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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.


GSBC Speaker: Internet Genealogy @ Ho-Ho-Kus Worth-Pinkham Memorial Library
Oct 17 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm

Thursday, 17 October, 2019, 6:45–8:30pm
Ho-Ho-Kus Worth-Pinkham Memorial Library
91 Warren Avenue, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423
Steven Gabai

Internet Genealogy

Steven Gabai of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County will begin this program with a short slide show explaining the records that are important to your family history research. He will then go onto the Internet and show you how to find those records, family information and known and unknown relatives. Registration is required.

Mr. 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.

Please RSVP for this event (to plan seating) at

Image: "Immigrants waiting to be transferred, Ellis Island, October 30, 1912," Library of Congress,

GSBC-RPL 16th Annual Genealogy Lock-In @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Registration for the 16th Annual Genealogy Lock-in is now open! We welcome you to join the Ridgewood Public Library and Genealogical Society of Bergen County on October 26th, from 5-11pm.

The Lock-in offers genealogists of all levels the chance to spend the evening researching, learning and sharing. You can ask the experts your brick wall questions, attend various workshops, and receive individual assistance.

Registration with the GSBC is required, download and mail-in the form here:

Any questions, contact Sarah Kiefer at 201-670-5600 x135 or

GSBC-RPL 2019 Lock In Invite


Your Ancestor Paid Taxes, Too @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 28 October 2019, 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium

Joseph Lieby, PhD

Your Ancestor Paid Taxes, Too

What do tax records tell us about your ancestor and where can we find those records?

Joseph Lieby, PhD, was the President of the Palatines to America: National German Genealogy Society. He retired as a school district administrator, and has over twenty years experience in genealogical research in the New York, New Jersey area. He has spoken at national and regional societies and has published articles on his research interests in his blog,, and in the New York Palatines newsletter of which he is the editor.

Free and open to the public—all are welcome!

New Jersey Probate Records @ Ridgewood Public Library
Nov 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 25 November 2019, 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium

Melissa A. Johnson, CG

New Jersey Probate Records

In this lecture, attendees will learn about the probate and administration processes in New Jersey and the abundance of records they can create. The lecture will cover estate records from the proprietary period to the present, uses for establishing kinship, research strategies, key locations of records, and more.

Melissa A. Johnson, CG, is a Certified Genealogist® specializing in genealogical research, lecturing, writing, editing and publishing. She has expertise in researching families with origins in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, England and Poland. Melissa has extensively researched the families of many of New Jersey’s first settlers, including those from Newark and Elizabeth(town). She is an expert in New Jersey genealogy research, and frequently teaches on NJ genealogy topics through the New Jersey Family History Institute. She is also proficient in using DNA test results to break through ancestral brick walls and assist adoptees and others with unknown parentage.

Free and open to the public—all are welcome!

Class: Brick Wall Next-Steps @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jan 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Registration Opens 4 November 2019

Class: Brick Wall Next-Steps
Thursday, 16 January 2020 @ 11am
Ridgewood Public Library Tech Room
Instructor: Barbara Ellman

At some point in genealogical research, you will find yourself stumped. This session will provide a number of clues to follow in next steps and alternatives to think about.

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

Barbara Ellman is a GSBC Trustee and Programming Chair. She is an expert in Jewish genealogy and has researched her maternal family back to the mid-1700s in Drohobych, Ukraine. Barbara is a computer systems analyst and assists JerishGen with various website projects and databases and is a frequent speaker.

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

Registration required, begins 1 December 2019

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!

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 (