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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.


 

Aug
18
Thu
Introduction to New Jersey Genealogy [NJSL Webinar]
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Note: This is a webinar by the New Jersey State Library. Please follow the link below to register and contact the NJSL with any questions or technical problems. 

Introduction to New Jersey Genealogy
Presented by Regina Fitzpatrick, Genealogy Librarian, New Jersey State Library
August 18 @ 12:00 pm–1:00 pm, Eastern
Registration: https://www.njstatelib.org/event/webinar-introduction-to-new-jersey-genealogy/

Interested in tracing your New Jersey Family History? Not sure where to start? Regina Fitzpatrick, Genealogy Librarian at the New Jersey State Library, will review genealogy basics and strategies for finding information you need to trace your family members. In addition, she will discuss in detail the New Jersey State Vital Records collection and County Naturalizations available from the New Jersey State Archives, plus New Jersey State Library genealogy resources.

Want to get started before the class? Check out the Genealogy Research Guide!

Aug
22
Mon
Annual Genealogy Q&A + Ask the Experts! (In-person) @ Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
Aug 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Annual Genealogy Q&A + Ask the Experts!
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 125 N Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Monday, 22 August @ 7:00 pm

In-Person Event  No registration required.
Masks are not required, but encouraged.


Join GSBC as we welcome a panel of experts to answer your questions, share experiences, and bust through some brick-walls! All are welcome—whether you are a new researcher, curious about getting into genealogy, or have many years of experience—come and join in the conversation. It’s always a fun evening!

Free and open to the public—all are welcome.

Sep
10
Sat
19th Annual RPL–GSBC Genealogy Lock-In @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 10 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm


19th Annual RPL–GSBC Genealogy Lock-In
Ridgewood Public Library, 125 N Maple Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Saturday, 10 September 2022

5:00 pm–10:00 pm; Please arrive by 4:30pm to check-in—doors lock at 5pm!

A light supper will be served
Registration required, begins 25 July (GSBC Members) and 1 August (General Public)

Co-sponsored by the Ridgewood Public Library and the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, the 19th Annual Genealogy Lock-in offers genealogists of all levels the chance to:

  • Spend the evening researching, learning, and sharing—after the doors are closed to the general public!
  • Ask the Experts your brick wall questions
  • Attend workshops such as Irish Genealogy, DNA Roundtable, 1950 Census, and more
  • Receive individual assistance from a GSBC Genealogy Consultant

The Lock-In will kick-off with an Ask the Experts panel of GSBC genealogists who will be waiting to take your questions and brick-wall problems. The moderator for this session requests you to submit your questions ahead of time to skiefer@ridgewoodlibrary.org. When submitting your question, make sure to identify:

  • What sources you have already searched
  • What you have already found

Lock-In Registration

There is a $10 fee per person (includes light supper).

1) Register online and then 2) mail your check, payable to the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, to:

Genealogical Society of Bergen County
P.O. Box 432
Midland Park, NJ 07432

Registration deadline: 2 September 2022


Questions?

Contact Local History Librarian Sarah Kiefer at 201-670-5600 x135 or skiefer@ridgewoodlibrary.org.

Sep
12
Mon
The Why, Where, When, What, and How of Lineage & Hereditary Societies (Online)
Sep 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm


GSBC Extra! (Online)
The Why, Where, When, What, and How of Lineage & Hereditary Societies
Presentation by Christine Cohen

Monday, 12 September 2022 @ 2pm Eastern, Online

Online and open to all, but space is limited! Registration required.
Registration link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3950170769467377931

Have you ever thought of joining a Lineage or Hereditary Society? What is the purpose of the society? Who are they composed of? Where do you find them? How do you join them? Why would you join them? What activities or events do they perform? Do you need professional assistance to join them? Do you need an invitation? What free or member benefits are available? Is DNA results a membership option?


Christine Cohen is a long time member of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS), and have served in many capacities, including President. In addition to WAGS, she is also a member of the El Redondo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

 

Sep
26
Mon
Discovering Your UK/Irish Roots Online: Websites and Resources for English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish Ancestry (Hybrid—online and in-person) @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


GSBC General Meeting (Hybrid—online and in-person)
Discovering Your UK/Irish Roots Online: Websites and Resources for English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish Ancestry
Presentation by Debra Dudek

Monday, 26 September 2022 @ 7pm Eastern

Online and open to all, but space is limited! (Registration required.)
Online webinar registration link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3278417543697457421

Also, in person at Ridgewood Public Library, 125 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 (No registration required.)

This program will lead you through the resources and search techniques for the three big UK and Irish databases: FindMyPast, ScotlandsPeople and RootsIreland. Learn what's new on these databases, how you can apply them to your research and how privacy and information rights impact your quest for records.


Debra M. Dudek is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL. Ms. Dudek specializes in British genealogy, World War I research, and emerging technology topics. An alumna of Olivet College (Olivet, Michigan) and the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland). Ms. Dudek holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, a Masters in Information and Library Studies, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies.

 

Oct
10
Mon
Four Unfamiliar Bergen County Resources (Online)
Oct 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm


GSBC Extra! (Online)
Four Unfamiliar Bergen County Resources
Presentation by Peggy W. Norris, MS, MLIS,

Monday, 10 October 2022 @ 2pm Eastern

Online and open to all, but space is limited! Registration required.
Registration link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2303745565650588432

A tour of some rich, but often overlooked Bergen County (New Jersey) Resources, including the Dutch Door Genealogy website, the George Olin Zabriskie papers, the Revolutionary War Erskine maps, and the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historical Affairs website.


Peggy W. Norris, MS, MLIS, is a librarian retired from the Bolger Heritage Center at Ridgewood Public Library. She has been researching family history for over 30 years and in recent years has been using deeds to solve genealogical problems. She is also interested in quilts and quilt history.

Oct
24
Mon
New Milford, “The Birthplace” of Bergen County (Hybrid—online and in-person) @ Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


GSBC General Meeting (Hybrid—online and in-person)
New Milford, “The Birthplace” of Bergen County
Presentation by Nancy Varettoni
Monday, 24 October 2022 @ 7pm Eastern

Online and open to all, but space is limited! Registration required for online only.
Online webinar registration link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2449116396005747724

Also, in person at Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 125 N Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

It might seem puzzling that the borough is just celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2022. This presentation explores why there's a 245-year gap between two of New Milford's most significant dates: its birthday, June 8, 1677, and its anniversary of incorporation, April 18, 1922. It also highlights the people and events that shaped its unique history.


Nancy Varettoni is Chair of the New Milford Historic Preservation Commission.