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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:

  • ​Saturday November 20 at 2pm, Remember When? (Onsite).  Guest speaker Phil Jaeger focusses on 20-plus historical events introduced by relevant popular songs. Events are memorable moments primarily in the areas of entertainment, sports, transportation, politics and business. Years covered range from the late 1930s through the end of that century. Audience participation encouraged. Registration required, please click here.

GSBC Meetings/Events (Virtual)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Monday October 25 at 7pm, Inferential Genealogy.  Inferential Genealogy is how family historians can accurately deduce ancestors’ identities and many aspects of their lives by digging below surface information” in genealogical records and combining information from several sources. Useful in many situations, inferential methodology is especially helpful where records do not state relationships. Registration required, please click here.

  • Thursday October 28 at 6:30pm, Internet Genealogy (Onsite Class).  Learn how to use 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.  Registration required, please click here.

  • Tuesday November 9 at 7pm, Using Spreadsheets for Genealogy.  Being organized is critical to being a successful genealogist. Some people find spreadsheets to be a valuable tool in this regard. Spreadsheets can be used to help a genealogist with data gathering, data organizing, and data manipulation. This class will look at using spreadsheets for those varying purposes.  Instructor:  Fred Voss, GSBC.  Registration required, please click here

  • Saturday November 13 from 10am-3:30pm, A Day with Steven Morse and Joel Weintraub: 1950 Census and more!:  The GSBC is proud to announce their all day Members-only Seminar featuring two legendary genealogical researchers who will join online for four presentations.  Renew your membership or sign-up for new membership through the registration form on their website and you will automatically be registered for the Seminar.  For more information, click here.

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

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).

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