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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 2020 Seminar: A Day with Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective®
Nov 14 @ 9:45 am – 3:00 pm

GSBC 2020 Seminar
A Day with Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective®
A Three-Lecture Program
Saturday, 14 November 2020, 9:45 am–3:00 pm, Online!

Please join the Genealogical Society of Bergen County as we welcome Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, for a day of discovery. We will learn how to use clues from our old photos to uncover the time, the place, and the identity of the people pictured.

Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification and photo preservation. Sought out by clients all over the world from as far away as New Zealand, her pioneering work in historic photo research is unprecedented, evidenced by her success in solving photo mysteries. The author of several books, scholarly articles and online columns, she has been featured in numerous publications including The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, and was dubbed “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective” by The Wall Street Journal.


9:45 am—Introduction
10:00 am—Identifying and Dating Family Photographs
11:30 am—Buns, Beards, Bodices, and Bustles: Understanding Ancestors through Clothing
1:00 pm—Preserving Family Photographs—1839 to the Present
2:00 pm—Q&A and wrap-up

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


Seminar and GSBC Membership Bundle—$40
The $40 bundle price includes both the Maureen Taylor event and an individual GSBC Membership (new or renewal, a $20 value!). Membership will begin immediately with payment and last through 31 October 2021. A GSBC Membership unlocks more than 20 recorded presentations in our Members' area, the Archivist newsletter, four free quick look-ups from our collections, and other Member-only assets and benefits.

Already a renewed GSBC Member? A discount code was provided in an email sent to you. Please contact us if you need to code again. (Please note that this code is for GSBC Members in good standing only and should not be shared.)

Seminar-Only (No GSBC Membership)—$30
If you are NOT a GSBC member and only want to pay for the event, enter Discount Code NON and only pay $30.



Please contact the GSBC Programming Chair Lauren Maehrlein, MA, at