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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.


 

Nov
25
Mon
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!

Jan
16
Thu
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), http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=394438


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.