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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 Special Events + Seminars
The GSBC holds several special events, including our 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.

GSBC Classes + Ridgewood Public Library Programs
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.


 

Mar
18
Mon
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN—Family History Course ar Bergen Community College ILR @ Bergen Community College
Mar 18 – Apr 2 all-day


GSBC Spring Course at Bergen Community College, Institute for Learning in Retirement

Family History (IR-827)

Many People are interested in their family's past. This course covers the basics of searching records in the US, such as census and vital records. We will discuss both traditional and online resources—therefore students must be familiar with navigating the Internet. Wednesdays: April 3, 10, 17, 24, and May 1, 2019.

Dates: Five Wednesday sessions: April 3, 10, 17, 24, and May 1, 2019
Time: 1:30–3:30 pm
Location: Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Rd, Paramus, NJ, 07652
Instructor: Fred Voss, GSBC Trustee and Education Chair
Prerequisite: None
Note: this course covers the prerequisite material required for the "DNA and Genealogy" course, which will be offered in the fall semester. This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.


Information and Registration: https://ilr.bergen.edu or contact 201-447-7156

 

Mar
30
Sat
Find Your Family! GSBC Family History Discovery Day @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 30 all-day

GSBC Special Event + Open House

Saturday, 30 March 2019
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium and Bolger Heritage Center
FREE—All are Welcome. Bring the Family. Bring a Friend.


Have you been curious as to who might be in your family tree? Intrigued about DNA testing? Wondering what family treasures may be at your fingertips? Join the Genealogical Society of Bergen County as we present a special day of family history fun—and experience how interesting researching your family can be.

You don't have to have Bergen County ancestors to join us! We help researchers studying their ancestry—wherever it takes them—offering hands-on research help, educational and entertaining programs, and resources and advice. We are thrilled to welcome new family researchers and help everyone grow their knowledge and research skills. (Warning, researching your family can be addictive!)

In addition, we help support FREE resources at the Ridgewood Public library, including access to subscription websites such as Ancestry.com, hands-on Genealogy Consultants, books and research magazines and materials, programs and events, tech classes, and more.

Whether you are curious about your family, are already researching, want to boost your skills, or be inspired by new ideas—don't miss this exceptional event. We have an entire day of interesting talks, free consultations, and introduction to resources to jump-start your research and inspire you.

  • Five presentations in the Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium—representing some of our most popular, interesting, and helpful topics and speakers. Talks include Getting Started, Heirloom Genealogy, DNA Testing, Apps and Technology, and Immigration through Ellis Island.
  • Free one-on-one genealogy consultations (up to 30-minutes each) with expert genealogists to answer your questions and help you with your research.
  • A tour of the Bolger Heritage Center resources—including publications, technology, microfilm, original research materials, local histories, photographs, and one-of-a-kind treasures in the archives.
  • Family-friendly worksheets and activities to get your family talking about their history.
  • Networking with experts and other researchers so you can build your knowledge and connections (and you might find some cousins, too!).
  • Free and open to the public—all are welcome.

The Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ, (GSBC) is an educational non-profit dedicated to helping people discover their family history and grow their research skills. Since 1973, our Society has been providing educational events, collecting original research, managing research resources, and publishing information and "how-to" resources about genealogical research.


Presentation Schedule + Bolger Library and Archives Tour

Join us for the whole day so you don't miss a thing! (Schedule may be subject to change—please check back.)

Time Topic
11:00 am
Ridgewood Public Library
Auditorium

Beginning Your Genealogical Journey—Don't Start with Ancestry! Believe it or not, there is much more about your family out there than what you will find on Ancestry.com! Join professional genealogist and GSBC Vice President Lauren Maehrlein as she provides tips to make a strong start with your family history research—drawing on decades of experience in researching her family, in the old country and new, and, in her professional capacity, researching for others around the world.

[30 minutes; 15 minute Q&A / coffee break between sessions.]

11:45 am
Ridgewood Public Library
Auditorium

Heirloom Genealogy—Family Treasures Can Tell a Story A piece of china. A string of pearls. A family Bible. The precious items we inherit from our ancestors can tell us a lot about who they were and how they lived. Professional genealogist and GSBC Vice President Lauren Maehrlein will show some family treasures that "speak" to her and help you understand what your heirlooms might mean.

[30 minutes; 15 minute Q&A / coffee break between sessions.]

12:30 pm
Ridgewood Public Library
Auditorium

DNA Testing—What's It All About? You've seen the commercials. You've heard about the controversies. Can DNA testing really help you find your family? Join professional genealogist and GSBC Education Chair Fred Voss as he walks us through the world of DNA research—what it can do, what it can't, and which tests should be used with different family members. Whether you are new to DNA, just curious, or already testing, the field is always changing—and this talk is vital to keeping up with it. 

