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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
16
Thu
Class: Brick Wall Next-Steps @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jan 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Registration Opens 4 November 2019


Class: Brick Wall Next-Steps
Thursday, 16 January 2020 @ 11am
Ridgewood Public Library Tech Room
Instructor: Barbara Ellman


At some point in genealogical research, you will find yourself stumped. This session will provide a number of clues to follow in next steps and alternatives to think about.

Registration and a small fee required ($5 Ridgewood residents and GSBC members; $10 visitors), http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=394438


Barbara Ellman is a GSBC Trustee and Programming Chair. She is an expert in Jewish genealogy and has researched her maternal family back to the mid-1700s in Drohobych, Ukraine. Barbara is a computer systems analyst and assists JerishGen with various website projects and databases and is a frequent speaker.

Feb
13
Thu
Tech Class: Spreadsheets & Genealogy @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Tech Class: Spreadsheets & Genealogy
Thursday, 13 February 2020, 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library Computer Lab
Instructor: Fred Voss

Being organized is critical to being a successful genealogist. Some people find spreadsheets to be a valuable tool in this regard. Spreadsheets can be used to help a genealogist with data gathering, data organizing, and data manipulation. This class will look at using spreadsheets for those varying purposes.


Registration and small fee required: $5 Ridgewood residents and GSBC members; $10 for visitors. Registration opens 1 December, 2019 and will sell-out quickly! http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=394217


Fred Voss graduated from Boston College with a BA in Mathematics. He has spent his career working for and with software startup companies such as Netscape Communications, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle. Since 1990, he has specialized in Internet Identity and Security. He is also a professional genealogist, researcher, and educator. He has been doing personal genealogy for over 15 years and is a Trustee and Education Chair for the Genealogical Society of Bergen County. His areas of interest are Germany, Switzerland, and New Hampshire, with special interest in DNA, Immigration, and Naturalization. Mr. Voss is a certificate holder of the Boston University Genealogical Research Certification program (OL13). He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the International Society of Genetic Genealogists as well as various regional societies. Mr. Voss volunteers as a tour guide at Ellis Island, leading both historical and photographic tours of the abandoned hospitals on the south side of the island (SaveEllisIsland.org).