GSBC Tech Classes, Workshops, In-Depth Courses, and SIGs

The GSBC offers a variety of genealogy, family history, and computer classes—for genealogists of all levels, experience, and interests—led by subject-matter GSBC experts.

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

Genealogy-Focused Tech Classes and Workshops

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 eight 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!

In-Depth Genealogy & Family History Courses

In-Depth Genealogy Courses @ Bergen Community College (BCC-ILR)

The GSBC conducts four-week genealogy course during the spring and/or fall semesters 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 at 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 BCC-ILR. Enrollment in this class entitles students to one year's free membership in the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

Download the BCC-ILR fall catalog from the Bergen Community College website or contact the College at 1-201-447-7156 or [email protected] for more information.


Genealogy Course @ Ridgewood Adult Education / Benjamin Franklin Middle School

In the past, the Society has also conducted a four-week Adult Education course at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood. This course is currently not scheduled, but if you are interested, please contact us.

GSBC Technology SIGs (Special Interest Groups)

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

SIGs are a place where those with a common interest can get together, share ideas and expertise, and work through problems together—in a supportive environment where there are “no bad questions.”

Groups meet occasionally and are often not on a regular schedule.

If you have an interest in a particular topic, expertise in an area, or would like to volunteer to host a group, please contact us!