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GSBC Meetings, Special Events, and Classes

GSBC Meetings

GSBC Meetings are held every 4th Monday of the month (except holidays and December). General Meetings include a brief business meeting. Meetings start promptly at 7pm in the Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 125 N. Maple Ave., Ridgewood, NJ. Phone (201) 670-5600 (see map, above), unless otherwise noted. Light refreshments and speaker handouts provided. Your membership dues directly supports this programming and allows us to host speakers on a wide variety of topics — thank you!

GSBC Special Events & Seminars

The GSBC holds several special events each year, including our popular day-long Annual Seminar and late-night RPL Lock-In, where genealogists can attend talks on a variety of subjects, collaborate on problems, and receive one-on-one research assistance. Additional event fee may apply. Discount for GSBC members.

Ridgewood Public Library Programs & Classes

The Bolger Heritage Center at the Ridgewood Public Library holds events on local history and genealogy-focused computer classes. Ridgewood residents and GSBC members receive a discount on these events. Included in the calendar below are RPL classes of interest to genealogists and local researchers. Please check the full RPL calendar for class information, fees, registration, cancellations, and for classes on other topics. All registration is through the Ridgewood Public Library calendar or by calling (201) 670-5600.


Below is our complete calendar showing all Meetings, Events, Seminars. Library Programs and Classes. Use the Category filter below to hide the events in a specific category.


 

Aug
28
Mon
Genealogy Workshop Roundtable @ Ridgewood Public Library
Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday, 28 August, 7 pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium

Start getting your questions ready! Researchers can bring questions, brick walls, and stories to share in small discussion groups. It's always a lively event with lots of experts on hand to help. Bring your brick-wall problems and we’ll help chip away at them!

Sep
23
Sat
GSBC Speaker: Stories from Ellis Island @ Bay Shore / Bridgewater Public Library
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Presenter: GSBC Trustee Fred Voss

Fred Voss, a GSBC Trustee, tour guide, and researcher at Ellis Island National Park, will join us to share some of his favorite stories of those who arrived in the US through Ellis Island.

From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island. Coming from all corners of the world, these souls—who nearly 40% of Americans can call "family"—left behind possessions and family to reinvent themselves in America.

Voss will provide an overview of the workings of the Island—how immigrants arrived, how they were processed through the different parts of the Island, and what might mean a long stay on the Island or a return-ticket home. We'll also dive into those squiggles on the manifest and how to decipher them. (Part one of two talks on Ellis Island.)

Voss' talk on Ellis Island last year was a must-see presentation. If you would like to read-up on last year's talk, download a complimentary copy of the GSBC's 2016 ISFHWE-Award Winning quarterly newsletter, The Archivist. This issue contains a recap of Voss' talk as well as an article recapping a presentation by JewishGen VP for Education, Phyllis Kramer.

 

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Sep
25
Mon
German Genealogy Research on the Internet @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday, 25 September, 7 pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
GSBC General Meeting

Dr. Richard Haberstroh, AG, GC—This lecture will center around the internet resources now available to assist researchers with their German genealogy as they work in the comfort of their homes. The sites described will include American and foreign websites of both the free and subscription variety. Also included will be tips to help researchers get the most from these sites and to be able to navigate better those that are not available in English.

Oct
3
Tue
BCC ILR Course: Genealogy—Researching Your Family Tree @ Bergen Community College
Oct 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

GSBC instructors hold a course at the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College in the Fall and/or Spring semester(s). (Please note that ILR is for registrants 55 and older.) Contact the college at 201-447-7156 or ilr@bergen.edu for more information.


Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree (IR–026)

More and more people are interested in their family's past. This course covers both methodology and the basics of searching records in the US such as census and vital records. We will discuss both traditional and online resources—therefore, students must be familiar with navigating the Internet.

This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

Tuesdays:  3, 10, 17, 24 October
Room: TBA/ Time: 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Fred Voss
Registration: Opens in late-August/Early-September. Please contact BCC ILR for exact dates.

