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Ridgewood Library | Local History / Genealogy

Partner with the Genealogical Society of Bergen County

Collecting COVID-19 Stories

The Bolger Heritage Center is collecting materials which document the response of our community to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. 

We are seeking stories from Village residents as you react to new policies and recommendations aimed to restrict the virus’ spread.  One day this time will be considered history, and we wish to document and preserve the materials and stories that demonstrate how you are continuing to communicate, work, commute, learn, use the Library, teach, create, celebrate, mourn, and give aid to others. 

To read and see the stories submitted so far, please click here.

Local History & Genealogy Events:

Genealogy Consultations:

Have any genealogical brick walls you need help with?  You can now email the Genealogical Society of Bergen County directly to set up an appointment.  What’s more, you can make an appointment with a genealogy consultant, who has expertise in exactly what you’re researching:  Bergen County, New York City, New Jersey, census records, archival newspapers, etc.   And if you need help using a specific database, they can help with that as well, be it Ancestry Library Edition, familysearch.org, or just internet genealogy in general.

 

Appointments will be conducted through the “Zoom” platform, at any time convenient for both you and the genealogist.  To make an appointment, email the Society at gsbc.queries@gmail.com.  To see the areas of expertise, please click here.​

GSBC Meetings/Events​​

  • Monday, July 13 at 2pm Webinar: "Virtual Tour of the Bolger Heritage Center". Take a virtual tour of the BHC with Local History Librarian Sarah Kiefer. In this presentation you'll get a glimpse at what the local history & genealogy room has to offer. Learn how to research your home, find information on your ancestors, and gain insight on the history of Ridgewood. In addition, you'll get a chance to view our newly restored Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, thanks to a grant funded by the Bergen County Cultural & Historic Preservation Committee.  Register here.

Did you know?

​Through the Ridgewood Public Library you have remote access to, Newspaper Archive, an online resource for historical and genealogical information. You'll have access to newspapers from 12 countries, including United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, China, more, 1607-present. Explore your family tree and discover your history at NewspaperARCHIVE.com.  Contact heritagecenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org for remote access details.

Storytellers @RPL Oral History Project

 

Objectives are:

· To record residents’ life stories and significant memories.

· To identify and preserve the history of the community.

· To document Ridgewood family life, community
organizations and record historical moments.

How do I participate?
If you are interested in being interviewed or you know someone who is, please contact Librarian Sarah Kiefer

in the Bolger Heritage Center:
heritagecenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org or 201-670-5600 x135

Volunteer Genealogy Consultants from the Genealogical Society of Bergen County

 

For Reference Assistance or an Appointment contact Local History Librarian, Sarah Kiefer

heritagecenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org   --   201.670.5600, ext. 135

 

BHC Temporarily Closed But Services Remain Open. Contact Local History Librarian Sarah Kiefer for Assistance skiefer@ridgewoodlibrary.org.

Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 9 pm

Friday, 9 am - 6 pm

Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm

Sunday, 1 pm - 5 pm

Holiday or Special Hours

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A VISIT

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, ext. 135 OR email: heritagecenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org

 

Advance planning is required for MAPS, ARCHIVES, RIDGEWOOD HOUSE HISTORY RESEARCH.

 

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 directiories)

Library Hours

When we reopen:

Monday - Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

9am - 9pm

9am - 6pm

9am - 5pm

1pm - 5pm

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