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Research Center

Home to Many Stories of Ocean County

jg_strickler2.jpg Welcome to the Richard L. Strickler Research Center,
an invaluable source of information on the history
of Ocean County.
Please choose a link:
Genealogy Holdings
Ocean County Family Names
Research Requests
Genealogy Web Links
Photograph Requests
Digital Camera Policy

We’re open from 1:00-4:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and the first Saturday of the month. Contact us at or at 732-341-1880.

We currently have a catalog of more than 8,000 volumes. We also have a large collection of historic documents, maps, cemetery records, census data, and Ocean County newspapers dating back to 1852. Our holdings include records on over 500 families.

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Guidelines for Visiting

We are open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1-4 PM and the first Saturday of the month from 1-4 PM. (If you’re traveling a distance, give us a call to confirm.)

If you are not an OCHS member, there is a daily fee of $2.00 to use the Research Center.

Kindly sign the guest book each time you visit.

Tote bags, backpacks, or carrying cases are not permitted.

Patrons are asked to use pencil only.

The reference staff will retrieve and re-file all materials for you.

Only one box or family file is permitted on the table at a time.

Use care in handling research materials. Do not mark, bend, or lean on them. Patrons may be asked to wear gloves when handling sensitive materials.

Keep items in the order in which they were found.

Materials cannot be borrowed or checked out.

Laptop computers are allowed; however, we do not provide electrical outlets or Internet service.

Should you require photocopies, the reference staff will make them for you for a fee of .10 each (members) or .25 each (non-members). Be aware that some items may be too fragile for copying.

Handheld scanners are permitted under the same conditions that apply to digital cameras. Please refer to the Use of Digital Cameras policy for rules and fees.

With the exception of the various OCHS committee members and paid staff, no one is permitted to use the Research Center collections during off hours.

Food and beverages are not permitted.

Please refrain from using a cell phone in the Research Center.

We welcome your visit and hope to see you soon.