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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

May
10
Mon
2:00 pm Stitches in Time: Quilts 1800–1976
Stitches in Time: Quilts 1800–1976
May 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Stitches in Time: Quilts 1800–1976
GSBC Extra Presented by Peggy W. Norris Stitches in Time: Quilts 1800–1976 Monday, 10 May @ 2pm (Eastern) Free Online Webinar! While quilts have decorated our beds and kept us warm for two centuries, they[...]
May
17
Mon
7:00 pm Developing Skills in Identifying...
Developing Skills in Identifying...
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Developing Skills in Identifying 19th Century Photographs Monday, 17 May @ 7pm Virtual Event Presented by Anthony Cavo Guest speaker Anthony Cavo will lead the discussion on how to identify the different types of photographs[...]
Jun
8
Tue
10:30 am Class: The Ridgewood News Digiti...
Class: The Ridgewood News Digiti...
Jun 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Class: The Ridgewood News Digitized (Virtual Class)
NOTE: The date of this class has changed from Monday, 7 June @ 7:00pm TO Tuesday, 8 June @ 10:30am. Please contact Sarah Kiefer if you have questions or need to modify your existing registration.[...]
Jun
14
Mon
2:00 pm Genealogy Research Stories: Wome...
Genealogy Research Stories: Wome...
Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Genealogy Research Stories: Women of New Jersey
GSBC Extra! Genealogy Research Stories: Colonial New Jersey Women Monday, 14 Junel @ 2pm (EDT) Free Online Webinar—All Experience Levels are Welcome Presented by Regina Fitzpatrick Regina Fitzpatrick, Genealogy Librarian at the New Jersey State[...]
Jun
28
Mon
7:00 pm Researching US Citizenship and I...
Researching US Citizenship and I...
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Researching US Citizenship and Immigration Services Records
Marian Smith Researching US Citizenship and Immigration Services Records Monday 28 June, 2021, 7pm Online and free—all are welcome Marian Smith presents an overview of three historical eras of US immigration and naturalization records, illustrated[...]
Jul
12
Mon
2:00 pm The North Jersey History & Genea...
The North Jersey History & Genea...
Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center
GSBC Extra! The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center Presented by James Lewis, MLIS Monday, 12 July @ 2pm (Eastern) Free Online Webinar—All Experience Levels are Welcome The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center in[...]
Jul
26
Mon
7:00 pm Lutherpalians & Presbygationalis...
Lutherpalians & Presbygationalis...
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where Did Grandma's Church Go?
GSBC General Meeting Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where Did Grandma’s Church Go? Presentation by Dr. David McDonald Monday, 26 July & 7pm Online and free—all are welcome. Registration required. Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where Did Grandma’s Church[...]
Aug
23
Mon
7:00 pm Should You Believe Your Eyes? Si...
Should You Believe Your Eyes? Si...
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Should You Believe Your Eyes? Sizing Up Sources and Information
Should You Believe Your Eyes? Sizing Up Sources and Information Presented by Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS Monday, 23 August 2021 @ 7:00 pm Free Online Webinar—All Experience Levels are Welcome Should genealogists believe everything they[...]

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.