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28 November 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
125 N Maple Ave
Ridgewood, NJ 07450


Monday, 28 November, 7 pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium

GSBC General Meeting and Annual Meeting
Election and installation of GSBC Officers and Trustees

What wonderful treasures await in Bergen’s attics and archives?

Join the Bergen County Executives, GSBC, and members of participating organizations as we celebrate the GSBC’s 2016 Special Project, “Bergen County in Five Objects.”

With this project, the GSBC sought out undiscovered or unpublished documents, manuscripts, and objects of importance to those researching families in Bergen County.

This presentation, led by Trustee Michelle Novak and featuring GSBC Trustees, Members, and contributing authors will give an overview of what we discovered, the stories behind the objects, and how they contribute to the larger story of Bergen County. An exciting evening of discoveries await!

Special Project Overview:
Genealogists rely on documents. Official government records, such as vital records, help researchers establish when and where a person lived. But items such as journals, letters, religious records, social ephemera, and diaries can aid research and reveal new details about the subject as well as the times they lived in.

Powerhouse companies like Ancestry and FamilySearch allow researchers to access to millions of records from their home computers. They excel at digitizing and indexing large collections of government records—providing a broad-base of resources.

But what about local records? Those about New Jersey history? The history of your family, your neighbors, your community? How do these records come to light and what is their value to the community? Have all these records been found?

The history of Bergen County, and those who lived here, are intertwined with the artifacts they left behind. Sometimes, all we know about a person is gleaned from a few scraps of paper or a few lines in a journal or newspaper article. Collecting and documenting records has long been the work of local Societies—and is part of the founding mission of The Genealogical Society of Bergen County (GSBC), NJ.

With this project, we propose to discover, at minimum, five artifacts or documents from Bergen County that have never been documented or widely shared before—and preserve and disseminate the information contained within to modern-day researchers as well as future generations. After artifacts in this project are documented, they will be transcribed and published by the GSBC.


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Funding has been made possible in part through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, Department of Parks, through a General Operating Support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.


Program starts at 7pm; the presentation will be preceded by a brief annual meeting and election of officers. All are welcome.

The Ridgewood Police Department will begin tougher enforcement of the one-hour street parking on N. Maple Avenue in front of the Library. Parking limits are in effect Monday–Saturday, 7am–9pm. Parking tickets run $30 for each hour over the one-hour allotment. If you are joining us for a meeting, please use the parking lots behind the Ridgewood Public Library, next to the sports field.