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Upcoming GSBC Meetings, Events, Programs, & Classes

GSBC Meetings

GSBC Meetings are held every 4th Monday of the month (except holidays and December). General Meetings include a brief business meeting. Meetings start promptly at 7pm in the Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 125 N. Maple Ave., Ridgewood, NJ. Phone (201) 670-5600 (see map, above), unless otherwise noted. Light refreshments and speaker handouts provided. Your membership dues directly supports this programming and allows us to host speakers on a wide variety of topics — thank you!

GSBC Special Events & Seminars

The GSBC holds several special events each year, including our popular day-long Annual Seminar and late-night RPL Lock-In, where genealogists can attend talks on a variety of subjects, collaborate on problems, and receive one-on-one research assistance. Additional event fee may apply. Discount for GSBC members.

Ridgewood Public Library Programs & Classes

The Bolger Heritage Center at the Ridgewood Public Library holds events on local history and genealogy-focused computer classes. Ridgewood residents and GSBC members receive a discount on these events. Included in the calendar below are RPL classes of interest to genealogists and local researchers. Please check the full RPL calendar for class information, fees, registration, cancellations, and for classes on other topics. All registration is through the Ridgewood Public Library calendar or by calling (201) 670-5600.


Below is our complete calendar showing all Meetings, Events, Seminars. Library Programs and Classes. Use the Category filter below to hide the events in a specific category.

Jul
12
Wed
PCHS: Military Photograph Exhibit @ Lambert Castle
Jul 12 – Oct 17 all-day

Military Photograph Exhibit at Lambert Castle

The Passaic County Historical Society would like to announce the opening of its newest exhibit, From the Photographic Archives, The Men Who Served: 1861–1964. On exhibit from Wednesday July 12th until Sunday October 1st, the display showcases some of the military photographs from the Society's permanent collection.

Over thirty photographs have been selected for this exhibit to demonstrate the common experience of American servicemen, from the American Civil War to the conflict in Vietnam. Their uniforms, equipment, and weapons changed over time, but their fears, triumphs and trials remained constant.

Visitors can access the exhibition, which is on display in the changing exhibit gallery on the 3rd floor, during regular museum hours (Wednesday-Sunday July 12-Sept 3:12pm-4pm Sept 6-Oct 1 1pm-4pm). General museum admissions apply (Adults $5, Seniors $4, Children $3, Members free).

Sep
20
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Peggy Norris
Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
BCHS Volunteer & Interpretation Meeting @ Steuben House
Sep 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
BCHS Volunteer & Interpretation Meeting: Wednesday, Sept 20, 7:30 pm
In a world of highways and shopping malls, it may be difficult to think of Bergen County as an agricultural countryside, but it wasn’t too long ago that it was true. This Wednesday, September 20, BCHS interpreter (and broom-maker) Joe Restivo will discuss the history of HNBL’s restored nineteenth century barn and explain the uses of its artifacts and structure in an everyday Bergen lifestyle now gone. Come explore the conveyances and agricultural equipment in our collection to improve your interpretation of Bergen’s past!

While the barn is not open at all our events (no heat in the winter), it is always a popular exhibit when open, especially with kids. Even if you don’t normally work in it, having a knowledge of what’s there and of our farming past is helpful to the well-versed volunteer.

The meeting will start at the Steuben House at 7:30 and then move to the barn. Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661.

Sep
23
Sat
GSBC Speaker: Stories from Ellis Island @ Bay Shore / Bridgewater Public Library
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Presenter: GSBC Trustee Fred Voss

Fred Voss, a GSBC Trustee, tour guide, and researcher at Ellis Island National Park, will join us to share some of his favorite stories of those who arrived in the US through Ellis Island.

From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island. Coming from all corners of the world, these souls—who nearly 40% of Americans can call "family"—left behind possessions and family to reinvent themselves in America.

Voss will provide an overview of the workings of the Island—how immigrants arrived, how they were processed through the different parts of the Island, and what might mean a long stay on the Island or a return-ticket home. We'll also dive into those squiggles on the manifest and how to decipher them. (Part one of two talks on Ellis Island.)

Voss' talk on Ellis Island last year was a must-see presentation. If you would like to read-up on last year's talk, download a complimentary copy of the GSBC's 2016 ISFHWE-Award Winning quarterly newsletter, The Archivist. This issue contains a recap of Voss' talk as well as an article recapping a presentation by JewishGen VP for Education, Phyllis Kramer.

