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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.


The Great Hunger in Ireland (1845–1852) @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 24 February 2020, 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium

Tom Riley

The Great Hunger in Ireland (1845–1852)

Join the GSBC as we welcome Tom Riley for the second of two talks. Free and open to the public—all are welcome.

The Great Hunger In Ireland (1845–1852) saw the population of Ireland decrease from nine million people to below five million in seven years. Approximately 1.2 million people died of starvation, 2.8 million immigrated to Europe, Australia, Canada, and America—with the U.S. receiving the bulk of the immigrants. About 40% of those coming to Canada and America died of disease en route and were buried at sea.

Tom Riley grew up in a broken home in New York and he and his siblings were raised in the foster care system—which spurred his interest in the Orphan Trains. During his professional career with the YMCA, health clubs, and the U.S. Post Office,he worked part-time as a writer and photographer while raising a family. Riley has written more than 2,800 articles and 10 books. He has also presented numerous lectures at libraries, colleges, and other organizations. Four of his ten books are about the Orphan Train Era (1853–1929). In addition, he has been a freelance writer for Rivertown Magazine since 2008.

As a crucial part of his efforts to raise awareness about the history and legacy of the Orphan Trains, Tom is creating an Online New York State Orphan Train Museum via his Patreon page. Patrons of this museum will receive online access to many of Tom’s books, articles, photos, and other memorabilia. In addition, one third of the proceeds will go towards helping Wounded Warriors, Feeding the Hungry and establishing an expanded and beautiful Online Orphan Train Museum. For more information about this museum or to become a patron, please check out the link below:

Free and open to the public—all are welcome.
[Image of the Irish Famine Memorial, Dublin, courtesy of William Murphy.]
That Other DNA Test—Understanding and Using Y-DNA @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 23 March 2020, 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium

Skip Duett

That Other DNA Test—Understanding and Using Y-DNA

Learn the basics of the science and how to apply Y-DNA to help identify direct male lines throughout your family tree. Understand how to effectively evaluate your Y-DNA matches.

Skip Duett has been actively researching in Upstate New York since 1995 and has extensive experience in Onondaga, Madison, Montgomery, and surrounding counties. He has a particular interest in Palatine immigrants to the Mohawk Valley in the early-mid 1700s; has very strong DNA research skills; and is a published author "The Mohawk Valley Ehles and Allied Families" (2003), documenting over 4,200 descendants of three early Ehle immigrants to Montgomery County, NY.

Free and open to the public—all are welcome.

[Image courtesy of Andy Leppard.]