Oct
7
Sat
Class: Using FamilySearch.org @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor: Judy Kenney

Learn about the wealth of records and research help available free on FamilySearch.org. In addition to millions of digitized records, discover full-text books, hundreds of research videos, and thousands of research articles to help you in your research. Learn how to search more effectively and how to use the many other features on the site.

Registration and fee required (Ridgewood and GSBC members $5; Visitors $10)
http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=312055

Oct
10
Tue
BCC ILR Course: Genealogy—Researching Your Family Tree @ Bergen Community College
Oct 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

GSBC instructors hold a course at the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College in the Fall and/or Spring semester(s). (Please note that ILR is for registrants 55 and older.) Contact the college at 201-447-7156 or ilr@bergen.edu for more information.


Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree (IR–026)

More and more people are interested in their family's past. This course covers both methodology and the basics of searching records in the US such as census and vital records. We will discuss both traditional and online resources—therefore, students must be familiar with navigating the Internet.

This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

Tuesdays:  3, 10, 17, 24 October
Room: TBA/ Time: 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Fred Voss
Registration: Opens in late-August/Early-September. Please contact BCC ILR for exact dates.

Oct
17
Tue
BCC ILR Course: Genealogy—Researching Your Family Tree @ Bergen Community College
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

GSBC instructors hold a course at the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College in the Fall and/or Spring semester(s). (Please note that ILR is for registrants 55 and older.) Contact the college at 201-447-7156 or ilr@bergen.edu for more information.


Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree (IR–026)

More and more people are interested in their family's past. This course covers both methodology and the basics of searching records in the US such as census and vital records. We will discuss both traditional and online resources—therefore, students must be familiar with navigating the Internet.

This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

Tuesdays:  3, 10, 17, 24 October
Room: TBA/ Time: 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Fred Voss
Registration: Opens in late-August/Early-September. Please contact BCC ILR for exact dates.

Oct
23
Mon
New Jersey Vital Records, Adoption, and Divorce @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday, 23 October, 7 pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
GSBC General Meeting

Melissa A. Johnson, CG—This lecture covers the various types of New Jersey vital records and the information they provide during different time periods; vital record additions and corrections; delayed vital registration; New Jersey adoption records and recent adoption legislation; and New Jersey divorce records. In addition to the types of records that exist, the discussion will focus on availability and restrictions, present day organization of the records, online and on-site indexes and records, alternatives for restricted or non-existent records, out-of-state resources, and methods for using vital records, adoption records, and divorce records to solve problems.

Oct
24
Tue
BCC ILR Course: Genealogy—Researching Your Family Tree @ Bergen Community College
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

GSBC instructors hold a course at the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College in the Fall and/or Spring semester(s). (Please note that ILR is for registrants 55 and older.) Contact the college at 201-447-7156 or ilr@bergen.edu for more information.


Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree (IR–026)

More and more people are interested in their family's past. This course covers both methodology and the basics of searching records in the US such as census and vital records. We will discuss both traditional and online resources—therefore, students must be familiar with navigating the Internet.

This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

Tuesdays:  3, 10, 17, 24 October
Room: TBA/ Time: 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Fred Voss
Registration: Opens in late-August/Early-September. Please contact BCC ILR for exact dates.

Oct
28
Sat
14th Annual GSBC-Ridgewood Public Library Lock-In @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 28 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 29 @ 11:00 pm

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Saturday, 28 October, 4:30–11 pm
Ridgewood Public Library


Genealogists take over the Ridgewood Public Library (RPL) after-hours for a light supper, research, workshops, and sharing. This event is a great way to improve your skills, meet new genealogy friends, or just have a whole evening to research in the Library.

(Complete program to be announced). There will also be an expert panel discussion, along with individual assistance offered throughout the night. A light supper will be served as well.

You do need to register for this after-hours event at the Library—registration form will be mailed to GSBC Members, posted online, and available at the Ridgewood Public Library. Please contact Sarah Kiefer with any questions, 201-670-5600 x135 or skiefer@ridgewoodlibrary.org.


