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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.


 

Jul
26
Mon
Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where Did Grandma’s Church Go?
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


GSBC General Meeting
Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where Did Grandma’s Church Go?
Presentation by Dr. David McDonald
Monday, 26 July & 7pm
Online and free—all are welcome. Registration required.

Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where Did Grandma’s Church Go?

Did Grandma play cards? Was alcohol banned in the household? Is Jell-O a food group in your family’s culinary record? Did they start out Catholic, pass through Episcopalianism, and wind up Disciples of Christ? We’ll consider cultural clues for determining a family’s religious heritage, and strategies for finding records of various churches and denominations, locally and a wider basis.

REGISTRATION: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7481536026162675212


Dr. David McDonald, president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, has 45 years’ genealogical research experience. A lecturer for 40 years, he specializes in the Midwest and English research, along with transcontinental migration patterns. He is a nationally-recognized expert on matters of religion and genealogical research. McDonald has served as a Director of the National Genealogical Society and edited the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Newsletter. He has written for the NGS Quarterly and various state and local societies through the years.

 

 

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Aug
23
Mon
Should You Believe Your Eyes? Sizing Up Sources and Information
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Should You Believe Your Eyes? Sizing Up Sources and Information
Presented by Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS
Monday, 23 August 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Free Online Webinar—All Experience Levels are Welcome

Should genealogists believe everything they see? Effective analysis includes evaluation of reliability and credibility. Learn to assess sources and information as you develop evidence.

REGISTRATION: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1466611487069045262


Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS, is past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and current editor of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, the NYG&B’s peer-reviewed journal. Certified since 1998, she specializes in research in the New York City area.

Sep
27
Mon
Global Reach Without Airfare or Postage
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

GSBC General Meeting
Global Reach Without Airfare or Postage
Jordan Ausländer
Monday, 27 September @ 7pm, Eastern
Free online webinar—all experience levels are welcome. Registration required.

How to utilize expanding international resources, available by subscription and free, facilitate research into “old country.” What foreign documentation, directories and indices are available from home and at libraries and archives. What can be accomplished without investing in travel. How to optimize eventual on-site visits.

REGISTER HERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/146148601494022415


Jordan Ausländer is a forensic genealogist, lecturer, and entertainer; for over 30 years Jordan has pursued cases across the United States, Europe Israel and the Caribbean. Publications include an index to Jewish vital records in the Slovak Archives, and a Genealogical Gazetteer of Hungary.

Oct
25
Mon
Inferential Genealogy
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

GSBC General Meeting
Inferential Genealogy
Presented by Russ Worthington
Monday, 25 October 2021 @ 7:00 pm, Eastern
Free online webinar—all experience levels are welcome. Registration required.

Inferential Genealogy is how family historians can accurately deduce ancestors’ identities and many aspects of their lives by digging below surface information” in genealogical records and combining information from several sources. Useful in many situations, inferential methodology is especially helpful where records do not state relationships. A case study.

REGISTRATION LINK: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1785646882345968398


Russ Worthington, aka “Cousin Russ” is indeed a real cousin of “Dear Myrtle”, Pat Richley-Erickson. A Family Tree Maker expert, he is serious about locating and using original documents. He is a student of genealogical methodology, a Find-A-Grave volunteer, a public speaker, and a serious student of genealogical technology. Russ served in the US Coast Guard in Vietnam.

Nov
22
Mon
Government for the People: Leveraging Freedom of Information Laws to Procure Novel Records
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

GSBC Annual Meeting
Government for the People: Leveraging Freedom of Information Laws to Procure Novel Records
Alec Ferretti, Member Reclaim the Records Board of Directors
Monday, 22 November @7pm, Online!
Free online webinar—all experience levels are welcome. Registration required.

Learn how state and federal Freedom of Information (FOI) laws work, and how genealogists can use them to uncover novel records. Alec will discuss how to make FOI requests in various states, and will outline case studies in which he used FOI laws to obtain specific types of records pertaining to an ancestor. These diverse records range from alien files held by US Citizenship and Immigration Services, to burial permits held by local town clerks, to occupational licensing applications held by the State. Discover records previously thought to be locked away from the public forever!

REGISTRATION LINK: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7480000010411979278


Alec Ferretti is a New-York-City-based professional genealogist, who works for the Wells Fargo Family & Business History Center. He specializes in the genealogy of 20th century immigrants to the United States and serves as the President of the New York Genealogy & Technology Group. A member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists, he also serves on the Board of Reclaim the Records.