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GSBC Meetings, Special Events, and 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.


 

Jun
4
Mon
Class: Intro to Ancestry.com @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jun 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am

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)
http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=338237


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.

Jun
6
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Sydney Robertson @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jun 6 @ 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.

 

Jun
11
Mon
Class: Using Newspapers in Your Research @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jun 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Class: Newspaper Research
June 11th at 11am
Ridgewood Public Library
Instructor: Joe Suplicki

This class will cover the newspaper databases available at Ridgewood Public Library (RPL), along with some of the free databases available for use anywhere—both of which can help you in your genealogy research. Make sure to bring any questions you may have on how to effectively search your ancestors through newspaper databases.


Registration and fee required—$5 for Ridgewood residents and GSBC members; $10 for others.
http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=339563&PK=


Jun
12
Tue
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Afina Broekman @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jun 12 @ 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.

 

Jun
13
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Lucille Bertram @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jun 13 @ 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.

 

Jun
20
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Peggy Norris
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jun
23
Sat
GSNJ 2018 Seminar @ Raritan Valley Community College, Conference Center
Jun 23 @ 8:45 am – 3:30 pm


The Genealogical Society of New Jersey 2018 Seminar
Saturday, 23 June 2018, 8:45am–3:35 pm

Raritan Valley Community College, Conference Center
118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, New Jersey 08876

Presentations on Genetic Genealogy/DNA, the New Jersey State Archives, House Histories, World War I, and techniques to help you advance your research!


GSNJ Seminar Schedule

Note: Schedule and speakers may be subject to change.

8:45 am—Registration and Light Refreshments

9:15 am—Opening Remarks, C. Arthur Lawton III, GSNJ President

9:30 am—Session 1 (choice of presentations)
1A: DNA: A Power Tool in the Genealogist’s Tool Box, Karen Stanbary, CG®
1B: What’s New at the New Jersey State Archives, Catherine Stearns Medich

10:55 am—Session 2 (choice of presentations)
2A: Finding Your Way Around AncestryDNA, Karen Stanbary, CG
2B: New Jersey and the Great War, Joseph Bilby

12:05 pm—Lunch and Door Prize Raffles

1:00 pm—Session 3 (choice of presentations)
3A: My Ancestors Live On In Me: Autosomal DNA Basics I, Karen Stanbary, CG
3B: House Histories: The Ancestral Story Beyond the Documents, Lorraine Arnold

2:25 pm—Session 4 (choice of presentations)
4A: My Ancestors Live on in Me: Autosomal DNA Basics II, Karen Stanbary, CG
4B: Streamline Your Genealogical Planning and Research: Go Paperless!, Melissa Johnson, CG

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See www.gsnj.org/gsnj-seminar/ for complete information including presentation descriptions, speaker biographies, driving directions and parking.

Or, register online at https://squareup.com/market/njgenealogy/item/gsnj-seminar-1

Jun
25
Mon
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joe Suplicki @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jun 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.

The Genealogy of a House @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

June Program + GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 25 June, 7 PM
Ridgewood Public Library—All Are Welcome

Cynthia Forster, Elaine Gold, and Janet Strom

“The Genealogy of a House” will look at old houses and their various occupants: how they shaped the house and how the house shaped them. The discussion will include historian, Janet Strom, and historic preservationist, Elaine Gold, about families and houses. The program will draw on some current cases and will explain what resources are available at the county level to discover more about your home.


Cynthia Forster is the Director of the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs (DCHA).

Janet Strom is Historian at Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs (DCHA) and has been with the DCHA for 18 years. 

The Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs was established by the Freeholders to advise on County historic preservation matters, administer the historic preservation component of the Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund, and the annual Commendation Awards Program.

Elaine Gold serves as Administrator for the Bergen County Historic Preservation Trust Fund for the Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board. The Historic Preservation Trust Fund Program provides grants for the acquisition, stabilization, rehabilitation, restoration, and preservation of historic sites as well as the preparation of plans and reports associated with the implementation of historic preservation capital projects by the County, municipalities, and qualified non-profit organizations. https://www.co.bergen.nj.us/205/Historic-Preservation-Grant-Program

Janet Strom is Historian at Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs and has been with the County for 18 years.


Free and open to the public—all are welcome.


Image: Van Saun House, 117 North Prospect Avenue, Bergenfield, New Jersey. 07621. Sitter and date of photo unknown. Personal collection of Michelle D. Novak, Oakland, New Jersey, and Manhattan, New York, mnovakdesign@me.com. Low-resolution scan below.

Google Street View (August 2012): https://goo.gl/maps/dAX3bKe8h2u

Jun
27
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joan Hagel @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jun 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.

Jul
10
Tue
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Afina Broekman @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jul 10 @ 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.

 

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

 

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

“Heirloom Genealogy” and Show-and-Tell @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jul 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

July Program + GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 23 July 2018
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 7pm 

“Heirloom Genealogy” and Show-and-Tell

Lauren Maehrlein will provide a short lecture on “Heirloom Genealogy,” followed by show-and-tell. All are welcome to bring family artifacts and take a minute or three to tell a story about it.

(Save the date—more information to come.)

Jul
25
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joan Hagel @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jul 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.

Aug
1
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Sydney Robertson @ Ridgewood Public Library
Aug 1 @ 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.

 

Aug
8
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Lucille Bertram @ Ridgewood Public Library
Aug 8 @ 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.

 

Aug
14
Tue
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Afina Broekman @ Ridgewood Public Library
Aug 14 @ 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.

 

Aug
15
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Peggy Norris
Aug 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm