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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.


GSBC Spring Seminar—Intermediate DNA: A Four-Lecture Program with Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist®
Mar 20 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

GSBC 2021 Seminar
Intermediate DNA: A Four-Lecture Program with Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., The Genetic Genealogist®
Saturday, 20 March 2021, 9:30 am–4:00 pm, US Eastern
Online Seminar! ($25–$35)

Please join the Genealogical Society of Bergen County (GSBC) as we welcome Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., The Genetic Genealogist®, for a day of intermediate DNA sessions!

On Saturday, 20 March 2021, Blaine Bettinger will present the following four live sessions and end with a Q&A period.

  • Session 1: Using Y-DNA and mtDNA to Explore Your Ancestry
    Y-DNA and mtDNA testing have helped genealogists break through thousands of stubborn brick walls. Learn about the unique inheritance of Y-DNA and mtDNA in your family, how these tests can be used to explore your ancient ancestry, and how the results can identify your relatives both close and distant.
  • Session 2: Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries
    Even though our 18th and 19th century ancestors have been dead for decades, their DNA still survives in their descendants. Learn how to use autosomal DNA to attack and potentially solve genealogical mysteries and brick walls for ancestors who were born or lived in the 1800’s, 1700’s, and beyond.
  • Session 3: Using DNA Painter to Map and Analyze Your Autosomal DNA
    DNA Painter is an easy-to-use third-party tool that enables you to assign segments of DNA shared with cousins to a map of your chromosomes. Together we’ll look at this powerful new tool, and how you can use it in your research.
  • Session 4: Evaluating a Genealogical Conclusion Including DNA
    Someone tells you that they’ve proven their connection to a genealogical ancestor using DNA, but have they really proven it? Did they avoid the known pitfalls? Together we will discuss the most common pitfalls when using DNA evidence and propose the minimum requirements for a genealogical proof comprising DNA.

There are a limited number of “seats” for this event. By presenter’s request, this event will NOT be recorded.

Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., has  been using traditional genealogical research to learn more about his ancestry for nearly 20 years. He has a Ph.D. in biochemistry with a concentration in genetics and is extremely interested in the recent developments in genetic genealogy. Bettinger is and instructor and lecturer, the co-author of “Genetic Genealogy in Practice” (NGS, 2016), and the author of “The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy” (2016),  and was the former editor for "The Journal of Genetic Genealogy" (2010–2012) and authors a blog at

Seminar Schedule

(All times US Eastern time. Live event, schedule subject to change.)

9:30 am Webinar sign-on begins—introduce yourself in the chat window! (We recommend joining us early so you can test your connection and get familiar with the interface buttons.)
9:45 am Welcome, Announcements, and Introduction
10:00 am Session 1: Using Y-DNA and mtDNA to Explore Your Ancestry
11:00 am Short Break
11:15 am Session 2: Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries 
12:15 pm Lunch Break + Door Prize Raffle—“Genetic Genealogy in Practice” (NGS, 2016) by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. and Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL
1:00 pm Session 3: Using DNA Painter to Map and Analyze Your Autosomal DNA
2:00 pm Short Break
2:15 pm Session 4: Evaluating a Genealogical Conclusion Including DNA 
3:15 pm Q&A and Seminar Wrap-up
4:00 pm Goodbye and Sign-off



Tickets are $25 for GSBC Members; $35 for non-members. (Join today and save $10 on your Seminar registration!) [The GSBC Members' discount code was provided in the 14 January Members' email.]

Register online at

Registrants will receive a link upon registration as well as a reminder about a day before the seminar.


If you need assistance, would like to join the GSBC and receive your discount, or have other questions, contact us.