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Bergen County, New Jersey

Bergen County

Bergen County was established on March 1, 1683 as one of four original counties created in East Jersey. The county was named for Bergen, New Netherland settlement, itself named for Bergen, North Holland.

The Bergen County Seat is located in Hackensack plus the county government website is

Locales surrounding Bergen County are Rockland County, New York (north), Westchester County, New York (east), Hudson County (south), Essex County (south) and Passaic County (west).

Cities and towns to be found in Bergen County are made up of Englewood, Garfield, Hackensack. Villages include Ridgefield Park, Ridgewood.

Townships include Lyndhurst, Mahwah, River Vale, Rochelle Park, Saddle Brook, South Hackensack, Teaneck, Washington Township, Wyckoff. Boroughs include Allendale, Alpine, Bergenfield, Bogota, Carlstadt, Cliffside Park, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, East Rutherford, Edgewater, Elmwood Park, Emerson, Englewood Cliffs, Fair Lawn, Fairview, Fort Lee, Franklin Lakes, Glen Rock, Harrington Park, Hasbrouck Heights, Haworth, Hillsdale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Leonia, Little Ferry, Lodi, Maywood, Midland Park, Montvale, Moonachie, New Milford, North Arlington, Northvale, Norwood, Oakland, Old Tappan, Oradell, Palisades Park, Paramus, Park Ridge, Ramsey, Ridgefield, River Edge, Rockleigh, Rutherford, Saddle River, Tenafly, Teterboro, Upper Saddle River, Waldwick, Wallington, Westwood, Wood-Ridge, Woodcliff Lake.

Bergen County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in exploring your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules are present for 1790, 1800 (missing), 1810 (missing), 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Bergen Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bergen Co. Industry and Agriculture is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bergen Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. You can get free down-loadable not to mention printable census forms that can help with your research.

Bergen County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Bergen County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Bergen County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist often overlook the advantages of Bergen County court, probate, and land records data as a source of genealogy and family history information. Hidden away in New Jersey courthouses and archives everywhere are often the dreams and worries of the many New Jersey citizens.

The odds are great that your chosen ancestors have left a in-depth document of at least some elements of their lives in the Bergen County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other methods which could have lead to him or her showing up in court records.

You should call the clerk's department to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other particulars before visiting or asking for information because of many times changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A good number of employees will help individuals in finding the materials, however it's up to the man or women to do the basic research.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Bergen county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. Earlier records of the county clerk are in the archives, Cultural and Historic Affairs, 1 Bergen County Plaza, Room 425. These include deeds, 1707 - 1828 (Libers A - Z2), chattel mortgages, soldier burials, justices and freeholders records, voter registrations, slave births and manumissions, and early court records, as well as microfilm of archival court and other records, the originals of which are now at the state archives.

  • Bergen County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, NJ 07601
  • Bergen County Clerk  is responsible for land records, including deeds and mortgages, naturalizations, marriages (usually 1795-1840s), and various county court records. A few original county justice of the peace dockets are at the New Jersey State Archives.
    • Phone: 201-336-7000
    • Land Records: 1766 mortgages / 1829 deeds
    • Marriage Records:1766
  • Bergen County Surrogate Court / Orphan's Court probates Wills, appoints Administrators, appoints Guardians for minors, handles applications for Adult Incapacitated Persons, Conservatorships, Adoptions, contested Probate matters, Accountings, Trusts and most other matters involving Estates.
    • Address: 10 Main Street, Hackensack. NJ 07601
    • Phone: 201-646-2252
    • Probate Records: 1785 orphans' court minutes / 1804 surrogates' records.
  • Bergen County Treasurer is responsible for the collection of taxes.
  • New Jersey Department of Health has copies ofBirth, Marriage and Death records from 1878 to the present. There is a fee for each copy requested. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.

Bergen County Links

The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Bergen County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a fee. This is merely a list which has been collected or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to present your own most popular Bergen County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Bergen Co. NJ Books, Newspapers & Publications

Bergen Co. NJ Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Bergen Co. NJ Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Bergen Co. NJ Census Records

Bergen Co. NJ Cemeteries & Graveyards

Bergen Co. NJ Church & Bible Records

Bergen Co. NJ Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Bergen Co. NJ General and History Websites

Bergen Co. NJ Immigration & Naturalization

Bergen Co. NJ Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Bergen Co. NJ Military Records

Bergen Co. NJ Schools & Directories

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