 

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Sep
25
Mon
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joe Suplicki @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 25 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Specialties:
All computer applications
Advanced Research
Local History
Bergen County
Available by Appointment


On-Site GSBC Genealogy Consultations at the Ridgewood Public Library (RPL)

GSBC Members and others receive complimentary on-site consultation with our Genealogy Consultants at the Bolger Heritage Center. All our consultants can help beginners through experienced researchers, guide you in the use of the Genealogy and Local History Reference collections at the Bolger Heritage Center, and help you break through your brick-walls. If you need assistance with a specific area not listed, contact us and we will match you as best we can with an expert in that area.

To make an appointment, email contact@njgsbc.org to reserve your consultation window.

German Genealogy Research on the Internet @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday, 25 September, 7 pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
GSBC General Meeting

Dr. Richard Haberstroh, AG, GC

This lecture will center around the internet resources now available to assist researchers with their German genealogy as they work in the comfort of their homes. The sites described will include American and foreign websites of both the free and subscription variety.

Also included will be tips to help researchers get the most from these sites and to be able to navigate better those that are not available in English.

Sep
27
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joan Hagel @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

On-Site GSBC Genealogy Consultations at the Ridgewood Public Library (RPL)

GSBC Members and others receive complimentary on-site consultation with our Genealogy Consultants at the Bolger Heritage Center. All our consultants can help beginners through experienced researchers, guide you in the use of the Genealogy and Local History Reference collections at the Bolger Heritage Center, and help you break through your brick-walls. If you need assistance with a specific area not listed, contact us and we will match you as best we can with an expert in that area.

To make an appointment, email contact@njgsbc.org to reserve your consultation window.

Sep
30
Sat
BCHS Baronfest! @ Historic New Bridge Landing
Sep 30 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

"I feel like I am on a farm in upstate New York!" overheard at previous event.

Baronfest, A Celebration of Major General Baron von Steuben's
Birthday at his Jersey Estate
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Museum site open for tours. Visit Bergen County's Premier Historic Site.

Picket-fence beer garden with Brix City and Alementary Craft Breweries. Mott's Artillery will be firing a cannon! Live music by Long Hill String Band. Major-General Baron von Steuben (aka Robert Gleason) visits his Jersey Estate. German Fare Food, as well as New Bridge donuts, pretzels and apple strudel. Free Pumpkin Picking. Family fun event, scanvenger hunt with prize, new bean bag game. The Steuben House, Demarest House and Campbell-Christie House are open for tours. The three Jersey Dutch sandstone houses are located along the Hackensack River. Walk across the 1889 Swing Bridge, watch for American Egrets and Great Blue Herons. The Westervelt-Thomas Barn will be open, check out broom-making! Look for a bacon, cabbage and onion stew and Whigg Cakes in the Outkitchen. Who was Steuben?

Admission: Adults $15, Students (12-22 yr) $7. BCHS members - only $10. Beer (12 oz) $5 - Photo ID required. Cash line moves faster. 100% goes to our mission.
Site opened by volunteer historians and interpreters. Free parking is also available. Extra bus service available via NJ Transit while the Pascack Valley Train line is under repair. HNBL is only 7 miles from the GWB. Site map below. No rain date. Info subject to change. Video of Long Hill String Band. EVENT POSTER.

HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ.
Site map & directions:
 VISIT HNBL PDF.
The site is opened by knowledgable volunteer historians and interpreters. Event info updated as available. Permit #51797

Oct
3
Tue
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Afina Broekman @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 3 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Specialties:
AncestryLE
Internet Research
Advanced Research
Netherlands
Available by Appointment


On-Site GSBC Genealogy Consultations at the Ridgewood Public Library (RPL)

GSBC Members and others receive complimentary on-site consultation with our Genealogy Consultants at the Bolger Heritage Center. All our consultants can help beginners through experienced researchers, guide you in the use of the Genealogy and Local History Reference collections at the Bolger Heritage Center, and help you break through your brick-walls. If you need assistance with a specific area not listed, contact us and we will match you as best we can with an expert in that area.

To make an appointment, email contact@njgsbc.org to reserve your consultation window.

 

BCC ILR Course: Genealogy—Researching Your Family Tree @ Bergen Community College
Oct 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join GSBC for two exciting courses at the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (note that ILR is for registrants 55 and older). Registration opens on 6 September (see links below). Contact the college at 201-447-7156 or ilr@bergen.edu for more information.


Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree (IR–026)

More and more people are interested in their family's past. This course covers both methodology and the basics of searching records in the US such as census and vital records. We will discuss both traditional and online resources—therefore, students must be familiar with navigating the Internet.


