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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.


The Hermitage: Its History and Its Families @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

GSBC General Meeting + Presentation
Monday, 24 June, 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library—All Are Welcome

The Hermitage: Its History and Its Families

The history of the Hermitage was shaped by the families who lived there.

During the American Revolution, the Hermitage was home to Theodosia Prevost, the wife of a British officer. While her husband was away, Theodosia saw the war play out around her in Bergen County. And when her beloved home was threatened, she entered the fray, engaging in a battle of intelligence and charm to defend her family.

Theodosia's husband died during the War and the same year she married Aaron Burr at The Hermitage. Burr later became Vice President of the United States—and while in office killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey.

In 1807, the Hermitage was purchased by Dr. Elijah Rosencrantz and his wife Cornelia Suffern. The Rosencrantz family would call the Hermitage home until 1970, when Mary Elizabeth, the last member of the family, died and willed her home to the State of New Jersey. Four generations of the Rosencrantz family lived and worked at the Hermitage, actively participating in the changing landscape of Bergen County, from sprawling farmlands and hamlet towns, to centers of industry, commerce, and suburbs.

Free and open to the public—all are welcome.

Victoria Harty is the Executive Director of The Hermitage Museum, A National Historic Landmark in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bennington College and two Master's Degrees from New York University. She has worked in the field of public history and historic preservation for the past decade in various institutions in Vermont, New York, and New Jersey. Victoria has been involved with The Hermitage Museum as an intern and, since 2011, as a staff member.

GSBC Field Trip > Garden State Crematory @ Garden State Crematory (formerly the New York and New Jersey Crematory)
Aug 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join the Genealogical Society of Bergen County on a FIELD TRIP in August!

Instead of its regular monthly meeting, GSBC will be visiting the Garden State Crematory (formerly the New York and New Jersey Crematory) on Kennedy Blvd., North Bergen, NJ, Saturday, 3 August, at 10:00 am.

Although mostly forbidden by local and/or religious law previously, cremation has been a popular choice for many beginning around the turn of the twentieth century. If you have family who were living in Bergen or Hudson counties, or in Manhattan, and cannot figure out where they were buried, maybe they weren’t buried! Joan Rivers, among other notables, was cremated at this facility.

The crematory is housed in Becker’s Castle, an imposing brownstone building that overlooks Weehawken Cemetery. Part of the crematory is a columbarium, which is akin to a mausoleum or indoor cemetery. The columbarium holds the cremated remains (aka cremains) of thousands of north Jersey and New York City residents in individual or family niches which are available for visiting, much like a cemetery.


Registration is necessary, as tour space is limited. Please sign-up for this fascinating and informative event at Use a separate form for each attendee.

Parking is available on-site. Please advise if you are interested in carpooling—either riding or driving.

Note that GSBC Members may receive priority but we will work to accommodate everyone. Capacity for the tour is limited and outside of our control. You will receive a confirmation after signing up online. If you need to cancel, please contact us so we can open the space to another. (The Hudson County Genealogical and Historical Society held a tour of this facility last year, and due to the overwhelming response, the HCGS tour is also being repeated.)


Use the sign-up form or the email link above to contact Lauren Maehrlein, GSBC Programming Chair.