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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.


 

Feb
25
Mon
Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

GSBC General Meeting + Presentation
Monday, 25 February, 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library—All Are Welcome

Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor

How do you find those ancestors who immigrated from the Old Country? Shipping manifests can contain valuable information about that ancestor and where they came from. And if we are unsure when they came to America, the naturalization papers and petitions can often fill that gap. Find out more about finding and interpreting these interesting records.

Free and open to the public—all are welcome.


Fred Voss is a professional genealogical researcher, educator, and lecturer. He holds a Certificate of Genealogical Research from Boston University and frequently lectures at libraries and genealogical societies. Voss volunteers at Ellis Island, leading tours of the recently re-opened hospitals on the island’s South-side, and teaches genealogy at Bergen Community College in New Jersey. Voss graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Mathematics. He has worked for 40+ years in the computer industry and spent the last 25 years specializing in Internet Security.

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

February 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
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

The Beauty of Cemeteries

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.


Free and open to the public—all are welcome!

Feb
27
Wed
GSBC Speaker: Internet Genealogy @ Haworth Municipal Library
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 



Internet Genealogy: Using the internet to find records, family information and known and unknown relatives
Haworth Municipal Library, 165 Stevens Place Haworth, NJ 07641
Wednesday, 27 February @7:00 pm
Steven Gabai

Internet Genealogy: Using the internet to find records, family information and known and unknown relatives

Steven Gabai of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County will begin this program with o short slide show explaining some of the key genealogy records. He will then go onto the Internet and show how to find those records, family information, and known and unknown relatives.

Free and open to the public—all are welcome.


Steven 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 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.
Mar
2
Sat
GSBC Speaker: Introduction to Genealogy @ Totowa Public Library
Mar 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

 



Introduction to Genealogy, a family history, its records, and the stories behind them
Totowa Public Library, 537 Totowa Road, 
Totowa, NJ 07512
Saturday, 2 March @ 11am
Steven Gabai

Introduction to Genealogy: A family history, its records, and the stories behind them

By using his own family, Steven Gabai of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County will show and explain genealogy records, its research, and what you can learn by researching your family history. This 80-minute slide show presentation tells the stories behind those records and research.

Come to this free and informative program! Please call 973-790-3265 to reserve your spot!


Steven 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 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.

Mar
21
Thu
Class: Organizing Your Genealogical Records @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Class: Organizing Your Genealogical Records
Thursday, 21 March, 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library Computer Lab
Instructor: Fred Voss

Class: Organizing Your Genealogical Records

Successful genealogy takes skill, hard work, and luck. And it is so much easier if you are organized. We will talk about various approaches to organizing your files, photos, and papers, so that you can find them when you really need them. Remember, the best method of organizing for YOU is the one that you are most comfortable using.

Registration and small fee required ($5 for Ridgewood residents and GSBC members; $10 for visitors). Register early—this class usually sells out!
http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=358602

Mar
25
Mon
Using the New Jersey Room at the Jersey City Free Public Library for Genealogical Research @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

GSBC General Meeting + Presentation
Monday, 25 March, 7 PM
Ridgewood Public Library—All Are Welcome

Using the New Jersey Room at the Jersey City Free Public Library for Genealogical Research

Hundreds of years before Ellis Island welcomed millions of immigrants from 1892 to 1954, the village of Bergen, the oldest municipality in New Jersey, was home to some of the earliest European settlers. Since then, Jersey City has welcomed families from around the world. Some spent only a short time there while others settled down for decades, over generations, in the Jersey City and greater Hudson County area.

The New Jersey Room contains collections about New Jersey with an emphasis on Jersey City and Hudson County. The collection, numbering about 20,000 volumes, includes both current and historical information. In addition to books, the New Jersey Room has a complete collection of all published Jersey City/Hoboken city directories dating from 1849 to 1925; an index for the Jersey Journal for the years 1912–1954 and 1969 to the present, a picture collection of over 13,000 images; hundreds of historic and contemporary maps; over 150 periodicals; manuscript collections; and several thousand topical files. A wide array of material—from 17th century handwritten documents to name-indexed Hudson County high school yearbooks (1,450 and counting)—awaits you.

Learn more about this important repository! http://www.jclibrary.org/locations-a-hours/main-library/new-jersey-room

Free and open to the public—all are welcome.


Cynthia Tosatto Harris has worked for the City of Jersey City since she was 21 years old and is still working for the City 45 years later. She was first a public schoolteacher at PS # 14 and 27. A second career began when she became Manager of the New Jersey Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library in 2001.

Mar
30
Sat
Find Your Family! GSBC Family History Day @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 30 all-day

GSBC Special Event
Saturday, 30 March 2019
Ridgewood Public Library—All Are Welcome

SAVE THE DATE

Find Your Family! GSBC Family History Day

Join the GSBC as we present a special day of family history fun and welcome new researchers to discover their family. Whether you are just beginning or have skills that need a boost—everyone is welcome. 

We’ll be announcing a program shortly, welcoming some of our most popular speakers and topics, and have a day of events for the whole family.

