The Library provides access to two major databases for genealogical research.

Here you can search the US Census through 1940, Naturalization records, the US Immigration Collection, the Social Security Death Index, Military records, and much more.  This database is only available in the Library.



Consult the resources below to find more genealogical information.

Rutherford Historic Narratives – conceived by the Rutherford Civil Rights Commission, in part to mark the 50th anniversary of the Commission’s founding, to tell the story of our hometown — Rutherford, New Jersey — through the stories of our families.

Ellis Island (free registration) – Search for naturalization information and see the ships which brought your ancestors to the US.

Stephen Morse’s website provides alternate ways to access information at some genealogy sites such as Ancestry.

Cyndi’s List – a comprehensive site and a good place to start your research.

Rootsweb –says it’s the “oldest and largest free genealogy site.”

Ancestry Magazine –This magazine is no longer being published, but the back issues are all available free of charge online.

Family History Library resources from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Says it offers “the largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world.” Must register (free) to access all web site resources and features.

Old Fulton Postcards – Search old New York State historical newspaper pages. Much more than postcards, this is a wonderful (free!) database of old newspapers, historical photos, and genealogy information for New York.

These National Archives provide yet another way to trace your family.

United States Archives
UK Archives

For other countries: try using a search engine such as Google and searching with the words National Archives and the name of the country.

Vital statistics are birth, death and often marriage records, also key to tracing family roots.

National Center for Health Statistics – website provides links to vital records, arranged by state.

Want to get the kids involved in genealogy?  Try these sites:

WorldGenWeb For Kids


USGenWeb Census Project: Census Kidz
Trying to find an idea for an Eagle Scout Project? Need hours for a service project? Join the Census Kidz project. This project is set up to help kids and teenagers wanting to transcribe a census for a project – or just for fun!