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Bolger Heritage Center for

Genealogy and Local History

Partner with the Genealogical Society of Bergen County


Ridgewood Resources


Ridgewood City Directories

REFERENCE MICROFILM 38, filed in the microfilm cabinets on the 2nd floor.  Read More for complete list of towns.


  • Millar's Directory for the Village of Ridgewood , 1897.

  • Breed Directory of the Erie Railroad Directories, 1904-1915

  • Price and Lee Directories of Ridgewood, 1926-1973

  • Bergen County and Ridgewood Phonebooks from 1973-2011.  Click this link for a complete list.


Church and Cemetery Records

See HERITAGE REF 929.374921 Ridgewood


  • 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

Local Newspapers

REFERENCE MICROFILM: microfilm cabinets, 2nd floor


  • Ridgewood News , 1891-1906 , 1911-1940*

  • Ridgewood Herald , 1901-1940 (early years incomplete)

  • Ridgewood Herald News , 1940-1972

  • Ridgewood News , 1973-present

  • Sunday News (Ridgewood), 1923-1995

  • Digital Ridgewood News & Record IN LIBRARY USE ONLY

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 and 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.



Neighborhoods, Homes & Buildings

The Heritage Center has many resources for researching Ridgewood's neighborhoods, homes, and buildings.  See:

  • 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

Ridgewood Maps

The most frequently used maps for Ridgewood research:

  • Hopkins-Corey Map of Bergen and Passaic Counties, 1861. ON DISPLAY

  • New York-Palisades Map, 1867. CALL AHEAD

  • Walker's Atlas of Bergen County, 1876. Reprint: HERITAGE REF 917.4921 WAL Original: CALL AHEAD

  • Millar's Directory Street Map, 1897.   HERITAGE REF 974.922 MIL

  • Ridgewood Assessment Map, 1908. CALL AHEAD

  • Ridgewood Assessment Map, 1913. CALL AHEAD

  • Bromley Atlas , 1913: Index in Heritage Catalog.  To view atlas CALL AHEAD

  • Ridgewood Assessment Map, 1925. CALL AHEAD

  • Ridgewood Sanborn Insurance Map, 1930-1943. CALL AHEAD

  • Ridgewood Assessment Map, 1969, Sheets 13-50. CALL AHEAD

  • Ridgewood Assessment Maps. On Village Website

Books on Ridgewood

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.

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