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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.


What Do All Those Numbers Mean? Ships Manifests, Census Records, Naturalization Papers and Social Security Records @ Ridgewood Public Library
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday, 27 November, 7 pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
GSBC General Meeting and Annual Meeting
Election and installation of GSBC officers and Trustees.

Randi Koenig—How to find and use naturalization papers and tie them to ships manifests and vice versa.

Immigration & Naturalization @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jan 8 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Instructor: Barbara Ellman

One of the first tasks of a genealogist is to succeed in identifying the ancestral town. Ships manifests and Naturalization papers provide an excellent source for ancestral towns. Learn how to locate Immigration and Naturalization records as the primary sources for this information in this class.

Please note that advanced registration is required and classes fill up quickly—so don’t delay to reserve your seat. Classes are small-scale sessions held at the Ridgewood Public Library. Classes that do not receive sufficient advanced registration are subject to cancellation or rescheduling ! Classes last from 1.0 to 1.5 hours depending on instructor and time for Q&A needed.

To register visit the Reference Desk at the Library (201-670-5600) or register online. GSBC Members and Ridgewood Residents, $5. All other attendees, $10.

Using Gedmatch Tools @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

MONDAY, 22 January, 7 PM
Ridgewood Public Library

GSBC General Meeting

Using Gedmatch Tools

Fred Voss—The DNA testing sites have tools to help you find your relatives. Another valuable site for analyzing your DNA results is The lecture will cover getting started with Gedmatch and will review some of their basic tools.

Forty Days in Italy  @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

February Program
Monday, 26 February, 7 PM
Ridgewood Public Library

Forty Days in Italy 

Anthony Fasano, author of Forty Days in Italy Con Mia Familia, the story of how he researched his Italian roots, learned Italian and planned his visit to his discovered family in Italy will discuss his journey.