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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.


 

Apr
26
Mon
Finding Aids, Inventories, and Record Group Descriptions: Why Should I Care?
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


GSBC General Meeting
“Finding Aids, Inventories, and Record Group Descriptions: Why Should I Care?”

Monday, 26 April @ 7pm (EDT)
Free Online Webinar—All Experience Levels are Welcome

Presented by Dr. Michael Lacopo

The answers to difficult genealogical questions are sometimes buried in collections that nobody has researched. How will you find them? Published finding aids are the treasure maps.

REGISTER for this free webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6580334513647216912 >


Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian and professional genealogist born and raised in northern Indiana. Researching since 1980, he has contributed to numerous periodicals and has helped numerous people in their quests to locate their relatives—living and dead. He appeared in USA Today in 2000 discussing genealogy and the proposed destruction of the federal census tabulated in that year. His national lecturing began in Sacramento, CA, at the National Genealogical Society’s conference in 2004, and has continued with several local, state, national, and international conference speaking engagements.

May
10
Mon
Stitches in Time: Quilts 1800–1976
May 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm


GSBC Extra
Presented by Peggy W. Norris
Stitches in Time: Quilts 1800–1976
Monday, 10 May @ 2pm (Eastern)
Free Online Webinar!

While quilts have decorated our beds and kept us warm for two centuries, they also tell the stories about our families and our communities.

This presentation features quilts selected for the Bergen County Quilt and Coverlet Show (postponed, but hopefully to be rescheduled soon) and explores the great variety of quilts from 1800 to 1976—especially those made in Bergen County. Quilts tell stories about women, their families, and their communities and can enrich our genealogy.

REGISTER: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5485794878308520975


Peggy W. Norris, MS, MLIS, is a retired librarian who was integral in the formation of the Bolger Heritage Center for Genealogy and Local History at Ridgewood Public Library. She is a member of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County and volunteers at the Bergen County Historical Society library and archives and is Ridgewood Co-Historian. She is a member of the American Quilt Study Group and Brownstone Quilters, and chair of the Bergen County Quilt and Coverlet Show.

Learn more about the upcoming show and read about quilt care, history, and some of the amazing people who made them, https://www.bergencountyquiltandcoverletshow.com

May
17
Mon
Developing Skills in Identifying 19th Century Photographs
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Developing Skills in Identifying 19th Century Photographs
Monday, 17 May @ 7pm
Virtual Event
Presented by Anthony Cavo

Guest speaker Anthony Cavo will lead the discussion on how to identify the different types of photographs most commonly produced between 1840 and 1900 and how these images were impacted by mores, morals, inequity, and customs of the day and a brief discussion on why the sitter's expressions appear somber.

Co-sponsored by the Bolger Heritage Center at the Ridgewood Public Library and the Ridgewood Historical Society.

Registration required for the Zoom event (Registration begins 1 March):
http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=428690

Jun
8
Tue
Class: The Ridgewood News Digitized (Virtual Class)
Jun 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

NOTE: The date of this class has changed from Monday, 7 June @ 7:00pm TO Tuesday, 8 June @ 10:30am. Please contact Sarah Kiefer if you have questions or need to modify your existing registration.

Have you been searching in vain for Great-Aunt Edna's obituary? Curious if your Dad scored as many touchdowns as he said he did for the Ridgewood Maroons back in the 1960s? Well now you can by searching the Ridgewood News from 1891–present day on Newspapers.com. Learn how to find that obituary, news on sports, or the headlines from different time periods.

This class will be held via Zoom. Details will be sent closer to the date of the class. Registration required: http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=430847

Questions? Contact Sarah Kiefer at 201-670-5600 x135 or skiefer@ridgewoodlibrary.org

Jun
14
Mon
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.

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4694986533108939533


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 > https://www.njstatelib.org
New Jersey State Library, Genealogy and Local History > https://www.njstatelib.org/research_library/collections/genealogy_and_local_history/


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

 


Read about this topic on the New Jersey State Library's website:

Webinar: Genealogy Research Stories: Women of New Jersey

Jun
28
Mon
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.

Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6619178061227415819


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.

Jul
12
Mon
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.

REGISTER: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1516074116921073935

North Jersey History & Genealogy Center at the Morristown & Morris Township Library > https://mmtlibrary.org/nj-history-genealogy/


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

Jul
26
Mon
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.

REGISTRATION: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7481536026162675212


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).