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Monmouth County
Hall of Records
Main St.
Freehold, NJ 07728

This is a genealogical volunteer effort and we invite you to participate by
sharing information you have and by asking questions for information you want


These first services form the backbone of our project.

The remaining links are important areas that help to enrich our information and understanding of the County.

Monmouth County Resources and Lookup Volunteers

If you have any books or CDs on Monmouth County or have access to cemeteries, churches, court houses, etc., and are willing to volunteer to do lookups, I would be delighted to hear from you. Please see The American Local History Network FAQ page on Copyrights. Thanks

Guidelines when requesting a look-up:
  1. Click on the title of the book and it will give you the appropriate mail form.
  2. Put MONMOUTH LOOKUP in caps as subject of message. This will ensure that your request is not accidentally overlooked or deleted. There's so much mail on the Internet, sometimes important things get lost.
  3. Put the name of book or place where you are requesting the lookup in the first line of the message. Many volunteers help with more than one and need to know what you are looking for in order to help you successsfully.
  4. Limit your request to 1 or 2 specific names. Asking for ALL the marriages on a surname of Brown, Jones or Smith will probably be ignored or request denied.
  5. Remember - the Resource person is a volunteer, and is doing you a favor.

List of resources available for look-ups:


Monmouth County Links

Asbury Park Asbury Park Press Belmar
Colts Neck Eatontown Freehold Township
Longstreet Farm
Matawan Monmouth County Archives
Monmouth Community Web County Profile Ocean Township
Red Bank Historic Sites Google


Historical Societies & Libraries in Monmouth County

If you are a member of one of these groups that is not underlined,
and are willing to serve as a volunteer link (or just are curious), please send a note.
Atlantic Highlands Historical Society
27 Prospect Ave.
Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

Eatontown Historical Museum
75 Broad St.
Eatontown, NJ 07724-1528

Historical Society of Ocean Grove
53 Central Avenue
Ocean Grove, NJ 07756

Howell Historical Society
427 Lakewood Farmingdale Rd.
Howell, NJ 07731

Keyport Historical Society
American Legion Dr. & Broad
Keyport, NJ 07735

Long Branch Historical Museum
1260 Ocean Ave.
Long Branch, NJ 07740-4550

Matawan Historical Society
94 Main St.
Matawan, NJ 07747-2630

Middletown Township Historical Society
Leonardville Rd.
Leonardo, NJ 07737

Monmouth County Genealogical Club
70 Court Street
Freehold, NJ 07728

Monmouth County Historical Association
70 Court Street
Freehold, NJ 07728

Monmouth County Library
125 Symmes Drive
Manalapan, NJ 07728

Morris Genealogical Library
228 Elberon Avenue
Allenhurst, NJ 07711

Neptune Township Historical Society
25 Neptune Blvd.
Neptune, NJ 07753

Ocean Township Historical Museum
163 Monmouth Road
Oakhurst, NJ 07755

Old Wall Historical Society
1701 New Bedford Road
Wall, NJ 07719

Shrewsbury Historical Society
419 Sycamore Ave.
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702-4204

Spring Lake Historical Society
5th & Warren Avenue
Spring Lake, NJ 07762

Squan Village Historical Society
Main St.
Manasquan, NJ 08736



These dates are particular to Monmouth County. When considering what was going on during your ancestors' time,
include general area or world affairs such as wars, depressions, prosperity, etc.

  • Early - The area belonged to the Iroquois Confederacy
  • 1609 - Hendrick Hudson, for the States General, discovered what's now Newark Bay
  • 1613 - The Dutch built two small trading fort on the Hudson River
  • 1614 - Dutch settlers began to arrive in five vessels and settled along "Lange Eylandt"
  • 1624 - Peter Minuit bought Manhattan from the Indians for about $24
  • 1632 - New Netherlands extended from Connecticut to Pennsylvania
  • 1645 - Peitrus Stuyvesant, Director, ruled with great ability for 19 years
  • 1664 - New Netherlands was invaded by the British
  • 1673 - The Dutch drove out the British
  • 1674 - The Treaty of Westminister gave the province to the British
  • 1674 - The area was divided into the Provinces of East Jersey and West Jersey
  • 1683 - Monmouth County came into being from the Province of East Jersey
  • 1778 - The Battle of Monmouth: Molly Pitcher, Washington and Steuben defeated the British
  • 1787 - New Jersey became the third of the original 13 united States

  • For a more detailed account, see your encyclopedia.



    The US Census Bureau provides an interesting interactive map. You can enter any town or ZIP code and it will find it for you. Click Census Map and enter the place you want. If unsure, enter FREEHOLD which is the County Seat (and of course, NJ) then click on MAP just below that.
    Take time to play with it. You can add all kind of detail, resize it, move it around. A job well done.

    For an outline map of New Jersey, showing the different counties, click here.

    When finished, to get back here, click on BACK, or the left arrow, at the top of your browser.



    This is a list of 237 populated places in Monmouth County, as listed by GNIS.
    This copy is not interactive so in order to locate them on a map, go to the GNIS website.



    This is one of the links that will take you away so if you haven't done so, put a bookmark here so you can come back easily.
    When finished, press CEMETERIES and away you go.


    The Battle of Monmouth was part of the American Revolution. It was fought near Monmouth Courthouse (Freehold) on June 28, 1778.

    General George Washington chose Monmouth to confront the British while they were fleeing from Philadelphia toward New York. He ordered Gen. Charles Lee to launch the attack but instead, General Lee retreated. The British, under Sir Henry Clinton, immediately counter attacked and it was only the arrival of Generals Washington and Steuben that prevented disaster. The British forces escaped, losses were about equal on both sides and the battle is considered a draw. General Lee was court-marshalled for disobeying orders.

    The legend of Molly Pitcher is associated with this event. When her husband was killed, Molly "manned" the cannon that day and helped to route the British.

    For those who insist on the bright glare of reality, her real name was Mary Ludwig Heis (or Hays), who got her nickname from bringing cool water to the weary troops. And it was probably Margaret Corbin on cannon. But that was another day, another battle and another place. Anyway, Molly was at Monmouth.

    Molly's home county also claims her. (If you link over, look for 1778, then click BACK in order to return.)




    This page is maintained for the Monmouth County Local History Network by
    John Longstreet Rhymes, New Orleans

    The latest update was on 10 September 2004.

    Copyright 1996