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GSBC Meetings, Special Events, and Classes

GSBC Meetings

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. Light refreshments and speaker handouts provided. 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 each year, including our popular 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.

Ridgewood Public Library Programs & Classes

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.

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 Speakers: Camp Merritt: The Camp Beautiful @ Ridgewood Public Library
May 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Saturday May 12th at 2pm, Belcher Auditorium, Ridgewood Public Library
"Camp Merritt: The Camp Beautiful"  
Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki

Camp Merritt was an embarkation camp for World War I located in Cresskill and Dumont. Over 1,000,000 soldiers went through the camp on their way to Europe or on their way home from the battlefields. Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki share images of the camp, information about its activities, and highlight Peggy's grandfather's journey from Ohio to France and home through Camp Merritt.

All welcome, no registration required.

Class: Intro to @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jun 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am

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.

The Genealogy of a House @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

Cynthia Forster, Elaine Gold, and Janet Strom

“The Genealogy of a House” will look at old houses and their various occupants: how they shaped the house and how the house shaped them. The discussion will include historian, Janet Strom, and historic preservationist, Elaine Gold, about families and houses. The program will draw on some current cases and will explain what resources are available at the county level to discover more about your home.

Cynthia Forster is the Director of the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs (DCHA).

Janet Strom is Historian at Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs (DCHA) and has been with the DCHA for 18 years. 

The Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs was established by the Freeholders to advise on County historic preservation matters, administer the historic preservation component of the Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund, and the annual Commendation Awards Program.

Elaine Gold serves as Administrator for the Bergen County Historic Preservation Trust Fund for the Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board. The Historic Preservation Trust Fund Program provides grants for the acquisition, stabilization, rehabilitation, restoration, and preservation of historic sites as well as the preparation of plans and reports associated with the implementation of historic preservation capital projects by the County, municipalities, and qualified non-profit organizations.

Janet Strom is Historian at Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs and has been with the County for 18 years.

Free and open to the public—all are welcome.

Image: Van Saun House, 117 North Prospect Avenue, Bergenfield, New Jersey. 07621. Sitter and date of photo unknown. Personal collection of Michelle D. Novak, Oakland, New Jersey, and Manhattan, New York, Low-resolution scan below.

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“Heirloom Genealogy” and Show-and-Tell @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jul 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

July Program + GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 23 July 2018
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 7pm 

“Heirloom Genealogy” and Show-and-Tell

Lauren Maehrlein will provide a short lecture on “Heirloom Genealogy,” followed by show-and-tell. All are welcome to bring family artifacts and take a minute or three to tell a story about it.

(Save the date—more information to come.)

Q&A Panel @ Ridgewood Public Library
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

August Program + GSBC Summer Meeting
Monday, 27 August 2018
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 7pm 

Genealogy Q&A Panel

Join GSBC as we welcome a panel of experts to answer your questions, share experiences, and bust through some brick walls!

(Save the date—more information to come.)

Behind the Institutional Walls of Nineteenth-Century New York City: What’s to be Found? @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

September Program + GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 24 September 2018
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 7pm 

Joan Koster-Morales

Behind the Institutional Walls of Nineteenth-Century New York City: What's to be Found?

(Save the date—more information to come.)

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

(Save the date—more information to come.)