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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.


 

Jan
27
Mon
The Orphan Train Era (1853–1929) @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 27 January 2020, 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium

Tom Riley

The Orphan Train Era (1853–1929)

Join the GSBC as we welcome Tom Riley for the first of two talks for 2020. Free and open to the public—all are welcome.

As many as 273,000 children transported from New York to the Midwest over a 75-year period (1854-1929) in the largest mass migration of children in American history. As many as one in four were Irish.

Tom Riley grew up in a broken home in New York and he and his siblings were raised in the foster care system—which spurred his interest in the Orphan Trains. During his professional career with the YMCA, health clubs, and the U.S. Post Office,he worked part-time as a writer and photographer while raising a family. Riley has written more than 2,800 articles and 10 books. He has also presented numerous lectures at libraries, colleges, and other organizations. Four of his ten books are about the Orphan Train Era (1853–1929). In addition, he has been a freelance writer for Rivertown Magazine since 2008.

As a crucial part of his efforts to raise awareness about the history and legacy of the Orphan Trains, Tom is creating an Online New York State Orphan Train Museum via his Patreon page. Patrons of this museum will receive online access to many of Tom’s books, articles, photos, and other memorabilia. In addition, one third of the proceeds will go towards helping Wounded Warriors, Feeding the Hungry and establishing an expanded and beautiful Online Orphan Train Museum. For more information about this museum or to become a patron, please check out the link below: https://www.patreon.com/orphantrainmuseum


Free and open to the public—all are welcome.
 
[Image courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society.]
Jan
30
Thu
Tech Class: Internet Genealogy @ Ridgewood Public Library Tech Room
Jan 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


Thursday, January 30, 6:30pm
Ridgewood Public Library, Tech Lab
Instructor: Steve Gabai
 

Tech Class: Internet Genealogy

Using the Internet to find records, family information and known and unknown relatives. Steven Gabai of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County will begin this program with a short slide show explaining some of the key genealogy records. He will then go onto the Internet and show how to find those records, family information and known and unknown relatives.

Classes last approximately 1 hour, but may be longer due to Q&A. Registration and a small fee required ($5 Ridgewood residents and GSBC members; $10 visitors).
 
Register here: http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=399829
 

Steve Gabai started researching his family history over 20 years ago. He is a member of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County and has been a trustee on the board since 2015. With his two genealogy programs—Introduction to Genealogy and Internet Genealogy—his objective is to motivate others to research their family history and to offer assistance.

Feb
13
Thu
Tech Class: Spreadsheets & Genealogy @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Tech Class: Spreadsheets & Genealogy
Thursday, 13 February 2020, 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library Computer Lab
Instructor: Fred Voss

Being organized is critical to being a successful genealogist. Some people find spreadsheets to be a valuable tool in this regard. Spreadsheets can be used to help a genealogist with data gathering, data organizing, and data manipulation. This class will look at using spreadsheets for those varying purposes.


Registration and small fee required: $5 Ridgewood residents and GSBC members; $10 for visitors. Registration opens 1 December, 2019 and will sell-out quickly! http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=394217


Fred Voss graduated from Boston College with a BA in Mathematics. He has spent his career working for and with software startup companies such as Netscape Communications, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle. Since 1990, he has specialized in Internet Identity and Security. He is also a professional genealogist, researcher, and educator. He has been doing personal genealogy for over 15 years and is a Trustee and Education Chair for the Genealogical Society of Bergen County. His areas of interest are Germany, Switzerland, and New Hampshire, with special interest in DNA, Immigration, and Naturalization. Mr. Voss is a certificate holder of the Boston University Genealogical Research Certification program (OL13). He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the International Society of Genetic Genealogists as well as various regional societies. Mr. Voss volunteers as a tour guide at Ellis Island, leading both historical and photographic tours of the abandoned hospitals on the south side of the island (SaveEllisIsland.org).
Feb
24
Mon
The Great Hunger in Ireland (1845–1852) @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 24 February 2020, 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium

Tom Riley

The Great Hunger in Ireland (1845–1852)

Join the GSBC as we welcome Tom Riley for the second of two talks. Free and open to the public—all are welcome.

