Databases & Collections

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Civil War Veterans Buried in G.A.R. Memorial Plot in Bayview-New York Bay Cemetery, Jersey City

Transcription of Burial Index for interments in G.A.R. Memorial Plot, Gilliam Van Houten Post No. 3, 94 Belmont Avenue, Jersey City

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Hudson County WWII First Round Draftees

Index of nearly 170 young men from Hudson County New Jersey drawn in the first round draft lottery in 1940

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West New York Memorial High School Yearbook "The Humanist"

Names of graduates from West New York Memorial High School in the 1920s have been indexed in this database. Currently the June 1922 and January 1923 graduates have been indexed.

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Union City Deaths 1936-1946 (1880-1951)

This database includes 326 names and death dates of individuals who died in the Union City vicinity between 1936 and 1946, although there are also some entries from the early part of the century. Information was obtained from the "Journal Registers of Charles L. McCarthy, Sr.", a Union City police officer of the period. Provided by James M. Miller (Great Grandson of Charles L McCarthy Sr)

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Collections

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.

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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.

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Roster of the 82nd Illinois Volunteers

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.

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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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In Progress

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:

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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

*Julius H. Steiner was a photographer located at 77 Newark Ave from 1884-1887. Business taken over by Harry J. Steiner 1887-1894. Source: Gary Saretzky's Hudson County Photographer's Database.

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

*Sigmund Fichtel was listed at 46 Bloomfield, Hoboken from 1885-1889. From 1894-1900 he was located at 126 Bergenline Ave, Union Hill, NJ. Source: Gary Saretzky's Hudson County Photographer's Database.