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Our Membership Year Begins on November 1st—Join or Renew your GSBC Membership Today!

Join or Renew with a GSBC Membership Form—Fillable PDF form to mail-in. (Right-click to download to your desktop.)
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GSBC Monthly General Meeting Programs
Programs on a variety of genealogical and research topics including nationally-known guest speakers, films, and roundtable discussions. Held the 4th Monday of the month (except for December and holidays) at the Ridgewood Public Library (RPL) Auditorium, Ridgewood, NJ (unless otherwise noted). The program is preceded by a brief business meeting. Speaker handouts are available to Members in the Members' section of the website.

Members also can view select presentations (NEW!) for a limited time after the meeting and download of handouts provided by speakers.

GSBC Genealogy Consultants—Lookup Service
Members receive four complimentary look-ups—an invaluable service if you can’t make it to the research room or need additional help. See our GSBC Genealogy Consultants page for information on this benefit and to download an order form to get started.

GSBC Genealogy Consultants—Complimentary On-Site Consultations
Members receive complimentary on-site consultation with GSBC Genealogy Consultants. See our GSBC Genealogy Consultants page for information on this benefit, appointment schedule, and how to get in touch with a Subject-Matter Expert for consultation.

The Archivist, Quarterly Newsletter
2015, 2016, and 2017 ISFHWE Excellence-in-Writing Competition First Place Winner; First Place 2017 National Genealogical Society Local/County Society Newsletter

Published quarterly since 1973, The Archivist is published four times a year and contains summaries of GSBC monthly programs and events, original transcriptions, research, and family histories, articles relating to genealogical research and tools as well as useful information on other societies, state, regional, and national events (full-color PDF with hyperlinks).

Back-issues of The Archivist published between 1973 and 2007 are available to the public.
More recent back-issues of The Archivist are available in the Members' section: Members' Login > Archivist

GSBC E-News
The GSBC E-News is our twice-monthly e-newsletter containing timely genealogical news of interest, including links to upcoming GSBC events, events and programs at other societies, links to articles and new online databases and repositories, items of interest to genealogists, local history, and so much more!

Back-issues of the GSBC E-News are available in the Members' section: Members' Login > GSBC E-News.

www.njgsbc.org Website and Members' Access
An ever-growing and evolving central resource for GSBC members, the GSBC website contains members-only access to Bergen County indexes and genealogical information compiled by our membership, indexes for family files held at the RPL, immigration guides, back issues of The Archivist (2007 to present), and much more!

Bergen County-Focused Resources
Support of original Bergen County-focused indexes and research compiled by our volunteers to aid and expand access to information about Bergen County. This research is the lifeblood of our Society and our volunteers make it happen. Your membership dollars let our volunteers know that the hundreds, even thousands, of hours per year matters to researchers like you — and ensure that we, as a Society, make a meaningful contribution to the wider genealogical research community.

Support for the Ridgewood Public Library Bolger Heritage Center — a secure, Bergen County-focused genealogy library and local history archive.

Support for the Bolger Heritage Center at the Ridgewood Public Library
A Bergen County-focused genealogy library and local history archive, the Bolger Heritage Center serves as “home base” for the Society as well as its collections.

Genealogical Databases and Library (on-site at RPL) including Ancestry LE (Library Edition), AmericanAncestors, AccessNewspaperArchive, GSBC Family Files, how-to guides, professional standards publications, and an extensive local and regional reference collection.

Plus, On-Site Repository Workshops, Research Road-Trips, and News and Information about
Local, Regional, and National Genealogy Events.

Your Membership Also Helps Support These Special Events:

  • The GSBC Annual Seminar, a full-day seminar focused on a research topic of interest to our membership. (Additional seminar fee. Discount for GSBC Members.)
  • The Annual GSBC-RPL Lock-In, an evening of research, programs, and expert advice — long after the doors are closed to the general public. (Additional event fee.)
  • Discounted admission to Genealogy-Focused Classes taught by GSBC experts. (Additional class fee. Discount for GSBC Members and residents of Ridgewood, NJ.)
Clockwise from top-left: Workshop and research at the Bergen County Land Records Office; tech workshop on using city directories for research; “Breaking Down Brick Walls” workshop; NJ government-focused publications in the Bolger Heritage Center; and local 20th century directories.