The Great Hunger In Ireland (1845–1852) saw the population of Ireland decrease from nine million people to below five million in seven years. Approximately 1.2 million people died of starvation, 2.8 million immigrated to Europe, Australia, Canada, and America—with the U.S. receiving the bulk of the immigrants. About 40% of those coming to Canada and America died of disease en route and were buried at sea.


Tom Riley grew up in a broken home in New York and he and his siblings were raised in the foster care system—which spurred his interest in the Orphan Trains. During his professional career with the YMCA, health clubs, and the U.S. Post Office,he worked part-time as a writer and photographer while raising a family. Riley has written more than 2,800 articles and 10 books. He has also presented numerous lectures at libraries, colleges, and other organizations. Four of his ten books are about the Orphan Train Era (1853–1929). In addition, he has been a freelance writer for Rivertown Magazine since 2008.

As a crucial part of his efforts to raise awareness about the history and legacy of the Orphan Trains, Tom is creating an Online New York State Orphan Train Museum via his Patreon page. Patrons of this museum will receive online access to many of Tom’s books, articles, photos, and other memorabilia. In addition, one third of the proceeds will go towards helping Wounded Warriors, Feeding the Hungry and establishing an expanded and beautiful Online Orphan Train Museum. For more information about this museum or to become a patron, please check out the link below: https://www.patreon.com/orphantrainmuseum


Free and open to the public—all are welcome.
 
[Image of the Irish Famine Memorial, Dublin, courtesy of William Murphy.]
Mar
2
Mon
Tech Class: Genealogy on the Move, There’s an App for That! @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Tech Class: Genealogy on the Move, There's an App for That!

Ridgewood Public Library Tech Room
Monday, 2 March, 7pm
Instructor: Barbara Ellman
 

The changes in computing and in genealogical research provide us with opportunities to explore. We can rethink what we carry with us and how we store our information. This session will help you discover the obvious app companions such as those that allow you to carry your family tree and its information with you. We will also look at a number of tools that are available for your mobile excursions and can be adapted for your genealogical research and family connections.


Registration and small fee required: $5 Ridgewood residents and GSBC members; $10 for visitors.
http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=398215


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 was awarded 2nd prize by the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (IFSHWE) for the 2016 Excellence in Writing Competition. Barbara is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and President of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County. 

Mar
23
Mon
That Other DNA Test—Understanding and Using Y-DNA @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 23 March 2020, 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium

Skip Duett

That Other DNA Test—Understanding and Using Y-DNA

Learn the basics of the science and how to apply Y-DNA to help identify direct male lines throughout your family tree. Understand how to effectively evaluate your Y-DNA matches.


Skip Duett has been actively researching in Upstate New York since 1995 and has extensive experience in Onondaga, Madison, Montgomery, and surrounding counties. He has a particular interest in Palatine immigrants to the Mohawk Valley in the early-mid 1700s; has very strong DNA research skills; and is a published author "The Mohawk Valley Ehles and Allied Families" (2003), documenting over 4,200 descendants of three early Ehle immigrants to Montgomery County, NY.

Free and open to the public—all are welcome.

[Image courtesy of Andy Leppard.]

Apr
9
Thu
Tech Class: Using Land Records @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tech Class: Using Land Records

Ridgewood Public Library Tech Room
Thursday, 9 April @ 10am
Instructor: Peggy Norris

How to find and use land records to tell your family story. Deeds reveal a lot about location, financial status, neighbors, and family that sometimes can be found nowhere else. Beginners and experienced genealogists are welcome.


Registration and small fee required: $5 Ridgewood residents and GSBC members; $10 for visitors.
http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=398349