Excerpt from First Report of the Public Record Commission of New Jersey, 1899
The undersigned, having been appointed by the Governor, July, 1897, the Public Record Commission authorized by Chap ter 105, of the Laws of 1897, entitled An Act in relation to pub lic records in this State, approved April 9, 1897, respectfully re port to your Excellency: Although the Eastern add Western Divisions of New Jer sey were united into one Province, under a Royal Governor, in 1702, each Division retained its own capital, at Perth Amboy and Burlington, respectively, where the records relating to each were kept, and where the Legislature held alternate sessions, as a rule. When the seat of government of the State of New Jersey was located at Trenton, by act of the Legislature passed November 25, I 790, the records of conveyances and of wills were transferred from Burlington and Perth Amboy to Trenton, as soon as proper quarters were provided for them at the new capital.
The records of warrants and surveys were retained in the offices of the Registers of East and West Jersey, respectively, at Perth Amboy and Burlington.
The records of the early government, as far as they have been preserved in New Jersey, are principally in the books Of Patents, Deeds and Commissions, in the Secretary of State's Office, at Trenton. The same books also contain the earliest records Of conveyances of lands in New Jersey. They also in elude a great variety of matter. A brief description of these rec ords is appended to this report, embracing notes of some of the entries to be found in these ancient volumes. It is apparent that a thorough analytical index of the first eight or ten books would be of the greatest interest and value.
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