This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

Tuesdays:  3, 10, 17, 24 October
Room: TBA/ Time: 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Fred Voss
Online Catalog: http://bergen.edu/wp-content/uploads/ILR-Fall-2017-Catalog.pdf
Registration Opens: Wednesday, 6 September 2017 10:00am; Online registration only; http://bergen.edu/community/institute-for-learning-in-retirement/course-offerings-and-registration/

Information and registration via the ILR web site at http://bergen.edu/community/institute-for-learning-in-retirement/

Oct
4
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Sydney Robertson @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Specialties:
AncestryLE
Canadian Records (French and English)
State and Federal Census
Advanced Research
New York City Research
City Directories


On-Site GSBC Genealogy Consultations at the Ridgewood Public Library (RPL)

GSBC Members and others receive complimentary on-site consultation with our Genealogy Consultants at the Bolger Heritage Center. All our consultants can help beginners through experienced researchers, guide you in the use of the Genealogy and Local History Reference collections at the Bolger Heritage Center, and help you break through your brick-walls. If you need assistance with a specific area not listed, contact us and we will match you as best we can with an expert in that area.

To make an appointment, email contact@njgsbc.org to reserve your consultation window.

 

Oct
6
Fri
“Nashi Predky-Our Ancestors” 2017 Conference—Unlock Your Heritage: Discover Your Ancestry @ Ukrainian Cultural Center
Oct 6 – Oct 7 all-day

"Nashi Predky-Our Ancestors" 2017 Conference

Join fellow genealogy enthusiasts for the 4th Annual Nashi Predky Fall Conference—Unlock Your Heritage: Discover Your Ancestry—featuring a full "DNA Day" on Friday and dual-track afternoon presentations on Saturday!

The 4th Annual Nashi Predky Fall Conference—Unlock Your Heritage: Discover Your Ancestry—will be held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center located at 135 Davidson Avenue in Somerset, NJ. The event features internationally known experts in Eastern European genealogy, and will span two days, including a full-day dedicated to DNA along with a Saturday's workshop on Using Cadastral Maps, opportunity for networking, and the choice of seven lectures.

View full schedule and speaker details

The Nashi Predky Family History Group is proud to offer a two full days of programming. Participants may register for either Friday or Saturday, or the full two-day conference at reduced pricing. In addition to the presentations, the event will have vendors and cultural display areas.

On Friday, October 6th, DNA Day offers participants three lectures, Q&A Panel open discussion and dinner. Registration opens at 2pmand a light dinner will be available. The presentations by Melissa Johnson, CG are: Genetic Genealogy: A Beginner’s Guide, Diving Deeper into Genetic Genealogy, and Using Autosomal DNA in Genealogy.  The DNA Panel Discussion will be hosted by: Melissa Johnson, CG, Natalie Asikainen, Bruce Romanchuk, an Administrator of the Facebook group "Lemko Ancestry & DNA", and Prof. Volodymyr Bodnar, the leader of the FamilyTreeDNA group "Ukrainian DNA Genealogy - Український ДНК-родовід".

On Saturday, October 7th, the second day of the "Unlock Your Heritage: Discover Your Ancestry" opens with registration at 8am with a light continental breakfast.  At 9am, the morning sessions start off with the presentation "Galicia: An Ethnic and Religious Melting  Pot" by Zbigniew Stettner where he will describe ethnic and religious mixture in Galicia and show how this knowledge can help you trace your ancestors.

After the opening session, a dual-track day begins with presentations by Rhoda Miller, CG, "Finding Families in Russian Era Ukraine: Census Records and More", and by Rev. Dr. Ivan Kaszczak "Ukrainian Catholics in America: A History".

Participants will be offered a buffet luncheon featuring ethnic food and networking time during the lunch break.

The afternoon sessions continue the dual-track offerings: "1920s-1940s Polish State Archives Records for Lemkos" by Zbigniew Stettner; "Ten Ways to Jumpstart Your Eastern European Research" by Lisa Alzo; "Did My Great-Grandmother Have a Family?: A Problem Solving Case Study" by Rhoda Miller, CG; and "Immigrant Cluster Communities: Past, Present and Future" by Lisa Alzo.  An optional workshop "Using 19th century Cadastral Maps to Trace Our Galician Ancestors" hosted by Zbigniew Stettner will show how to find the records in archives, interpret them and teach how to compare cadastral maps with current maps using various software and websites.

The two-day event concludes with the door-prizes at 4:30pm.

October 6th, 2017 2:00 PM through October 7th, 2017 5:00 PM
Ukrainian Cultural Center
135 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873
Phone: 732-356-0132
Email:
Registration  
Friday (DNA Day) registration only (early bird discount) $ 40.00
Saturday registration only (early bird discount) $ 55.00
Friday and Saturday registration (early bird discount) $ 85.00
Oct
7
Sat
Class: Using FamilySearch.org @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor: Judy Kenney

Learn about the wealth of records and research help available free on FamilySearch.org. In addition to millions of digitized records, discover full-text books, hundreds of research videos, and thousands of research articles to help you in your research. Learn how to search more effectively and how to use the many other features on the site.

