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GSBC Meetings, Special Events, and Classes

GSBC Meetings

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. Light refreshments and speaker handouts provided. 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 each year, including our popular 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.

Ridgewood Public Library Programs & Classes

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.

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.


Up the North River: An Overview of Pre-1800 Hudson Valley Ethnic Groups & Religions @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

March Program + GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 26 March, 7 PM
Ridgewood Public Library

Jane E. Wilcox

Up the North River: An Overview of Pre-1800 Hudson Valley Ethnic Groups & Religions

The Hudson (North) River valley was an ethnic and religious melting pot long before the late nineteenth century immigrant influx. Find out who was in the New York/New Jersey area in the beginning. You will be surprised!

About Jane E. Wilcox
“I've been digging around and rooting out ancestors practically my whole life—having learned genealogy on my DAR-researcher grandmother's lap 40+ years ago. I'm fascinated by who our forebears were—their lives, society, politics, education, religion. I want to find out what influences operated in their lives. My degrees in history, journalism and education provide an academic foundation for my work in genealogy, with my specialties being researching people and their times and writing their stories. As I research a family, it seems to me that the ancestors want their stories to be told.”

Wilcox serves as contributing editor of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record and hosts a weekly podcast at She is an frequent speaker at regional and national conferences.

Free and open to the public—all are welcome. GSBC Membership ($20 per year) is encouraged to help support programming and events.

Image: Spencer Collection, The New York Public Library. "Hudson." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 25, 2018.

AncestryDNA Results and How I Use Them @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

April Program + GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 23 April, 7 PM
Ridgewood Public Library

Russ Worthington
AncestryDNA Results and How I Use Them

Join Russ Worthington as he walks though the AncestryDNA Website showing how to use the results to answer a specific genealogy question.

About Russ Worthington 
Russ is well known to FHIG [Family History Interest Group] audiences, and in the wider genealogy world. Worthington started ‘collecting his ancestors’ over 16 years ago and has since traveled from Maryland to Maine visiting cemeteries and archives, finding cousins and headstones, and taking photographs in search of family history information. He has become an enthusiastic user of Google Hangouts for family history discussions and tutorials, blogs regularly on genealogy topics and on the use of the computer genealogy program Family Tree Maker, and relishes opportunities to attend and present at genealogy conferences nationwide.

Free and open to the public—all are welcome. GSBC Membership ($20 per year) is encouraged to help support programming and events.

Genealogy of a House @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

June Program + GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 25 June, 7 PM
Ridgewood Public Library—All Are Welcome

Cynthia Forster and Elaine Gold

“Genealogy of a House” will look at old houses and their various occupants: how they shaped the house and how the house shaped them. The discussion will include historian, Janet Strom, and historic preservationist, Elaine Gold, about families and houses. The program will draw on some current cases and will explain what resources are available at the county level to discover more about your home.

Cynthia Forster is the Director of the Bergen County Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs. The office was established by the Freeholders to advise on County historic preservation matters, administer the historic preservation component of the Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund, and the annual Commendation Awards Program.

Elaine Gold serves as Administrator for the Bergen County Historic Preservation Trust Fund for the Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board. The Historic Preservation Trust Fund Program provides grants for the acquisition, stabilization, rehabilitation, restoration, and preservation of historic sites as well as the preparation of plans and reports associated with the implementation of historic preservation capital projects by the County, municipalities, and qualified non-profit organizations.

Free and open to the public—all are welcome.