Bergen County, New Jersey Genealogy

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Guide to Bergen County, New Jersey ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Hackensack
Organized: 1683
Parent County(s): Original
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Bergen County is located in the northeast region of the state. It was created in 1683. Hackensack is the county seat. The county was named for Bergen, Norway or Bergen, North Holland.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Bergen County Courthouse
10 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076
Phone: 201-221-0700
Bergen County Website

County Clerk has divorce records from 1955, Court and land records.
County Surrogate has probate records. [2]

Bergen County, New Jersey Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1901 1795 1901 1785 1766 1698 1830
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started 1 May 1848. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • Parent County(s): Created as one of four original counties in East New Jersey, on 1 March 1683[4]
  • County Seat: Hackensack[5]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Cities
Boroughs
Villages
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • 1710, New Barbadoes twp. added from Essex County
  • 1807, coastal boundary fixed.
  • 7 March 1837, Passaic County was set off. [7]
  • 22 February 1840, Hudson County was set off. [8]
  • 1852, part of Harrison twp. added as Union twp.
  • 1892, coastal boundary clarified.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Bergen County, New Jersey online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See New Jersey Cemeteries for more information.


Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing census records online, see: New Jersey Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 12,601
1800 15,156 20.3%
1810 16,603 9.5%
1820 18,178 9.5%
1830 22,412 23.3%
1840 13,223 −41.0%
1850 14,725 11.4%
1860 21,618 46.8%
1870 30,122 39.3%
1880 36,786 22.1%
1890 47,226 28.4%
1900 78,441 66.1%
1910 138,002 75.9%
1920 210,703 52.7%
1930 364,977 73.2%
1940 409,646 12.2%
1950 539,139 31.6%
1960 780,255 44.7%
1970 897,148 15.0%
1980 845,385 −5.8%
1990 825,380 −2.4%
2000 884,118 7.1%
2010 905,116 2.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about denominations, view the New Jersey Church Records wiki page.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a specific location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See New Jersey Land and Property for information about New Jersey Proprietary land records. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Your relatives may be included in biographies, in church, school and government history, or in military events and lists. For more information, see New Jersey History and scroll to Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Regiments. Civil War service men in Bergen County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (part of a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in this county:

- 65th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company B.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Indexes

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas and may have earlier records. In 1852, most of those records were transferred to the Bergen County Probate Court. For more complete information and for online and other resources, see New Jersey Probate Records.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

New Jersey tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information see the wiki page New Jersey Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the New Jersey Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. Original marriage records are usually held at the county Bureau of Vital Statistics.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Bergen County Genealogy Society
PO Box 432
Midland Park
Website

Bergen County Historical Society
120 Main Street
River Edge

Bergen County Historical Society
1201 Main St
PO Box 55
River Edge, New Jersey 07661-0055
Telephone: 201-343-9492
Website

Mahwah Historical Society
1871 Old Station Lane
Mahwah 07430
Telephone: 201-891-9049

Pascack Historical Society
19 Ridge Avenue Park Ridge
NJ 07656
Telephone: 201-573-0307
E-mail:info@pascackhistoricalsociety.org
Website

Ridgewood Historical Society
650 E. Glen Avenue
Ridgewood
E-mail:info@ridgewoodhistoricalsociety.org
Website

Upper Saddle River Historical Society
245 Lake Street
Upper Saddle River NJ 07458
Telephone: 201-327-864
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Bergen County, New Jersey" in Wikipedia : the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergen_County,_New_Jersey accessed 29 August 2018.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bergen County, New Jersey page 464, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bergen County, New Jersey . Page 464-465 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 460.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002).At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Bergen County, New Jersey," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergen_County,_New_Jersey, accessed 8 August 2019.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].