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:
The Ridgewood News Digitized: Have you been searching in vain for Great-Aunt Edna's obituary? Curious if your Dad scored as many touchdowns as he said he did for the Ridgewood Maroons back in the 60's? Well now you can by searching the Ridgewood News from 1891-present day on Newspapers.com. Learn how to find that obituary, news on sports, or the headlines from different time periods. Register for one of the two dates offered, Zoom login details will be sent closer to the date.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To see the areas of expertise, please click here.
Monday, September 28 at 7pm Webinar. Secrets of the US Federal Census - How Did Enumeration Really Work? Every US Federal Census had its procedures as well as its quirks. Do you know how to tell who was the “informant” in the 1930 or 1940 US Census? Do you know how to access the instructions given to enumerators for each census? Do you know what all the different “codes” mean? Do you know what happened to the population schedules once they were submitted by the enumerator? Learn the fascinating journey of US census data from the census planning phase to the final tabulation. Register here.
Monday, October 5 at 2pm Webinar. Genealogy Resources at the Newark Public Library. The Newark Public Library is one of the top repositories for genealogical information in the state. While NPL's collection is focused on Newark and Essex County, we have resources that cover the entire state. This presentation will cover newspapers, city directories, maps, photos, and other relevant collections in NPL's Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center. Also included will be information from the Library's extensive digital archive. 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 for remote access details.
Storytellers @RPL Oral History Project
· 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:
or 201-670-5600 x135
For Reference Assistance or an Appointment contact Local History Librarian, Sarah Kiefer
-- 201.670.5600, ext. 135
The Ridgewood Public Library is partially re-opened and we welcome you back. Please coontact Local History Librarian Sarah Kiefer to schedule a visit at the
Bolger Heritage Center: email@example.com.
Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 9 pm
Friday, 9 am - 6 pm
Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, 1 pm - 5 pm
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:
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. As we are partially re-opened, you can also schedule a time to meet with Sarah.