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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

Oct
23
Sat
1:00 pm 18th Annual RPL–GSBC Genealogy L...
18th Annual RPL–GSBC Genealogy L...
Oct 23 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
18th Annual RPL–GSBC Genealogy Lock-In Saturday October 23 from 1-6pm Online Event You are invited to the 18th Annual Genealogy Virtual Lock-In, co-sponsored by the Ridgewood Public Library and the Genealogical Society of Bergen County,[...]
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[...]
Oct
28
Thu
12:00 pm The Secret History of the Jersey...
The Secret History of the Jersey...
Oct 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Secret History of the Jersey Devil—New Jersey State Library
The Secret History of the Jersey Devil—Virtual Author Talk New Hersey State Library welcomes author Dr. Brian Regal October 28 @ Noon–1:00 pm Free, Online, Registration Required Join us for a new look at an old[...]
6:30 pm [RESCHEDULED] Genealogy Tech Cla... @ Ridgewood Public Library
[RESCHEDULED] Genealogy Tech Cla... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
[RESCHEDULED] Genealogy Tech Class (at the Ridgewood Public Library) @ Ridgewood Public Library
Class: Internet Genealogy Ridgewood Public Library (On-Site at the Library) Thursday, October 28th, 6:30pm [Rescheduled] Registration required, space limited to 10 people (begins July 26th) Internet Genealogy, using the Internet to find records, family information and[...]
Nov
9
Tue
7:00 pm Class: Using Spreadsheets for Ge...
Class: Using Spreadsheets for Ge...
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Class: Using Spreadsheets for Genealogy
Class: Using Spreadsheets for Genealogy (Virtual) Guest Instructor: Fred Voss, GSBC Education Chair GSBC-Ridgewood Public Library Genealogy Tech Class Virtual Class Being organized is critical to being a successful genealogist. Some people find spreadsheets to be[...]
Nov
13
Sat
9:50 am GSBC Members-Only Seminar: A Day...
GSBC Members-Only Seminar: A Day...
Nov 13 @ 9:50 am – 3:20 pm
GSBC Members-Only Seminar: A Day with Steve Morse and Joel Weintraub: 1950 Census and More!
GSBC Members-Only Seminar: A Day with Steve Morse and Joel Weintraub: 1950 Census and More! Saturday, 13 November 2021 @ 10:00 am–3:30pm, Eastern Registration open to GSBC Members only—join us to receive access to this[...]
Nov
20
Sat
2:00 pm Remember When?
Remember When?
Nov 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Remember When?
Bolger Heritage Center, Ridgewood Public Library Remember When? Interactive presentation by Phil jaeger Saturday November 20 from 2-3:30pm Online Remember When? focusses on 20-plus historical events introduced by relevant popular songs. Guest speaker Phil jaeger brings[...]
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[...]
Jan
24
Mon
7:00 pm Beyond Death Records: Will, Prob...
Beyond Death Records: Will, Prob...
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Beyond Death Records: Will, Probate, Inventory
GSBC General Meeting Beyond Death Records: Will, Probate, Inventory Diana Crisman Smith Monday, 24 January 2022 @ 7pm Eastern Online—all are welcome. Registration required. (Synopsis to follow.) Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7845714072521426960 Diana Crisman Smith has been[...]
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)[...]

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.