Publication: Understanding New Jersey’s Geography in the Proprietary Period

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Special Issue — Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey (GMNJ), Volume 89 #4, December 2014
Understanding New Jersey’s Geography in the Proprietary Period

In celebration of New Jersey’s 350th “birthday,” the Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ) is proud to make available this Special Edition of the GMNJ on NJ’s proprietary period, circa 1664–1703.

For those interested in early New Jersey genealogical research, understanding the state’s ever-shifting boundaries is vital to finding your ancestors — and locating their records.

This Special Issue traces the history and evolution of these borders, why they were so often in flux, and offers context to understanding early methods of land conveyances and deeds.

Authored by Executive Director of the NJ State Archives, GSNJ Trustee, and expert on early land records, Joseph R. Klett. This Special Issue is illustrated with maps and artifacts, and culminates with a mini-gazetteer, titled “a basic guide
to the jurisdictional subdivisions.”

“Joe has given us the clearest and most succinct history of the proprietary period yet written, with the best source information anyone could possibly want, coming from the authority on sources.”
—Marfy Goodspeed,

64 Pages, with place-name index; 10 maps and illustrations; softcover; black and white; limited quantities available. ©2014 The NJ State Archives and Genealogical Society of New Jersey. Publication made possible, in part, by general operating support from the New Jersey Historical Commission.

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