The Jersey Journal has been published in Jersey City since 1867. The library has the
Jersey Journal on microfilm from May 2, 1867 up to the current date. This paper was
originally known as the Evening Journal adopting its current name in 1910. This newspaper
has the most extensive coverage of the Hudson County area.
The Hudson Dispatch was published in Union City (formerly Union Hill), NJ. It's primary
area of coverage is northern Hudson County such as Union City, Weehawken, West New York,
and North Bergen, but they also have obituaries for other areas in the county. The library
has this newspaper on microfilm for the periods of Oct. 30, 1900 to Feb. 17, 1933 and July
1, 1950- to April 6, 1991 at which time the paper was merged into the Jersey Journal. The
library also has bound copies of the Dispatch for the period February 1930 to June 1950.
These issues are in a deteriorating condition and cannot be photocopied.
The Observer published in Hoboken, NJ starting as the Observer 1904 to 1910; the Hudson Observer 1911 to 1924; and then as the Jersey Observer until its merger into the Jersey Journal in November 1951. The library has the Observer on microfilm for the period October 1, 1904 until November 17, 1951.
Hudson County Highlight: Hoboken's most famous native son, Frank Sinatra, once worked at The Observer and had plans to become a sports writer.
In addition to their collection the library also has a unique index to certain obituaries and news stories in the Jersey Journal and Hudson Dispatch. There is an incomplete index to the obituaries appearing in the Journal and Dispatch for the following period: 1940, 1941, the 1930's, and the 1960s and 1970s. There is also an incomplete name index to names appearing in news stories of the Jersey Journal.
I can research and provide you with copies of obituaries or news stories of your ancestors where you are able to provide an exact date of the death or event for the fee of $10.00 per obituary. I will also research the index for your family name of each request and provide you a record of any other listings. I cannot do searches where an exact date is not known. If you do not know the exact date of death, I will search the index and provide the story, if found. If a listing is not found, I will credit you for an obituary search for up to one year.
Please Note: I cannot do searches where an exact date is not known. I cannot guarantee success in finding your article; my fee is based on research time, not results. There are occasional individual gaps in the coverage for missing or damaged newspapers.
Send email to me at: Bob Murgittroyd
Regular mail to: Bob Murgittroyd, 135 Irving Street, Jersey City, NJ 07307
The New Jersey Room of the Jersey City Library is located at 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306. Phone: 201-547-4510.