Registration and fee required (Ridgewood and GSBC members $5; Visitors $10)
http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=312055

Oct
11
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Lucille Bertram @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Specialties:
Ancestry
Census
Ireland
Immigration
New York City and New Jersey


On-Site GSBC Genealogy Consultations at the Ridgewood Public Library (RPL)

GSBC Members and others receive complimentary on-site consultation with our Genealogy Consultants at the Bolger Heritage Center. All our consultants can help beginners through experienced researchers, guide you in the use of the Genealogy and Local History Reference collections at the Bolger Heritage Center, and help you break through your brick-walls. If you need assistance with a specific area not listed, contact us and we will match you as best we can with an expert in that area.

To make an appointment, email contact@njgsbc.org to reserve your consultation window.

 

Oct
18
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Peggy Norris
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Oct
23
Mon
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joe Suplicki @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 23 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Specialties:
All computer applications
Advanced Research
Local History
Bergen County
Available by Appointment


On-Site GSBC Genealogy Consultations at the Ridgewood Public Library (RPL)

GSBC Members and others receive complimentary on-site consultation with our Genealogy Consultants at the Bolger Heritage Center. All our consultants can help beginners through experienced researchers, guide you in the use of the Genealogy and Local History Reference collections at the Bolger Heritage Center, and help you break through your brick-walls. If you need assistance with a specific area not listed, contact us and we will match you as best we can with an expert in that area.

To make an appointment, email contact@njgsbc.org to reserve your consultation window.

New Jersey Vital Records, Adoption, and Divorce @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday, 23 October, 7 pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
GSBC General Meeting

Melissa A. Johnson, CG—This lecture covers the various types of New Jersey vital records and the information they provide during different time periods; vital record additions and corrections; delayed vital registration; New Jersey adoption records and recent adoption legislation; and New Jersey divorce records. In addition to the types of records that exist, the discussion will focus on availability and restrictions, present day organization of the records, online and on-site indexes and records, alternatives for restricted or non-existent records, out-of-state resources, and methods for using vital records, adoption records, and divorce records to solve problems.

Oct
25
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joan Hagel @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

On-Site GSBC Genealogy Consultations at the Ridgewood Public Library (RPL)

GSBC Members and others receive complimentary on-site consultation with our Genealogy Consultants at the Bolger Heritage Center. All our consultants can help beginners through experienced researchers, guide you in the use of the Genealogy and Local History Reference collections at the Bolger Heritage Center, and help you break through your brick-walls. If you need assistance with a specific area not listed, contact us and we will match you as best we can with an expert in that area.

To make an appointment, email contact@njgsbc.org to reserve your consultation window.

Camp Merritt Centennial @ Dixon Homestead Library
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Camp Merritt Centennial

10/25/2017, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Dumont
Old Auditorium

Registration is open

Tom Kelly, Dumont Historian and Tom Sites will share the history of the military base that was used during World War I by more than a million soldiers before their deployment to Europe.  This camp covered 770 acres, was composed of 1302 buildings, and was active from 1917-1920. You are probably familiar with the monument at the Cresskill traffic circle and now you will know why it was constructed there.

Registration required

Event Type(s): Special Event, Lecture/Speaker
Age Group(s): Adults
Presenter: Tom Kelly , Tom Sites

Catherine Dodwell, (201) 384 - 2030

Oct
28
Sat
14th Annual GSBC-Ridgewood Public Library Lock-In @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 28 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 29 @ 11:00 pm

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Saturday, 28 October, 4:30–11 pm
Ridgewood Public Library


Genealogists take over the Ridgewood Public Library (RPL) after-hours for a light supper, research, workshops, and sharing. This event is a great way to improve your skills, meet new genealogy friends, or just have a whole evening to research in the Library.

(Complete program to be announced). There will also be an expert panel discussion, along with individual assistance offered throughout the night. A light supper will be served as well.

You do need to register for this after-hours event at the Library—registration form will be mailed to GSBC Members, posted online, and available at the Ridgewood Public Library. Please contact Sarah Kiefer with any questions, 201-670-5600 x135 or skiefer@ridgewoodlibrary.org.


IMPORTANT PARKING NOTICE
The Ridgewood Police Department will begin tougher enforcement of the one-hour street parking on N. Maple Avenue in front of the Library. Parking limits are in effect Monday–Saturday, 7am–9pm. Parking tickets run $30 for each hour over the one-hour allotment. If you are joining us for a meeting, please use the parking lots behind the Ridgewood Public Library, next to the sports field.

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