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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 Special Events + Seminars
The GSBC holds several special events, including our day-long Annual Seminar and late-night RPL Lock-In—where genealogists can attend talks on a variety of subjects, collaborate on problems, and receive one-on-one research assistance. Additional event fee may apply. Discount for GSBC members.

GSBC Classes + Ridgewood Public Library Programs
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 Jersey Dutch and Their Contribution to Bergen County @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

October Program + GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 22 October 2018
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 7pm 

Tim Adriance

The Jersey Dutch and Their Contribution to Bergen County

Eighth generation Jersey Dutch himself, Tim Adriance has written on Bergen County and Rockland County history, focusing on the historic homes of the Jersey Dutch. He is the author of the Onderdonck-Tallman-Budke House, and The William Holdrum, Sr. House Reconstruction.

Free and open to the public—all are welcome.

GSBC-RPL 15th Annual Genealogy Lock-In—Registration Now Open! @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 27 @ 4:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Registration Now Open!

GSBC-RPL 15th Annual Genealogy Lock-In
Saturday, 27 October, 5:00-11:00pm (Please arrive by 4:30pm)
Ridgewood Public Library

Please register by October 19. Download and mail-in the form with your payment, thanks!

The Ridgewood Public Library and the Genealogical Society of Bergen County are sponsoring an after-hours opportunity for all genealogists from beginners to advanced to attend. Get advice from an expert panel, attend various workshops, or receive individual genealogy assistance.

Co-sponsored by the Ridgewood Public Library and the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, the 15th Annual Genealogy Lock-in offers genealogists of all levels the chance to:

  • Spend the evening researching, learning, and sharing
  • Ask the Experts your brick wall questions
  • Attend workshops such as Beginner Genealogy, Beyond the Basics, DNA (video/Q&A), Irish Genealogy,, Census Records, German Genealogy, Newspaper Research, Brick Walls, Courthouse Research—and more
  • Receive individual assistance from a genealogy expert
  • Win special door prizes—such as a DNA kit—in celebration of our 15th year

Register early—this event usually sells-out!


Complete the registration form, enclose a $10 fee per person (make check payable to Genealogical Society of Bergen County) and mail it to:

Genealogical Society of Bergen County
P.O. Box 432
Midland Park, NJ 07432

Registration deadline: October 19, 2018. Please arrive by 4:30pm to check-in. Light supper will be served.
Questions: Contact Ridgewood Public Library History Librarian Sarah Kiefer: 201-670-5600 ext 135 or

Class: Intro to @ Ridgewood Public Library
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Class: Intro to
Monday, 5 November, 10am
Ridgewood Public Library Computer Room
Instructor: Peggy W. Norris

The database Ancestry Library Edition (LE) is available for you to use at the Ridgewood Public Library. It provides you with access to 705 million US names and census images, along with the UK/Ireland collection.This session will discuss the resources available on Ancestry LE, and also teach you the best methods of searching for your genealogy records.

Registration and fee required ($5 Ridgewood residents and GSBC members; $10 visitors)
Please note that advanced registration is required and classes fill up quickly. Classes are small-scale sessions held at the RPL. Classes that do not receive sufficient advanced registration are subject to cancellation or rescheduling—so don’t delay to reserve your seat! Classes last from 1.0 to 1.5 hours depending on instructor and time for Q&A needed.
“Picturing” Your Research—Finding, Procuring, and Preserving Family Images @ Ridgewood Public Library
Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

GSBC Annual Meeting + Presentation
Monday, 26 November, 7 PM
Ridgewood Public Library—All Are Welcome

“Picturing” Your Research—Finding, Procuring, and Preserving Family Images
Your research can come alive with images but working with images can be a daunting prospect for many researchers. In this talk, we’ll look at all three—from the view of a researcher, designer, and photographer, Michelle D. Novak. She will show us how to best scan the images you have, ways to find images in collections to supplement your research, new online resources to help identify those mystery people, and share some tips for protecting the photos and artifacts for future generations. (P.S., It’s her favorite talk!)

This is the perfect talk in the run-up to welcoming family over the holidays—don't miss it! Free and open to the public—all are welcome.

Michelle D. Novak is President of [MND] (, a NYC Brand-Design agency and a graduate of RISD and BU Genealogical Research. She is a Trustee of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey (www.gsnj,org); the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ; Project Administrator for the Early New Jersey Land Records Project (, and is Editor of the GSBC’s national award-winning newsletter, The Archivist.

HCGHS: Fred Voss presents “Stories from Ellis Island” @ Seacaucus Public Library
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am

Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society

Fred Voss presents "Stories from Ellis Island"

Time: 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Location: Secaucus Public Library
Cost: Free
Parking available. Handicap accessible.

The Beauty of Cemeteries @ Wyckoff Public Library
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Beauty of Cemeteries

February 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

“The Beauty of Cemeteries”
Presenters: Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki
Wyckoff Public Library, 200 Woodland Ave., Wyckoff
Refreshments at 7:00 pm
Program begins at 7:30 pm and ends at 8:30 pm

Local historians, Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki will present a program focusing on century old—and older—local cemeteries and their importance for genealogy research and family ancestry discoveries. The program will also provide information on area cemeteries including the Union Cemetery in Wyckoff with headstones dating to the 1700s.