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  • Website: http://www.plainfieldlibrary.info/
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  • Phone: 908-757-1111 x 132
  • Fax: 908-757-0063
  • Address: 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060, USA, New Jersey, Plainfield
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The Plainfield Public Library Local History Collection, the largest in Union County, is composed of books, documents, photographs, blueprints, maps, newspapers, personal papers, and local organizations' records of significance in Plainfield and the surrounding communities. In addition to County and State histories, the library also has significant publications on the American Revolution and the Civil War. Our genealogy collection provides one of the library's wealthiest resources, concentrating on New Jersey county, state and regional families. Frequently used sources include genealogies of single families and collective biographies, as well as biographical indexes. Reference material covers emigrants and Mayflower descendants, published DAR records, and biographies of New Jersey residents. Searches are also possible by category of persons or by ethnic group, such as with Guide to Tracing Your African American Civil War Ancestor. The Local History department holds an extensive collection of genealogical journals and periodicals, as well as the historical local newspaper collection. The collection includes coverage of New Jersey, New York, and New England as well as parts of Pennsylvania and Maryland. The Plainfield Collection contains city directories dating back to the 1870s, high school yearbooks back to 1906, family histories, personal papers & manuscripts, organization records as well as books that detail the cultural, social and historical aspects of life in Plainfield. There is also in progress a Courier News Obituary Index from obituaries that were published in the Courier News between the mid-1920s to the mid-1980s.

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