The Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society has a growing number of collections of photographs, family histories and documents. Some will be made available to the public, others are only available to HCGHS members.
Civil War Pension File of Emanuel J. Reichhelm
Emanuel J. Reichhelm was enlisted as a Chaplain in the 82nd Regiment Illinois Volunteers in the Civil War and after discharge applied for a disability pension. In later years he was a resident of Uniontown, Hudson County, NJ and died years after his pension application was rejected and numerous appeals. It is a fascinating look into the detailed process required to apply for a Civil War disability pension.
This collection of documents obtained from the National Archives was donated by David C. Bailey, Sr., Naperville, IL toThe Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society on 3/4/2010. The collection is not currently indexed but individual images may be browsed.
Civil War Veterans Buried in Hudson County
The Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society now has access to a series of grave registration records for Civil War veterans who were buried in Hudson County, New Jersey.
The Descendants of Jacob Wallingen Van Winkle
In January 2008, a series of 18x24 hand-drawn pedigree charts were donated to The Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society by Mary Beth Hansbury, whose stepfather, George Van Winkle Kelly, commissioned a professional researcher to compile the descendants of Jacob Wallingen Van Winkle.
Jacob Wallingen (b. 1599 d. 17 Aug 1657), the progenitor of the Van Winkle family in the USA came from the village of Winkel, Holland and according to the custom of that country became known by the name of Jacob Wallingen Van Winkle ("van" signifying "from"). He sailed from Hoorn, Holland in 1634 with his wife Trintje Jacobs and arrived at New Amsterdam (New York) in June 1635. He was a member of "The Twelve Men", the advisory council to Gov. Kieft August 29, 1641, the first representative body in New Netherland.
The charts are based on the original Van Winkle family tree drawn by Daniel Van Winkle (1839-1919) and contain many well-known Hudson County families including: Van Winkle, Winne, Marcellus, Waldron, Sip, Van Vorst, Brinkerhoff, Vreeland, Van Newkirk, Sickles, Paulus, Ackerman and others.
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N.A.R.A. Films Acquired by The Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society
Acquired in October 2011, these microfilms are on loan to The New Jersey Room at The Jersey City Free Public Library. They are listed by “Series” numbers and are located in a cabinet in The New Jersey Room. Please visit the New Jersey Room and speak with a library representative for assistance.
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The collections below are in the process of being digitized, indexed and cataloged and will be available in the future.
Emil J. Rohner Family Collection
Emil J. ROHNER was born 14 Mar 1918 the son of Emil and Olga ROHNER and were residents of North Bergen and West Hoboken. Emil Jr. enlisted as a private in the Army at Fort Dix, NJ. He served with the Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) during World War II. During the War, Emil's parents were fastidious collectors of newspaper clippings not only about their son, but also other residents of North Bergen. This collection contains dozens of newspaper clippings, photos and other ephemera saved by the ROHNERs and provides a glimpse into life on the North Bergen homefront during the World War II.
Currently Items 1 (part), 2, 7 of 11 have been scanned and posted online:
Professor Joseph D. Rosa Collection
A collection of letters, photos and postcards of and to Joseph D. Rosa, a native of Aviglione, Italy who settled in Kearny, NJ. Born on 12 October 1873, Joseph D. Rosa immigrated to America on 24 September 1902 aboard the Sardigna sailing from Naples. Founder of the Italian School of Cutting & Designing and the International School of Italian Tailors and Cutters, he was a sought-after tailor and taught his methods in both New York, New Jersey and Italy. The collection spans roughly 1939-1956 and includes many letters in Italian and English, photos, postcards and even a short anti-Mussolini propaganda booklet Rosa wrote in support of the United States War effort.
The collection was donated by Ann Stephens who purchased the items. The collection was donated to The Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society on November 1, 2010.
Miscellaneous Obituaries of Hudson County Residents
A small collection of obituaries saved and donated to The Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society by Mrs. Eleanor Evans Borkenhagen of Huntington Beach, CA on 12/8/2009.
Photos of Hudson County Persons
Photo of Thomas MADDEN taken at J.H. Steiner Studio, Jersey City, NJ. Mounted on postcard stock. (ca. 1884-1887*)
Purchased at auction and donated toThe Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society by Shelley Cardiel of Kirkland, WA on 6/25/2010
Photo of Eddie TURNER taken at S. Fichtel Studio, 47 First Street, Hoboken, NJ. Back of photo written in pencil "Eddie Turner, Ira's cousin." Mounted on postcard stock. (ca. 1885-1889*)
Purchased at auction and donated to The Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society by Shelley Cardiel of Kirkland, WA on 7/27/2010