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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:

Bolger Heritage Center Meetings/Events:​​​​

  • Tuesday September 13 at 6:30pm, Internet Genealogy (Onsite Class). Using the Internet to find records, family information and known and unknown relatives. Instructor Steven Gabai of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County will begin this program with a short slide show explaining the records that are important to your family history research. He will then go onto the Internet and show you how to find those records, family information and known and unknown relatives. Laptop or tablet is not necessary, but be prepared to take notes. Small fee to attend, $5 for Ridgewood residents and GSBC members, $10 for visitors. Registration required, please click here.

Ridgewood Public Library and the Genealogical Society of Bergen County Presents... 

  • Saturday September 10 from 5-10pm, the 19th Annual Genealogy Lock-In (Onsite). At this co-sponsored special event, genealogists of all levels are able to:

    • Spend the evening researching, learning and sharing

    • Ask the Experts your brick wall questions

    • Attend workshops such as Irish Genealogy, 1950 Census, City Directories, DNA Roundtable and more!

    • Receive individual assistance from a genealogy expert

Registration for the full event will be required. There is a $10 fee, payment can be mailed to: Genealogical Society of  Bergen County at P.O. Box 432, Midland Park, NJ 07432, or you can drop it off to Sarah Kiefer in the Bolger Heritage

Center, Ridgewood Public Library. Please arrive by 4:30pm to check-in (doors lock at 5pm). A light supper will be served.  Registration is open to all, please click here for more details.


GSBC Meetings/Events​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Monday, July 25 at 7pm, Show and Tell (Onsite). Bring your Genealogical pertinent heirlooms and share their stories with the group. This is the GSBC's monthly meeting. No registration required.

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. 

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

The Ridgewood Public Library is open to the public.

Please contact Local History Librarian Sarah Kiefer to schedule an appointment

to visit the Bolger Heritage Center: 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


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




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).

Interested in a tour?  Local History Librarian Sarah Kiefer provided a virtual tour of the BHC and you can now watch the video here.