Request Research

Do you need the Historic Society to conduct research for you?

The focus of our part-time Librarian is to provide assistance to patrons in our reading room and to catalog our current and new collections.

Because of the great volume of research requests we receive, we must limit the research services we offer. Email and/or regular mail requests for genealogy or historical research through this website may be limited to 2 paid hours.

During that time, and dependant upon your research needs, the Librarian may research one name in some the following resources:

  • Family Files (surname-specific)
  • Unrecorded land deeds
  • Original surveys and survey maps
  • Marriage & Death Index of SCHS
  • Bible Records
  • Cemetery Records
  • Church Records
  • NJ State census 1885, 1895, 1905 and 1915
  • Salem County Will index 1670-1900. (Wills prior 1804 are at NJ State Archives.
  • Wills after 1804 are filed at the Salem County Courthouse)
  • Manuscript Index and Scrapbooks
  • Published family histories
  • Federal census 1830-1930
  • Naturalization Records
  • Photograph Collection
  • Other library resources if approved by the librarian

The Librarian will consult as many sources as possible within the time specified by the request for up to two hours. It may take up to two weeks to receive a response to your request.

Would you like to initiate a research request by Society staff?

  • $40. 00  for EACH hour of research [$20/hr for members]
  • $.50 per page for copying and postage of materials sent to you [$.25 for members]
1. Simply submit the “Request Research” form including both regular mail, telephone and email contact information, and the description of the research you need performed.
2. You will receive an an email response from our librarian or volunteer researcher with an estimated cost (minimum 1 hour of research).
3. Reply with your confirmation/authorization to initiate a search, and payment for at least one hour of work.

Once research is complete, you will receive an invoice or notice to pay for your research (or the remainder of the research if some was pre-paid). As soon as we receive your payment receipt, we will forward your information via email or U.S. mail depending on your preference.

Request Research