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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.

Upcoming GSBC Events

Sep
25
Tue
2:00 pm Class: What’s different about Je... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Class: What’s different about Je... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Class: What’s different about Jewish Genealogy? @ Ridgewood Public Library | Ridgewood | New Jersey | United States
Class: What’s different about Jewish Genealogy? Tuesday, 25 September, 2pm Ridgewood Public Library (Please Register) Instructor: Barbara Ellman What’s different about Jewish Genealogy? This class will focus on Jewish naming patterns, how to find the[...]
Sep
26
Wed
1:30 pm BCC ILR Course: Putting Genes in... @ Bergen Community College
BCC ILR Course: Putting Genes in... @ Bergen Community College
Sep 26 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Join GSBC for an exciting and informative course at the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (note that ILR is for those 55 and older). Registration opens in September (see links below) and[...]
Oct
18
Thu
7:00 pm Class: Organizing Your Genealogi... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Class: Organizing Your Genealogi... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Class: Organizing Your Genealogical Records Thursday, October 18, 7pm Ridgewood Public Library Computer Lab Instructor: Fred Voss   Successful genealogy takes skill, hard work, and luck. And it is so much easier if you are[...]
Oct
22
Mon
7:00 pm The Jersey Dutch and Their Contr... @ Ridgewood Public Library
The Jersey Dutch and Their Contr... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Jersey Dutch and Their Contribution to Bergen County @ Ridgewood Public Library | Ridgewood | New Jersey | United States
October Program + GSBC General Meeting Monday, 22 October 2018 Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 7pm  Tim Adriance The Jersey Dutch and Their Contribution to Bergen County Eighth generation Jersey Dutch himself, Tim Adriance has written[...]
Oct
27
Sat
4:30 pm GSBC-RPL 15th Annual Genealogy L... @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC-RPL 15th Annual Genealogy L... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 27 @ 4:30 pm – 10:30 pm
GSBC-RPL 15th Annual Genealogy Lock-In—Registration Now Open! @ Ridgewood Public Library | Ridgewood | New Jersey | United States
Registration Now Open! GSBC-RPL 15th Annual Genealogy Lock-In Saturday, 27 October, 5:00-11:00pm (Please arrive by 4:30pm) Ridgewood Public Library Please register by October 19. Download and mail-in the form with your payment, thanks! The Ridgewood[...]