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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.


 

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

 

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

 

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

“Heirloom Genealogy” and Show-and-Tell
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


GSBC Summer Meeting: “Heirloom Genealogy” and Show-and-Tell
Monday, 24 August, 7pm
Free Online Program
GSBC First Vice President and Program Chair, Lauren Maehrlein, and YOU!

Your family's history is so much more than birth and death records. Did you inherit a special family artifact?: a piece of jewelry, the family bible, a wedding dress, a china set, a well-worn tool. Maybe you were reunited with an artifact or found something on eBay important to your family.

GSBC First Vice President and Program Chair, Lauren Maehrlein, will provide a short talk on “Heirloom Genealogy,” followed by some time for YOU to join in with a show-and-tell. (This is always a popular, and fun, program so don't miss it!)

All are welcome to send photos of family artifacts, photos, or documents and take a minute or three to tell a story about it! Please send photos of your family artifact, with your contact information, in advance of the program to contact@njgsbc.org by 21 August, 2020.

REGISTER for this online event: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5124251260007494669

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

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

 

Sep
8
Tue
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Afina Broekman @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 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.

 

Sep
9
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Lucille Bertram @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 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.

 

Sep
14
Mon
Bergen Roots—Part Four: Vital Records and Cemeteries
Sep 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm


Join us as we talk about all things Bergen County! Over this series of sessions, we will dive into County-specific topics, history, and resources with the experts, historians, and genealogists who know Bergen County, New Jersey, best.

Bergen Roots: Part Four—Vital Records and Cemeteries
Monday, 14 September; 2pm (EST)
Free Online Event
Maria "Ree" Hopper, Peggy W. Norris, Joe Suplicki

REGISTER FOR PART FOUR: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1729162762969839887

Any level of question—from beginner to expert—is welcome. We will try to answer as may as we can and may follow up with you after the session to help. We will field questions during the sessions but you can also present a question to us in advance via this form. This will allow us to do some research before the event and your question will be at the top of the list! https://forms.gle/uESrVsHxygQATzR79

Thank you—and join us for this, and other, online events!


Earlier sessions from this series are available on the GSBC Members' website, www.njgsbc.org.
Bergen Roots—Part One: Genealogies & County Histories; Land Records
Bergen Roots—Part Two: Probate & Wills
Bergen Roots—Part Three: GSBC Website Resources; Newspapers

 

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

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

What You Didn’t Know About the Census
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 28 September, 7pm
What You Didn't Know About the Census
Free Online Event

Thomas McEntee

REGISTER: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/420922046916821773


Thomas McEntee is a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more. A former information technology professionals, McEntee is founder of High Definition Genealogy and runs the popular Genealogy Bargains and DNA Bargains websites! You can read some of his articles and watch videos at Abundant Genealogy.

Oct
5
Mon
Genealogy Resources at the Newark Public Library
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm


GSBC Extra: Genealogy Resources at the Newark Public Library
Monday, 5 October @ 2pm
Thomas Ankner, Director, Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, Newark Public Library
Free online webinar!

The Newark Public Library is one of the top repositories for genealogical information in the state. While NPL's collection is focused on Newark and Essex County, we have resources that cover the entire state. This presentation will cover newspapers, city directories, maps, photos, and other relevant collections in NPL's Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center. Also included will be information from the Library's extensive digital archive.

REGISTER NOW: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4710489641518170128

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

 

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

 

Oct
14
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Lucille Bertram @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 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.

 

Oct
21
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Peggy Norris
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Oct
24
Sat
Save the Date—RPL-GSBC Lock-In
Oct 24 – Oct 25 all-day

RPL–GSBC Lock-In
Saturday, 24 October 2020
Online!

Save the date for the RPL-GSBC Lock-In—quarantine edition!

Details and registration link to be announced by mid-September. Stay tuned.