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City Guide: Newark, NJ
Trace your ancestors in Newark, NJ, with this genealogy guide to the city.
Newark—New Jersey’s largest city and the seat of Essex County—has a long history as a vibrant industrial hub that attracted our ancestors through the centuries. While many have departed the Gateway City for points farther west, genealogical riches remain. Treasure-filled records document residents from the earliest Puritan settlers to 20th-century immigrants—and we’ll help you find them.

Developing history

Puritans from Connecticut founded Newark in 1666, initially calling it the New Plantation of New Ark. Newark received township status in 1693 and a royal charter in 1713. The New Jersey legislature incorporated Newark as a township in 1798 and a city April 11, 1836.
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