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The GSBC's Genealogy Consultants program offers a lookup service, on-site research assistance, and options to consult with subject-matter experts—helping you get the most out of the GSBC's and Bolger Heritage Center's collections and further your research.

If you are interested in volunteering to assist at the library, please contact us via the form on our Contact Us page.


GSBC Lookup Services

GSBC Members receive four complimentary Lookups (either Quick Lookups or more In-Depth)—an invaluable service if you can’t make it to the research room or need additional help finding what you need. (Non-members, please see the Fee Schedule at the bottom of this page.) Lookup requests can be submitted by downloading and sending the form below or by reviewing the "How to Submit a Query" section below and emailing gsbc.queries@gmail.com.

Quick Lookups are research for any record where the date and record type are known (i.e., Hackensack Republican newspaper, Obituaries, notice for John H. George, d 29 Mar 1879).

Please see the Library section of this website to start search our indexes and start your Quick Lookup query.

In-Depth Lookups are conducted If the date and publication or collection are not known.

An Hourly Fee may apply to the lookup (one hour minimum). (See Fee Schedule, at the bottom of this page.) Our Genealogy Consultants, who know our record collections very well, may be able to find more than what you were expecting than with the Quick Lookup service—searching across multiple resources. You can use any extra time to look up records on additional individuals.

All queries span the RPL's collection and can include: vital records, church records, yearbooks, social books, obituaries, collection newspapers, local histories, biographies, family files, pamphlets, maps, postcards, published genealogies, lineage indexes, journals, among others. Put our collection to work for you!


GSBC Genealogy Consultants at RPL—Complimentary On-Site Help

The GSBC offers complimentary on-site consultation with our Genealogy Consultants at the Bolger Heritage Center, Ridgewood Public Library, Ridgewood, NJ. Whether you are just starting your family tree or are an experienced researcher, our Genealogy Consultants can guide you in the use of the Genealogy and Local History Reference collections at the Bolger Heritage Center, provide advice for online research, and help you break through your brick-walls.

If you need assistance with a specific area not listed, contact us and we will match you as best we can with an expert in that area. To make an appointment, consult the calendar at right and email gsbc.queries@gmail.com to reserve your consultation window.


Lucille Bertram
Schedule
2nd Wednesday, 10am–2pm, and by appointment
Research Specialties
– Ancestry.com (Library Edition)
– FamilySearch.org
– Census
– Newspapers
– New York City / New Jersey / Bergen County


Afina Broekman
Schedule
1st Tuesday, 10am–1pm, and by appointment
Research Specialties
– Ancestry.com (Library Edition)
– Internet Research
– Advanced Research
– Netherlands


Joan Hagel
Schedule
4th Wednesday, 10am–12pm
Research Specialties
– Ancestry.com (Library Edition)


Peggy Norris
Schedule
3rd Wednesday, 1pm–3pm
Research Specialties
– Ancestry.com (Library Edition)
– Bergen County Genealogy and History
– Advanced Research


Sydney Robertson
Schedule
1st Wednesday, 7pm–9pm
Research Specialties
– Canadian Records (French and English)
– State and Federal Census
– Advanced Research
– New York City Research
– City Directories


Joe Suplicki
Schedule
4th Monday, 4pm–6pm, and by appointment
Research Specialties
– Advanced Research
– Local History
– Bergen County


Fred Voss
Research Schedule
By appointment
Specialties
– Deciding which DNA Test(s) to Take
– Reviewing DNA Results


Steve Gabai
Research Schedule
By appointment
Specialties
– 
internet Research
– New York City Research
– Brick Walls
– Finding Unknown Relatives


Maria "Ree" Hopper, CG
Schedule
By appointment
Research Specialties
– Bergen, Passaic, and Rockland (NY) Counties
– Early Dutch Families
– Advanced Research

 


Fee Schedule and Complimentary Services

All fees (where applicable) directly support the mission of the GSBC and health of our collections, thank you!


Service


GSBC Members


Non-Members

Lookup Services:
- Quick Lookups
- In-Depth Lookups
- Hourly Research
Four complimentary Lookups per Membership year. Please consider joining GSBC today!

Quick Lookups, (specific collection or publication, name, and date provided) or In-Depth Lookups (without specific dates provided).

$5 per Quick Lookup, afterwards. $15 per In-Depth Lookup, afterwards, or per hour research (one hour minimum).

Pay for Lookups Online!

$5 per Quick Lookup  (specific collection or publication, name, and date provided).

$15 per In-Depth Lookup (without specific dates provided), or per hour research, one hour minimum.

Pay for Lookups Online!


On-Site Consultations:
GSBC Genealogy Consultants at
Ridgewood Public Library
Note that many of our Genealogy Consultants volunteers have specific areas of expertise. Please see the Genealogy Consultants Calendar for descriptions of areas.


Complimentary. On-site only at Ridgewood Public Library with reserved time slot.

See Expert Consultations (below) or email gsbc.queries@gmail.com for more information.


Complimentary. On-site only at Ridgewood Public Library with reserved time slot. GSBC Members may receive schedule priority during busy times.

See Expert Consultations (below) or email gsbc.queries@gmail.com for more information.


Expert Consultations


Schedule, availability, and fees is at our Experts’ discretion and will be handled privately (not through the GSBC). Email gsbc.queries@gmail.com for more information.

 


How to Submit a Query

Lookup requests can be submitted by using the form below or by reviewing the instructions below and emailing the particulars to gsbc.queries@gmail.com.


When submitting a query:

  • Be brief and concise, but give as much clearly written information as possible to help identify an individual (dates, places, relatives, etc.) The more information you give, the more likely someone will be able to connect with your ancestor.
  • To avoid confusion, limit queries to one or two requests about the same individual or family. If you need information about more than one individual or family, write separate additional queries.
  • Use common, clear abbreviations. If you're not sure of an abbreviation, use the complete word or term to avoid misunderstanding.
  • Use CAPITAL letters for Surnames only.
  • Include surnames and other important information in the subject line.

GSBC Members may also submit a query by mail to the address noted below. Non-Members can send a query by email, if accompanied by a credit card payment. They can also send their query to the following address along with a payment of $15.00 payable to the GSBC. Queries received without payment may not be accepted.

Genealogical Society of Bergen County
Attn: Queries
P.O. Box 432
Midland Park, NJ 07432


Query submission guidelines:

  • We can only do Obituary lookups if you have an approximate date (within a month). Please see the list of Local Newspapers available at the library for the newspapers we have available.
  • We have a growing name index of some local historic papers. Please see our Newspaper Index overview page for more information about this growing resource.
  • We have some indexes to other local papers for the years 1967–1980, and 1974–1987, but we might not have the paper itself.
  • We only have access to the city directories of Ridgewood and surrounding towns: Midland Park, Glen Rock, Fair Lawn, and Hohokus. The date range is 1926-1973.
  • For vital records questions, please check our Vital Records listing to see what we have available, or contact the New Jersey State Archives.