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Ridgewood Library | HC Heritage Resources

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Heritage Resources

Ridgewood Photographs & Postcards

​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.

Clippings & Ephemera

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. 

Genealogy Databases

Databases available at the Ridgewood Public Library


Newspaper Archives

Ancestry Library Edition

American Ancestors

Proquest Historical New York Times (1851-2010)


Historical New York Times also available from home for Ridgewood Library cardholders

Church Cemetery & Vital Records

The HERITAGE REF collection includes cemetery, church, and vital records for many towns in Bergen County from the collections of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County and the Ridgewood Public Library. For complete listings see:


In the Bolger Heritage Center, 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 Bolger Heritage Center also maintains a copy of the Budke Collection - Tombstone Inscriptions Volume 5.  It has been digitized by The Bolger Heritage Center, Ridgewood Public Library (no reproductions without permission) and can be accessed by clicking on this link:



​Books that we own can be identified by using the BCCLS online library catalog and by using the HERITAGE CATALOG.   Ridgewood books are found in HERITAGE REF 974.922.   See especially:

  • 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.

Suggested Subject Headings:

  • Genealogy (and its subdivisions)

  • Names of countries or ethnic groups with the subdivision genealogy

  • Names of individual families

Neighborhoods Homes and Buildings

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


The most frequently used maps for Ridgewood research:

To view any of the maps please make an appointment with the Local History Librarian:  email heritagecenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org or call 201-670-5600 x135

To view Rutgers University digital collection of NJ maps, click here.


Magazines, quarterlies, and newsletters provide information on genealogy as well as genealogical records and family genealogies. 


These are filed alphabetically in the Bolger Heritage Center. 




Local Newspapers

We have Ridgewood and Bergen County newspapers on microfilm (2nd floor): 

City Directories

  • 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

Census Records

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.


The collection of CD ROMs is divided into reference, immigration, and geographic areas.  Some of this information is now online, but treasures may await you!


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