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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

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[...]
Sep
13
Mon
2:00 pm New Jersey Land Records
New Jersey Land Records
Sep 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
New Jersey Land Records
GSBC Extra! New Jersey Land Records Presented by Catherine Stearns Medich, New Jersey State Archives Monday, 13 September 2021 @ 2:00 pm, Eastern Free online webinar—all experience levels are welcome. Registration required. A review of[...]
Sep
23
Thu
6:30 pm Class: Internet Genealogy (at th... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Class: Internet Genealogy (at th... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Class: Internet Genealogy (at the Ridgewood Public Library) @ Ridgewood Public Library
Class: Internet Genealogy Ridgewood Public Library (On-Site at the Library) Thursday, September 23rd, 6:30pm Registration required, space limited to 10 people (begins July 26th) Internet Genealogy, using the Internet to find records, family information and known[...]
Sep
27
Mon
7:00 pm Global Reach Without Airfare or ...
Global Reach Without Airfare or ...
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Global Reach Without Airfare or Postage
GSBC General Meeting Global Reach Without Airfare or Postage Jordan Ausländer Monday, 27 September @ 7pm, Eastern Free online webinar—all experience levels are welcome. Registration required. How to utilize expanding international resources, available by subscription[...]
Oct
7
Thu
2:00 pm Getting Started with Gedmatch
Getting Started with Gedmatch
Oct 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Getting Started with Gedmatch
GSBC Extra! Getting Started with Gedmatch Presented by Fred Voss Thursday, 7 October 2021 @ 2:00 pm, Eastern Free online webinar—all experience levels are welcome. Registration required. Fred will talk about using the popular Gedmatch.com[...]
Oct
25
Mon
7:00 pm Inferential Genealogy
Inferential Genealogy
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Inferential Genealogy
GSBC General Meeting Inferential Genealogy Presented by Russ Worthington Monday, 25 October 2021 @ 7:00 pm, Eastern Free online webinar—all experience levels are welcome. Registration required. Inferential Genealogy is how family historians can accurately deduce[...]
Nov
22
Mon
7:00 pm Government for the People: Lever...
Government for the People: Lever...
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Government for the People: Leveraging Freedom of Information Laws to Procure Novel Records
GSBC Annual Meeting Government for the People: Leveraging Freedom of Information Laws to Procure Novel Records Alec Ferretti, Member Reclaim the Records Board of Directors Monday, 22 November @7pm, Online! Free online webinar—all experience levels[...]

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.