Local History & Genealogy


Getting Started – Local History   |   Getting Started – Genealogy
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Explore Local History with the Sussex County Library System:
Are you researching Sussex County history? Or looking for answers to genealogical questions about families from the area?
Connect with the Library first. Our resources span the centuries through unique collections of books, newspapers, microfilm, maps, vertical files, indexes, journals, notes, transcripts... and websites.
More information about the collections

Take your first steps, right where you are:
Search the Library Catalog, email us or give our Reference Department a call at xt 3418.  Use your Library card to access HeritageQuest.com where you can search through publications, census records and military documents.

If you don’t have a library card:
Even without a library card, you can visit any branch and use our public computers. While there, you’ll have access to all of the electronic databases that we subscribe to, including Ancestry.com.
Find out how you can get a library card

If you’re looking for local newspapers and obituaries:
The following newspapers are available on microfilm: Sussex Register; New Jersey Herald; Stanhope Eagle; Lake Hopatcong Breeze; Wantage Recorder; The New York Times. Access The New York Times & more with your library card
Find newspapers on microfilm

You may email obituary requests to sussexref@sussexcountylibrary.org
Requests must include a full name and no less than the month and year of death.
See Getting Started – Genealogy for more about obituary resources.

You’re at the Library – now where do you turn?
When you’re ready to visit and find out what’s in the SCL Local History collections, the best place to start is the Main branch. This is particularly true if you are looking for answers to genealogical questions. When you arrive, please do not hesitate to ask the Reference Librarian for assistance. If you’d like information before you arrive, please call or send us an email.

Sussex County Main Library 125 Morris Turnpike Newton, NJ 07860 973-948-3660  sussexref@sussexcountylibrary.org   hours

Getting Started At The Library – Local History
Tips about commonly used library sources, and about how to navigate the collections.

Getting Started At The Library – Genealogy
Common paths to the answers you’re looking for, in the library and beyond; including contact information and links