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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 Special Events + Seminars
The GSBC holds several special events, including our day-long Annual Seminar and late-night RPL Lock-In—where genealogists can attend talks on a variety of subjects, collaborate on problems, and receive one-on-one research assistance. Additional event fee may apply. Discount for GSBC members.

GSBC Classes + Ridgewood Public Library Programs
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.


Class: Organizing Your Genealogical Records @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Class: Organizing Your Genealogical Records
Thursday, 21 March, 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library Computer Lab
Instructor: Fred Voss

Class: Organizing Your Genealogical Records

Successful genealogy takes skill, hard work, and luck. And it is so much easier if you are organized. We will talk about various approaches to organizing your files, photos, and papers, so that you can find them when you really need them. Remember, the best method of organizing for YOU is the one that you are most comfortable using.

Registration and small fee required ($5 for Ridgewood residents and GSBC members; $10 for visitors). Register early—this class usually sells out!

BCC ILR Course: Family History 101 @ Bergen Community College
Apr 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join GSBC for an exciting and informative course at the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College (note that ILR is for those 55 and older). Registration opens in September (see links below) and classes may fill up fast. Contact the college at 201-447-7156 or for more information.

GSBC Spring Course at BCC ILR—Family History 101

How to get started researching your family, what are some of the different resources types available and where can you find them, and how to put it all together. Classes will be taught by GSBC Education Chair Fred Voss at Bergen Community College’s Institute for Learning in Retirement (55+).

Dates: Five sessions, Wednesday April 3, 10, 17, 24, and May 1, 2019
Time: 1:00–3:00 pm
Instructor: Fred Voss; this course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County
Prerequisite: None
Online Catalog:
Registration Opens: Registration link to come (usually a month before classes begin) at or contact 201-447-7156

Information and registration via the ILR web site at

From the ILR Catalog

The ILR office is located in the Technology Education Center (TEC), Room TEC115. The TEC building is next to the Pitkin Education Center (Pitkin), main building. ILR courses are held in various classrooms on all campuses. Classroom locations are posted daily in Pitkin at the Welcome Counter by the Student Center entrance and the IT Help Desk by the Public Safety area as well as outside room TEC115. There is also a recorded, room assignment message updated every Sunday afternoon, call (201) 447-7156 then press 2 after the voice message begins.

ILR Registration
Registration will only be available about a month before the start of the course. Visit next choose the day and course that piques your interest, then click the registration button. Payment is by credit card only. The fall 2018 membership fee is $125.00. The ILR does not issue refunds.

Your membership fee entitles you to choose up to 4 courses.
** The ILR is very popular and space is limited, so please only sign up for classes you plan to attend and only attend classes for which you are registered. **

Class: New York Research @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

GSBC–RPL Genealogy Class: New York Research
Thursday April 11th @ 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library, Computer Classroom
Instructor: Barbara Ellman 

So many of our immigrant ancestors lived in New York City…they started on the Lower East Side and upgraded to the Bronx and Brooklyn; their children moved to Queens, Westchester, Long Island and New Jersey. Identification of resources available on-line such as vital records, naturalization, probate, property and, newspapers... and we will note which documents will only be found on-site at various archives.

Registration and a small fee is required, $5 for Ridgewood residents and GSBC members; $10 for visitors.

Class: Using @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 13 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Class: Using
Saturday, 13 April, 10:30am
Ridgewood Public Library

Instructor: Judy Kenney

Learn about the wealth of records and research help available free on In addition to millions of digitized records, discover full-text books, hundreds of research videos, and thousands of articles to help you in your research. Learn how to search more effectively and how to use the many other features on the site.

Registration and fee required (Ridgewood and GSBC members $5; Visitors $10). Register here!

Class: Using Land Records @ Ridgewood Public Library
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am

Class: Using Land Records
Saturday, 4 May @ 10:00am
Ridgewood Public Library, Computer Classroom
Instructor: Peggy Norris

How to find and use land records to tell your family story. Deeds reveal a lot about location, financial status, neighbors, and family that sometimes can be found nowhere else. Beginners and experienced genealogists are welcome.

Registration and small fee required, $5 for Ridgewood residents and GSBC members; $10 for visitors,