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GSBC Meetings, Special Events, and 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.


 

Feb
26
Mon
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joe Suplicki @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 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.

Forty Days in Italy Con Mia Familia @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

February Program + GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 26 February, 7 PM
Ridgewood Public Library

Anthony Fasano
Forty Days in Italy Con Mia Familia:
How to Research Your Italian Roots & Travel to Italy on Your Own Terms

Anthony Fasano, author of Forty Days in Italy Con Mia Familia, the story of how he researched his Italian roots, learned Italian and planned his visit to his discovered family in Italy will discuss his journey.

About the Book:
When people asked Anthony Fasano about his nationality, he always replied, "I'm Italian," without understanding the depths of what that meant. After 35 years of saying this, and with the birth of his third child and the aging of his grandparents, he decided that vague response wasn't good enough anymore. He decided he was going to learn everything he could about his Italian family roots. Over the next two years he:

– Recorded countless conversations with elder relatives about their recollection of the family history;
– Researched online genealogies and built a full family tree with images and documentation;
– Found and connected with living Italian relatives in both Naples and Sicily;
– Learned how to speak conversational Italian
– Planned and embarked on a life-changing 40-day trip to Italy with his wife and young children, to meet his newfound relatives for the first time.

The good news is that, like you, Anthony isn't an expert in any of these fields, but he was still able to navigate them—and now he wants to help you do the same.

The first part of this book provides step-by-step guidelines for researching your family roots, learning Italian, and planning a voyage of discovery trip to Italy. The second part of the book takes you on Anthony's 40-day Italy trip so you can feel the emotional roller coaster that is connecting with your Italian relatives or simply visiting your ancestral villages. Now, every Italian American can experience the feeling of reconnecting with la famiglia.

About Anthony Fasano. P.E.:
Anthony Fasano. P.E. is an expert in the fields of career development for engineers as well as content marketing. He has created several successful content brands and podcasts which have been downloaded millions of times including The Engineering Career Coach podcast, The Civil Engineering Podcast, The Stem Cell Podcast and most recently The Italian American Podcast. His book Engineer Your Own Success, originally self-published, was picked up by Wiley Press who published a new edition in 2015. His latest book The Content Marketing Equation is due out in early 2017. Fasano has also co-authored a series of children’s books with his 8-year-old daughter entitled Purpee the Purple Dragon. They have delivered hundreds of the books to pediatric cancer centers around the United States. His work can be found at www.EngineeredContent.com


Free and open to the public—all are welcome. GSBC Membership ($20 per year) is encouraged to help support programming and events.

Feb
28
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joan Hagel @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 28 @ 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.

Mar
5
Mon
Class: Internet Genealogy @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Class: Internet Genealogy
Monday March 5th at 7pm
Instructor: Steve Gabai
Ridgewood Public Library 

Learn how to use the Internet to find records, family information, and known and unknown relatives.

Registration and payment required. $5 for Ridgewood residents and GSBC members; $10 for others.

http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=328670

Mar
6
Tue
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Afina Broekman @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 6 @ 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.

 

Mar
7
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Diane Winters @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 7 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Specialties:
General genealogy


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.

 

GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Sydney Robertson @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 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


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.

 

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

 

Mar
20
Tue
BCC ILR Course: Genealogy—Researching Your Family Tree @ Bergen Community College
Mar 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join GSBC Trustee and Education Chair Fred Voss for an exciting course at the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (note that ILR is for registrants 55 and older). Registration opens on 7 February, 10am (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: March 20, March 27, April 10, May 1 2018
Room: TBA
Time: 12:00–2:00 p.m.

Instructor: Fred Voss
Online Catalog: https://bergen.edu/wp-content/uploads/ILR-Spring-2018-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/

 

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

Up the North River: An Overview of Pre-1800 Hudson Valley Ethnic Groups & Religions @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

March Program + GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 26 March, 7 PM
Ridgewood Public Library

Jane E. Wilcox
Up the North River: An Overview of Pre-1800 Hudson Valley Ethnic Groups & Religions

The Hudson (North) River valley was an ethnic and religious melting pot long before the late nineteenth century immigrant influx. Find out who was in the New York/New Jersey area in the beginning. You will be surprised!

About Jane E. Wilcox:

I've been digging around and rooting out ancestors practically my whole life--having learned genealogy on my DAR-researcher grandmother's lap 40+ years ago. I'm fascinated by who our forebears were--their lives, society, politics, education, religion. I want to find out what influences operated in their lives. My degrees in history, journalism and education provide an academic foundation for my work in genealogy, with my specialties being researching people and their times and writing their stories. As I research a family, it seems to me that the ancestors want their stories to be told.

Wilcox serves as contributing editor of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record and hosts a weekly podcast at http://www.4getmenotancestry.com. She is an frequent speaker at regional and national conferences.


Free and open to the public—all are welcome. GSBC Membership ($20 per year) is encouraged to help support programming and events.


Image: Spencer Collection, The New York Public Library. "Hudson." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 25, 2018. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-7f24-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Mar
28
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joan Hagel @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 28 @ 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.

Apr
3
Tue
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Afina Broekman @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 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.

 

Apr
4
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Diane Winters @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 4 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Specialties:
General genealogy


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.

 

GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Sydney Robertson @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 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.

 

Apr
11
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Lucille Bertram @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 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.

 

Apr
17
Tue
Class: Census Records @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Class: Census Records
April 17th at 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library
Instructor: Fred Voss

Every ten years since 1790, the United States has done a national census. These records provide some of the best and most interesting information about ancestors. Find out what information is available as well as tricks for finding "missing" relatives. Instructor Fred Voss is a professional genealogist, educator and a volunteer tour guide at Ellis Island National Park. His talk will explore where these records can be found, what information is stored on these pages, and strategies on how to get the most out of these records.

Registration and payment required. $5 for Ridgewood residents and GSBC members; $10 for visitors

http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=328479

Apr
18
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Peggy Norris
Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Apr
21
Sat
Class: Using FamilySearch.org @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 21 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Class: Using FamilySearch.org
Saturday April 21st at 10:30am
Ridgewood Public Library

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 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=328503