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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 and RPL Presentations (Free!) and Special Events

Jan
27
Mon
7:00 pm The Orphan Train Era (1853–1929) @ Ridgewood Public Library
The Orphan Train Era (1853–1929) @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Orphan Train Era (1853–1929) @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC General Meeting Monday, 27 January 2020, 7pm Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium Tom Riley The Orphan Train Era (1853–1929) Join the GSBC as we welcome Tom Riley for the first of two talks for 2020.[...]
Feb
8
Sat
2:00 pm Encore Presentation! The Making ... @ Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
Encore Presentation! The Making ... @ Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
Feb 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Encore Presentation! The Making of a Village—Ridgewood Grows Up @ Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
Saturday, February 8th @ 2pm Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium The Making of a Village: Ridgewood Grows Up Co-sponsored with the Ridgewood Historical Society Encore Presentation! The Making of a Village—Ridgewood Grows Up Encore presentation date![...]
Feb
24
Mon
7:00 pm The Great Hunger in Ireland (184... @ Ridgewood Public Library
The Great Hunger in Ireland (184... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Great Hunger in Ireland (1845–1852) @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC General Meeting Monday, 24 February 2020, 7pm Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium Tom Riley The Great Hunger in Ireland (1845–1852) Join the GSBC as we welcome Tom Riley for the second of two talks. Free[...]
Mar
9
Mon
7:00 pm The History of the Irish in New ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
The History of the Irish in New ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The History of the Irish in New Jersey @ Ridgewood Public Library
Monday, 9th March @ 7pm Ridgewood Public Library Belcher Auditorium Dr. Alan Delozier, Seton Hall University Sponsored by the Bolger Heritage Center, Ridgewood Public Library The History of the Irish in New Jersey This program will[...]
Mar
23
Mon
7:00 pm That Other DNA Test—Understandin... @ Ridgewood Public Library
That Other DNA Test—Understandin... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
That Other DNA Test—Understanding and Using Y-DNA @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC General Meeting Monday, 23 March 2020, 7pm Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium Skip Duett That Other DNA Test—Understanding and Using Y-DNA Learn the basics of the science and how to apply Y-DNA to help identify[...]
Apr
11
Sat
2:00 pm Historical Highlights of New Jer... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Historical Highlights of New Jer... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Historical Highlights of New Jersey Counties @ Ridgewood Public Library
Saturday, 11 April @ 2pm Belcher Auditorium, Ridgewood Public Library Historian Phil Jaeger Sponsored by the Bolger Heritage Center, Ridgewood Public Library Historical Highlights of New Jersey Counties Historian Phil Jaeger focuses on historical highlights[...]

GSBC-RPL Classes ($5/$10)

Jan
30
Thu
6:30 pm Tech Class: Internet Genealogy @ Ridgewood Public Library Tech Room
Tech Class: Internet Genealogy @ Ridgewood Public Library Tech Room
Jan 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tech Class: Internet Genealogy @ Ridgewood Public Library Tech Room
Thursday, January 30, 6:30pm Ridgewood Public Library, Tech Lab Instructor: Steve Gabai   Tech Class: Internet Genealogy Using the Internet to find records, family information and known and unknown relatives. Steven Gabai of the Genealogical[...]
Feb
13
Thu
7:00 pm Tech Class: Spreadsheets & Genea... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Tech Class: Spreadsheets & Genea... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tech Class: Spreadsheets & Genealogy @ Ridgewood Public Library | Ridgewood | New Jersey | United States
Tech Class: Spreadsheets & Genealogy Thursday, 13 February 2020, 7pm Ridgewood Public Library Computer Lab Instructor: Fred Voss Being organized is critical to being a successful genealogist. Some people find spreadsheets to be a valuable[...]
Mar
2
Mon
7:00 pm Tech Class: Genealogy on the Mov... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Tech Class: Genealogy on the Mov... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Tech Class: Genealogy on the Move, There's an App for That! @ Ridgewood Public Library
Tech Class: Genealogy on the Move, There’s an App for That! Ridgewood Public Library Tech Room Monday, 2 March, 7pm Instructor: Barbara Ellman   The changes in computing and in genealogical research provide us with[...]
Apr
9
Thu
10:00 am Tech Class: Using Land Records @ Ridgewood Public Library
Tech Class: Using Land Records @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Tech Class: Using Land Records @ Ridgewood Public Library
Tech Class: Using Land Records Ridgewood Public Library Tech Room Thursday, 9 April @ 10am Instructor: Peggy Norris How to find and use land records to tell your family story. Deeds reveal a lot about[...]