SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Clerk’s Office in the county Administration Building at 20 Grove St., will provide visitors with historical documents and records during the annual Weekend Journey through the Past. on Saturday, Oct. 12th.

The Clerk’s Office will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for residents who want to:

- explore historical records and documents;

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- investigate local heritage through naturalization records;

- reflect on slave-era birth and manumission records;

- discover the world by applying for a U.S. passport;

- look to the future and get sworn in as a Junior Clerk.

“I’m excited to participate in this year’s Weekend Journey to the Past,” said County Clerk Steve Peter, “There are many historical documents here that link our residents to their past.  Some of the history is fun, such as finding family naturalization records.  Some of it is sobering, such as learning about slavery in Somerset County.  As a keeper of public records, I feel it is important that all of Somerset’s diverse history is available for us to learn from.”

Office hours are normally 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Wednesday evenings, office hours are extended until 6 p.m.  The office is also open on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

The Clerk’s Office records land records and related legal documents that deal with land situated in Somerset County.  It is also responsible for administering the oath to notaries public, processing passport applications and recording trade/business name certificates. Military discharges are filed at the county Clerk’s Office, which also issues identification cards for veterans and Gold Start parents. The County Clerk’s Office also files sub-division maps and receives petitions. It designs sample ballots, machine ballots and vote-by-mail ballots for elections. And it issues vote-by-mail ballots, certificates of elections and tabulates election returns.  

For more information, contact Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter at (908) 231-7013 or CountyClerk@co.somerset.nj.us.