illinois; 1925 – 1945.

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American Ancestry: Giving the Name and Descent, in the Male Line, of Americans whose Ancestors Settled in the United States Previous to the Declaration of Independence  A. D.1776; Joel Munsells’s Sons; Albany, New York; 1887-1898.

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Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey Vol. 1 – Vol. 4; Lewis Historical Publishing Co.; New York, New York; 1910.

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Harvey, Cornelius Burnham; Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey;

New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Co.; New York, New York; 1900.

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Littell, John; Genealogies of the First Settlers of Passaic Valley (and vicinity); Genealogical Publishing Co.; Baltimore, Maryland; 1976.

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The Mayflower Descendant, a quarterly magazine of pilgrim genealogy and history; Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendents; Boston, Massachusetts; 1899-1908.

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Journals, Magazines, and Newsletters

Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey 1969 – with gaps.

Genealogical Society of New Jersey Newsletter 1981- with gaps.

National Genealogical Society Magazine 1992 –

National Genealogical Society Newsletter 1997 –

New England Historical and Genealogical Registrar 1847-1920

New Jersey History Magazine (Formally: Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society) 1849 – with gaps.


Stryker, William; Official Roster of the Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War; Wm. T. Nicholson & Co.; Trenton, New Jersey; 1872.

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Records of Officers and Men of New Jersey in Wars 1791-1815; State Gazette Publishing Co.; Trenton, New Jersey; 1909.

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Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a report of the names, rank, and line, of every person placed on the pension list; in pursuance of the act of the 18th March, 1818, & c. January 20, 1820; Southern Book Company; Baltimore; Maryland; 1955.

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Wilcox, Cadmus M.; History of the Mexican War; Church News Publishing Co.; Washington D.C.; 1892. (Appendices include rosters of army, volunteer, and navy officers that served in Mexico.)

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Stryker, William; Record of Officers and Men of  New Jersey in the Civil War 1861-1865 Vol. 1 and Vol. 2; John L. Murphy, Trenton, New Jersey; 1876.

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Soldiers and Sailors of New Jersey in the Spanish-American War, Embracing a Chronological Account of the Army and Navy; B. McNally; Newark, NJ 1898.

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Bureau of Naval Personnel; Officers and Enlisted men of the United States Naval Service who lost their lives during the World War, From April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918; Government Printing Office; Washington D. C.; 1920

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Haulsee, W. E.; Soldiers of the Great War; Soldiers Record Publishing Association;                 Washington D. C.; 3 Vol.; 1920 (Note: Register of the dead of World War I)

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New Jersey State Archives, has the following databases: Colonial Marriages, 1666 – 1799; Marriages, 1848 – 1878; Death Records, 1878 – 1890; Legal Name Changes, 1847 – 1947; 1885 NJ State Census; Civil War Service Records; Civil War Vouchers; and World War I Deaths.


Passaic County Clerk’s Office, has Naturalization and Property Search Databases