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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.


POSTPONED—Phil Jaeger: Dining with History (onsite)
May 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

POSTPONED—Please note that this program has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. 

Any questions, please contact
Sarah Kiefer, Local History Librarian
Bolger Heritage Center
Ridgewood Public Library
201-670-5600 ext. 135

Dining with History (onsite)
Saturday, May 21 at 2pm

Guest speaker Phil Jaeger's talk will focus on many restaurants, mostly in New Jersey but several in neighboring states, that began life as long ago as the 1700s. In every case the building itself is an important part of New Jersey's heritage whether it originally was a stagecoach stop, railroad station, school, castle, private residence or other historic structure. The program includes not only the origins of many of New Jersey's notable dining establishments but also views of the restaurant as it appears today. Additionally, nearby attractions of interest are also highlighted. Program will be held in the Library Auditorium.

Due to space limitations, registration is required:

A Serendipitous Find
Jun 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
A Serendipitous Find

GSBC Extra!
A Serendipitous Find
Hedy Grant and Peggy Norris, MS, MLIS
Monday, 13 June 2022 @ 2pm Eastern
Online—all are welcome.
Registration required,

In researching the history of her historic New Milford home, Hedy Grant came across an 1883 deed that referenced as a landmark an “old [African American] Burying ground.” Ms. Grant altered her course determined to find the burying ground, which she did with the help of genealogist and historian Peggy W. Norris.

Hedy Grant is a retired lawyer currently serving her fourth term as a councilwoman in New Milford. She recently coordinated the creation of a Sculpture Garden at the New Milford Public Library. 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.

Twenty Years with William Bulkley: Author Talk with Peggy Norris (On-site)
Jun 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Twenty Years with William Bulkley: Author Talk with Peggy W. Norris (onsite)
Saturday, June 18 at 2pm [Updated Date!]
Program will be held on-site in the RPL Auditorium
Registration required:

William L. Bulkley 1861–1933: African American Educator and Reformer has been published by Peggy W. Norris after 20 years of research. She will share about the research and about Bulkley and his story. Books will be available for sale.

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.


BEWARE! The Enchanted Forest: Perils & Pitfalls of Online Trees
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

GSBC General Meeting
BEWARE! The Enchanted Forest: Perils & Pitfalls of Online Trees
Presentation by Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD
Monday, 27 June 2022 @ 7pm Eastern
Online and open to all! Registration required,

When is it safe to get information from an online tree? Here we will discuss where these trees can be found, how to assess them for reliability, how to cite them, how to use them for clues to further your research, and more. Not all online trees are created equal, but most can be evaluated with a few simple steps: don’t become victim to the enchantment of an apparent pot of gold. Good for beginner and intermediate researchers.

Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, former So. Cal. college speech professor (MA, Speech Communication; PhD, Folklore), is a national speaker and author. A member of the DAR, she is the former director and current staff trainer for the Corona, CA Family History Center, has worked on background research for two genealogy television programs, and was a host for podcasts on social history. A former Board-Certified genealogist with over 40 years of research experience, she is a former board member of APG and past president of its So. Cal. Chapter; president of the Corona Genealogical Society, as well as webmaster for that same organization; and has participated on a number of other society boards. Jean writes the “Aunty Jeff” column for the Informer, the newsletter of the Jefferson County NY Genealogical Society.

GSBC Extra! Ten Skills Every Genealogist Needs
Jul 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

GSBC Extra!
Ten Skills Every Genealogist Needs
Presentation by Nancy Loe, MLS, MA
Monday, 11 July 2022 @ 2pm Eastern
Online and open to all! Registration required,

Ten information management and research skills that help you uncover new resources, extract more information from records, defeat brick walls, share information with other researchers, and stay organized. The webinar helps you master new and essential skills to find and manage your genealogy research effectively.

Nancy E. Loe, MLS, MA, is a professional archivist and genealogist, who writes and lectures on US and European genealogy research and records. She also provides expert guidance on organizing research and preserving family papers and photographs. Her site features a blog, monthly newsletter, and genealogy e-books on U.S. and European research. Nancy also provides expert guidance on information management and research skills. In addition to appearing on PBS's American Experience, Nancy has presented for all experience levels at National Genealogical Society, Rootstech, Jamboree, and state, regional, and local genealogy conferences.