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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

Sep
22
Tue
all-day The Ridgewood News Digitized (TH...
The Ridgewood News Digitized (TH...
Sep 22 all-day
The Ridgewood News Digitized (THREE sessions to choose from!)
The Ridgewood News Digitized Monday, 14 September, 7pm; Tuesday, 22 September, 3pm; OR Wednesday, 30 September, 11am Virtual Class Sarah Kiefer, Local History Librarian, Ridgewood Public Library Have you been searching in vain for Great-Aunt Edna’s[...]
Sep
28
Mon
7:00 pm Secrets of the US Federal Census...
Secrets of the US Federal Census...
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Secrets of the US Federal Census—How Did Enumeration Really Work?
GSBC General Meeting Monday, 28 September, 7pm Secrets of the US Federal Census—How Did Enumeration Really Work? Free Online Event Thomas MacEntee Every US Federal Census had its procedures as well as its quirks. Do[...]
Sep
30
Wed
all-day The Ridgewood News Digitized (TH...
The Ridgewood News Digitized (TH...
Sep 30 all-day
The Ridgewood News Digitized (THREE sessions to choose from!)
The Ridgewood News Digitized Monday, 14 September, 7pm; Tuesday, 22 September, 3pm; OR Wednesday, 30 September, 11am Virtual Class Sarah Kiefer, Local History Librarian, Ridgewood Public Library Have you been searching in vain for Great-Aunt Edna’s[...]
Oct
5
Mon
2:00 pm Genealogy Resources at the Newar...
Genealogy Resources at the Newar...
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Genealogy Resources at the Newark Public Library
GSBC Extra: Genealogy Resources at the Newark Public Library Monday, 5 October @ 2pm Thomas Ankner, Director, Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, Newark Public Library Free online webinar! The Newark Public Library is[...]
Oct
24
Sat
all-day Save the Date—RPL-GSBC Lock-In
Save the Date—RPL-GSBC Lock-In
Oct 24 – Oct 25 all-day
RPL–GSBC Lock-In Saturday, 24 October 2020 Online! Save the date for the RPL-GSBC Lock-In—quarantine edition! Details and registration link to be announced by mid-September. Stay tuned.

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.