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Real Estate/Property Records

The Sussex County Clerk's Office records and archives for public inspection those documents that record the transfer of real property within the county, including but not limited to: deeds, mortgages and mortgage-related documents, construction liens, federal tax liens, UCCs, vacations of roads, sub-division and wetlands maps. Use the Recording Services menu (right) to access information on real estate/property related matters.

In recent years, the Clerk's Office has implemented many changes to its records management practices, taking advantage of new technology and innovations to better meet the needs of its public. Most of the deed and mortgage documents on record at the Clerk's Office have been digitally scanned and are now available electronically. As of July 2009 deed, mortgage, and map records from 1950 to present are available electronically in our Records Room or are searchable remotely via the Internet. Lien documents are available electronically from 2007 forward.

Land records are searchable by the property owner's last name. Click here to conduct an Electronic Records Search.

 

Genealogical/Historical Documents

In addition, our Records Room provides an array of invaluable older records for public viewing, including deed documents dating back to 1785, as well as births and manumissions of slaves; court records from 1760; officers oaths from 1753; various maps; freeholder meeting minutes from 1753; road returns from 1764; naturalizations from 1808 through 1987; marriages from 1795 through the mid 1850s; and corporations (churches, schools and libraries) from 1822 — many records of which frequently referenced by genealogists.

Additional sources of information for genealogists include:

  • Sussex County Library, 125 Morris Tpke, Newton, NJ 07860 (973-948-3660).
  • The History of Sussex & Warren Counties (written by James P Snell, published in 1881 and recently republished); available at the Sussex County Library.
  • Sussex County Historical Society, 82 Main St., Newton, NJ 07860 (direct mail to: PO Box 913, Newton, NJ 07860); open Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Chinkchewunska Chapter (D.A.R.), Rte 23, Sussex, NJ 07461