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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 and RPL Presentations (Free!) and Special Events

Jan
27
Mon
7:00 pm The Orphan Train Era (1853–1929) @ Ridgewood Public Library
The Orphan Train Era (1853–1929) @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Orphan Train Era (1853–1929) @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC General Meeting Monday, 27 January 2020, 7pm Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium Tom Riley The Orphan Train Era (1853–1929) Join the GSBC as we welcome Tom Riley for the first of two talks for 2020.[...]
Feb
8
Sat
2:00 pm Encore Presentation! The Making ... @ Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
Encore Presentation! The Making ... @ Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
Feb 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Encore Presentation! The Making of a Village—Ridgewood Grows Up @ Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
Saturday, February 8th @ 2pm Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium The Making of a Village: Ridgewood Grows Up Co-sponsored with the Ridgewood Historical Society Encore Presentation! The Making of a Village—Ridgewood Grows Up Encore presentation date![...]
Feb
24
Mon
7:00 pm The Great Hunger in Ireland (184... @ Ridgewood Public Library
The Great Hunger in Ireland (184... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Great Hunger in Ireland (1845–1852) @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC General Meeting Monday, 24 February 2020, 7pm Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium Tom Riley The Great Hunger in Ireland (1845–1852) Join the GSBC as we welcome Tom Riley for the second of two talks. Free[...]
Mar
9
Mon
7:00 pm The History of the Irish in New ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
The History of the Irish in New ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The History of the Irish in New Jersey @ Ridgewood Public Library
Monday, 9th March @ 7pm Ridgewood Public Library Belcher Auditorium Dr. Alan Delozier, Seton Hall University Sponsored by the Bolger Heritage Center, Ridgewood Public Library The History of the Irish in New Jersey This program will[...]
Mar
23
Mon
7:00 pm That Other DNA Test—Understandin... @ Ridgewood Public Library
That Other DNA Test—Understandin... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
That Other DNA Test—Understanding and Using Y-DNA @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC General Meeting Monday, 23 March 2020, 7pm Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium Skip Duett That Other DNA Test—Understanding and Using Y-DNA Learn the basics of the science and how to apply Y-DNA to help identify[...]
Apr
11
Sat
2:00 pm Historical Highlights of New Jer... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Historical Highlights of New Jer... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Historical Highlights of New Jersey Counties @ Ridgewood Public Library
Saturday, 11 April @ 2pm Belcher Auditorium, Ridgewood Public Library Historian Phil Jaeger Sponsored by the Bolger Heritage Center, Ridgewood Public Library Historical Highlights of New Jersey Counties Historian Phil Jaeger focuses on historical highlights[...]

GSBC-RPL Classes ($5/$10)

Jan
30
Thu
6:30 pm Tech Class: Internet Genealogy @ Ridgewood Public Library Tech Room
Tech Class: Internet Genealogy @ Ridgewood Public Library Tech Room
Jan 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tech Class: Internet Genealogy @ Ridgewood Public Library Tech Room
Thursday, January 30, 6:30pm Ridgewood Public Library, Tech Lab Instructor: Steve Gabai   Tech Class: Internet Genealogy Using the Internet to find records, family information and known and unknown relatives. Steven Gabai of the Genealogical[...]
Feb
13
Thu
7:00 pm Tech Class: Spreadsheets & Genea... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Tech Class: Spreadsheets & Genea... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tech Class: Spreadsheets & Genealogy @ Ridgewood Public Library | Ridgewood | New Jersey | United States
Tech Class: Spreadsheets & Genealogy Thursday, 13 February 2020, 7pm Ridgewood Public Library Computer Lab Instructor: Fred Voss Being organized is critical to being a successful genealogist. Some people find spreadsheets to be a valuable[...]
Mar
2
Mon
7:00 pm Tech Class: Genealogy on the Mov... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Tech Class: Genealogy on the Mov... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Tech Class: Genealogy on the Move, There's an App for That! @ Ridgewood Public Library
Tech Class: Genealogy on the Move, There’s an App for That! Ridgewood Public Library Tech Room Monday, 2 March, 7pm Instructor: Barbara Ellman   The changes in computing and in genealogical research provide us with[...]
Apr
9
Thu
10:00 am Tech Class: Using Land Records @ Ridgewood Public Library
Tech Class: Using Land Records @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Tech Class: Using Land Records @ Ridgewood Public Library
Tech Class: Using Land Records Ridgewood Public Library Tech Room Thursday, 9 April @ 10am Instructor: Peggy Norris How to find and use land records to tell your family story. Deeds reveal a lot about[...]