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Archives & Special Collections: Genealogy Research Requests

Genealogy Research Requests

Guide for Research Requests


1.  Fee for a one-hour basic search is $40.00, payable in advance to Seton Hall University Archives. If additional time is needed, the researcher will be notified in advance, as an additional fee or fees may be required. The first five photocopies are included in the basic fee; additional copies will be charged at the rate of $.25 per page.

If you wish to pay by check, please print the Mail Genealogy Research Request form [see below], and mail it to us with a check made payable to Seton Hall University Archives. If you wish to pay online by credit card, fill out the Electronic Genealogy Research Request form [see below]. After you submit the form, Archives staff will contact you with a link to our online payment site.  


2.  Researchers are requested to provide specific information (such as names and possible variant spellings, dates, name of church, etc.  The latter in 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.


3.  Staffing is extremely limited.  Requests are handled in the order of arrival; turn-around time will average 3 weeks.


4.  Researchers should be aware that the collection used most frequently for research is the Archdiocese of Newark Microfilm Collection - Sacramental Records on Microfilm.  Although this collection can be searched by research request, researchers are welcome to visit the Archives in person, by appointment, to access this collection.  Reservations can be made by calling (973) 761-9476.  You may also access this same collection though the various LDS (Mormon) Family History Centers throughout the country.  A list of such centers is available on their website,, or you can link with it through