Welcome to the Berrien Family Genealogical Website
About the this Website

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This web site focuses primarily on the descendants of Judge John Berrien of Rocky Hill, New Jersey. I'm not a genealogist. I have tried to hire a professional genealogist, once. None were available. So, I decided to try it myself. I've combine several sources from the New Jersey State archives and made the connection between my part of the family and the research already done. My personal research extended to William son of Thomas of Rocky Hill, NJ. On the Generation pages my lineage is at the top of each page.

While researching, I've discovered some mistakes in family records. Of course, my focus was on a small part of a much larger picture. The mistake I found is what ties my part of the family with the rest of the Berrien's. My great-grandfather (Scudder A. Berrien) was mistaken for his uncle or at least his name (Isaac Scudder Berrien). And that his son George was his Fifth child, not his only child. This oversight may be due to the fact that two cards were used in the 1850 census and George being the youngest child, appears alone on the second card. "Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer County, New Jersey" and again in "A Genealogical History of the Berrien Family" by E. Renee Heiss.

Once I accepted and had proof, that this was just a mistake, the rest of the information in these books where a invaluable source. Also, used for reference "Newtown Annuals" by James Riker.

Of course, I searched those Genealogy web sites that want you to join their service and make you pay separately for every category they can come up with. I didn't get a whole lot of usefully information for my basic membership fee. And hopefully with this site up you wouldn't have to go there.

If your looking into your family's past and your last name is "Berrien or Berrian" there's a good chance that we are related. Thanks in large part to Cornelius Jansen Berrien being the only Berrien to come to America.

I don't list some references, please refer to the sources I've mentioned above. All calculated birth and death dates are shown in years only. I don't consider this site to be complete or perfect by any means.

The majority of information on this site is referenced from the research of E. Renee Heiss and her contributors "A Genealogical History of the Berrien Family". I've found this source to be the most complete record of the Berrien Family and would highly recommend buying this book (if you can find it) I've been informed by Mrs. Heiss that the book is no longer available but that she is making a CD-ROM and will be selling it through her website. http://home.comcast.net/~renee2181/Berrien_genealogy.htm
Here is her address renee2181@comcast.net

Thank you for taking an interest.
Dennis K. Berrien

If you know of any information that might aid this site or have any questions, please contact me. My hope is to keep the history of our family alive and available, to anyone that may be interested.


Last updated on March 21, 2004