Select Page

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.


 

Sep
28
Mon
Secrets of the US Federal Census—How Did Enumeration Really Work?
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 28 September, 7pm
Secrets of the US Federal Census—How Did Enumeration Really Work?
Free Online Event

Thomas MacEntee

Every US Federal Census had its procedures as well as its quirks. Do you know how to tell who was the “informant” in the 1930 or 1940 US Census? Do you know how to access the instructions given to enumerators for each census? Do you know what all the different “codes” mean? Do you know what happened to the population schedules once they were submitted by the enumerator? Learn the fascinating journey of US census data from the census planning phase to the final tabulation.

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


Thomas MacEntee 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.

Sep
30
Wed
The Ridgewood News Digitized
Sep 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm


The Ridgewood News Digitized
Monday, 14 September, 7pm; Tuesday, 22 September, 3pm; OR Wednesday, 30 September, 11am
Virtual Class
Sarah Kiefer, Local History Librarian, Ridgewood Public Library

Have you been searching in vain for Great-Aunt Edna's obituary? Curious if your Dad scored as many touchdowns as he said he did for the Ridgewood Maroons back in the 60s? Well now you can by searching the Ridgewood News from 1891-present day on Newspapers.com. Learn how to find that obituary, news on sports, or the headlines from different time periods. (Remote access to Newspapers.com has been made temporarily available to Ridgewood residents during Library closure!)

Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Monday, 14 September @ 7pm:
http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=415599&PK=

Tuesday, 22 September @ 3pm:
http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=415600&PK=

Wednesday, 30 September @ 11am:
http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=415601&PK=

Questions/ Contact Sarah Kiefer: skiefer@ridgewoodlibrary.org

[Image courtesy of Jeff Eaton.]

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
6
Tue
Putting Genes in Your Genealogy—5-Week BCC ILR Online Course @ [Online Course]
Oct 6 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Putting Genes in Your Genealogy [IR-727]—5-Week BCC ILR Online Course
Tuesdays: October 6, 13, 27; November 3, 10
Time: 12:30–2:30 pm, Online
Instructor: Fred Voss, Education Chair, Genealogical Society of Bergen County

People are using DNA testing as part of their genealogical research. This (online) course focuses on the basics: why use DNA treatment, which tests and companies to use, and interpreting results.

Course number: IR-727
Prerequisites: Familiarity with basic genealogy and comfortable navigating websites.
Registration Opens: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Please visit the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (BCC) for all information about courses, fees, and registration https://ilr.bergen.edu/courses/


About the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (BCC)
Lois E. Marshall Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College serves the intellectual and social needs of a vibrant community of Lifelong Learners, 55+. Our members have a thirst for learning and intellectual stimulation. One fee entitles members to attend courses which are taught by members and experts from the larger community. Each semester’s offerings cover a broad range of academic and cultural topics. There are no tests or grades. This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

Fred VossFred Voss (http://www.tweedriver.com) is a professional genealogist, researcher, and educator. He has been doing personal genealogy for over 20 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. He 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). Mr. Voss 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 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.

Oct
13
Tue
Putting Genes in Your Genealogy—5-Week BCC ILR Online Course @ [Online Course]
Oct 13 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Putting Genes in Your Genealogy [IR-727]—5-Week BCC ILR Online Course
Tuesdays: October 6, 13, 27; November 3, 10
Time: 12:30–2:30 pm, Online
Instructor: Fred Voss, Education Chair, Genealogical Society of Bergen County

People are using DNA testing as part of their genealogical research. This (online) course focuses on the basics: why use DNA treatment, which tests and companies to use, and interpreting results.

Course number: IR-727
Prerequisites: Familiarity with basic genealogy and comfortable navigating websites.
Registration Opens: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Please visit the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (BCC) for all information about courses, fees, and registration https://ilr.bergen.edu/courses/


About the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (BCC)
Lois E. Marshall Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College serves the intellectual and social needs of a vibrant community of Lifelong Learners, 55+. Our members have a thirst for learning and intellectual stimulation. One fee entitles members to attend courses which are taught by members and experts from the larger community. Each semester’s offerings cover a broad range of academic and cultural topics. There are no tests or grades. This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

Fred VossFred Voss (http://www.tweedriver.com) is a professional genealogist, researcher, and educator. He has been doing personal genealogy for over 20 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. He 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). Mr. Voss 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 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.

