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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 Seminar + Special Event
The GSBC holds several special events, including our day-long Seminar and late-night GSBC-Ridgewood Public Library Lock-In—where genealogists can attend talks on a variety of subjects, collaborate on problems, socialize over a light supper, and receive one-on-one research assistance. Additional event fee may apply. Discount for GSBC members.

GSBC Classes + Genealogy Courses at Bergen Community College
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
5
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Sydney Robertson @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 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.

 

Oct
11
Tue
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Afina Broekman @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 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.

 

Oct
12
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Lucille Bertram @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 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.

 

Oct
18
Tue
Registration Now Open! DNA 101: Researching Your Family
Oct 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Bergen Community College, Institute for Learning in Retirement (55+), 4-Week Course ($)
DNA 101: Researching Your Family
 [Tree IR-724]
Tuesdays, Online: 18 October, 25 October, 1 November, and 15 November

Time: 12:30–2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Fred J. Voss
https://ilr.bergen.edu/courses/

More people are using DNA testing as part of their genealogical research. This course focuses on the basics: why you might want to take a DNA test, which DNA tests and testing companies are there, how to interpret your DNA results, and what to do next. This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

Note: This course is a paid multi-week course (fee) conducted online through the Bergen Community College Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR). The course offers an in-depth and hands-on look at the topic and allows for interaction with the presenter as well as other students. For more information and fees, please see the Fall 2022 catalog, https://ilr.bergen.edu/courses/


Fred J. Voss is a professional genealogist, researcher, and educator. He is a Trustee and Education Chair for the Genealogical Society of Bergen County and is a certificate holder of the Boston University Genealogical Research Certification program (OL13). He is a popular and sought after speaker in the tri-state area. His lectures have been featured at the New York Public Library, the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, the Monmouth Genealogical Society, the Passaic County Genealogical Club, the German Genealogical Society, and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island.

He teaches Introductory Genealogy and DNA and Genealogy at Bergen County Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. He also volunteers as an educator at Ellis Island, leading both historical and photographic tours of the abandoned hospitals on the south side of the island (SaveEllisIsland.org).

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

New Milford, “The Birthplace” of Bergen County (Hybrid—online and in-person) @ Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


GSBC General Meeting (Hybrid—online and in-person)
New Milford, “The Birthplace” of Bergen County
Presentation by Nancy Varettoni
Monday, 24 October 2022 @ 7pm Eastern

Online and open to all, but space is limited! Registration required for online only.
Online webinar registration link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2449116396005747724

Also, in person at Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 125 N Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

It might seem puzzling that the borough is just celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2022. This presentation explores why there's a 245-year gap between two of New Milford's most significant dates: its birthday, June 8, 1677, and its anniversary of incorporation, April 18, 1922. It also highlights the people and events that shaped its unique history.


Nancy Varettoni is Chair of the New Milford Historic Preservation Commission.

 

Oct
25
Tue
Registration Now Open! DNA 101: Researching Your Family
Oct 25 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Bergen Community College, Institute for Learning in Retirement (55+), 4-Week Course ($)
DNA 101: Researching Your Family
 [Tree IR-724]
Tuesdays, Online: 18 October, 25 October, 1 November, and 15 November

Time: 12:30–2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Fred J. Voss
https://ilr.bergen.edu/courses/

More people are using DNA testing as part of their genealogical research. This course focuses on the basics: why you might want to take a DNA test, which DNA tests and testing companies are there, how to interpret your DNA results, and what to do next. This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

Note: This course is a paid multi-week course (fee) conducted online through the Bergen Community College Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR). The course offers an in-depth and hands-on look at the topic and allows for interaction with the presenter as well as other students. For more information and fees, please see the Fall 2022 catalog, https://ilr.bergen.edu/courses/


Fred J. Voss is a professional genealogist, researcher, and educator. He is a Trustee and Education Chair for the Genealogical Society of Bergen County and is a certificate holder of the Boston University Genealogical Research Certification program (OL13). He is a popular and sought after speaker in the tri-state area. His lectures have been featured at the New York Public Library, the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, the Monmouth Genealogical Society, the Passaic County Genealogical Club, the German Genealogical Society, and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island.

He teaches Introductory Genealogy and DNA and Genealogy at Bergen County Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. He also volunteers as an educator at Ellis Island, leading both historical and photographic tours of the abandoned hospitals on the south side of the island (SaveEllisIsland.org).

Oct
26
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Lucille Bertram (for Joan Hagel) @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 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.

