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At the invitation of the Bergen County Executive, Kathleen A. Donovan, the GSBC was invited to contribute a display in celebration of Bergen County's 350th Anniversary year.

Our display was focused, of course, on genealogy and highlights some of the records and resources that are vital to the success of our research. Our exhibit included contributions by GSBC Members:

GSBC Board Member and Programming ChairMary Beth Craven, contributed a series of censuses showing the early listings of Northvale as a defined, but unofficial, neighborhood well before its incorporation.

GSBC Trustee Emeritus, Maria (Ree) Jean Pratt Hopper, GC, contributed a census leaf which lists Tenafly resident, mother, and womens’ rights activist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, her family, and neighbors.

GSBC Member and Archivist Editor, Michelle Novak contributed information on a WWII ration book from Fair Lawn Police Captain, Arthur J. Tuschmann; a photo of the Braen family picnic (late-1920s); and a photo of an early 1740 Bergen County deed from one of her Berdan ancestors.

We also highlighted a digital copy of the first issue of The Archivist (now in its 41 year of publication!); early photos of Ridgewood and the Wortendyke Mill in Midland Park from the Ridgewood Public Library; and a photo of the Judge Litchhult day book — on loan from the Mahwah Historical Society and currently being photographed by Michelle Novak and transcribed by Judy Hill and organized by Ridgewood Public Librarian Peggy Norris for publication in early-2015!

In addition to the case display we listed, in small continuous type, all the surnames researched by GSBC members and printed them out on a banner — which ended up more than 6 feet tall!

The exhibit also includes displays by many Bergen County Museums and Societies (see slideshow, below), including the John Fell House in Allendale; The Fort Lee Film Commission; The Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus; The Mahwah Museum; The Water Works Conservancy in Oradell; The Fritz Behnke Historical Museum in Paramus; The Wortendyke Barn in Park Ridge; the Old Schoolhouse Museum in Ridgewood; Meadowlands Museum in Rutherford; and the Archives of the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historical Affairs.

In addition to the many amazing local artifacts on loan from the organizations listed above, the Archives of Bergen County has on display a number of rare original documents from their collection. Included in their displays are early county books, account books, printed folios of early New Jersey laws and acts, and the records of Bergen County slave manumissions.

The exhibit opened on 22 October and will be on display at the Bergen County Administration Building, 5th floor until December.

Upcoming GSBC Events

Feb
25
Mon
7:00 pm Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor @ Ridgewood Public Library
Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor @ Ridgewood Public Library | Ridgewood | New Jersey | United States
GSBC General Meeting + Presentation Monday, 25 February, 7pm Ridgewood Public Library—All Are Welcome Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor How do you find those ancestors who immigrated from the Old Country? Shipping manifests can contain valuable[...]
Feb
26
Tue
7:00 pm The Beauty of Cemeteries @ Wyckoff Public Library
The Beauty of Cemeteries @ Wyckoff Public Library
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Beauty of Cemeteries @ Wyckoff Public Library | Wyckoff | New Jersey | United States
February 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki Wyckoff Public Library, 200 Woodland Ave., Wyckoff Refreshments at 7:00 pm; Program begins at 7:30 pm and ends at 8:30 pm The Beauty of Cemeteries[...]
Feb
27
Wed
7:00 pm GSBC Speaker: Internet Genealogy @ Haworth Municipal Library
GSBC Speaker: Internet Genealogy @ Haworth Municipal Library
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
GSBC Speaker: Internet Genealogy @ Haworth Municipal Library
  Internet Genealogy: Using the internet to find records, family information and known and unknown relatives Haworth Municipal Library, 165 Stevens Place Haworth, NJ 07641 Wednesday, 27 February @7:00 pm Steven Gabai Internet Genealogy: Using the internet to find records, family information[...]
Mar
2
Sat
11:00 am GSBC Speaker: Introduction to Ge... @ Totowa Public Library
GSBC Speaker: Introduction to Ge... @ Totowa Public Library
Mar 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
GSBC Speaker: Introduction to Genealogy @ Totowa Public Library
  Introduction to Genealogy, a family history, its records, and the stories behind them Totowa Public Library, 537 Totowa Road, Totowa, NJ 07512 Saturday, 2 March @ 11am Steven Gabai Introduction to Genealogy: A family history, its[...]
Mar
21
Thu
7:00 pm Class: Organizing Your Genealogi... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Class: Organizing Your Genealogi... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Class: Organizing Your Genealogical Records @ Ridgewood Public Library | Ridgewood | New Jersey | United States
Class: Organizing Your Genealogical Records Thursday, 21 March, 7pm Ridgewood Public Library Computer Lab Instructor: Fred Voss Class: Organizing Your Genealogical Records Successful genealogy takes skill, hard work, and luck. And it is so much[...]