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BOLGER HERITAGE CENTER for Local History & Genealogy

Welcome to the Bolger Heritage Center. We have many resources to help you research the history of Ridgewood and its surrounding areas, as well as Genealogical resources for tracing your ancestry. Please browse our links, and come visit the Center at the Library on the second floor.
Hours | Contact Us


Access to Photographs, Postcards, Manuscripts, Objects, and Books
For More Information and Search Hints click here


Chamber of Commerce Proposal, 1945 | Report of the Special Advisory Committee on Parking, 1967

Ridgewood Parking and Traffic Study, 1971 | Village of Ridgewood Parking Study, 2002


Bolger Heritage Center Facebook Page

Guide to the Local History Collection | Guide to Genealogical Resources

Bergen County Maps | Newspaper Archives | Genealogical Periodicals | Ridgewood City Directories
Guide to Genealogy CDs
| Church, Cemetery, and Vital Records | Researching a Ridgewood House
Bergen County Research Checklist | Interlibrary Loan for Genealogists | Guide for Beginning Genealogists
Free access to the New York Times 1851-1923, 1980-present

Online Genealogy Databases in the BCCLS Libraries
Please email updates to heritagecenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org
Trial: Jersey Journal, 1867-1922 Send feedback to heritagecenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org

NEW: Bergen County Maps Digitized
Ridgewood Men & Women Lost in Service | Bergen County History: Resources for Teachers | Full-Text Books Online


Proquest Historical New York Times is no longer available through BCCLS
Images of articles and obits from 1851-1923 are available through the New York Times .
Text of articles and obits from 1980 to present is available through BCCLS: Proquest National Newspapers Expanded.
Access to articles and obits from 1923-1980 requires a personal subscription to the New York Times.



See programs listed above.

To be notified about history programs at the Library, email heritagecenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org

Varian Fry: A Ridgewood Hero
Fry rescued over 2,000 people from the Nazis. He grew up in Ridgewood.

Great Seal of NJ Statue

Treasures from the Collections

Special Topics in Local History
The Liberty Bazaar, Floods, Wastena Park, and more

EXHIBIT: Ridgewood Room Celebrating 90th Anniversary of the opening of the George L. Pease Memorial Library

History of the Village of Ridgewood
From the first deed in 1698 to the present
More Ridgewood History

Ridgewood Men & Women Lost in Service

NEIGHBORHOODS: Floral Park | Gateway Estates | Rambling Brook Estates | Brookside | Scrabbletown | Heights | Glen Acres | The Lawns | Paramus Point | Prospect/Woodside | Salem Ridge | Upper Ridgewood



Genealogical Society of Bergen County
A partner of the Ridgewood Public Library
Bergen County Genealogy | New Jersey Genealogy
Genealogy Web Sites | Guide to Full-Text Books Online

Databases for use in the Library
Ancestry.com, World Vital Records, American Ancestors



Genealogical Classes

To register visit the Reference Desk at the Library or register and pay online by clicking here.

Genealogical Society of Bergen County

Meetings are the 4th Monday of each month in the Auditorium at the Library. All are welcome.


Guides to Printing from the Genealogy Databases
and Using the ALOS Microfilm Reader/Printers

Printing from AncestryLE
Using the ALOS Microfilm Reader/Printers

Index to the NJ State Census for Selected Bergen County Towns


Communicating with Heritage Center staff is always helpful before a visit. You know what to expect and we can prepare for your visit. Call 201-670-5600, x 135 OR email heritagecenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org

Advance planning is required for MAPS, ARCHIVES, RIDGEWOOD HOUSE HISTORY RESEARCH, help with ANCESTRY LE.

NO advance planning is required for use of genealogy databases (on your own), books, periodicals, and cds in the Bolger Heritage Center, or for use of any of our resources on microfilm (newspapers, NJ State Census for Bergen County, Ridgewood city directories).

  • Use the BCCLS catalog to find books in the Bolger Heritage Center (identified as HERITAGE REF, NJ REF, LOCAL HISTORY REF, OR GENEALOGY REF)
  • Use the HERITAGE CATALOG to find books that are not in the BCCLS catalog AND photos, postcards, and archives. If a book has a call number it is usually available at all times. All other items require advance planning.

Reference assistance is generally available during the day and on Monday nights. Some Saturday hours availaBLe as well. Please call ahead for an appointment.

Genealogical Assistance Available from Volunteers of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County. Patron Assistant Calendar

Access to the Heritage Center The Heritage Center is open during all Library hours for unassisted use. If the room is locked, see the Reference Librarian.


A Walk Through Historical Ridgewood INCLUDES: Walking Tour Pamphlet
Award-winning DVD Featuring: Bill Carbone, Peggy Norris, Joe Suplicki, and Art Wrubel

Available for purchase at the Library Reference Desk for $5 or purchase online for $11 (includes shipping and handling).

After paying for the DVD you must email (skiefer@ridgewoodlibrary.org) or call Sarah Kiefer (201-670-5600, x 135) to complete your order.


ARROW: Ridgewood High School Yearbooks WANTED

The Local History Archives is seeking donations of the Arrow from the following years to complete our goal of having 3 copies for each year: 1912, 1915, 1934, 1966, 1972, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1993, 1997, 2011, 2013, 2014

The Local History Archives has the Arrow from 1908 to 2014.

Hours: The Reference area of the Heritage Center is open all the hours of the Library. For research assistance please contact the Center before you come.
Contact Us: Bolger Heritage Center, Ridgewood Public Library, 125 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 201-670-5600, x 135 heritagecenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org