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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.


 

Jan
10
Mon
Cite that Source When You Find It!
Jan 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

GSBC Extra!
Cite that Source When You Find It!
Presentation by Chris Tracy
Monday 10 January 2022 @ 2pm Eastern
Online and open to all! Registration required.

Everyone says you need to cite your sources in research—but citing sources in genealogy doesn’t have to be complicated or cause anxiety. Learn the basic components of citations and some tips that will ensure you cover all the necessary information.

This talk addresses the need for citations including necessary parts and basic format and it is centered on the Genealogy Standards and Evidence Explained. It is aimed at taking the anxiety out of writing citations with a few tips and tricks. It also demonstrates how citations for the same document can be revised with genealogy experience/research, new information, and intended use. And, the majority of examples I will show are from New Jersey and Pennsylvania records.

REGISTRATION: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7710327907986905613


Since a trip with his grandmother to her childhood home in a small coal town in central Pennsylvania, more than 30 years ago, Chris Tracy has been researching his own genealogy which includes Polish, Slavic, Irish, English, and Scottish ethnicity. Tracy holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Psychology. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), National Genealogical Society, and Central Jersey Genealogical Club. Learn more about his work at genealogychris.com.

 

 


Banner Image: The Milstein Division of United States History, Local History & Genealogy, New York Public Library. [Image courtesy of Michelle D. Novak.]

Jan
12
Wed
Virtual Tour of the Hidden Archives at the Bolger Heritage Center
Jan 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Virtual Tour of the Hidden Archives at the Bolger Heritage Center

Virtual Tour of the Hidden Archives, Bolger Heritage Center
Wednesday, 12 January @ 2pm
Presentation by Sarah Kiefer, Local History Librarian, Bolger Heritage Center for Genealogy and Local History, Ridgewood Public Library
Online and open to all, registration required.

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 (www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/localhistory) 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: http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=443597

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

Jan
24
Mon
The Last Vital Event: Finding Even More Beyond the Death Certificate
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

GSBC General Meeting
The Last Vital Event: Finding Even More Beyond the Death Certificate
Diana Crisman Smith
Monday, 24 January 2022 @ 7pm Eastern
Online—all are welcome. Registration required.

Do you stop searching when you find a person's death record???  NO! There is much more that can be gleaned from other records. Some are actually before death (such as a will); others are after death, such as cemetery records, funeral home records, obituaries, probates, and more. Come join us to look into some of these other records.

Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7845714072521426960


Diana Crisman Smith has been researching since childhood and served as a lay librarian at the local Family History Center for more than twenty years. She has written for numerous genealogical publications, including a regular column in the NGS NewsMagazine and the APG Quarterly; she was a frequent contributor to Digital Genealogist Magazine, as well as penning a regular column that ran for two years in the Cleveland Sun Newspapers. She was formerly Treasurer of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE), Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG),and the Florida State Genealogical Society. She is a past District Director of APG. She is an instructor for FamilyTree University (online courses on several methodology topics) and faculty with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (online courses on Danish research). Diana has enjoyed speaking at conferences around the country (and at sea) the last fifteen years and looks forward to expanding her genealogical endeavors after concluding a career in software consulting.

[Banner Image: Hackensack Dutch Reformed Church Churchyard, Hackensack, New Jersey. Image courtesy of Michelle D. Novak.]

Feb
8
Tue
Sending Love: Valentine’s Greetings 1900–1910
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Sending Love: Valentine's Greetings 1900–1910
Tuesday, 8 February @ 7pm
Presentation by Anthony Cavo
Online and open to all, registration required

Roses are red, Violets are blue, Learn about Valentine's Day Greetings, From a history point of view. We hope you'll join guest speaker Anthony Cavo of the Schoolhouse Museum (Ridggewood NJ) as he shows some Valentine's Day greeting cards from 1900-1910. You'll learn about the significance of these greeting cards and how they tell a story from that time period.

Virtual presentation from 7-8:30pm via Zoom Webinar. Registration required: http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=445540

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

Feb
14
Mon
Home Genealogies: Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed?
Feb 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

GSBC Extra!
Home Genealogies: Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed?
Presentation by Beth Potter
Monday, February 14, 2022 @ 2pm Eastern
Online and open to all! Registration required.

House historian Beth Potter will talk about ways to flesh out the “biography” of a house … not the history of the building, but the stories of the people who lived there. Who celebrated birthdays in the living room, what recipes were created in the kitchen, were any residents in the military—those are just some of the questions that can be answered using newspaper records, church records, etc. Tracking down relatives of former owners can be a key, and Beth will give us some hints on how to do just that.

REGISTRATION: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5660755770460950539


Beth Potter started a “house history” business when she and her husband Ned bought an 1891 Victorian in Haworth, New Jersey—and she wanted to find out who had walked those hardwood floors in years gone by. Over the years, she’s researched and written about homes ranging from a mansion in Bernardsville, NJ, to a mill worker’s cottage in upstate New York. Her research skills got off to a good start with a career as a television news and documentary writer and producer in Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia.

