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Upcoming GSBC Meetings, Events, Programs, & Classes

GSBC Meetings + Presentations
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. 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, including our 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.

GSBC Classes + Ridgewood Public Library Programs
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.

Additionally, the GSBC holds in-depth courses, for those 55 and older, at Bergen Community College, Institute for Learning and Retirement (BCC-ILR). Please check our calendar for registration dates, visit the BCC-ILR website, or contact BCC-ILR at 201-447-7156.


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.


Oct
22
Mon
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joe Suplicki @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 22 @ 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.

The Jersey Dutch and Their Contribution to Bergen County @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

October Program + GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 22 October 2018
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 7pm 

Tim Adriance

The Jersey Dutch and Their Contribution to Bergen County

Eighth generation Jersey Dutch himself, Tim Adriance has written on Bergen County and Rockland County history, focusing on the historic homes of the Jersey Dutch. He is the author of the Onderdonck-Tallman-Budke House, and The William Holdrum, Sr. House Reconstruction.


Free and open to the public—all are welcome.

Oct
25
Thu
A First Draft of History: Using Newspaper to Learn About Mahwah’s Past @ Mahwah Public Library
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
We will be hosting an event, "A First Draft of History: Using Newspaper to Learn About Mahwah's Past," on October 25th from 7:00PM - 8:30PM at the Mahwah Public Library in the Winter Room.
Dr. Cathy Moran Hajo and members of the Mahwah Newspaper Project will talk about their grant funded project digitizing newspaper clippings held by the Mahwah Museum. Dr. Moran Hajo will discuss stories historians can find in the news, providing examples, and demonstrate how to use them. Project participants will discuss interesting clippings and stories uncovered through the project. She will also discuss volunteer opportunities in this ongoing project-- transcribing clippings, scanning and entering clippings and reviewing work.

We are also looking for interested for people who would like to share interesting stories/experiences about what they have found during their time volunteering! Please let me know if you are interested in speaking for a bit or have any questions!

Oct
27
Sat
GSBC-RPL 15th Annual Genealogy Lock-In—Registration Now Open! @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 27 @ 4:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Registration Now Open!

GSBC-RPL 15th Annual Genealogy Lock-In
Saturday, 27 October, 5:00-11:00pm (Please arrive by 4:30pm)
Ridgewood Public Library

Please register by October 19. Download and mail-in the form with your payment, thanks!

The Ridgewood Public Library and the Genealogical Society of Bergen County are sponsoring an after-hours opportunity for all genealogists from beginners to advanced to attend. Get advice from an expert panel, attend various workshops, or receive individual genealogy assistance.

Co-sponsored by the Ridgewood Public Library and the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, the 15th Annual Genealogy Lock-in offers genealogists of all levels the chance to:

  • Spend the evening researching, learning, and sharing
  • Ask the Experts your brick wall questions
  • Attend workshops such as Beginner Genealogy, Beyond the Basics, DNA (video/Q&A), Irish Genealogy, FamilySearch.org, Census Records, German Genealogy, Newspaper Research, Brick Walls, Courthouse Research—and more
  • Receive individual assistance from a genealogy expert
  • Win special door prizes—such as a DNA kit—in celebration of our 15th year

Register early—this event usually sells-out!


Registration:

Complete the registration form, enclose a $10 fee per person (make check payable to Genealogical Society of Bergen County) and mail it to:

Genealogical Society of Bergen County
P.O. Box 432
Midland Park, NJ 07432

Registration deadline: October 19, 2018. Please arrive by 4:30pm to check-in. Light supper will be served.
Questions: Contact Ridgewood Public Library History Librarian Sarah Kiefer: 201-670-5600 ext 135 or SKiefer@RidgewoodLibrary.org

Nov
3
Sat
The 5th Annual Nashi Predky Fall Conference—Your Ancestry: Past, Present and Future @ Ukrainian Cultural Center
Nov 3 – Nov 4 all-day

The 5th Annual Nashi Predky Fall Conference - Your Ancestry: Past, Present and Future - will be held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center located at 135 Davidson Avenue in Somerset, New Jersey on November 3-4, 2018. The event features internationally known experts in Eastern European genealogy, and will span two days, including Saturday's workshops, Hands-on Approach to Learning the Cyrillic Alphabets, conducted by Prof. Jon Shea, AG, a full-day dedicated to DNA featuring The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL, and many opportunities for networking, and the choice of nine lectures.

Two days of Programs!

The Nashi Predky Family History Group is excited to offer a two full days of programming. Participants may register for either Saturday or Sunday, or the full two-day conference at reduced pricing.[1] In addition to the presentations, the event will have vendors and cultural display areas.

On Saturday, November 3rd, the Nashi Predky Fall Conference “Your Ancestry: Past, Present and Future” opens with registration at 8am with a light continental breakfast.  At 9am, the morning sessions start off with the live virtual presentation "Recent Developments in Ukrainian Family Research" by Valentyna Nagy where she will discuss evolution of genealogy research in Ukraine since the 1990s.

After the opening session, a dual-track day begins with presentations by Professional Genealogist Leslie R. Karr, “George and Anna Boyko: A Search for their Ukrainian Home” [Virtual Presentation], and “Creating a Lasting Family Storyline: The Role of the Self-Publishing Genealogy Editor” by Brian Wilde.

