Select Page

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.


Author Visit with Julie Orringer @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday, October 19th @ 2pm
Author Visit with Julie Orringer

Julie Orringer, author of The Flight Portfolio will discuss her 2019 book which is based on the true story of Ridgewood resident Varien Fry. In 1940-41 Fry volunteered to take on the Emergency Rescue Committee project to bring political and intellectual refugees out of Nazi-controlled France. Orringer’s story revolves around Fry, the struggles he faced, and the lives he effected.

Book sale and signing to follow talk. Registration required:

The Making of a Village: Ridgewood Grows Up @ Ridgewood Public Library
Nov 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday, November 16th @ 2pm
The Making of a Village: Ridgewood Grows Up
Co-sponsored with the Ridgewood Historical Society

In celebration of the incorporation of Ridgewood on November 26th, 1894, local historians Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki provide a slide lecture on the critical years between 1894-1905. Using documents, maps, and historic panoramic photos, Norris and Suplicki illustrate Ridgewood’s growth and transformation into a Village.

Light refreshments will be served, no registration required.