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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.


 

Jun
19
Tue
GSBC Speaker: Jewish Genealogy @ Temple Emanu-El of Closter
Jun 19 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Jun
25
Mon
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 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. https://www.co.bergen.nj.us/205/Historic-Preservation-Grant-Program


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, mnovakdesign@me.com. Low-resolution scan below.

Google Street View (August 2012): https://goo.gl/maps/dAX3bKe8h2u

Jul
23
Mon
“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.

Free and open to the public—all are welcome.

Aug
27
Mon
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!

Free and open to the public—all are welcome.

Sep
24
Mon
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?

Learn about the impact of the Health, Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) on records access and current New York State Freedom of Information law. Koster-Morales will also discuss how to access records, when available, online and in archives.


Free and open to the public—all are welcome!

Oct
22
Mon
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.

Nov
26
Mon
“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] (www.mnd.nyc), 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 (www.njlandrecords.org), and is Editor of the GSBC’s national award-winning newsletter, The Archivist.