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: "Galicia and Bukovina Genealogy Research" [Virtual Presentation] by Valentyna Nagy; "Carpathian Ruthenia (Transcarpathia) Genealogy Research" [Virtual Presentation] by Valentyna Nagy; and "Success: Using Social Media and DNA Together" by Bruce Romanchak. An optional workshop "Hands-on Approach to Learning the Cyrillic Alphabets" hosted by Prof. Jon Shea, AG. Space is limited for the Workshop (20 seats available).

New in 2018!

On Saturday night, Nashi Predky will host their 5th Anniversary dinner. Registration for this event is optional. Buffet-style dinner with entertainment is being planned.

DNA DAY Returns!

On Sunday, November 4th, DNA Day offers participants three lectures and lunch. Registration opens at 11:30am and a box lunch will be available. The presentations by Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL are: “DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy”, “Beyond X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing”, and “A Matter of Standards: DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard.”

Each day concludes with the door-prize drawings.

Registration is now OPEN!
https://www.ukrhec.org/nashi-predky-conference-2018

Participants may register for either Friday or Saturday, or the full two-day conference at reduced pricing through September 30th!!

The event will take place at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Somerset, New Jersey. The Center is easily accessible by car or train, being conveniently situated at Exit 10 of I-287 and only a short drive from the Bound Brook train station.

Questions?
E-mail: genealogy@ukrhec.org

 

Nov
5
Mon
Class: Intro to Ancestry.com @ Ridgewood Public Library
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Class: Intro to Ancestry.com
Monday, 5 November, 10am
Ridgewood Public Library Computer Room
Instructor: Peggy W. Norris

The database Ancestry Library Edition (LE) is available for you to use at the Ridgewood Public Library. It provides you with access to 705 million US names and census images, along with the UK/Ireland collection.This session will discuss the resources available on Ancestry LE, and also teach you the best methods of searching for your genealogy records.

 
Registration and fee required ($5 Ridgewood residents and GSBC members; $10 visitors)
 
Please note that advanced registration is required and classes fill up quickly. Classes are small-scale sessions held at the RPL. Classes that do not receive sufficient advanced registration are subject to cancellation or rescheduling—so don’t delay to reserve your seat! Classes last from 1.0 to 1.5 hours depending on instructor and time for Q&A needed.
Nov
7
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Sydney Robertson @ Ridgewood Public Library
Nov 7 @ 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

For July 2018: 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.

 

Nov
10
Sat
HCGHS: Patrick Cullen presents “West New York in World War I” @ Seacaucus Public Library
Nov 10 @ 11:00 am

Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society


Patrick Cullen presents "West New York in World War I"

Time: 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Location: Secaucus Public Library
Cost: Free
Parking available. Handicap accessible.

Nov
13
Tue
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Afina Broekman @ Ridgewood Public Library
Nov 13 @ 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.

 

Nov
14
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Lucille Bertram @ Ridgewood Public Library
Nov 14 @ 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.

 

Nov
21
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Peggy Norris
Nov 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Nov
26
Mon
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joe Suplicki @ Ridgewood Public Library
Nov 26 @ 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.

“Picturing” Your Research—Finding, Procuring, and Preserving Family Images @ Ridgewood Public Library
Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

GSBC Annual Meeting + Presentation
Monday, 26 November, 7 PM
Ridgewood Public Library—All Are Welcome

“Picturing” Your Research—Finding, Procuring, and Preserving Family Images
Your research can come alive with images but working with images can be a daunting prospect for many researchers. In this talk, we’ll look at all three—from the view of a researcher, designer, and photographer, Michelle D. Novak. She will show us how to best scan the images you have, ways to find images in collections to supplement your research, new online resources to help identify those mystery people, and share some tips for protecting the photos and artifacts for future generations. (P.S., It’s her favorite talk!)

This is the perfect talk in the run-up to welcoming family over the holidays—don't miss it! Free and open to the public—all are welcome.


Michelle D. Novak is President of [MND] (www.mnd.nyc), a NYC Brand-Design agency and a graduate of RISD and BU Genealogical Research. She is a Trustee of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey (www.gsnj,org); the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ; Project Administrator for the Early New Jersey Land Records Project (www.njlandrecords.org), and is Editor of the GSBC’s national award-winning newsletter, The Archivist.

Dec
5
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Sydney Robertson @ Ridgewood Public Library
Dec 5 @ 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

For July 2018: 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.

 

Dec
8
Sat
HCGHS: Fred Voss presents “Stories from Ellis Island” @ Seacaucus Public Library
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am

Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society


Fred Voss presents "Stories from Ellis Island"

Time: 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Location: Secaucus Public Library
Cost: Free
Parking available. Handicap accessible.

Dec
11
Tue
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Afina Broekman @ Ridgewood Public Library
Dec 11 @ 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.

 

Dec
12
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Lucille Bertram @ Ridgewood Public Library
Dec 12 @ 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.

 

Dec
19
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Peggy Norris
Dec 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Dec
24
Mon
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joe Suplicki @ Ridgewood Public Library
Dec 24 @ 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.

Jan
2
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Sydney Robertson @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jan 2 @ 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

For July 2018: 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.