Oct
24
Sat
2020 RPL-GSBC Virtual Lock-In
Oct 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


All are welcome to join us on Saturday, October 24, from 1–5pm at the 17th Annual RPL–GSBC Virtual Lock-In, co-sponsored by the Ridgewood Public Library and the Genealogical Society of Bergen County. Registration is limited, so register early to reserve a space!

What is the “Lock-In”? It's an event (this year, virtually) where all levels of researchers are welcome to:

  • Spend a few hours learning and sharing
  • Attend our opening panel and have the chance to ask our experts about DNA
  • Sit in on our sessions which include Beginner Genealogy; Newspaper Research; Beyond the Basics; and Bergen County Research
  • Ask your brick wall questions during each session’s Q&A time
  • Win one of five raffle prizes: DNA Testing Kit; Access to Legacy Family Tree Software; One Year Membership to Family Tree Webinars; German Genealogy Research Book; and One Year GSBC Membership

EVENT SCHEDULE 

(Times and titles subject to change; registrants will be notified of any changes once they have registered for the event and the session.)

  Time Event Choice of Presentation
  1:00–1:15 pm Introduction and Raffle Prize Winners
  1:15–2:15 pm DNA Discussion with the Experts
  2:30–3:30 pm Sessions Beginner Genealogy [2:30 pm]
Newspaper Research [2:30 pm]
  3:45–4:45 pm Sessions Beyond the Basics [3:45 pm]
Bergen County Research [3:45 pm]
  4:50–5:00 pm  Closing Remarks

 


REGISTRATION

Registration for the full event is required: http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsRegister.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=417050.

Please register by Friday, October 9, 2020. Zoom login details will be sent closer to the date. Registration is limited, so register early to reserve a space!

Once you have completed the above registration, we will send sign-up details for individual sessions (see schedule above).

If you have any questions about the event, the sessions, or need assistance with using Zoom, please contact Sarah Kiefer at 201-670-5600 x135 or skiefer@ridgewoodlibrary.org or visit the Zoom Help Center (https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/201146643-Meetings-Webinars). You can also view this Zoom tutorial on joining a meeting prior to the event (https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-meeting).

We look forward to “seeing” you all soon!

Oct
27
Tue
Putting Genes in Your Genealogy—5-Week BCC ILR Online Course @ [Online Course]
Oct 27 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Putting Genes in Your Genealogy [IR-727]—5-Week BCC ILR Online Course
Tuesdays: October 6, 13, 27; November 3, 10
Time: 12:30–2:30 pm, Online
Instructor: Fred Voss, Education Chair, Genealogical Society of Bergen County

People are using DNA testing as part of their genealogical research. This (online) course focuses on the basics: why use DNA treatment, which tests and companies to use, and interpreting results.

Course number: IR-727
Prerequisites: Familiarity with basic genealogy and comfortable navigating websites.
Registration Opens: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Please visit the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (BCC) for all information about courses, fees, and registration https://ilr.bergen.edu/courses/


About the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (BCC)
Lois E. Marshall Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College serves the intellectual and social needs of a vibrant community of Lifelong Learners, 55+. Our members have a thirst for learning and intellectual stimulation. One fee entitles members to attend courses which are taught by members and experts from the larger community. Each semester’s offerings cover a broad range of academic and cultural topics. There are no tests or grades. This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

Fred VossFred Voss (http://www.tweedriver.com) is a professional genealogist, researcher, and educator. He has been doing personal genealogy for over 20 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. He 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). Mr. Voss 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 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.

Nov
3
Tue
Putting Genes in Your Genealogy—5-Week BCC ILR Online Course @ [Online Course]
Nov 3 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Putting Genes in Your Genealogy [IR-727]—5-Week BCC ILR Online Course
Tuesdays: October 6, 13, 27; November 3, 10
Time: 12:30–2:30 pm, Online
Instructor: Fred Voss, Education Chair, Genealogical Society of Bergen County

People are using DNA testing as part of their genealogical research. This (online) course focuses on the basics: why use DNA treatment, which tests and companies to use, and interpreting results.

Course number: IR-727
Prerequisites: Familiarity with basic genealogy and comfortable navigating websites.
Registration Opens: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Please visit the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (BCC) for all information about courses, fees, and registration https://ilr.bergen.edu/courses/


About the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (BCC)
Lois E. Marshall Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College serves the intellectual and social needs of a vibrant community of Lifelong Learners, 55+. Our members have a thirst for learning and intellectual stimulation. One fee entitles members to attend courses which are taught by members and experts from the larger community. Each semester’s offerings cover a broad range of academic and cultural topics. There are no tests or grades. This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

Fred VossFred Voss (http://www.tweedriver.com) is a professional genealogist, researcher, and educator. He has been doing personal genealogy for over 20 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. He 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). Mr. Voss 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 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.

