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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.


 

Oct
26
Mon
Quarantined! Genealogy, The Law and Public Health @ (Online)
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

GSBC Monthly Meeting:  Quarantined! Genealogy, The Law and Public Health, - From the Plague to tuberculosis, the law worked to protect the public from epidemics. Learn how public health records can add to any family’s history. 

Monday, October 26 @7pm

Speaker: Judy Russell, The Legal Geneaalogist

Free online webinar!

REGISTER NOW:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6503161987551725837

Nov
23
Mon
Land Ho! Calling All Mayflower Descendants
Nov 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


GSBC General Meeting
Monday, 23 November, 2020, 7pm EST
Land Ho! Calling All Mayflower Descendants
Online

The celebration to honor the 400th year since when the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth is in full swing. Join Kathleen Kaldis as she outlines the strategies for researching Mayflower lineages and the process of submitting a membership application to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.


Kathleen Kaldis (Genealogist, NERGC 2020 Director, and Lecturer) is a professional genealogist who is known as The Ancestor Finder. Her interest in genealogy started at a young age when she heard stories about how her great great-grandfather, who was born on Cape Breton Island, came to Boston to build Fenway Park. Go SOX! Her enthusiasm shines through when she shares her passion of genealogy with her clients and audiences.

Kaldis is a professional genealogist and genealogical speaker. She has worked as a Genealogist at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants and The New England Historic and Genealogical Society and specializes in lineage and forensic research.

She holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and has successfully completed many advanced level genealogical institute courses. Kathleen is very active within the genealogical community, and serves in many leadership positions for many organizations. A proud member of the Lexington Massachusetts DAR and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.   Her areas of genealogical expertise are:  New England and the Atlantic Canadian Provinces, Lineage Research, Forensic Research, Greek Research, Researching Mariners who Sailed the Seas, and Resolving Tough Genealogical Problems.

Register for this free webinar, here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8443021556897204494


Image: “The south part of New England as it planted this yeare, 1634.” Massachusetts Digital Commonwealth, https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search/commonwealth:q524n611v

Jan
11
Mon
Part One: “Picturing” Your Research—Finding, Procuring, and Preserving Images (Revised, in two parts)
Jan 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

 


Genealogical Society of Bergen County (GSBC) Extra
Monday, 11 January @ 2pm
Free Online Webinar—All Experience Levels are Welcome

Did you realize that you have a UNIQUE archive in your house right now? Your family photos! Your research can come alive with images but finding, scanning, and preserving them can be a daunting prospect. In this series, we’ll explore using images in your research—from the view of Michelle D. Novak, a brand designer, photographer, and Masters of Information candidate at Rutgers University. (P.S., It’s her favorite topic!)

Part one (Monday, 11 January 2021 @ 2pm) will focus on how to understand and preserve the images you may have lingering in your photo albums and shoeboxes. We’ll also look at ways to find images in online collections, how photos can bring deeper meaning to your research, introduce some archival supplies to preserve your originals for future generations, and look at how to connect with members of your family through with photos.
REGISTER FOR PART ONE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3153321693513027340

Part two of this series (Tuesday, 8 March 2021 @ 2pm) will be all about scanning, retouching, and organizing images. Novak will walk us through how to scan images like a pro, some dos and don’ts of retouching, introduce some basic concepts to organize your images, and peek at some tools that can help you identify the people in them. It’s an exciting, ever-evolving world—and one that can bring your family research to life.
REGISTER FOR PART TWO: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7854870797278642444


Michelle D. Novak is a brand designer at [MND] (mnd.nyc) which serves finserv, education, and technology; genealogist; and teacher. She is a Master of Information student at Rutgers University, holds a BFA from RISD, and certificates from BU, Gen-Fed, and GRIP. Novak is Trustee and Webmaster for the Genealogical Society of Bergen County (GSBC) and a former Trustee of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey. She also serves as Project Administrator for the GSNJ-NJSA New Jersey Early Land Records Project (njlandrecords.org); Editor of the GSBC’s national award-winning newsletter, “The Archivist;” and is involved with numerous transcription, indexing, publicity, and digitization projects.

Mar
2
Tue
Part Two: “Picturing” Your Research—Finding, Procuring, and Preserving Images (Revised, in two parts)
Mar 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

 


Genealogical Society of Bergen County (GSBC) Extra
Monday, 11 January @ 2pm
Free Online Webinar—All Experience Levels are Welcome

Did you realize that you have a UNIQUE archive in your house right now? Your family photos! Your research can come alive with images but finding, scanning, and preserving them can be a daunting prospect. In this series, we’ll explore using images in your research—from the view of Michelle D. Novak, a brand designer, photographer, and Masters of Information candidate at Rutgers University. (P.S., It’s her favorite topic!)

Part one (Monday, 11 January 2021 @ 2pm) will focus on how to understand and preserve the images you may have lingering in your photo albums and shoeboxes. We’ll also look at ways to find images in online collections, how photos can bring deeper meaning to your research, introduce some archival supplies to preserve your originals for future generations, and look at how to connect with members of your family through with photos.
PART ONE will be available in the GSBC Members' section shortly after broadcast. 

Part two of this series (Tuesday, 8 March 2021 @ 2pm) will be all about scanning, retouching, and organizing images. Novak will walk us through how to scan images like a pro, some dos and don’ts of retouching, introduce some basic concepts to organize your images, and peek at some tools that can help you identify the people in them. It’s an exciting, ever-evolving world—and one that can bring your family research to life.
REGISTER FOR PART TWO: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7854870797278642444


Michelle D. Novak is a brand designer at [MND] (mnd.nyc) which serves finserv, education, and technology; genealogist; and teacher. She is a Master of Information student at Rutgers University, holds a BFA from RISD, and certificates from BU, Gen-Fed, and GRIP. Novak is Trustee and Webmaster for the Genealogical Society of Bergen County (GSBC) and a former Trustee of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey. She also serves as Project Administrator for the GSNJ-NJSA New Jersey Early Land Records Project (njlandrecords.org); Editor of the GSBC’s national award-winning newsletter, “The Archivist;” and is involved with numerous transcription, indexing, publicity, and digitization projects.