GSBC, RPL, and Other Events of Note

Feb
7
Tue
7:00 pm Local Author Talk with Anthony C... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Local Author Talk with Anthony C... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ridgewood Public Library Program Local Author Talk with Anthony Cavo (Virtual) Tuesday, 7 February 2023 @ 7pm Eastern Online and open to all! Registration required: http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=474667 Anthony Cavo will speak about his most recent publication “Love[...]
Feb
13
Mon
2:00 pm GSBC Extra! Missing: Reward! Loc...
GSBC Extra! Missing: Reward! Loc...
Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
GSBC Extra! Missing: Reward! Locating Widows, Spinsters, and Bachelors
GSBC Extra! Missing: Reward! Locating Widows, Spinsters, and Bachelors Presentation by Sara Cochran Monday, 13 Feb 2023 @ 2pm Eastern Online and open to all! Registration required. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8064239818142667790 Have some of the folks on your[...]
Feb
27
Mon
7:00 pm Make Those Skeletons Dance: Expl... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Make Those Skeletons Dance: Expl... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Make Those Skeletons Dance: Exploring Your Family's Dark Side @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC General Meeting Make Those Skeletons Dance: Exploring Your Family’s Dark Side Presentation by Lisa Alzo, MFA (virtually) Monday, 27 Feb 2023 @ 7pm Eastern In-person @Ridgewood Public Library and Online and open to all,[...]
Mar
13
Mon
2:00 pm GSBC Extra! Researching Your New...
GSBC Extra! Researching Your New...
Mar 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
GSBC Extra! Researching Your New Jersey Revolutionary War Ancestors
GSBC Extra! — Online Researching Your New Jersey Revolutionary War Ancestors Presentation by Michelle D. Novak, MI (Online) Monday, 13 Mar 2023 @ 2pm Eastern Online and open to all, but space is limited! Online,[...]
Mar
20
Mon
7:00 pm A History Lovers Guide to Bergen... @ Ridgewood Public Library
A History Lovers Guide to Bergen... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Meet authors Bob Nesoff and Howard Joseph Cohn, as they talk about their recently published book “A History Lovers Guide to Bergen County”. Travel through various historic sites dating back to pre-Revoluntionary times all the[...]
Mar
27
Mon
7:00 pm Utilizing Ancestry’s Databases: ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Utilizing Ancestry’s Databases: ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Utilizing Ancestry's Databases: Beyond Search @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC General Meeting Utilizing Ancestry’s Databases: Beyond Search Presentation by Cari Taplin, CG (virtually) Monday, 27 Mar 2023 @ 7pm Eastern In-person @Ridgewood Public Library and Online and open to all, but space is limited.[...]
Apr
10
Mon
2:00 pm GSBC Extra! Telling Your Family’...
GSBC Extra! Telling Your Family’...
Apr 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
GSBC Extra! Telling Your Family’s Story with Google Earth
GSBC Extra! – Online Telling Your Family’s Story with Google Earth Presentation by Tamara Hallo (virtually) Monday, 10 Apr 2023 @ 2pm Eastern Online and open to all, but space is limited! Registration required. Google[...]
Apr
22
Sat
all-day GSBC 2023 Spring Seminar—A Day w... @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC 2023 Spring Seminar—A Day w... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 22 all-day
GSBC 2023 Spring Seminar—A Day with Jane Wilcox! @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC 2023 Spring Seminar April 22nd, 2023—Save the Date In-person at the Ridgewood Public Library, 125 N. Maple Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450  Details and registration information to come. Sign-up for the GSBC eNews to be[...]

GSBC Genealogy Consultants

The GSBC is continuing to offer free consultant slots, via online conference call, to those looking for help with their family research.

Please email gsbc.queries@gmail.com for more information about available time slots.