Place Codes for NJ Vital Records

New Jersey researchers owe a debt of gratitude to the good folks at Reclaim the Records for obtaining the NJ marriage indices and uploading them to the Internet Archive. The indices are accessible for free, and cover almost all of the years from 1901-2016.

Ignore the fifth digit in the place code column. The location is identified by the first four digits.

Ignore the fifth digit in the place code column. The location is identified by the first four digits.

Some researchers have been stumped by how to decode the location codes on the indices, however. For later years, the index provides the names of both the bride and groom, the marriage certificate number, the marriage date, and a four-digit code for the place where the marriage occurred. Unfortunately, these codes don’t seem to be available online anywhere.

To help other researchers, I’ve created a PDF file with the NJ location codes for vital records (click link to download the file). You are free to download this file and use it to decode the marriage indices. It’s fully searchable, so you can type the code number into your search function and quickly identify the town where the marriage occurred. These codes were also used on death records, so some of the locations (like the NJ State Prison) may seem like an odd place to hold a wedding.

Just to make things more confusing (because we’re New Jersey), some years use a five-digit code. The location is identified by only the first four digits of this five-digit number. In the example I’ve illustrated here, the location listed as 0451(4) is Mount Ephraim in Camden County.

Happy searching!

 

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