Military Records for Genealogical Research
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Presentation by Laura Cubbage-Draper
Monday, 25 Sept 2023 @ 7pm Eastern
In person at Ridgewood Public Library


Records created about military service are an important resource in our genealogical research, providing valuable details about our ancestors and families. This program will provide an overview of U.S. military records for both veterans and for those ancestors who did not serve in the military. Emphasis will be on a survey of military resources available and where to search for records.

Laura has been engaged in genealogical research for over 20 years. A native of New Jersey with deep Pennsylvania roots, she is a genealogical researcher, presenter, volunteer and the owner of LCD Genealogy Services.

Laura enjoys collaborating with clients and helping them to understand their unique family history. She has expertise in exhaustive genealogical research and compiling detailed written reports, both of which are essential to expanding your family tree.

How to Write Your Family History—by Susan Amsterdam (Two Sessions!)
Sep 28 all-day

How to Write Your Family History, Presented by Susan Amsterdam

Thursday, September 28th
Two Sessions—11am and 7pm (In-Person)

The Ridgewood Historical Society
650 East Glen Ave.
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

This talk is not a lesson in genealogy, but Susan offers suggestions for organizing what may seem like a mass of overwhelming information obtained from many sources, dealing with sensitive family information, selecting  the most suitable format, finding one’s authentic “voice” for narrating the story, relating the story in an interesting manner, writing the manuscript, and creating the finished books. Susan wrote her own family story and will bring the book created as an example.

Susan is a trustee/secretary of the Ridgewood Historical Society. She has been a teacher of English in college and business schools, a journalist, a published poet, and had a career of over 25 years as an arts administrator in Passaic County.

The talk will be held at the Schoolhouse Museum, 650 East Glen Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ.

Space is limited, so reservations are required. To make reservations, call 201-447-3242 or email

$10 for members, $15 for non-members
Tickets to be paid at the door.

20th Annual RPL Lock-In
Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Saturday October 14 from 5-10pm
Ridgewood Public Library

Co-sponsored by the Ridgewood Public Library and the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, the 19th Annual Genealogy Lock-in offers genealogists of all levels the chance to:

  • Spend the evening researching, learning and sharing

  • Ask the Experts your brick wall questions

  • Attend workshops such as Irish Genealogy, DNA Roundtable, Explore the Hidden Archives and more

  • Receive individual assistance from a genealogy expert

Registration Required:

Registration Required. $10 fee per person (make check payable to Genealogical Society of Bergen County) and mail it to:

Genealogical Society of Bergen County
P.O. Box 432
Midland Park, NJ 07432
Registration deadline:  October 6, 2023

Please arrive by 4:30pm to check-in (doors lock at 5pm).  Light supper will be served.

Any questions contact Sarah Kiefer at 201-670-5600 x135 or