We are planning a trip to New Jersey for Kealy / Sturges research.
My great-great grandfather Edward (or Edmund) Kealy came from somewhere in Ireland in 1801, and married Susan Sturges in Bergen, NJ Christmas Eve, 1808. Her sister Elizabeth was married at the time to Hugh Suydam, whose friendship followed throughout the census files and other records as neighbors in Upper NY over to Michigan via Erie Canal.
We have visited NY and NJ on several occasions (we live on the West Coast) and found the genealogical folks at New Jersey Historical Society 52 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102-4302 most helpful as we searched their archives in their clean and well-maintained facility.
We will investigate more of the Sturges in Connecticut on our next trip, as her family had been here several generations before she met and married Edward Kealy.
We also found: Edmund listed as naturalized US citizen KEELY, Edmund, Age 24 / 9 years & 8 mos. in U.S., wife & 2 sons, NYC, currier (20-25 July, 1812) - means he arrived in US Dec, 1801 at age 14 and married at age 20. British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812 compiled by Kenneth Scott .
At the War of 1812, all immigrants not naturalized had to sign a document foregoing allegiance to the crown or be deported, so there are various places to find documentation of those pre-Ellis Island Immigrants.
Please contact me off list if we can swap information. Paul Kealy