Genealogy Research


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.


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


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.