The Ocean County Compendium of  History
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Click on the photo above to read select stories about Ocean County Fires

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The Ocean County Newspaper
Digitization Preservation Project




We are currently in the process of digitizing many of Ocean County's newspaper archives, which will yield many of the resources needed to
bring you new articles.


This process will likely take many months to complete, which means that
our content will not be updated as often as we would like, so please bear with us as we work through this very important historical project.

As we approach our 2nd anniversary online, the OCCH would like to thank everyone who has helped to make this website a success.  We have had much helpful feedback and have even connected with several people related to some of the stories presented here and it is our pleasure to continue to do so!


Please visit our
Facebook Page for more Ocean County History
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The Photographic Survey of Ocean County



Over the course of 2012 the OCCH embarked on a project to photograph Ocean County north to south and east to west. 

The bulk of that project was completed, but unfortunately just as the we moved to Long Beach Island area, Super Storm Sandy hit and destroyed much of what was left to photograph.  As a result the photographic survey was put on hold until our county recuperates and rebuilds. 

Fortunately, the survey was completed from the southern tip of Island Beach State Park to Point Pleasant, much of which was destroyed by the storm, leaving us a photographic record of Island Beach, Seaside Park, Seaside Heights, and the boardwalk, Ortley Beach, Lavallette, Normandy Beach, Mantoloking, Bay Head, and Point Pleasant Beach.

Please click the link above to view some of those photographs.

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Welcome to the OCCH!

Welcome to the Ocean County Compendium of History (OCCH).  Here you will find the history of Ocean County, New Jersey as told through stories and photographs shared by those who have lived here both past and present.  This site will be posting those stories on a continuing basis, and will serve as the compendium for all things Ocean County.  Simply click on the Ocean County Stories link to access our article archive.

Since its founding in 1850, Ocean County has amassed a vast history that includes local, state, national, and international interests.  Prior to its incorporation, Ocean County was part of Monmouth County, so you will also find history dating back to colonial times, as well as contemporary happenings.

We're Just Getting Started

The OCCH was launched on February 26, 2011, and is expected to grow
rather quickly as new articles are written and published on the website,
so please visit us often.

The Compendium is free to use, and will be home to many different facets of useful information that among others will include:

  • Comprehensive articles on Ocean & Monmouth County history
  • Photographs & Other Images
  • The Ocean & Monmouth County Cemetery Projects
  • US & State Censuses
  • Genealogy Sources & Information
  • Public Domain Sources
  • Free Obituary & Memorial pages
  • Oral Histories
  • Films & Documentaries
  • Contemporary News Desk
  • Houses of Worship Directory
  • Musicians' Registry
  • Ocean County Business Directory

Writing for the OCCH

We are always looking for writers to add to our historical archives, so please contact us if you are interested in participating in that process.  Please visit our Become a Writer page for more information on how to become a writer for the Ocean County Compendium of History.

Notice of Copyright ©

All content found on this website and all of its individual web pages are owned by Steven J. Baeli.  Images are taken from various sources with permission, and articles are generally written by our own writers using proper citations from various sources as allowed by law.  Occasionally other work not written by OCCH writers is used in part or in full with permission of the author.

If you believe that you are the rightful owner of a particular image, or believe that your copyrighted work has been improperly displayed on this website, please contact us
Such articles and images in part or in whole that are used without permission was done so unintentionally, and will be removed with our apologies once proper evidence of ownership is provided.
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