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18 November 2017 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Ridgewood Public Library
125 N Maple Ave
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
(201) 446-9642

Saturday, 18 November 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 125 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Are you turning over every stone when looking for family? Spend a day with James Beidler as we explore ways to dig deeper, explore new avenues, and super-charge your research!

Early bird registration ends 30 October!

GSBC 2017 Seminar
Your Family Roots and Branches with Jim Beidler 
Saturday, 18 November 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 125 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Join the GSBC as we welcome internationally-known author and lecturer, James M. Beidler! Beidler is a prolific author and researcher and is adept at using traditional repositories as well as online resources to break down brick walls. He will present four talks—with something for everyone.

9:00 a.m. — Doors Open

Headlines to Bylines: Using ALL the Newspaper in Your Genealogy
Everyone turns to newspapers to find obituaries of their ancestors but every section can be valuable in your genealogical search. Learn how news briefs, advertisements, even editorials, and “letters to the editor” might add to your knowledge of your ancestors and their lives.

Secondary Uses for Primary Sources
Learning how to use whole data sets rather than individual records can blast open genealogical roadblocks by exploring the interrelationships of a whole community. Case studies show how this works.

Success Story: Finding a European Village of Origin
The case study of Johannes Dinius, a 1765 immigrant to Pennsylvania, is used to show how scraps of evidence properly deployed can lead to the discovery of a European hometown.

The Lighter Side of Genealogy
Anecdotes and cautionary tales of the people and situations one encounters during three decades of searching for roots on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Wrap-Up with a Q&A Session (Until 4:30pm)

Seminar Registration

Space is limited, so guarantee your registration and save money by signing up early!

Complete the PDF form and mail with payment to GSBC PO Box 432, Midland Park, NJ 07432
Or, sign up online with a credit card at

GSBC Member / Early Registration (by 30 October) = $40
GSBC Member / Registration (after 30 October)—$45

Non-Member / Early Registration (by 30 October) = $50
Non-Member / Registration (after 30 October)—$55

GSBC Membership—Join or Renew = $20
Membership year runs from 1 November to 31 October. If joining GSBC, select the GSBC Member rate.

Box Lunch (optional, pre-order only) = $10
All sandwiches on wheat bread, bag of chips, cookie and water. Choice of Turkey/American Cheese, Ham/Swiss Cheese, Tuna Salad, Egg Salad. Available on pre-order only.

About James M. Beidler

James M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Book as well as writes “Roots & Branches,” an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He is also an instructor for online Family Tree University.

He was the President of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) from 2010 to 2012, and is the former Executive Director for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. He served as national co-chairman for the 2008 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Philadelphia.