Nov
1
Tue
Registration Now Open! DNA 101: Researching Your Family
Nov 1 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Bergen Community College, Institute for Learning in Retirement (55+), 4-Week Course ($)
DNA 101: Researching Your Family
 [Tree IR-724]
Tuesdays, Online: 18 October, 25 October, 1 November, and 15 November

Time: 12:30–2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Fred J. Voss
https://ilr.bergen.edu/courses/

More people are using DNA testing as part of their genealogical research. This course focuses on the basics: why you might want to take a DNA test, which DNA tests and testing companies are there, how to interpret your DNA results, and what to do next. This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

Note: This course is a paid multi-week course (fee) conducted online through the Bergen Community College Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR). The course offers an in-depth and hands-on look at the topic and allows for interaction with the presenter as well as other students. For more information and fees, please see the Fall 2022 catalog, https://ilr.bergen.edu/courses/


Fred J. Voss is a professional genealogist, researcher, and educator. He is a Trustee and Education Chair for the Genealogical Society of Bergen County and is a certificate holder of the Boston University Genealogical Research Certification program (OL13). He is a popular and sought after speaker in the tri-state area. His lectures have been featured at the New York Public Library, the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, the Monmouth Genealogical Society, the Passaic County Genealogical Club, the German Genealogical Society, and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island.

He teaches Introductory Genealogy and DNA and Genealogy at Bergen County Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. He also volunteers as an educator at Ellis Island, leading both historical and photographic tours of the abandoned hospitals on the south side of the island (SaveEllisIsland.org).

Nov
2
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Sydney Robertson @ Ridgewood Public Library
Nov 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.

 

Nov
8
Tue
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Afina Broekman @ Ridgewood Public Library
Nov 8 @ 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
9
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Lucille Bertram @ Ridgewood Public Library
Nov 9 @ 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
15
Tue
Registration Now Open! DNA 101: Researching Your Family
Nov 15 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Bergen Community College, Institute for Learning in Retirement (55+), 4-Week Course ($)
DNA 101: Researching Your Family
 [Tree IR-724]
Tuesdays, Online: 18 October, 25 October, 1 November, and 15 November

Time: 12:30–2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Fred J. Voss
https://ilr.bergen.edu/courses/

More people are using DNA testing as part of their genealogical research. This course focuses on the basics: why you might want to take a DNA test, which DNA tests and testing companies are there, how to interpret your DNA results, and what to do next. This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

Note: This course is a paid multi-week course (fee) conducted online through the Bergen Community College Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR). The course offers an in-depth and hands-on look at the topic and allows for interaction with the presenter as well as other students. For more information and fees, please see the Fall 2022 catalog, https://ilr.bergen.edu/courses/


Fred J. Voss is a professional genealogist, researcher, and educator. He is a Trustee and Education Chair for the Genealogical Society of Bergen County and is a certificate holder of the Boston University Genealogical Research Certification program (OL13). He is a popular and sought after speaker in the tri-state area. His lectures have been featured at the New York Public Library, the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, the Monmouth Genealogical Society, the Passaic County Genealogical Club, the German Genealogical Society, and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island.

He teaches Introductory Genealogy and DNA and Genealogy at Bergen County Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. He also volunteers as an educator at Ellis Island, leading both historical and photographic tours of the abandoned hospitals on the south side of the island (SaveEllisIsland.org).

Nov
16
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Peggy Norris
Nov 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Nov
23
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Lucille Bertram (for Joan Hagel) @ Ridgewood Public Library
Nov 23 @ 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.

Nov
28
Mon
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Joe Suplicki @ Ridgewood Public Library
Nov 28 @ 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.

Creative Strategies in Exploring Family Stories: Sam Pollak’s Drowning at the Jersey Shore in the 1880s and His Surprising Family (Online and In-person)
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

GSBC General Meeting — Hybrid (Online and In-person)
Creative Strategies in Exploring Family Stories: Sam Pollak’s Drowning at the Jersey Shore in the 1880s and His Surprising Family
Presentation by Dr. Carol P. McCoy
Monday, 28 November 2022 @ 7pm Eastern
Open to all!

Registration required for webinar, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2045979359144504333
Also in person at Ridgewood Public Library.

Investigating family stories can reveal family secrets, debunk myths, and provide intriguing details. Nanny, aka Connie Pollock McCoy, told me that my great-grandfather, Sam Pollock, a NYC merchant from Austria, drowned at the Jersey Shore before his family when she was a baby. Exploring this story helped uncover my surprising Jewish and Alabama roots, many family details, and a totally unexpected relative. Learn to unpack a family story/myth and tips to being a successful family detective.

——
Dr. Carol P. McCoy has been tracing her family history for over forty years and helping others discover their roots for over twenty years. She enjoys giving presentations on genealogy as well as coaching and training others on how to do the research themselves. Carol is past president of the Maine Genealogical Society (MGS) (2018-2019) and the Greater Portland Chapter (GPC) of MGS (2008-2009). She served on the MGS Board of Directors for seven years. She transcribed the Vital Records of Durham, Maine (MGS, 2018.) She has authored several articles on genealogy for The Maine Genealogist and for Maine Families in 1790, the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and the Essex County Genealogist. She co-authored a book on the Small and Metcalf families with Peter Small and Maureen Taylor.

Dec
7
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Sydney Robertson @ Ridgewood Public Library
Dec 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.

 

Dec
13
Tue
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Afina Broekman @ Ridgewood Public Library
Dec 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.