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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

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[...]
Apr
18
Sat
9:30 am POSTPONED—GSBC 2020 Seminar: Mau... @ Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
POSTPONED—GSBC 2020 Seminar: Mau... @ Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
Apr 18 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
SEMINAR POSTPONED Due to Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings, the 2020 Seminar has been postponed—with a new target date of Fall 2020. Those who have signed-up will be contacted about refunds or receive refunds directly. Questions? Contact[...]
Apr
27
Mon
7:00 pm WEBINAR—Jersey Roots Genealogy: ... @ Online Webinar
WEBINAR—Jersey Roots Genealogy: ... @ Online Webinar
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WEBINAR—Jersey Roots Genealogy: Using the New Jersey Room, Special Collections & University Archives, Rutgers University @ Online Webinar
GSBC General Meeting Monday, 27 April 2020 @ 7pm ONLINE WEBINAR Michelle Tucker Chubenko Online Webinar Jersey Roots Genealogy: Using the New Jersey Room, Special Collections & University Archives, Rutgers University An introduction to the[...]
Jun
22
Mon
7:00 pm The Importance of Stories @ Ridgewood Public Library
The Importance of Stories @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Importance of Stories @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC General Meeting Monday, 22 June 2020 @ 7pm Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium Bill Ervolino, Former columnist for The Record The Importance of Stories An informative and entertaining program about preserving your family’s history with[...]

GSBC-RPL Classes ($5/$10)

Apr
9
Thu
10:00 am CANCELED Tech Class: Using Land ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
CANCELED Tech Class: Using Land ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
CANCELED Tech Class: Using Land Records @ Ridgewood Public Library
Due to reduced library hours, we must cancel this class. Those who have signed up will hear directly from the Ridgewood Public Library about refunds and/or rescheduling. Tech Class: Using Land Records Ridgewood Public Library[...]