Welcome to Cape May County New Jersey Genealogy Research



  


  
 
 
 




 
 My name is Bob Jenkins
and I created this website to provide genealogy
 information and links to genealogy information  to assist people in researching
 their Cape May County New Jersey ancestors.

 I would appreciate any contribution that you would like to make  to this site:
 biographies, obituaries, birth, marriage, death info,  grave info, photographs....etc

 
  
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 Brief History:

 
Cape May County is the southernmost county in the U.S. state of New Jersey.
 Much of the county is located on the Cape May Peninsula, bounded by the Delaware Bay to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean
 to the south and east. Adjacent to the Atlantic coastline are five barrier islands that have been built up as seaside resorts.
 Before the county was settled by Europeans, the indigenous Kechemeche tribe of the Lenape people inhabited South Jersey.
 Beginning in 1609, European explorers purchased land from, and contributed to the decline of, the indigenous people. The
 county was named for Cornelius Jacobsen Mey, a Dutch captain who explored and charted the area from 1620 to 1621, and
 established a claim for the province of New Netherland. In 1685, the court of Cape May County was split from neighboring
 Burlington County, although the  boundaries were not set until seven years later. In 1690, Cape May (originally known as
 Cape Island) was founded, becoming America's oldest seaside resort.














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