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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

Aug
18
Thu
12:00 pm Introduction to New Jersey Genea...
Introduction to New Jersey Genea...
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Note: This is a webinar by the New Jersey State Library. Please follow the link below to register and contact the NJSL with any questions or technical problems.  Introduction to New Jersey Genealogy Presented by[...]
Aug
22
Mon
7:00 pm Annual Genealogy Q&A + Ask the E... @ Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
Annual Genealogy Q&A + Ask the E... @ Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
Aug 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Annual Genealogy Q&A + Ask the Experts! (In-person) @ Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
Annual Genealogy Q&A + Ask the Experts! Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 125 N Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 Monday, 22 August @ 7:00 pm In-Person Event  No registration required. Masks are not required, but encouraged. Join[...]
Sep
10
Sat
5:00 pm 19th Annual RPL–GSBC Genealogy L... @ Ridgewood Public Library
19th Annual RPL–GSBC Genealogy L... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 10 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
19th Annual RPL–GSBC Genealogy Lock-In @ Ridgewood Public Library
19th Annual RPL–GSBC Genealogy Lock-In Ridgewood Public Library, 125 N Maple Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 Saturday, 10 September 2022 5:00 pm–10:00 pm; Please arrive by 4:30pm to check-in—doors lock at 5pm! A light supper will be[...]
Sep
12
Mon
2:00 pm The Why, Where, When, What, and ...
The Why, Where, When, What, and ...
Sep 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Why, Where, When, What, and How of Lineage & Hereditary Societies (Online)
GSBC Extra! (Online) The Why, Where, When, What, and How of Lineage & Hereditary Societies Presentation by Christine Cohen Monday, 12 September 2022 @ 2pm Eastern, Online Online and open to all, but space is[...]
Sep
26
Mon
7:00 pm Discovering Your UK/Irish Roots ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Discovering Your UK/Irish Roots ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Discovering Your UK/Irish Roots Online: Websites and Resources for English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish Ancestry (Hybrid—online and in-person) @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC General Meeting (Hybrid—online and in-person) Discovering Your UK/Irish Roots Online: Websites and Resources for English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish Ancestry Presentation by Debra Dudek Monday, 26 September 2022 @ 7pm Eastern Online and open[...]
Oct
10
Mon
2:00 pm Four Unfamiliar Bergen County Re...
Four Unfamiliar Bergen County Re...
Oct 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Four Unfamiliar Bergen County Resources (Online)
GSBC Extra! (Online) Four Unfamiliar Bergen County Resources Presentation by Peggy W. Norris, MS, MLIS, Monday, 10 October 2022 @ 2pm Eastern Online and open to all, but space is limited! Registration required. Registration link:[...]
Oct
24
Mon
7:00 pm New Milford, “The Birthplace” of... @ Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
New Milford, “The Birthplace” of... @ Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
New Milford, “The Birthplace” of Bergen County (Hybrid—online and in-person) @ Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
GSBC General Meeting (Hybrid—online and in-person) New Milford, “The Birthplace” of Bergen County Presentation by Nancy Varettoni Monday, 24 October 2022 @ 7pm Eastern Online and open to all, but space is limited! Registration required[...]

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.