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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.


National Archives 2021 Genealogy Series
May 4 – Jun 15 all-day

National Archives Genealogy Series

May & June 2021

In lieu of the autumn 2020 Virtual Genealogy Fair that could not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to offer a new Genealogy Series! Instead of a single-day event, the program sessions will be broadcast individually during May and June. You are invited to watch and participate in real time with the presenters and family historians from around the world on YouTube.

Over the two months, the sessions will offer family history research tools on federal records for all skill levels. The May sessions are broad and will appeal to the beginner and beyond. The June sessions are focused on specific topics and may be better suited for the experienced researcher. All are welcome! Session descriptions, videos, handouts, and participation instructions are below.

  • Open with no reservations required
  • Watch the broadcasts via YouTube
  • Participate and ask questions via chat during the scheduled broadcasts
  • After the scheduled broadcasts, video recordings and presentation materials will be available online

Learn More:

Genealogy Research Stories: Women of New Jersey
Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

GSBC Extra!
Genealogy Research Stories: Colonial New Jersey Women
Monday, 14 Junel @ 2pm (EDT)
Free Online Webinar—All Experience Levels are Welcome
Presented by Regina Fitzpatrick

Regina Fitzpatrick, Genealogy Librarian at the New Jersey State Library, will share stories of some remarkable women who lived in colonial New Jersey. She will also discuss the research involved in tracking down these women and how that can apply to your genealogical research of New Jersey women in your family tree.


Regina Fitzpatrick, MLIS, is Genealogy Librarian at the New Jersey State Library. In addition to the Genealogy Collection, a non-circulating 18,000 plus item collection, she also oversees the Map and Atlas Collection, and the New Jersey State Library Archives collection. Prior to working at the Library, Regina worked for the New Jersey State Archives, where she became an expert on New Jersey Genealogical Collections, including Revolutionary and Civil War military collections, and helping to conduct family history research. At the State Library, Regina currently provides general Reference Services, in addition to specific Genealogy assistance, and teaches classes on conducting New Jersey Genealogy research.

New Jersey State Library >
New Jersey State Library, Genealogy and Local History >

Indenture agreement for Patience Rutter, Middlesex County Court of Common Pleas Case Files, New Jersey State Archives


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Webinar: Genealogy Research Stories: Women of New Jersey

Researching US Citizenship and Immigration Services Records
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Marian Smith
Researching US Citizenship and Immigration Services Records
Monday 28 June, 2021, 7pm
Online and free—all are welcome

Marian Smith presents an overview of three historical eras of US immigration and naturalization records, illustrated with documents of Jewish immigrants. Using a timeline tool (included in the handout), she demonstrates how plotting an immigrant’s life events can identify what records may exist for that particular immigrant and where these records can be found.


Marian Smith retired in 2018 after thirty years as an Historian for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), later US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). She now speaks to groups on US immigration and nationality records and leads the I&N Records Fortnightly study group.

Virtual Tour of the Hidden Archives at the Bolger Heritage Center
Jul 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Virtual Tour of the Hidden Archives
Thursday, July 8 @ 10am
Online—Virtual Tour

Presented by: Sarah Kiefer, Local History Librarian, Ridgewood Public Library

Take a virtual backstage tour of the Ridgewood Public Library's hidden gems with Local History Librarian Sarah Kiefer. In this rare opportunity you'll get a glimpse at what the Bolger Heritage Center has to offer. Learn how to research your home, find information on your ancestors, and gain insight on the history of Ridgewood. In addition, you'll get a chance to view our newly restored Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, thanks to a grant funded by the Bergen County Cultural & Historic Preservation Committee.

Registration required

Webinar login instructions will be sent closer to the date of the class.

Questions? Contact Sarah Kiefer at 201-670-5600 x135 or

The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center
Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

GSBC Extra!
The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center
Presented by James Lewis, MLIS
Monday, 12 July @ 2pm (Eastern)
Free Online Webinar—All Experience Levels are Welcome

The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center in Morristown, New Jersey, holds an exceptional collection of material documenting New Jersey and early American history, including publications, maps, historical newspapers, photographs and postcards, original manuscript and archival material, rare books, fine art, and prints. The Center also holds one of the finest collection of genealogical resources in New Jersey, including family histories, church and burial records, published birth and death notices, state and federal census records, oral histories, as well as access to numerous genealogical databases in our Reading Room.

Most manuscript collections have online finding aids that provide detailed descriptions of the records, and our other collections can be searched through the Library’s catalog and indices. Join us for this presentation and learn about all the family and history treasures that wait for you.


North Jersey History & Genealogy Center at the Morristown & Morris Township Library >

James Lewis, MLIS, has a Masters degree in Library and Information Sciences and has been the Head of the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center since 2013. James has also served as archivist and librarian at the New Jersey Historical Society and at the Newark Public Library.



Image courtesy of the North Jersey History & Genealogy Center at the Morristown & Morris Township Library

Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where Did Grandma’s Church Go?
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

GSBC General Meeting
Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where Did Grandma’s Church Go?
Presentation by Dr. David McDonald
Monday, 26 July & 7pm
Online and free—all are welcome. Registration required.

Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where Did Grandma’s Church Go?

Did Grandma play cards? Was alcohol banned in the household? Is Jell-O a food group in your family’s culinary record? Did they start out Catholic, pass through Episcopalianism, and wind up Disciples of Christ? We’ll consider cultural clues for determining a family’s religious heritage, and strategies for finding records of various churches and denominations, locally and a wider basis.


Dr. David McDonald, president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, has 45 years’ genealogical research experience. A lecturer for 40 years, he specializes in the Midwest and English research, along with transcontinental migration patterns. He is a nationally-recognized expert on matters of religion and genealogical research. McDonald has served as a Director of the National Genealogical Society and edited the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Newsletter. He has written for the NGS Quarterly and various state and local societies through the years.



Image Courtesy of Wings and Faces, courtesy of Jocelyn Kinghorn (CC2.0).

Should You Believe Your Eyes? Sizing Up Sources and Information
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Should You Believe Your Eyes? Sizing Up Sources and Information
Presented by Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS
Monday, 23 August 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Free Online Webinar—All Experience Levels are Welcome

Should genealogists believe everything they see? Effective analysis includes evaluation of reliability and credibility. Learn to assess sources and information as you develop evidence.


Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS, is past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and current editor of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, the NYG&B’s peer-reviewed journal. Certified since 1998, she specializes in research in the New York City area.