State Research Guide: New Jersey
11/1/2008
Nurture your Garden State family tree with these fruitful research resources.

New Jersey's Garden State nickname may seem an anomaly to some, what with towns such as Trenton and Paterson driving the Industrial Revolution of the 1800s, and the surrounding East Coast “BosWash” megalopolis triggering the state's 1900s suburban boom.

Even the state government says there's “no definitive explanation for New Jersey's nickname.” Perhaps it's the early farms, the southern interior's wooded Pine Barrens, the northeastern Meadowlands or the flowerbeds in all those neighborhood backyards. Or just maybe it's the potential for your New Jersey family tree to grow like a weed — thanks to the resources we'll show you.