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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

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. 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

7:00 pm Meet the Author: Ellen Marie Wis...
Meet the Author: Ellen Marie Wis...
Aug 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Meet the Author: Ellen Marie Wiseman, "The Orphan Collector"
Zoom Author Event: Ellen Marie Wiseman Ridgewood Public Library Wednesday, Aug. 5, 7:00 pm REGISTER NOW or call 201-670-5600. Join The Ridgewood Public Library and internationally bestselling author Ellen Marie Wiseman for an online Author[...]
7:00 pm “Heirloom Genealogy” and Show-an...
“Heirloom Genealogy” and Show-an...
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
“Heirloom Genealogy” and Show-and-Tell
GSBC Summer Meeting: “Heirloom Genealogy” and Show-and-Tell Monday, 24 August, 7pm Free Online Program GSBC First Vice President and Program Chair, Lauren Maehrlein, and YOU! Your family’s history is so much more than birth and death[...]
2:00 pm Bergen Roots—Part Four: Vital Re...
Bergen Roots—Part Four: Vital Re...
Sep 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Bergen Roots—Part Four: Vital Records and Cemeteries
Join us as we talk about all things Bergen County! Over this series of sessions, we will dive into County-specific topics, history, and resources with the experts, historians, and genealogists who know Bergen County, New Jersey,[...]
7:00 pm What You Didn’t Know About the C...
What You Didn’t Know About the C...
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
What You Didn't Know About the Census
GSBC General Meeting Monday, 28 September, 7pm What You Didn’t Know About the Census Free Online Event Thomas McEntee REGISTER: Thomas McEntee is a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector,[...]
2:00 pm Genealogy Resources at the Newar...
Genealogy Resources at the Newar...
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Genealogy Resources at the Newark Public Library
GSBC Extra: Genealogy Resources at the Newark Public Library Monday, 5 October @ 2pm Tom Ankner, Librarian, Newark Public Library Free online webinar! [Description to come!] REGISTER NOW:
all-day Save the Date—RPL-GSBC Lock-In
Save the Date—RPL-GSBC Lock-In
Oct 24 – Oct 25 all-day
RPL–GSBC Lock-In Saturday, 24 October 2020 Online! Save the date for the RPL-GSBC Lock-In—quarantine edition! Details and registration link to be announced by mid-September. Stay tuned.
7:00 pm The Importance of Stories @ Ridgewood Public Library
The Importance of Stories @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Importance of Stories @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC General Meeting Monday, 26 October 2020 @ 7pm Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium Bill Ervolino, Former columnist for The Record The Importance of Stories An informative and entertaining program about preserving your family’s history with[...]

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 for more information about available time slots.