Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an appointment?
Appointments are not required, but they are strongly recommended. Appointments enable us to prepare for researchers and result in more efficient and useful research experiences.

Does the Archives have birth and death records?
The Monmouth County Archives does not hold birth or death records other than Coroner Inquests, 1786-1915 and Births of Slaves, 1804-1848. You can contact the New Jersey State Archives for vital statistics records beginning in May 1848. For more recent records, contact the New Jersey State Department of Health. For some 20th century births and deaths you may also contact the Municipal Clerk’s Office in the town in which the birth or death took place.

Does the Archives have wills and probate records?
No, the Monmouth County Archives does not hold wills or probate records. You must contact the Monmouth County Surrogate’s Office.

Does the Archives have divorce records?
The Monmouth County Archives does not provide copies of divorce records. You must contact the Monmouth County Superior Court/Family Division at 732-677-4050.

Does the Archives have marriage records?

The Monmouth County Archives holds marriage returns covering the period 1684 through 1892 (see our Marriage Returns finding aid) and our searchable marriages database. You can also contact the New Jersey State Archives for marriage records.

Does the Archives have name changes?
The Monmouth County Archives does have some records of the now defunct Monmouth County Court, including Name Changes 1881-1996.