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Archives & Special Collections: Genealogy Research Requests

Genealogy Research Requests

Guide for Genealogy Research Requests


1.  Records up to 1930 are available for genealogy research.  Records after 1930 are closed for privacy reasons.  


2.  The fee for research assistance by our staff is $40.00 per hour, payable in advance to Seton Hall University Archives. We waive the first hour as a courtesy (this policy is subject to change at the Library's discretion).  If additional time is needed, the researcher will be notified in advance. 


3.  Researchers are requested to provide specific information (such as names and possible variant spellings, dates, name of church, etc.  The latter is imperative as records can only be accessed by parish or cemetery.) A concise list of this information will enable research to be conducted in the most efficient manner.  If it is known in advance that a research question is beyond our scope, the researcher will be so notified, and any payment returned.


4.  Requests are handled in the order of arrival; turn-around time will average 3 weeks, depending on your request.


5.  Researchers are welcome to visit the Archives in person, by appointment, to access genealogy collections free of charge.  Reservations can be made by calling (973) 761-9476.  You may also access these records though the various Latter Day Saints Family History Centers throughout the country.  A list of such centers is available on their website,