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GSBC Genealogy Classes

The GSBC offers a variety of basic genealogy, family history, and computer classes, for genealogists of all levels, experience, and interests. Courses and computer classes are led by subject-matter expert Members of the GSBC.

For information on the following, or to suggest a topic you would like to see covered, please drop us a line at

Genealogy & Family History Classes

Introduction to Genealogy @ Bergen Community College / Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR)

The GSBC conducts a four-week basic genealogy course during the spring semester at Bergen Community College in the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) in Paramus.

This is one of a number of classes provided at BCC in Paramus by the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR), an Affiliate of Elderhostel, offering adults 55 years and older the opportunity to attend a variety of classes. By signing up as a member of the ILR at BCC, you may register for this Genealogy Class, plus any of the other offered by the ILR. Enrollment in this class entitles students to one year's free membership in the Genealogical Society of Bergen County. This year's course starts Oct 14 and runs through Nov 11 (no class on Oct. 28). You can download the ILR fall catalog from the Bergen Community College website.

Contact the college at 201-447-7156 or for more information.

Genealogy Course @ Ridgewood Adult Education / Benjamin Franklin Middle School

The Society also conducted a four-week Adult Education course at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood. This course is usually offered in the spring. This class is currently not scheduled, please contact us if you are interested

Genealogy-Focused Computer Classes

Computer technology is constantly changing — and so are options for genealogists.

The Ridgewood Public Library (RPL), offers a variety of classes on computers, genealogical research technology, and record keeping. Past topics have included: Using Ancestry LE (Library Edition), Internet Genealogy, Researching Online Census Records, Ellis Island Records, City Directories, Jewish GenealogyEvernote for Genealogists, and Imaging for Genealogists, among others. Classes are taught by GSBC experts.

Classes are held in the Technology Training Center at RPL, and are limited in size to 8 students. Registration is required. A fee of $5 applies to GSBC members and Ridgewood residents, and $10 for others.

You may register over the phone (Reference Desk at (201) 670-5600 ext. 3), but must come in within 24 hours to present your GSBC card and pay. You may also register in person at the Reference Desk in the library. No registration is required for classes held in the auditorium. All classes require basic Internet skills. For current classes at RPL, visit the Ridgewood Library Local History Center towards the bottom of the page or view the entire calendar.

Your suggestions for topics is always welcome!

GSBC Technology Special Interest Group (SIG)

Interact with other members and discuss topics of common interest regarding popular genealogy programs, technology, using the Internet for research, tips and tricks, etc.

This group is not currently active, but if you have an interest, expertise, or would like to volunteer to restart the group, please contact us!