IMPORTANT PARKING NOTICE
The Ridgewood Police Department will begin tougher enforcement of the one-hour street parking on N. Maple Avenue in front of the Library. Parking limits are in effect Monday–Saturday, 7am–9pm. Parking tickets run $30 for each hour over the one-hour allotment. If you are joining us for a meeting, please use the parking lots behind the Ridgewood Public Library, next to the sports field.

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Nov
2
Thu
GSBC Speaker: More Stories from Ellis Island @ Hicksville VFW Hall - Post 3211
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Presenter: GSBC Trustee Fred Voss

The German Genealogy Group meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month from September through June. Orientation begins at 7:00PM. Meetings begin at 7:30 PM. Building doors open at 6:30.

The meetings are open, and YOU are invited to attend! Please feel free to drop by and check us out.


Fred Voss, a GSBC Trustee, tour guide, and researcher at Ellis Island National Park, will join us to share more of his favorite stories of those who arrived in the US through Ellis Island.

From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island. Coming from all corners of the world, these souls—who nearly 40% of Americans can call "family"—left behind possessions and family to reinvent themselves in America. Most were processed through Ellis Island without incident. But some immigrants found themselves detained due to mental or physical illness, because their paperwork was not in order, or because those who were due to receive them did not show. What kind of stories could they tell?

Voss' talk on Ellis Island last year was a must-see presentation. If you would like to read-up on last year's talk, download a complimentary copy of the GSBC's 2016 ISFHWE-Award Winning quarterly newsletter, The Archivist. This issue contains a recap of Voss' talk as well as an article recapping a presentation by JewishGen VP for Education, Phyllis Kramer.

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Nov
14
Tue
BCC ILR Course: Putting Genes in Your Genealogy @ Bergen Community College
Nov 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

GSBC instructors hold a course at the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College in the Fall and/or Spring semester(s). (Please note that ILR is for registrants 55 and older.) Contact the college at 201-447-7156 or ilr@bergen.edu for more information.


Putting Genes in Your Genealogy (IR–724)

More people are using DNA testing as part of their genealogy research. This course focuses on the basics: why you might want to use DNA to research a family mystery, which DNA tests and companies to use, how to interpret your DNA results, and what to do next.

Prerequisite: "Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree" class or practical equivalence; students in this class are assumed to be familiar and experienced with basic genealogy resources and family research methodology.

This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

Tuesdays: 14, 21 November
Room: TBA
Time: 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Fred Voss
Registration: Usually opens in late-August/Early-September. Please contact BCC ILR for exact dates.

Nov
18
Sat
Save the Date—GSBC Seminar
Nov 18 all-day

Save the date for the 2017 GSBC Seminar. 

Speaker, location, schedule, and registration fees to be announced soon.

Nov
21
Tue
BCC ILR Course: Putting Genes in Your Genealogy @ Bergen Community College
Nov 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

GSBC instructors hold a course at the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College in the Fall and/or Spring semester(s). (Please note that ILR is for registrants 55 and older.) Contact the college at 201-447-7156 or ilr@bergen.edu for more information.


Putting Genes in Your Genealogy (IR–724)

More people are using DNA testing as part of their genealogy research. This course focuses on the basics: why you might want to use DNA to research a family mystery, which DNA tests and companies to use, how to interpret your DNA results, and what to do next.

Prerequisite: "Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree" class or practical equivalence; students in this class are assumed to be familiar and experienced with basic genealogy resources and family research methodology.

This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

Tuesdays: 14, 21 November
Room: TBA
Time: 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Fred Voss
Registration: Usually opens in late-August/Early-September. Please contact BCC ILR for exact dates.

Nov
27
Mon
What Do All Those Numbers Mean? Ships Manifests, Census Records, Naturalization Papers and Social Security Records @ Ridgewood Public Library
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday, 27 November, 7 pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
GSBC General Meeting and Annual Meeting
Election and installation of GSBC officers and Trustees.

Randi Koenig—How to find and use naturalization papers and tie them to ships manifests and vice versa.