Partner with the Genealogical Society of Bergen County
The Archives has over 100 cataloged photographs and 150 postcards. These are indexed and can be viewed, printed, and downloaded using the Heritage CATalog. They are mostly pictures of downtown Ridgewood but include some houses, streetscapes, and other scenes.
Picturesque Ridgewood, 1898
Ridgewood Past and Present, 1916
The History of a Village, 1964
Celebrating a Centennial: A History of Ridgewood , New Jersey, 1994
Ridgewood: Images of America,1999
For more titles, see catalogs or browse shelf.
We have Ridgewood and Bergen County newspapers on microfilm (2nd floor):
Bergen Record 1970-2013 microfilm
Ridgewood newspapers 1891-2012 microfilm
Early Bergen County newspapers 1858-1938 microfilm
Click here if you have an obituary request.
Hopkins-Corey Map of Bergen and Passaic Counties, 1861. ON DISPLAY
New York-Palisades Map, 1867. CALL AHEAD
Walker's Atlas of Bergen County, 1876. Reprint: HERITAGE REF 917.4921 WAL Original: CALL AHEAD
Millar's Directory Street Map, 1897. HERITAGE REF 974.922 MIL
Ridgewood Assessment Map, 1908. CALL AHEAD
Ridgewood Assessment Map, 1913. CALL AHEAD
Bromley Atlas , 1913: Index in Heritage Catalog. To view atlas CALL AHEAD
Ridgewood Assessment Map, 1925. CALL AHEAD
Ridgewood Assessment Map, 1969, Sheets 13-50. CALL AHEAD
Ridgewood Assessment Maps. On Village Website
To view any of the maps please make an appointment with the Local History Librarian: email or call 201-670-5600 x135
To view Rutgers University digital collection of NJ maps, click here.
To view online Bergen County Maps, click here.
Newspapers, programs, manuscripts, etc.
The Local History Archives has a collection of newspaper clippings, programs, manuscripts, town publications, etc. Use the Heritage Catalog as an index and make an appointment to view the item in our collection or on microfilm.
Millar's Directory for the Village of Ridgewood, 1897, photocopy and microfilm
Breed Directory of the Erie Railroad, 1898
Breed Directory of the Erie Railroad, 1904-1915 (towns from Hawthorne, NJ to Suffern, NY and beyond), microfilm
Price & Lee Directories for Ridgewood and vicinity
Ridgewood, 1926-1973; Glen Rock, 1926-1973; Midland Park, 1926-1973; Fair Lawn, 1931-1973; Ho-Ho-Kus, 1950-1973
House History Research
The Heritage Center has many resources for researching Ridgewood's neighborhoods, homes and buildings. For help in your research, see the following resources:
Bergen County Historic Sites Survey - Village of Ridgewood, HERITAGE REF 974.922 BER
Ridgewood Herald Illustrated Supplement, 1919. Indexed in the Heritage CATalog
Insurance and Tax Maps
For examples of house histories, click here.
How to locate records
The HERITAGE REF collection includes cemetery, church, and vital records for many towns in Bergen County. For complete listings see:
In the BHC you can find the records in section HERITAGE REF 929.374921:
Paramus Reformed Church records, 1740-1850 and 1799-1900
Valleau Cemetery records, to ca. 1940
True Dutch Reformed Church of Paramus records, 1823-1903
Paramus Plains Cemetery, Records of Burials & Removals
The BHC also maintains a copy of the Budke Collection - Tombstone Inscriptions Volume 5.
For Federal Census use Ancestry Library Edition (in library) or familysearch.org.
For New Jersey State Census, see microfilm in the Library.
NJ State Census, 1870: US Agricultural Census for Atlantic and Gloucester Counties available as well on microfilm.