[30 minutes; 15 minute Q&A / coffee break between sessions.]

1:15 pm
Ridgewood Public Library
Auditorium

Getting Your Family Into Family History—There's an App for That! Collecting your family's stories can be a lot of work. There always seems to be documents and photos to scan, people to contact, things to look up, and cousins to connect with. Professional genealogist and GSBC President Barbara Ellman will show you how new technology—which those youngins are so adept with—can help you capture your family's stories, organize what you have, and share it with the world. 

[30 minutes; 15 minute Q&A / coffee break between sessions.]

2:00 pm
Ridgewood Public Library
Auditorium

So, Grandma Came through Ellis Island? When not teaching, professional genealogist and GSBC Education Chair Fred Voss changes hats, literally, serving as a Hard-Hat Tour Guide at Ellis Island. Over the years he's heard dozens of stories about those who came through Ellis Island—and the joys, sorrows, and hardships they experienced along the way. He'll share some of these stories while providing a peek into what the immigration process was really like, and how the records created can help you unlock your ancestor's story. 

[30 minutes; 15 minute Q&A / coffee break between sessions.]

3:00 pm
Bolger Heritage Center and Archives
Ridgewood Public Library

Treasures at the Bolger Heritage Center—Library and Archives Tour Did you know that you have a world-class genealogy and local history library and archives right in Ridgewood? Since 2011, the Ridgewood Public Library has been home to the Bolger Heritage Center—a collection of materials about Bergen County, its towns, history, and people. Additionally, the Bolger also holds guides to assist with all kinds of family history research, original research materials (found nowhere else), maps and directories, and other wonderful resources waiting to be discovered.

Bergen County Historical Society Trustee and Local History expert Peggy W. Norris, who also served as the Bolger's librarian until her recent retirement, will give small groups an exclusive look at the resources and materials in the Bolger's archives. (Note that additional tours may be added to accommodate guests—so please RSVP so we can gauge interest and plan accordingly.) 

Please RSVP (for space-planning purposes) >

 


Genealogy Consultants (Free!)

Get advice on your tree, research resources, or ideas for breaking through your brick-wall problems with free one-on-one help.

All our consultants can help beginners as well as experienced researchers, guide you in the use of the Genealogy and Local History Reference collections at the Bolger Heritage Center, and help you break through your brick-walls. If you need assistance with a specific area not listed, contact us and we will match you as best we can with an expert in that area.

Note that consultants are regularly available at the Bolger Heritage Center for additional consultation or advice follow-up. Please see the regular availability calendar at www.njgsbc.org and email contact@njgsbc.org to reserve your consultation window.

Time slots are limited to 30-minutes per person on the day, are booked in the order they are requested, and time will be at the discretion of the researcher and depending on their schedule and other commitments. Please limit your request to one consultation time slot.

Consultation Time  Researcher / Expertise (limit 30-minutes per-person during this event)
10:00 am @ Bolger Heritage Center [Researcher name, specialties, and availability to come]
10:30 am @ Bolger Heritage Center [Researcher name, specialties, and availability to come]
11:00 am @ Bolger Heritage Center [Researcher name, specialties, and availability to come]
11:30 am @ Bolger Heritage Center [Researcher name, specialties, and availability to come]
12:00 pm @ Bolger Heritage Center [Researcher name, specialties, and availability to come]
12:30 pm @ Bolger Heritage Center [Researcher name, specialties, and availability to come]
1:00 pm @ Bolger Heritage Center [Researcher name, specialties, and availability to come]
1:30 pm @ Bolger Heritage Center [Researcher name, specialties, and availability to come]
2:00 pm @ Bolger Heritage Center [Researcher name, specialties, and availability to come]
2:30 pm @ Bolger Heritage Center [Researcher name, specialties, and availability to come]

 


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Apr
3
Wed
BCC ILR Course: Family History @ Bergen Community College
Apr 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

GSBC Spring Course at
Bergen Community College, Institute for Learning in Retirement
Family History (IR-827)

Many People are interested in their family's past. This course covers the basics of searching records in the US, such as census and vital records. We will discuss both traditional and online resources—therefore students must be familiar with navigating the Internet. Note: this course covers the prerequisite material required for the "DNA and Genealogy" course, which will be offered in the fall semester. This course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County.Wednesdays: April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 2019.

Dates: Five sessions, Wednesday April 3, 10, 17, 24, and May 1, 2019
Time: 1:30–3:30 pm
Instructor: Fred Voss; this course is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County
Prerequisite: None
Registration: Register at https://ilr.bergen.edu or contact 201-447-7156


Information and registration via the ILR web site at https://ilr.bergen.edu