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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

May
4
Tue
all-day National Archives 2021 Genealogy...
National Archives 2021 Genealogy...
May 4 – Jun 15 all-day
National Archives Genealogy Series May & June 2021 In lieu of the autumn 2020 Virtual Genealogy Fair that could not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to offer a new Genealogy[...]
Jun
14
Mon
2:00 pm Genealogy Research Stories: Wome...
Genealogy Research Stories: Wome...
Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Genealogy Research Stories: Women of New Jersey
GSBC Extra! Genealogy Research Stories: Colonial New Jersey Women Monday, 14 Junel @ 2pm (EDT) Free Online Webinar—All Experience Levels are Welcome Presented by Regina Fitzpatrick Regina Fitzpatrick, Genealogy Librarian at the New Jersey State[...]
Jun
28
Mon
7:00 pm Researching US Citizenship and I...
Researching US Citizenship and I...
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Researching US Citizenship and Immigration Services Records
Marian Smith Researching US Citizenship and Immigration Services Records Monday 28 June, 2021, 7pm Online and free—all are welcome Marian Smith presents an overview of three historical eras of US immigration and naturalization records, illustrated[...]
Jul
8
Thu
10:00 am Virtual Tour of the Hidden Archi...
Virtual Tour of the Hidden Archi...
Jul 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Virtual Tour of the Hidden Archives at the Bolger Heritage Center
Virtual Tour of the Hidden Archives Thursday, July 8 @ 10am Online—Virtual Tour Presented by: Sarah Kiefer, Local History Librarian, Ridgewood Public Library Take a virtual backstage tour of the Ridgewood Public Library’s hidden gems with[...]
Jul
12
Mon
2:00 pm The North Jersey History & Genea...
The North Jersey History & Genea...
Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center
GSBC Extra! The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center Presented by James Lewis, MLIS Monday, 12 July @ 2pm (Eastern) Free Online Webinar—All Experience Levels are Welcome The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center in[...]
Jul
26
Mon
7:00 pm Lutherpalians & Presbygationalis...
Lutherpalians & Presbygationalis...
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where Did Grandma's Church Go?
GSBC General Meeting Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where Did Grandma’s Church Go? Presentation by Dr. David McDonald Monday, 26 July & 7pm Online and free—all are welcome. Registration required. Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where Did Grandma’s Church[...]
Aug
23
Mon
7:00 pm Should You Believe Your Eyes? Si...
Should You Believe Your Eyes? Si...
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Should You Believe Your Eyes? Sizing Up Sources and Information
Should You Believe Your Eyes? Sizing Up Sources and Information Presented by Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS Monday, 23 August 2021 @ 7:00 pm Free Online Webinar—All Experience Levels are Welcome Should genealogists believe everything they[...]

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.