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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
26
Mon
7:00 pm Forty Days in Italy Con Mia Familia @ Ridgewood Public Library
Forty Days in Italy Con Mia Familia @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Forty Days in Italy Con Mia Familia @ Ridgewood Public Library | Ridgewood | New Jersey | United States
February Program + GSBC General Meeting Monday, 26 February, 7 PM Ridgewood Public Library Anthony Fasano Forty Days in Italy Con Mia Familia: How to Research Your Italian Roots & Travel to Italy on Your[...]
Mar
3
Sat
10:00 am GSBC Speaker: “Picturing” Your R... @ The David Library of the American Revolution
GSBC Speaker: “Picturing” Your R... @ The David Library of the American Revolution
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
GSBC Speaker: “Picturing” Your Research @ The David Library of the American Revolution  | Washington Crossing | Pennsylvania | United States
“Picturing” Your Research—Finding, Procuring, and Preserving Images Saturday, 3 March @ The David Library of the American Revolution, 10am Michelle D. Novak, Trustee, Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ) and The Genealogical Society of Bergen[...]
Mar
5
Mon
7:00 pm Class: Internet Genealogy @ Ridgewood Public Library
Class: Internet Genealogy @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Class: Internet Genealogy @ Ridgewood Public Library | Ridgewood | New Jersey | United States
Class: Internet Genealogy Monday March 5th at 7pm Instructor: Steve Gabai Ridgewood Public Library  Learn how to use the Internet to find records, family information, and known and unknown relatives. Registration and payment required. $5[...]
Mar
20
Tue
12:00 pm BCC ILR Course: Genealogy—Resear... @ Bergen Community College
BCC ILR Course: Genealogy—Resear... @ Bergen Community College
Mar 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join GSBC Trustee and Education Chair Fred Voss for an exciting course at the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (note that ILR is for registrants 55 and older). Registration opens on[...]
Mar
26
Mon
7:00 pm Up the North River: An Overview ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Up the North River: An Overview ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Up the North River: An Overview of Pre-1800 Hudson Valley Ethnic Groups & Religions @ Ridgewood Public Library | Ridgewood | New Jersey | United States
March Program + GSBC General Meeting Monday, 26 March, 7 PM Ridgewood Public Library Jane E. Wilcox Up the North River: An Overview of Pre-1800 Hudson Valley Ethnic Groups & Religions The Hudson (North) River[...]