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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.


The Beauty of Cemeteries @ Wyckoff Public Library
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

February 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki
Wyckoff Public Library, 200 Woodland Ave., Wyckoff
Refreshments at 7:00 pm; Program begins at 7:30 pm and ends at 8:30 pm

The Beauty of Cemeteries

Local historians, Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki will present a program focusing on century old—and older—local cemeteries and their importance for genealogy research and family ancestry discoveries. The program will also provide information on area cemeteries including the Union Cemetery in Wyckoff with headstones dating to the 1700s.

Free and open to the public—all are welcome!

The Irish in the American Revolution @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sat April 13th at 2pm
The Irish in the American Revolution

The Irish fought with the British, the Patriots, the French, the Hessians, and the Spanish during the American Revolution. They were the foot soldiers and the commanders. Local Historian Todd Braisted's well-researched topic is presented with humor and includes some of the words of the Irish themselves.

All welcome, no registration required.

The Birth of Ridgewood @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

"The Birth of Ridgewood"
Ridgewood Public Library, co-sponsored with the Schoolhouse Museum
Monday, 29 April, 7pm @ Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki

In celebration of Ridgewood’s 125th anniversary, Local Historians Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki will provide a slide lecture focused on the critical years between 1865 and 1876.  Using documents, maps, and historic panoramic photos taken of Ridgewood, you’ll see how Ridgewood transformed from a farm to a suburb.

Free and open to the public—all are welcome.

Image Credit: George Bradford Brainerd (American, 1845-1887). Paramus Valley, New Jersey, ca. 1872-1887. Collodion silver glass wet plate negative Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum/Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Collection, 1996.164.2-929 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.164.2-929_SL1.jpg)

Along the North Jersey Rapid Transit @ Ridgewood Public Library
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sat May 4th at 2pm
Along the North Jersey Rapid Transit

North Jersey Rapid Transit Company trolley line existed from 1910 to 1928 and ran from East Paterson to Suffern traveling through Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Ridgewood, Ho-Ho-Kus, Waldwick, Allendale, Ramsey and Mahwah. Walk the 15-mile length of the former trolley line with Phil Jaeger as he describes the company's operation and takes us on a ride covering the route as it appeared a century ago as contrasted with the route as it appears today.

All welcome, no registration required.