Save the date—details to come! Free and open to the public—all are welcome. 


 

Apr
3
Wed
BCC ILR Course: Family History 101 @ Bergen Community College
Apr 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join GSBC for an exciting and informative course at the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (note that ILR is for those 55 and older). Registration opens in September (see links below) and classes may fill up fast. Contact the college at 201-447-7156 or ilr@bergen.edu for more information.

GSBC Spring Course at BCC ILR—Family History 101

How to get started researching your family, what are some of the different resources types available and where can you find them, and how to put it all together. Classes will be taught by GSBC Education Chair Fred Voss at Bergen Community College’s Institute for Learning in Retirement (55+).

Dates: Five sessions, Wednesday April 3, 10, 17, 24, and May 1, 2019
Time: 1:00–3:00 pm
Instructor: Fred Voss; this course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County
Prerequisite: None
Online Catalog: https://ilr.bergen.edu/
Registration Opens: Registration link to come (usually a month before classes begin) at https://ilr.bergen.edu or contact 201-447-7156

Information and registration via the ILR web site at https://ilr.bergen.edu


From the ILR Catalog

Location
The ILR office is located in the Technology Education Center (TEC), Room TEC115. The TEC building is next to the Pitkin Education Center (Pitkin), main building. ILR courses are held in various classrooms on all campuses. Classroom locations are posted daily in Pitkin at the Welcome Counter by the Student Center entrance and the IT Help Desk by the Public Safety area as well as outside room TEC115. There is also a recorded, room assignment message updated every Sunday afternoon, call (201) 447-7156 then press 2 after the voice message begins.

ILR Registration
Registration will only be available about a month before the start of the course. Visit ilr.bergen.edu/course next choose the day and course that piques your interest, then click the registration button. Payment is by credit card only. The fall 2018 membership fee is $125.00. The ILR does not issue refunds.

Courses
Your membership fee entitles you to choose up to 4 courses.
** The ILR is very popular and space is limited, so please only sign up for classes you plan to attend and only attend classes for which you are registered. **

Apr
11
Thu
Class: New York Research @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

GSBC–RPL Genealogy Class: New York Research
Thursday April 11th @ 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library, Computer Classroom
Instructor: Barbara Ellman 

So many of our immigrant ancestors lived in New York City…they started on the Lower East Side and upgraded to the Bronx and Brooklyn; their children moved to Queens, Westchester, Long Island and New Jersey. Identification of resources available on-line such as vital records, naturalization, probate, property and, newspapers... and we will note which documents will only be found on-site at various archives.

Registration and a small fee is required, $5 for Ridgewood residents and GSBC members; $10 for visitors.  http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=367077

Apr
13
Sat
Class: Using FamilySearch.org @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 13 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Class: Using FamilySearch.org
Saturday, 13 April, 10:30am
Ridgewood Public Library

Instructor: Judy Kenney

Learn about the wealth of records and research help available free on familysearch.org. In addition to millions of digitized records, discover full-text books, hundreds of research videos, and thousands of articles to help you in your research. Learn how to search more effectively and how to use the many other features on the site.

Registration and fee required (Ridgewood and GSBC members $5; Visitors $10). Register here!

Apr
22
Mon
Through the Golden Door: Immigration After the Civil War @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

GSBC General Meeting + Presentation
Monday, 22 April, 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library—All Are Welcome

Through the Golden Door: Immigration After the Civil War

America’s doors were open to all before the Civil War, with few restrictions. Afterwards, the laws began tightening, with exclusions, quotas, even required visas. How did the immigration laws affect your ancestors who immigrated after the Civil War? What hoops did they have to jump through to enter America’s “golden door”?

Free and open to the public—all are welcome. 


Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Apr
29
Mon
The Birth of Ridgewood @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

"The Birth of Ridgewood"
Ridgewood Public Library, co-sponsored with the Schoolhouse Museum
Monday, 29 April, 7pm @ Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki

In celebration of Ridgewood’s 125th anniversary, Local Historians Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki will provide a slide lecture focused on the critical years between 1865 and 1876.  Using documents, maps, and historic panoramic photos taken of Ridgewood, you’ll see how Ridgewood transformed from a farm to a suburb.

Free and open to the public—all are welcome.


Image Credit: George Bradford Brainerd (American, 1845-1887). Paramus Valley, New Jersey, ca. 1872-1887. Collodion silver glass wet plate negative Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum/Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Collection, 1996.164.2-929 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.164.2-929_SL1.jpg)

May
4
Sat
Class: Using Land Records @ Ridgewood Public Library
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am

Class: Using Land Records
Saturday, 4 May @ 10:00am
Ridgewood Public Library, Computer Classroom
Instructor: Peggy Norris

How to find and use land records to tell your family story. Deeds reveal a lot about location, financial status, neighbors, and family that sometimes can be found nowhere else. Beginners and experienced genealogists are welcome.

Registration and small fee required, $5 for Ridgewood residents and GSBC members; $10 for visitors, http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=366399

Jun
24
Mon
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.