Genealogy Research

Books and Magazines

  • The Library has 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

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition can currently be accessed remotely:

  • Scotch Plains cardholders can click here and
  • Enter the first five digits of their library card number
  • Click the button

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.

HeritageQuest offers American genealogical sources—including 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. All users should 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 –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.