Trenton NJ Archives: Tips for your upcoming trip

Trenton NJ Archives

8 hours goes fast at the Trenton NJ Archives. I thought I would share some tips so that you could make the most of your time.

  • Parking: Street parking is available but why pay for metered parking when there is a FREE parking garage within walking distance? The parking garage is monitored by an officer. You cannot enter without being stopped to show identification. I’d say it’s the safest place to park.
  • Hotels: I have stayed at a hotel in Princeton, not too far from the archives. I wouldn’t stay at a hotel right in Trenton though. In case you’re unaware, Trenton is high crime.
  • There are not many options for lunch unless you drive or walk a mile except for the ‘hole in the wall’ across from the archives. They have a deli and they make all kinds of sandwiches – perfect for lunch.
  • The Trenton NJ Archives does not allow you to bring in food or drink, you have to leave it in your locker.
  • Take more than 1 microfilm reel back to your viewer at a time to save yourself time.
  • An option that a lot of people aren’t aware of: If you come across a record that you cannot read (like if the mother’s maiden is too light or washed out), contact whomever is working the desk to see if they can read it. If they can’t, they will go downstairs and make you a copy of the original which is almost always more legible.
  • Keep in mind that the staff at the trenton nj archives are not allowed to do research for you, they can only assist you with record lookup. They can offer you advice on where to look for information you’re looking for but they are not going to do the work for you.
  • DO NOT assume a record doesn’t exist just because it’s not in their online searchable databases / index. There are thousands of records that have not been indexed. A lot of people assume that if it doesn’t turn up in the index that it doesn’t exist at the archives. Imagine how much valuable information you’d be missing out on.
  • When I first started going to the archives I looked for specific records… I had the most luck when I began pulling EVERY record for my surname.
  • Also look up variations of names. For example, one of my lines is Hubert but they also went by Hoover, Hoovert and Huber for whatever reason. I would miss out on a lot if I only looked for Hubert. I learned that another line of mine, Heady was also Heddy, Headdy, Hedden and Hadden, thanks to the archives.
  • If you have a smart phone that takes fairly decent photos, take a photo of your viewer screen, save paper. Prints cost about 30 to 50 cents each, keep that in mind when you’re printing. View the photo you take on your phone and zoom in to make sure all of the important parts are legible before you move onto the next record.

How to share DNA matches on AncestryDNA

Last year, AncestryDNA introduced a feature where you could share your DNA results with another Ancestry member. This allows any member you choose to view your Ethnicity profile and list of Matches. My username is “LewisHubert” without quotes.

  1. Select the AncestryDNA kit you want to share:
  2. When the page is done loading, click the Settings button:
  3. On the Settings page, scroll to the very bottom and click the Invite button:
  4. Enter the username you want to invite into the window that pops up and click the Send Invitation button:
  5. That’s it. The user will receive an email letting them know you’ve invited them and will then be able to sift through your AncestryDNA matches, etc.

Who was Solon Sisko?

Solon Sisko (b. abt 1800) lived with Samuel B Hubert and his family in 1860 in Roxbury, Morris, New Jersey. Based on what I know about Samuel, Solon could have just been a farm-hand… but Solon was also about 60 years old in 1860. Samuel and his wife Susan (Sinderbox) were 39 years old. Solon might have been more than a farm-hand.


Who was Uzal S Hancey?

Uzal was executor of Samuel B Hubert’s Will. He was also a farm-hand. He was a cousin of the Hubert’s but it was a distant connection, it may not have been known to them.

Who was Nathan Smith?

Living with Peter and Catherine in 1850 in Roxbury, Morris, New Jersey. A Nathan Smith also handled Peter’s Will.

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Newspaper articles for Shaw

Andrew Shaw and son, John, of this place attended the funeral of the former’s brother, Walter Shaw, of Bowlbyville, Sunday afternoon. Mr. Shaw had been ill for sometime.
April 12, 1928

Birth – Mr. & Mrs. Harold Shaw Jr., Kitchell road, Denville, and daughter, May 13, at St. Claire’s.
May 17, 1956

Newspaper articles for Reed

Hibernia – Mrs. William Jenkins and children have returned to their home in Paterson after a month’s visit with her mother, Mrs. James reed.
August 4, 1905

Mrs. Annie Reed visited Dover on Saturday.
August 4, 1905