Bergen County, New Jersey Genealogy

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Bergen County, New Jersey genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

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Bergen County, New Jersey
Map of New Jersey highlighting Bergen County
Location in the state of New Jersey
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Location of New Jersey in the U.S.
Founded  , 1683
County Seat Hackensack
Address Bergen County Courthouse
1 Bergen County Plaza

Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: (201) 336-7000 Bergen County Website

Bergen County, New Jersey Historical Facts

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Bergen County, New Jersey

Parent County

  • 1675, formed as original county of East Jersey.
  • Formally created 1 March 1683. [1]

Boundary Changes

  • 1710, New Barbadoes twp. added from Essex County
  • 1807, coastal boundary fixed.
  • 7 March 1837, Passaic County was set off. [2]
  • 22 February 1840, Hudson County was set off. [2]
  • 1852, part of Harrison twp. added as Union twp.
  • 1892, coastal boundary clarified.

Record Loss

Bergen County, New Jersey Genealogical Resources




Church Records

  • 1666-1788 - "The Bergen Church Records (Dutch Reformed)," Year Book of the Holland Society of New York. Baptisms 1666-1782: (1903); Marriages (1904); Burials 1666-1788 (1905). 1903 and 1905 volumes are available online. For access, see WeRelate.

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political. or Religious Groups



Land and Property

Finding Land Records at Other Repositories

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Bergen County, New Jersey Genealogy Land and Property Records in online catalogs like:




Naturalization and Citizenship




Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Obtaining Copies of County Probate Records

Copies of recorded probate records and the estate files can be obtained from the surrogate's offices for a fee. Addresses of surrogate's offices are found in:

  • Eichholz, Alice, Editor. Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources. Revised Edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1992. (Family History Library book 973 D27rb 1992.) Explains state-by-state history, vital records, census, background sources, periodicals, archives, libraries, societies, maps, land, probate, court, tax, cemetery, church, and military records. Includes county boundary map and table which shows when each county was created and the parent counties.

In addition, copies of the original wills, administrations, inventories, and guardianships sent to Trenton since 1901 can be ordered from:

Clerk of the Superior Court
Records Information Center
P.O. Box 967
Trenton, NJ 08625-0967
Phone: (609) 292-4978
Fax: (609) 777-0094



Bergen County Courthouse
 1 Bergen County Plaza
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: 201.336.7000 

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

Family History Centers



Vital Records

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.

Bergen County, New Jersey Neighboring Counties

Bergen County, New Jersey Websites

Bergen County, New Jersey Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002]. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "HBG" defined multiple times with different content