Genealogy Research

Genealogy Program Recordings

In 2021, librarian April Earle shared her best tips for staying organized and searching databases like and In addition to dismissing some of the most common myths about genealogy research, she looks at the significance of census records, the importance of seeing the actual document, and uncovering the secrets in plain sight on passenger lists. April returned in 2022 to present a program on using the newly released 1950 Census records.

The New Jersey State Library also hosts a large collection of genealogy webinars (click to expand the ‘Research Methods: Genealogy and Local History’ box.

Books and Magazines

Genealogy Databases

Ancestry Library Edition has now resumed its previous status of in-library use only. You will be able to use Ancestry on our public computers or on any device connected to our wi-fi.

Ancestry Library Edition

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.


Fold3™ Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos and documents of the men and women who served. It contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3.


Search American genealogical sources—including unique primary documents, local and family histories, and finding aids, with coverage dating back to the 1700s.

People Locator

Reference Solutions includes a searchable U.S. Standard White Pages database.

Census Research

The 1950 U.S. Census – the 1950 census records were released by the U.S. National Archives on April 1, 2022, and are now available for everyone to view on a free, dedicated website from the National Archives.


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

Digitized Scotch Plains Fanwood High School Yearbooks – view the CULMEN yearbooks can from 1944 to 2000 (with the exception of 1943.)

Digitized Local History Books – these books cover different aspects of Scotch Plains and Fanwood history.