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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
10
Tue
7:00 pm GSBC Speaker: Introduction to Ge... @ Little Falls Public Library
GSBC Speaker: Introduction to Ge... @ Little Falls Public Library
Sep 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
GSBC Speaker: Introduction to Genealogy @ Little Falls Public Library
Tuesday, 10 September, 2019, 7–8:30pm Little Falls Public Library Steven Gabai Introduction to Genealogy By using his own family, Steven Gabai of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County will show and explain genealogy records, its research[...]
Sep
12
Thu
10:00 am Class: Using Newspapers in Your ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Class: Using Newspapers in Your ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Class: Using Newspapers in Your Research @ Ridgewood Public Library | Ridgewood | New Jersey | United States
Tech Class: Newspaper Research September 12 @ 10am Ridgewood Public Library Instructor: Joe Suplicki Class: Newspaper Research Learn about the newspaper databases available at RPL and some of the free databases available anywhere.  This instructional[...]
7:00 pm GSBC Speaker: Introduction to Ge... @ Ho-Ho-Kus Worth-Pinkham Memorial Library
GSBC Speaker: Introduction to Ge... @ Ho-Ho-Kus Worth-Pinkham Memorial Library
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
GSBC Speaker: Introduction to Genealogy @ Ho-Ho-Kus Worth-Pinkham Memorial Library
Thursday, 12 September, 2019, 7–9pm Ho-Ho-Kus Worth-Pinkham Memorial Library Steven Gabai Introduction to Genealogy By using his own family, Steven Gabai of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County will show and explain genealogy records, its research[...]
Sep
16
Mon
7:00 pm Author Event: Amy Stewart—Kopp S... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Author Event: Amy Stewart—Kopp S... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Author Event: Amy Stewart—Kopp Sisters on the March @ Ridgewood Public Library
Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 7pm Author Event: Amy Stewart—Kopp Sisters on the March Join author Amy Stewart as she returns to the Ridgewood Public Library to talk about her newest installment in the Kopp[...]
Sep
23
Mon
7:00 pm New Jersey was a Gateway to Free... @ Ridgewood Public Library
New Jersey was a Gateway to Free... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
New Jersey was a Gateway to Freedom: Its role in the Underground Railroad @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC General Meeting Monday, 23 September 2019, 7pm Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium Alvin Q. Corbett New Jersey was a Gateway to Freedom: Its role in the Underground Railroad Curious about the New Jersey’s role in[...]