New Jersey Biographical Index

covering some 100,000 biographies and associated portraits in 237 New Jersey cyclopedias, histories, yearbooks, periodicals, and other collective biographical sources published to about 1980


Author: Sinclair, Donald A.
Publication Date: 1993
Reprint Date: 2002
Pages: 859 pp.
ISBN: 9780806313894


A massive work–forty years in the making–there’s never been a reference book like this for the state of New Jersey. The 100,000 biographies recorded by Mr. Sinclair, were extracted from no fewer than 2,000 volumes scattered among collective sources, not single-volume biographies. This fact alone establishes this book as the key reference work for New Jersey biography. It hardly needs to be said that Mr. Sinclair’s book will prove to be an invaluable tool for genealogists given the obvious connection between biography and family history, as well as the fact that a number of the compiler’s 237 sources contain not only biographies but genealogical sketches.

The subject of each entry in the Index is identified by his full name and his years of birth and death. Following the subject’s name, his biography is cited in abbreviated form, the publication in which it appears, with volume and page numbers, designated by a code which is displayed with the list of sources at the front of the book.

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