Presentations: GSBC General Meetings + GSBC Extras!

The GSBC regularly holds two types of educational meetings:

GSBC General Meetings are held the 4th Monday of the month (except holidays and December) at 7pm. The General Meeting begins with a brief society business meeting before the main presentation begins. The meeting may be help in-person at the Ridgewood Public Library or online—or both!

GSBC Extras! was introduced during the 2020 lockdowns and are presented entirely online. GSBC Extra! presentations most often occur on a Monday @ 2pm (Eastern) and registration for the online presentation is required.

Both the General Meetings and GSBC Extra! presentations are free and open to the public—and researchers of all skill levels are encouraged to join us at our events.

Please see the individual event below for details on day, time, venue, and registration.

GSBC Seminars, RPL-GSBC Lock-Ins, and Special Events

The GSBC holds several special events throughout the year—most often an additional ticket price, and generally discounted for GSBC members.

The GSBC Annual Seminar is often a day-long event where a select speaker, or a few select speakers, will deliver educational presentations organized around a theme or topic.

The annual RPL–GSBC Lock-In is an always-fun event that welcomes family historians to the Ridgewood Public Library after the doors are closed to the general public. At the Lock-In, genealogists can attend talks on a variety of subjects, collaborate on problems, receive one-on-one research assistance, and enjoy a light supper and snacks. It’s always a fun and popular event—and almost always sells out!

Sign-up for the GSBC eNews or watch this calendar or our Facebook page for upcoming events!

GSBC Tech Classes, Workshops, In-Depth Courses at BCC, and SIGs

GSBC Tech Classes are organized in conjunction with the Bolger Heritage Center at the Ridgewood Public Library. Please check the full RPL calendar for class information, fees, registration, cancellations, and for classes on other topics.

GSBC Workshops are occasional GSBC Extra! online presentations where experts can share their screen and show you the steps to tackling tech problems or explain specialized software. Watch the GSBC calendar for these events—which are free and open to the public.

GSBC’s in-depth courses are held at Bergen Community College’s Institute for Learning and Retirement (BCC-ILR, for those 55 and older). These courses are multi-week sessions and often focus on a particular aspect of family history research (e.g., DNA and Genetic Genealogy tools, getting started, intermediate skills).

GSBC SIGs (Special Interest Groups) are small gatherings where researchers meet and discuss particular topics and work through problems—and especially popular are our SIGs on technology and DNA.

Upcoming Events from the GSBC, Ridgewood Public Library, and Events of Note from Other Societies

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Yesterday’s Bride, 1850 to 1930 (Two Presentation Times: 11 am or 7 pm)
Jun 13 all-day

Yesterday’s Bride will give you a glimpse of bridal costumes from 1858 through the 1930s. Learn how social mores, economy, and even war have influenced bridal fashion and weddings. Discover the origins of wedding customs and superstitions and the reasons and roots of Western wedding traditions for everything from veils, garters, and flowers to dances, honeymoons, shoes, rice and the seemingly unimportant boutonniere on the groom’s lapel.  The presentation will also track the correlation between style and suffrage.

Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Call 201-447-3242 or visit for reservations, or you may register at the door: $10.00 for members, $15.00 for non-members. Tickets to be paid at the door.

The Ridgewood Historical Society
650 East Glen Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Funding has been made possible in part through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, Department of Parks, through a General Operating Support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.


Book Talk: A History Lover’s Guide to Bergen County
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

GSBC Meeting – In person at Ridgewood Public Library
Book Talk: A History Lover’s Guide to Bergen County
Presentation by Bob Nesoff & Howard Kohn
Monday, 24 June 2024 @ 7pm Eastern
Open to GSBC Members and non-Members

Summary: From the crossroads of the American Revolution to the construction of the George Washington Bridge, New Jersey's Bergen County has a history that has shaped not only the metropolitan area, but the nation itself.

Featuring narratives of key historical moments, legendary personalities and fascinating landmarks, this guide to Bergen County's past is essential for any resident or visitor alike. Take a copy along as you traverse the county and discover the historic sites within and the stories behind them.

The authors will sign books purchased at the event.

Bob Nesoff is a career journalist. He was a reporter for The Record and the Newark News. He was last Executive Editor for New York Lifestyles Magazine. As a journalist he was presented with more than 40 awards for his writing. A History Lovers Guide to Bergen County is his second book. The first, a novel Spyder Hole, about terrorist, has sold the movie rights. His next, about the Federal agent who brought Al Capone down and was instrumental in solving the Lindbergh kidnapping will be out in the fall. He is currently working on a book about the rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox.



Howard Cohn was a New York educator with degrees (BA) from CCNY and MFA in Fine Arts from Lehman College of CUNY. He served on the board of trustees for the  New Jersey State Museum and was president of the New Jersey Paleontological   Society. He honed his writing skills with articles for the newsletters of organizations he belonged to. He has always had a great interest in history. He is an avid fossil collector with an abiding interest in history.

GSBC Genealogy Consultants

GSBC Genealogy Consultants offer complimentary assistance to researchers—on-site and online. Consult the calendar below for available consultants, and learn more about this service under the “Get Help” section.