Nov
10
Tue
Putting Genes in Your Genealogy—5-Week BCC ILR Online Course @ [Online Course]
Nov 10 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Putting Genes in Your Genealogy [IR-727]—5-Week BCC ILR Online Course
Tuesdays: October 6, 13, 27; November 3, 10
Time: 12:30–2:30 pm, Online
Instructor: Fred Voss, Education Chair, Genealogical Society of Bergen County

People are using DNA testing as part of their genealogical research. This (online) course focuses on the basics: why use DNA treatment, which tests and companies to use, and interpreting results.

Course number: IR-727
Prerequisites: Familiarity with basic genealogy and comfortable navigating websites.
Registration Opens: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Please visit the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (BCC) for all information about courses, fees, and registration https://ilr.bergen.edu/courses/


About the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (BCC)
Lois E. Marshall Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College serves the intellectual and social needs of a vibrant community of Lifelong Learners, 55+. Our members have a thirst for learning and intellectual stimulation. One fee entitles members to attend courses which are taught by members and experts from the larger community. Each semester’s offerings cover a broad range of academic and cultural topics. There are no tests or grades. This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

Fred VossFred Voss (http://www.tweedriver.com) is a professional genealogist, researcher, and educator. He has been doing personal genealogy for over 20 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. He 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). Mr. Voss 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 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.

Nov
17
Tue
Organizing Your DNA Matches Workshop—2-Week BCC ILR Online Course @ [Online]
Nov 17 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Organizing Your DNA Matches Workshop [IR-849]—2-Week BCC ILR Online Course
Tuesdays: November 17; December 1
Time: 12:30–2:30 pm, Online
Instructor: Fred Voss, Education Chair, Genealogical Society of Bergen County

Organize your DNA matches using the Leeds Method. Experience using spreadsheets is helpful. Prerequisite: Putting Genes in Your Genealogy class or equivalent experience. (Note: This course is not for DNA newbies.)

Course number: IR-849
Prerequisites: Attendance in the Putting Genes in Your Genealogy class or equivalent experience. Familiarity with basic genealogy and comfortable navigating websites. NOT for DNA newbies.
Registration Opens: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Please visit the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (BCC) for all information about courses, fees, and registration https://ilr.bergen.edu/courses/


About the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (BCC)
Lois E. Marshall Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College serves the intellectual and social needs of a vibrant community of Lifelong Learners, 55+. Our members have a thirst for learning and intellectual stimulation. One fee entitles members to attend courses which are taught by members and experts from the larger community. Each semester’s offerings cover a broad range of academic and cultural topics. There are no tests or grades. This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

Fred VossFred Voss (http://www.tweedriver.com) is a professional genealogist, researcher, and educator. He has been doing personal genealogy for over 20 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. He 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). Mr. Voss 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 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.

Dec
1
Tue
Organizing Your DNA Matches Workshop—2-Week BCC ILR Online Course @ [Online]
Dec 1 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Organizing Your DNA Matches Workshop [IR-849]—2-Week BCC ILR Online Course
Tuesdays: November 17; December 1
Time: 12:30–2:30 pm, Online
Instructor: Fred Voss, Education Chair, Genealogical Society of Bergen County

Organize your DNA matches using the Leeds Method. Experience using spreadsheets is helpful. Prerequisite: Putting Genes in Your Genealogy class or equivalent experience. (Note: This course is not for DNA newbies.)

Course number: IR-849
Prerequisites: Attendance in the Putting Genes in Your Genealogy class or equivalent experience. Familiarity with basic genealogy and comfortable navigating websites. NOT for DNA newbies.
Registration Opens: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Please visit the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (BCC) for all information about courses, fees, and registration https://ilr.bergen.edu/courses/


About the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (BCC)
Lois E. Marshall Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College serves the intellectual and social needs of a vibrant community of Lifelong Learners, 55+. Our members have a thirst for learning and intellectual stimulation. One fee entitles members to attend courses which are taught by members and experts from the larger community. Each semester’s offerings cover a broad range of academic and cultural topics. There are no tests or grades. This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.

Fred VossFred Voss (http://www.tweedriver.com) is a professional genealogist, researcher, and educator. He has been doing personal genealogy for over 20 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. He 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). Mr. Voss 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 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.