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Northern New Jersey was settled by the Dutch who set up trading posts in the 1620s. Swedish and Finnish settlements followed, with settlement along the Delaware River in the 1630s.

During the colonial era, New Jersey was ruled by England. People moved into and out of New Jersey constantly. Church, court, and land records were kept from the time an area was settled.

The first churches in New Jersey were the Dutch Reformed, Congregational (Puritan), Society of Friends (Quaker), and Lutheran.

By 1775 the largest denominations in New Jersey were the Presbyterian, Society of Friends, Dutch Reformed, Baptist, and Anglican (Episcopal) churches.

In the mid-1800s, the Methodist church was the largest, followed by the Presbyterian, Baptist, Reformed, Friends, and Episcopal churches.

Except for the Dutch Reformed and Lutheran churches in northern New Jersey, few of the earliest church records have survived.

The Olive Tree Genealogy New Jersey Section at http://olivetreegenealogy.com/usa/nj/hack_settlers.shtml provides a list of the early settlers in the upper part of Bergen Co., New Jersey before 1700. This list was compiled from the Church membership, and the Marriage Record, of the Hackensack congregation. Wives' names are inlcuded.

Marriages in Hackensack before 1700 can also be found at http://olivetreegenealogy.com/usa/nj/hack_marr.shtml

The church organization at this time occupied the field between Bergen and Tappan, in an area of about 10 miles around Hackensack. These three congregations are believed to be the only ones existing at that period in the vicinity of New Amsterdam (New York City) on the Jersey side.

Some church records for New Jersey for the period before 1750 are:

  • Lutheran Church in New York and New Jersey, 1722-1760 : Lutheran records in the ministerial archives of the Staatsarchiv, Hamburg, Germany.translated by Simon Hart and Harry J. Kreider (not on microfilm)
  • New Jersey marriage records, 1665-1800. edited by William Nelson (not on microfilm)

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On Site List Selected Baptisms of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Ramapo, Bergen Co., New Jersey 1750-1817 NEW September 2010
On Site List Records of the Reformed Dutch Churches of Hackensack and Schraalenburgh, New Jersey Membership Lists Hackensack 1695-1769
On Site List Records of the Reformed Dutch Churches of Hackensack and Schraalenburgh, New Jersey Membership Lists Schraalenburgh 1797-1801
On Site List Records of the Reformed Dutch Churches of Hackensack and Schraalenburgh, New Jersey Marriages Hackensack 1696 - 1801
On Site List Records of the Reformed Dutch Churches of Hackensack and Schraalenburgh, New Jersey Baptisms Hackensack 1696-1783
On Site List Records of the Reformed Dutch Churches of Hackensack and Schraalenburgh, New Jersey Consistory Records Hackensack 1701 - 1780
On Site List Baptisms Old Dutch Church, Totowa, NJ: 1756-1774 | 1775-1777 | 1778-1779 | 1780-1781 | 1782-1784 | 1785-1787 | 1788-1789 | 1790-1791 | 1792-1793 | 1794 | 1795 | 1796 | 1797 | 1798 | 1799 | 1800 | 1801-1802 | 1803-1804 | 1805-1806 | 1807-1822
On Site List Marriages Elizabethtown, (was Essex Co.)
On Site List Marriages in Hackensack pre 1700
On Site List Early Settlers in Hackensack
On Site List  First Reformed Dutch Church at Montville, Morris Co., Baptisms 1786-1828
On Site List First Reformed Dutch Church at Montville, Morris Co., Marriages 1826-1873

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 Bergen Town/Village Baptisms Reformed Dutch Church
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Register of Births and Baptisms in the Dutch Reformed Church, Stone House Plain, Brookdale, Essex County, New Jersey Baptisms 1800-1816

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