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Historic Red Bank Walking Tours

We hold monthly Red Bank walking tours (excluding the hot summer months), so check in with our calendar to register for one! Or, if you'd rather take your own time, try our self-guided interactive walking tour below.

Historical Newspapers

Asbury Park Press

Title: Asbury Park Press
Dates of Publication: Published under various titles since 1879.
Format: Available in print, online and via microfilm.
Access:
1905-present available online via newspaper website. Access to issues prior to 1999 restricted to paid subscribers.
1898-present available on microfilm at the Asbury Park Public Library.
1908-present available on microfilm, 1999-present available via database at the Monmouth County Library. Must be on site or library cardholder for database access.
1968-present available on microfilm at the New Jersey State Library.
1992-2011 available on microfilm at the Red Bank Public Library.
2010-present available via searchable database at Brookdale Community College. Must be on campus or a student to use.

The Echo

The ECHO newspaper was published between 1904 and 1943, with publisher listed as Rock and Howard, originally in Long Branch, NJ and then, after 1910, in Red Bank, NJ.  It is described in Vol. 1, # 22, Jan. 12, 1095, as "Published weekly in the interest of the Negro Race," and "The oldest colored paper in New Jersey." The Red Bank Public Library holds a microfilm copy of holdings between 1904 and 1937.  Many issues are fragmented and damaged and the holdings are incomplete. With a grant in by Investors Foundation in 2017, the material was digitized and is now available on the Red Bank Public Library Web Site.  Click here to access the Echo/Express files online.

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The Mail & Express

Title: The Mail & Express Holdings: Mar 31, 1905-Apr 20, 1906 are available via microfilm at Red Bank Public Library. It is described as a Historical African-American-owned newspaper covering Red Bank area with Lewis O. Summersett listed as publisher.  With a grant in by Investors Foundation in 2017, the material was digitized and is now available on the Red Bank Public Library Web Site.  Click here to access the Echo/Express files online.

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Red Bank Register

Title: Red Bank Register
Dates of Publication: Published under various titles 1878-1991.
Format: Available online.
Access: Available via Red Bank Register Historical Newspapers (fully searchable).

Matawan Independent

Title: Matawan Independent
Dates of publication: Published since 1970.
Archival Holdings: 1972-2000.
Format: Available online.
Access: Archival issues available via Matawan Aberdeen Public Library website (fully searchable). The Independent is currently published weekly on Thursdays by Greater Media Inc. and can also be found online here.

Local History Room Links

Local History

Barefoot Yacht Club: Newsletters available online from the Rutgers Oral History Archives.
History of Long Branch: There are some sections devoted to Red Bank.
History of Red Bank on Wikipedia: Wikipedia is not an academic site but still worth a look.
Red Bank Bottlers: Before Prohibition, Red Bank was a big bottling town. Bottles are very collectible today.

T. Thomas Fortune House:
Brief information from Red Bank Borough website
Fortune biography from the Black Heritage Commemorative Society
T. Thomas Fortune House Project

Rumson
History of Rumson (1665 - 1944)

Historic New Jersey

NJ Digital Highway

Research Your Home

Genealogy

GENERAL GENEALOGY REFERENCE
American Ethnicity - Map of the population concentration by ethnicity.
Cyndi's List - Free access to hundreds of helpful websites.
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
Ellis Island
Family Search
Find a Grave - Grave locations and cemeteries.
Social Security Death Index

NEW JERSEY GENEALOGY REFERENCE & STATISTICS
Ancestry.com New Jersey Death Records, 1798-1971.
Kean University New Jersey History Research Guides
Monmouth County Archives Genealogy Research Guide
New Jersey Center for Health Statistics - Public health data analysis.
New Jersey State Archives - Searchable databases for New Jersey.
New Jersey State Department of Health - Archives - Contact this archives to obtain vital statistics from May 1848 to December 1913.
New Jersey State Department of Health - Vital Statistics - General information on where to find death certificates and other vital records after 1914.
New Jersey State Health Assessment Data - Births and deaths, public health datasets.

Obituaries

Asbury Park Press - 1999-present available online.
Monmouth County Library - Owns America's Obituaries database. Must be on site or cardholder to use.
Newark Star-Ledger
Red Bank Register - 1878-1991
Red Bank-Shrewsbury Patch - 2007-
Two River Times Sept. 1990-

Historical Newspapers

Title: Asbury Park Press
Dates of Publication: Published under various titles since 1879.
Format: Available in print, online and via microfilm.
Access:
1905-present available online via newspaper website. Access to issues prior to 1999 restricted to paid subscribers.
1898-present available on microfilm at the Asbury Park Public Library.
1908-present available on microfilm, 1999-present available via database at the Monmouth County Library. Must be on site or library cardholder for database access.
1968-present available on microfilm at the New Jersey State Library.
1992-2011 available on microfilm at the Red Bank Public Library.
2010-present available via searchable database at Brookdale Community College. Must be on campus or a student to use.

Title: The Echo
Holdings: Aug 18, 1904-Nov 20, 1937
Format: Available via microfilm at Red Bank Public Library.
Description: Historical African-American-owned newspaper covering Red Bank area.

Title: The Mail & Express
Holdings: Mar 31, 1905-Apr 20, 1906
Format: Available via microfilm at Red Bank Public Library.
Description: Historical African-American-owned newspaper covering Red Bank area.

Title: Red Bank Register
Dates of Publication: Published under various titles 1878-1991.
Format: Available online.
Access: Available via Red Bank Public Library website (fully searchable).

Title: Matawan Independent
Dates of publication: Published since 1970.
Archival Holdings: 1972-2000.
Format: Available online.
Access: Archival issues available via Matawan Aberdeen Public Library website (fully searchable). The Independent is currently published weekly on Thursdays by Greater Media Inc. and can also be found online here.

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