Genealogy Research

Genealogy Resources

Books and Magazines

  • Browse the library catalog to see our many books geared to beginning and advanced genealogy researchers.
  • Family Tree magazine is available for reading and download to your own device through Flipster. Topics include resource guides for specific ethnicities, technology how-to articles, history and genealogy news.

Genealogy Databases

NOTE: For temporary remote access to Ancestry Library Edition (normally restricted to in-library use), Scotch Plains cardholders can click here and enter the first five digits of their library card number.  

Ancestry Library Edition

Search census, military, vital church, court, land and immigration records from many parts of the world. 

Looking for a quick answer to a genealogy research question?  Watch one of Ancestry’s 5 Minute Finds videos.

View America genealogical sources—unique primary documents, local and family histories, and finding aids, with coverage dating back to the 1700s. Note: This resource is temporarily available to all state residents, including those with no library card.  During this time, anyone who wishes to use this resource must contact us here for an access code.


Search Proquest Historical Newspapers: New Jersey Collection for access to:

  • Asbury Park Press (Asbury Park, NJ)—1905-2009
  • Courier News (Bridgewater, NJ)—1891-2010 (1961-2010 available now)
  • Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, NJ)—1949-2009
  • The Daily Journal (Vineland, NJ)—1925-2011
  • Daily Record (Morristown, NJ)—1974-2012
  • Home News Tribune (East Brunswick, NJ)—1903-2009
  • Plainfield Courier (Plainfield, NJ) -1891-1961

The NJ State Library has further guidance on using digital newspapers for genealogical research.

Local History Resources

The Joint Digital Archives of Fanwood & Scotch Plains

The Joint Digital Archives offers a collection of materials related to the rich history of the two towns. The Archives allow in-depth searching to support both research and browsing for pleasure.