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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

Jan
24
Mon
7:00 pm The Last Vital Event: Finding Ev...
The Last Vital Event: Finding Ev...
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Last Vital Event: Finding Even More Beyond the Death Certificate
GSBC General Meeting The Last Vital Event: Finding Even More Beyond the Death Certificate Diana Crisman Smith Monday, 24 January 2022 @ 7pm Eastern Online—all are welcome. Registration required. Do you stop searching when you[...]
Feb
8
Tue
7:00 pm Sending Love: Valentine’s Greeti...
Sending Love: Valentine’s Greeti...
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sending Love: Valentine's Greetings 1900–1910
Sending Love: Valentine’s Greetings 1900–1910 Tuesday, 8 February @ 7pm Presentation by Anthony Cavo Online and open to all, registration required Roses are red, Violets are blue, Learn about Valentine’s Day Greetings, From a history[...]
Feb
14
Mon
2:00 pm GSBC Extra! Home Genealogies: Wh...
GSBC Extra! Home Genealogies: Wh...
Feb 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
GSBC Extra! Home Genealogies: Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed?
GSBC Extra! Home Genealogies: Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed? Presentation by Beth Potter Monday, February 14, 2022 @ 2pm Eastern Online and open to all! Registration required. House historian Beth Potter will talk about ways to[...]
Feb
28
Mon
7:00 pm Civil War Medical Records
Civil War Medical Records
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Civil War Medical Records
GSBC General Meeting Civil War Medical Records Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA Monday, 28 February 2022 @ 7pm Eastern Online—all are welcome. Registration required. The medical records in the U.S. National Archives (NARA) provide[...]
Mar
14
Mon
2:00 pm GSBC Extra! Case Studies in New ...
GSBC Extra! Case Studies in New ...
Mar 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
GSBC Extra! Case Studies in New Jersey Genealogy
GSBC Extra! Case Studies in New Jersey Genealogy Presentation by Melissa A. Johnson, CG Monday, 14 March 2022 @ 2pm Eastern Online and open to all! Registration required. This talk will present several case studies covering different[...]
Mar
28
Mon
7:00 pm The Persistence of the Dutch Lan...
The Persistence of the Dutch Lan...
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Persistence of the Dutch Language in New York and New Jersey
GSBC General Meeting The Persistence of the Dutch Language in New York and New Jersey Kieran J. O’Keefe, PhD Monday, 28 March 2022 @ 7pm Eastern Online—all are welcome. Registration required. This talk will explore[...]
Apr
1
Fri
2:00 pm What’s in the 1950 Census? A Rou... @ Ridgewood Public Library
What’s in the 1950 Census? A Rou... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
What’s in the 1950 Census? A Roundtable Discussion (In-Person at RPL, seating limited) Friday, 1 April @ 2pm Ridgewood Public Library The wait is over…the 1950 census is released today and we’re here to discuss.[...]
Apr
25
Mon
7:00 pm Bill Ervolino—The Importance of ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Bill Ervolino—The Importance of ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Bill Ervolino—The Importance of Stories @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC General Meeting Bill Ervolino—The Importance of Stories Monday, 25 April 2022 @ 7pm Eastern Hybrid presentation—online and in-person. Registration required. An informative and entertaining program about preserving your family’s history with an author who[...]

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.