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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 2023 Spring Seminar—A Day with Jane Wilcox! @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 22 all-day

GSBC 2023 Spring Seminar
April 22nd, 2023—Save the Date
In-person at the Ridgewood Public Library, 125 N. Maple Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 
Details and registration information to come. Sign-up for the GSBC eNews to be notified of updates.

Join us, in-person, at the Ridgewood Public Library for a day with Jane E. Wilcox—who will provide four in-depth presentations on:

Finding American Women’s Voices through the Centuries: Letters, Journals, Newspapers, and Court Records.
Women from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries are challenging to uncover, but we may hear their voices in the documents that recorded their lives. With many examples from the speaker’s own New England, New York and Wisconsin family history, learn where to look for womenfolk in letters, diaries and journals, newspapers and various court records.

Forget Me Not: Remembering Our Grandmothers’ Stories
Women’s stories are often overshadowed by male-oriented records. Learn where to find and how to tell our women folk’s stories with the sources and everyday objects at hand. A new richness to family history can be had when we bring to life the stories of our grandmothers.

New York State Archives Records: A Focus on 19th and 20th Century Immigrants 
The New York State Archives (NYSA) holds the records of the state government. With a focus on records that contain 19th and early 20th century immigrants and their children, this talk will discuss new as well as familiar state-level records to assist in your family history research.

You Be the Judge: Was Nicholas Storm Alive during the Revolutionary War?
A family tradition claims that Philipsburg Manor tenant Nicholas Storm hosted Gen. Philip Schuyler at his home during the Battle of White Plains. Fact or fiction? You be the judge using typical and atypical sources for Westchester County including manorial, court, cemetery, Loyalist confiscation, U.S. Army forage, personal papers and accounts, probate, maps, laws, and more.

Jane E. Wilcox has been digging around and rooting out ancestors practically my whole life--having learned genealogy on her DAR-researcher grandmother's lap 40+ years ago. Jane is fascinated by who our forebears were--their lives, society, politics, education, religion. Her degrees in history, journalism, and education provide an academic foundation for her work in genealogy, with specialties being researching people and their times and writing their stories. As she researches a family, it seems that the ancestors want their stories to be told. Jane is a member of the NY State Archives Advisory Committee and of the Family History Advisory Committee for the NY Genealogical & Biographical Society.