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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.


 

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
Aug
22
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joan Hagel @ Ridgewood Public Library
Aug 22 @ 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
27
Mon
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joe Suplicki @ Ridgewood Public Library
Aug 27 @ 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.

Annual Genealogy Q&A @ Ridgewood Public Library
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


August Program + GSBC Summer Meeting
Monday, 27 August 2018
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 7pm 

Genealogy Q&A

Join GSBC as we welcome a panel of experts to answer your questions, share experiences, and bust through some brick-walls!

All are welcome—whether you are a new researcher, curious about getting into genealogy, or have many years of experience—come and join in the conversation. It's always a fun evening!


Free and open to the public—all are welcome.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Behind the Institutional Walls of Nineteenth-Century New York City: What’s to be Found? @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

September Program + GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 24 September 2018
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 7pm 

Joan Koster-Morales

Behind the Institutional Walls of Nineteenth-Century New York City: What's to be Found?

Learn about the impact of the Health, Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) on records access and current New York State Freedom of Information law. Koster-Morales will also discuss how to access records, when available, online and in archives.


Free and open to the public—all are welcome!

Sep
25
Tue
Class: What’s different about Jewish Genealogy? @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Class: What’s different about Jewish Genealogy?
Tuesday, 25 September, 2pm
Ridgewood Public Library (Please Register)
Instructor: Barbara Ellman

What’s different about Jewish Genealogy? This class will focus on Jewish naming patterns, how to find the elusive ancestral town, identifying if vital records for your ancestral town exist and where they can be located. Many on-line resources including JewishGen.org will be covered. Basic genealogical research methods will be covered briefly.


Instructor Barbara Ellman Registration and small fee required ($5 for Ridgewood residents and GSBC members; $10 for visitors). Classes last about an hour, or slightly more depending on Q&A. Please reserve your seat by registering; classes that do not have adequate registration may be subject to cancellation or rescheduling.

Sign-up here:
http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=345386


Barbara Ellman is a genealogist with over 15 years of experience specializing in Jewish and New York research. She has worked with clients in researching their family histories. Her own research has led her to locate family on four continents and includes family back to 1760 in Eastern Europe.

Currently, she is the JewishGen KehilaLinks Technical Coordinator assisting site managers in creating websites memorializing the communities where their ancestors lived. Barbara has created three KehilaLinks sites and is the Town Leader for Minkovtsy, her grandfather’s ancestral home. She is a contributor to The Archivist publication of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County and has been awarded second prize by the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (IFSHWE) for the 2016 Excellence in Writing Competition. For the fourth year, Barbara is being recognized for her volunteer work for the Israel Genealogy Research Association.

Barbara is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and President of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County. 

Sep
26
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joan Hagel @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 26 @ 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.

Oct
3
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Sydney Robertson @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 3 @ 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.

 

Oct
9
Tue
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Afina Broekman @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 9 @ 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.

 

Oct
10
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Lucille Bertram @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 10 @ 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
17
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Peggy Norris
Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Oct
18
Thu
Class: Organizing Your Genealogical Records @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Class: Organizing Your Genealogical Records
Thursday, October 18, 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library Computer Lab
Instructor: Fred Voss
 

Successful genealogy takes skill, hard work, and luck. And it is so much easier if you are organized. We will talk about various approaches to organizing your files, photos, and papers, so that you can find them when you really need them. Remember, the best method of organizing for YOU is the one that you are most comfortable using.

Registration and small fee required ($5 for Ridgewood residents and GSBC members; $10 for visitors)
 
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.