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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.

GSBC, RPL, and Other Events of Note

Jan
24
Mon
7:00 pm The Last Vital Event: Finding Ev...
The Last Vital Event: Finding Ev...
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Last Vital Event: Finding Even More Beyond the Death Certificate
GSBC General Meeting The Last Vital Event: Finding Even More Beyond the Death Certificate Diana Crisman Smith Monday, 24 January 2022 @ 7pm Eastern Online—all are welcome. Registration required. Do you stop searching when you[...]
Feb
8
Tue
7:00 pm Sending Love: Valentine’s Greeti...
Sending Love: Valentine’s Greeti...
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sending Love: Valentine's Greetings 1900–1910
Sending Love: Valentine’s Greetings 1900–1910 Tuesday, 8 February @ 7pm Presentation by Anthony Cavo Online and open to all, registration required Roses are red, Violets are blue, Learn about Valentine’s Day Greetings, From a history[...]
Feb
14
Mon
2:00 pm GSBC Extra! Home Genealogies: Wh...
GSBC Extra! Home Genealogies: Wh...
Feb 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
GSBC Extra! Home Genealogies: Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed?
GSBC Extra! Home Genealogies: Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed? Presentation by Beth Potter Monday, February 14, 2022 @ 2pm Eastern Online and open to all! Registration required. House historian Beth Potter will talk about ways to[...]
Feb
28
Mon
7:00 pm Civil War Medical Records
Civil War Medical Records
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Civil War Medical Records
GSBC General Meeting Civil War Medical Records Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA Monday, 28 February 2022 @ 7pm Eastern Online—all are welcome. Registration required. The medical records in the U.S. National Archives (NARA) provide[...]
Mar
14
Mon
2:00 pm GSBC Extra! Case Studies in New ...
GSBC Extra! Case Studies in New ...
Mar 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
GSBC Extra! Case Studies in New Jersey Genealogy
GSBC Extra! Case Studies in New Jersey Genealogy Presentation by Melissa A. Johnson, CG Monday, 14 March 2022 @ 2pm Eastern Online and open to all! Registration required. This talk will present several case studies covering different[...]
Mar
28
Mon
7:00 pm The Persistence of the Dutch Lan...
The Persistence of the Dutch Lan...
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Persistence of the Dutch Language in New York and New Jersey
GSBC General Meeting The Persistence of the Dutch Language in New York and New Jersey Kieran J. O’Keefe, PhD Monday, 28 March 2022 @ 7pm Eastern Online—all are welcome. Registration required. This talk will explore[...]
Apr
1
Fri
2:00 pm What’s in the 1950 Census? A Rou... @ Ridgewood Public Library
What’s in the 1950 Census? A Rou... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
What’s in the 1950 Census? A Roundtable Discussion (In-Person at RPL, seating limited) Friday, 1 April @ 2pm Ridgewood Public Library The wait is over…the 1950 census is released today and we’re here to discuss.[...]
Apr
25
Mon
7:00 pm Bill Ervolino—The Importance of ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Bill Ervolino—The Importance of ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Bill Ervolino—The Importance of Stories @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC General Meeting Bill Ervolino—The Importance of Stories Monday, 25 April 2022 @ 7pm Eastern Hybrid presentation—online and in-person. Registration required. An informative and entertaining program about preserving your family’s history with an author who[...]

GSBC Genealogy Consultants

The GSBC is continuing to offer free consultant slots, via online conference call, to those looking for help with their family research.

Please email gsbc.queries@gmail.com for more information about available time slots.