For many years, Beth was a Trustee of the Bergen County Historical Society, and she’s also a founding member of the Northern Valley NJ Historical Society. Currently, Beth is on staff at the Haworth NJ Municipal Library, wearing many hats, including managing the local history room there and working on local historical projects, including video oral histories. She was also on staff for several years at the Ridgewood, New Jersey library, researching and writing house histories for the local history room there, the Bolger Heritage Center.

Beth’s historical work has been featured in both the New York Times and the Bergen Record newspapers.


Banner Image: Van Saun House, Preakness Avenue & Singac Brook, Preakness, Passaic County, New Jersey, Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Survey, HABS NJ-166 (https://www.loc.gov/item/nj0736/)

Feb
28
Mon
Civil War Medical Records
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

GSBC General Meeting
Civil War Medical Records
Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA
Monday, 28 February 2022 @ 7pm Eastern
Online—all are welcome. Registration required.

The medical records in the U.S. National Archives (NARA) provide a rich but elusive source of genealogical information. NARA finding aids for medical records, which contain genealogical information, are not usually available. This session will provide information of interest to the Civil War genealogist. It will be presented with visual aids and examples of the kinds of genealogical information that are available.

Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7738137854859964176


Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA, is the author of The “‘Lost Pensions’: Settled Accounts of the Act of 6 April 1838” (Revised) and “Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, Inventory 14” (Revised). His most recent work is “Understanding Revolutionary War and Invalid Pension Ledgers, 1818–1872, and the Payment Vouchers They Represent.” He has authored several books and several articles in the “National Genealogical Society Quarterly,” the “Magazine of Virginia Genealogy” and other genealogical publications. He is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 8,500 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than thirty-five years, he specializes in military records, problem-solving, Quakers, and publishing. He is a member of the Company of Military Historians and on the editorial board of the “National Genealogical Society Quarterly.” He is a former Treasurer and Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists. He was a faculty member for several years of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and once the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh. He is currently the Coordinator of the SLIG Consultation Track, helping students solved their brick wall problems. He is the coordinator for the Annual Heritage Books Genealogical Conference and Cruises. He is a recipient of the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr. Award and UGA Silver Tray Award. He became a Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association in 2014.

[Banner Image: Invalid Pension File for Civil War Veteran, Jacob H. Berdan, Private, Co K, 13th NJ Infantry. NARA, Washington, DC. Image courtesy of Michelle D. Novak.]

Mar
28
Mon
The Persistence of the Dutch Language in New York and New Jersey
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

GSBC General Meeting
The Persistence of the Dutch Language in New York and New Jersey
Kieran J. O’Keefe, PhD
Monday, 28 March 2022 @ 7pm Eastern
Online—all are welcome. Registration required.

This talk will explore the persistence of the Dutch language in New York and Northern New Jersey. Although England conquered New Netherland in 1664, the inhabitants of the colony and their descendants continued to speak Dutch for generations. Learn about how and why descendants of the Dutch colonists latched on to the language for nearly 300 years after 1664.

Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9222655573729714960


Kieran J. O'Keefe earned his PhD in History from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is currently working on his book manuscript, tentatively titled “Suffering for the Crown: The Hudson Valley Loyalists, Violence, and Forced Migration in Revolutionary North America.” This study explores how violence and forced migration to Canada shaped Loyalist communities during and after the Revolutionary War. During the 2021–22 academic year, Kieran will be the postdoctoral fellow in Revolutionary Era studies at Siena College’s McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution.

[Banner Image: 1861 Corey-Hopkins Map of Bergen County, New Jersey; Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/item/2011588009/]

Apr
25
Mon
Bill Ervolino—The Importance of Stories @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

GSBC General Meeting
Bill Ervolino—The Importance of Stories
Monday, 25 April 2022 @ 7pm Eastern
Hybrid presentation—online and in-person. Registration required.

An informative and entertaining program about preserving your family's history with an author who has written about his family for 43 years. This is also an interactive program, audience members are encouraged to share their own experiences with genealogy and their favorite family stories!


Event Registration
This presentation is planned as a hybrid event—with a live audience AND simulcast as a webinar. Information about attending in-person will be announced by the Ridgewood Public Library about a month before the event.

Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/906993057766971920

In-Person Registration: (Information to come.)


Bill Ervolino is a professional author and for 28 years was a humor columnist and features writer at The Record. He is the author of Some Kind of Wise Guy: Stories about Parents, Weddings, Modern Living, and Growing Up Italian, and often draws upon his own family's stories and his personal experiences in his writing. Join his email list at billervolino.com.

 

 

[Banner Image: Courtesy of anyjazz65, CC 2.0.]