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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.


Annual Genealogy Q&A + Ask the Experts! @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jul 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm


GSBC Summer Meeting
Monday, 22 July 2019, 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium

Genealogy Q&A + Ask the Experts!

Join GSBC as we welcome a panel of experts to answer your questions, share experiences, and bust through some brick-walls! All are welcome—whether you are a new researcher, curious about getting into genealogy, or have many years of experience—come and join in the conversation. It's always a fun evening!

Free and open to the public—all are welcome.

GSBC Field Trip > Garden State Crematory @ Garden State Crematory (formerly the New York and New Jersey Crematory)
Aug 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join the Genealogical Society of Bergen County on a FIELD TRIP in August!

Instead of its regular monthly meeting, GSBC will be visiting the Garden State Crematory (formerly the New York and New Jersey Crematory) on Kennedy Blvd., North Bergen, NJ, Saturday, 3 August, at 10:00 am.

Although mostly forbidden by local and/or religious law previously, cremation has been a popular choice for many beginning around the turn of the twentieth century. If you have family who were living in Bergen or Hudson counties, or in Manhattan, and cannot figure out where they were buried, maybe they weren’t buried! Joan Rivers, among other notables, was cremated at this facility.

The crematory is housed in Becker’s Castle, an imposing brownstone building that overlooks Weehawken Cemetery. Part of the crematory is a columbarium, which is akin to a mausoleum or indoor cemetery. The columbarium holds the cremated remains (aka cremains) of thousands of north Jersey and New York City residents in individual or family niches which are available for visiting, much like a cemetery.


Registration is necessary, as tour space is limited. Please sign-up for this fascinating and informative event at Use a separate form for each attendee.

Parking is available on-site. Please advise if you are interested in carpooling—either riding or driving.

Note that GSBC Members may receive priority but we will work to accommodate everyone. Capacity for the tour is limited and outside of our control. You will receive a confirmation after signing up online. If you need to cancel, please contact us so we can open the space to another. (The Hudson County Genealogical and Historical Society held a tour of this facility last year, and due to the overwhelming response, the HCGS tour is also being repeated.)


Use the sign-up form or the email link above to contact Lauren Maehrlein, GSBC Programming Chair.

Thanks to the Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society for the images—and for the inspiration for this tour! (