Source Information

Ancestry.com. New Jersey, State Census, 1895 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Original data: New Jersey Department of State. 1895 State Census of New Jersey. Trenton, NJ, USA: New Jersey State Archives. 54 reels.

About New Jersey, State Census, 1895

State censuses were taken in New Jersey every ten years from 1855-1915. This database contains information from the 1895 New Jersey State Census for over 1.5 million people. It covers all New Jersey counties. Information listed includes:

  • Name of individual
  • Gender
  • Race
  • County of enumeration
  • Locality/town of enumeration

Additional information about an individual may be available on the actual census record. Be sure to view the corresponding image in order to obtain all possible information about an individual.

Where to Find Copies:

The original 1895 New Jersey State Census is owned by the New Jersey State Archives, P.O. Box 307, 225 West State St., Trenton, NJ 08625-0307. Certified copies of these records can be ordered by sending $5.00 per census page to this address.

The following is a list of other repositories where copies of this and other New Jersey state censuses can be found:

  • New Jersey State Archives
  • Rutgers University
  • The New Jersey Historical Society (1855-1885)
  • Joint Free Public Library of Morristown and Morris Township
  • Newark Public Library
  • The New York Public Library (1855-1905)
  • The Family History Library (FHL)(Salt Lake City, Utah)

Copies may be ordered to local libraries through interlibrary loan, and to local Family History Centers through the FHL.

Some of the above information was taken from: Roger D. Joslyn, "New Jersey," Redbook ed. Alice Eichholz (Provo, UT: Ancestry, 2004).

Why This Census is Important:

The 1890 U.S. Federal Census was damaged and destroyed by fire in 1921. Less than 1 percent of the schedules are available for research today. Because of this problem, the 1895 New Jersey State Census is a highly valuable source as it provides information that would otherwise be found in the Federal Census.

About State Censuses:

State censuses were often taken in years between the federal censuses. In some places, local censuses were designed to collect specific data, such as the financial strengths and needs of communities; tallies of school-age children and potential school populations to predict needs for teachers and facilities; censuses of military strength, cavalry horse resources, and grain storage; enumeration for revenue assessment and urban planning; and lists to monitor African Americans moving to into northern cities.

Taken from "Research in Census Records," The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, by Loretto Dennis Szucs. Ed. Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997).