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Morris County - Clerk's Office


Morris County was formed from the northern portions of original Hunterdon County on 15 March 1739. Consult the Hunterdon County page linked below for pre-1739 records.

County clerks were required by law to file copies of deeds beginning in 1785 and mortgages beginning in 1766. Consult the Secretary of State page linked below for colonial deed filings.

Recording of wills and estate inventories at the county level began in 1804. Orphans Courts were established in 1785. Consult the Secretary of State page linked below for original estate records for the 1660s-1900 period.

The State Archives' holdings vary from county to county. Consult the Collecting Policy for additional information about our accessioning guidelines.

Consult the Organizational Chart for Pre-1948 Court System for information on court jurisdictions.


See also: Hunterdon County - Clerk's Office
Secretary of State - Genealogical and Colonial Records (including state censuses)

Series:
Morris County
Clerk's Office
Justice of the Peace Dockets, 1773-1909
Control #:
CMRCL001
Format:
44 c.f. (88 boxes and 6 vols.)
Arrangement:
Books are numbered

Series:
Morris County
Clerk's Office
Deeds, 1785-1885 and Indexes, 1785-1950
Control #:
CMRCL002
Format:
225 reels (35-mm)

Series:
Morris County
Clerk's Office
Miscellaneous Records, Volume A, 1876-1925
Control #:
CMRCL003
Format:
1 reel (35-mm)

Series:
Morris County
Clerk's Office
Index to Mortgages, 1765-1926
Control #:
CMRCL004
Format:
7 reels (35-mm)
Notes:
State Archives has film of indexes only.

Series:
Morris County
Clerk's Office
Marriage Records, 1795-1919
Control #:
CMRCL005
Format:
7 reels (35-mm)

Series:
Morris County
Clerk's Office
Ancient Deeds, 1871-1962
Control #:
CMRCL006
Format:
1 reel (35-mm)

Series:
Morris County
Clerk's Office
Oaths of Justices of the Peace, 1880-1948
Control #:
CMRCL007
Format:
0.6 c.f. (2 vols.)
Arrangement:
Chronological

Series:
Morris County
Court of Common Pleas
Minutes, 1740-1866
Control #:
CMRCP001
Format:
12 reels (35-mm)

Series:
Morris County
Court of Common Pleas
Naturalization Records, 1816-1906
Control #:
CMRCP002
Format:
29 reels (35-mm)

Series:
Morris County
Probation Office
First Report, 1917
Control #:
CMRPR001
Format:
0.1 c.f. (1 report)
Notes:
Report of the office's first two and one-half years ending in June 1917.

Series:
Morris County
Court of General Quarter Sessions of the Peace
Petition of Robert Robertson for a Brief for Charity, 1771
Control #:
CMRQU001
Format:
0.01 c.f. (1 item)

Series:
Morris County
Sheriff E. W. Cory
Transcription of Account of Sales, 1887-1906
Control #:
CMRSH001
Format:
0.05 c.f. (1 item)

Series:
Morris County
Surrogate's Office
Orphans Court Case File on Estate of William Meier, 1895-1943
Control #:
CMRSU001
Format:
1 c.f. (2 boxes)
Arrangement:
Various


~ The collections listed on this page represent 45.76 c.f. of paper records and
282 reels of microfilm
~

To contact the New Jersey State Archives about research, reference services, records transfers or donations, please email us at njarchives@sos.state.nj.us

For additional and/or more recent records relating to this topic, contact:

Morris County Clerk's Office, Hall of Records Administration Building, 10 Court Street, Morristown, NJ 07963-0315, tel. 973-285-6059, website: www.morriscountyclerk.org

Morris County Surrogate's Office, Administrative and Records Building, 5th Floor, PO Box 900, Morristown, NJ 07963-0900, tel. 973-285-6491, website: www.morrissurrogate.com

Morris County Archives, 300 Mendham Road, P.O. Box 900, Morristown, NJ 07963-0900, tel. 973-829-8114, website: http://www.co.morris.nj.us/mchc/archives.html


This page last updated 04/23/2013