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GSBC Meetings, Special Events, and Classes

GSBC Meetings

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. Light refreshments and speaker handouts provided. 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 each year, including our popular 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.

Ridgewood Public Library Programs & Classes

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.

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.


PCHS: Military Photograph Exhibit @ Lambert Castle
Jul 12 – Oct 17 all-day

Military Photograph Exhibit at Lambert Castle

The Passaic County Historical Society would like to announce the opening of its newest exhibit, From the Photographic Archives, The Men Who Served: 1861–1964. On exhibit from Wednesday July 12th until Sunday October 1st, the display showcases some of the military photographs from the Society's permanent collection.

Over thirty photographs have been selected for this exhibit to demonstrate the common experience of American servicemen, from the American Civil War to the conflict in Vietnam. Their uniforms, equipment, and weapons changed over time, but their fears, triumphs and trials remained constant.

Visitors can access the exhibition, which is on display in the changing exhibit gallery on the 3rd floor, during regular museum hours (Wednesday-Sunday July 12-Sept 3:12pm-4pm Sept 6-Oct 1 1pm-4pm). General museum admissions apply (Adults $5, Seniors $4, Children $3, Members free).

BCHS Baronfest! @ Historic New Bridge Landing
Sep 30 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

"I feel like I am on a farm in upstate New York!" overheard at previous event.

Baronfest, A Celebration of Major General Baron von Steuben's
Birthday at his Jersey Estate
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Museum site open for tours. Visit Bergen County's Premier Historic Site.

Picket-fence beer garden with Brix City and Alementary Craft Breweries. Mott's Artillery will be firing a cannon! Live music by Long Hill String Band. Major-General Baron von Steuben (aka Robert Gleason) visits his Jersey Estate. German Fare Food, as well as New Bridge donuts, pretzels and apple strudel. Free Pumpkin Picking. Family fun event, scanvenger hunt with prize, new bean bag game. The Steuben House, Demarest House and Campbell-Christie House are open for tours. The three Jersey Dutch sandstone houses are located along the Hackensack River. Walk across the 1889 Swing Bridge, watch for American Egrets and Great Blue Herons. The Westervelt-Thomas Barn will be open, check out broom-making! Look for a bacon, cabbage and onion stew and Whigg Cakes in the Outkitchen. Who was Steuben?

Admission: Adults $15, Students (12-22 yr) $7. BCHS members - only $10. Beer (12 oz) $5 - Photo ID required. Cash line moves faster. 100% goes to our mission.
Site opened by volunteer historians and interpreters. Free parking is also available. Extra bus service available via NJ Transit while the Pascack Valley Train line is under repair. HNBL is only 7 miles from the GWB. Site map below. No rain date. Info subject to change. Video of Long Hill String Band. EVENT POSTER.

HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ.
Site map & directions:
The site is opened by knowledgable volunteer historians and interpreters. Event info updated as available. Permit #51797

“Nashi Predky-Our Ancestors” 2017 Conference—Unlock Your Heritage: Discover Your Ancestry @ Ukrainian Cultural Center
Oct 6 – Oct 7 all-day

"Nashi Predky-Our Ancestors" 2017 Conference

Join fellow genealogy enthusiasts for the 4th Annual Nashi Predky Fall Conference—Unlock Your Heritage: Discover Your Ancestry—featuring a full "DNA Day" on Friday and dual-track afternoon presentations on Saturday!

The 4th Annual Nashi Predky Fall Conference—Unlock Your Heritage: Discover Your Ancestry—will be held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center located at 135 Davidson Avenue in Somerset, NJ. The event features internationally known experts in Eastern European genealogy, and will span two days, including a full-day dedicated to DNA along with a Saturday's workshop on Using Cadastral Maps, opportunity for networking, and the choice of seven lectures.

View full schedule and speaker details

The Nashi Predky Family History Group is proud to offer a two full days of programming. Participants may register for either Friday or Saturday, or the full two-day conference at reduced pricing. In addition to the presentations, the event will have vendors and cultural display areas.

On Friday, October 6th, DNA Day offers participants three lectures, Q&A Panel open discussion and dinner. Registration opens at 2pmand a light dinner will be available. The presentations by Melissa Johnson, CG are: Genetic Genealogy: A Beginner’s Guide, Diving Deeper into Genetic Genealogy, and Using Autosomal DNA in Genealogy.  The DNA Panel Discussion will be hosted by: Melissa Johnson, CG, Natalie Asikainen, Bruce Romanchuk, an Administrator of the Facebook group "Lemko Ancestry & DNA", and Prof. Volodymyr Bodnar, the leader of the FamilyTreeDNA group "Ukrainian DNA Genealogy - Український ДНК-родовід".

On Saturday, October 7th, the second day of the "Unlock Your Heritage: Discover Your Ancestry" opens with registration at 8am with a light continental breakfast.  At 9am, the morning sessions start off with the presentation "Galicia: An Ethnic and Religious Melting  Pot" by Zbigniew Stettner where he will describe ethnic and religious mixture in Galicia and show how this knowledge can help you trace your ancestors.

After the opening session, a dual-track day begins with presentations by Rhoda Miller, CG, "Finding Families in Russian Era Ukraine: Census Records and More", and by Rev. Dr. Ivan Kaszczak "Ukrainian Catholics in America: A History".

Participants will be offered a buffet luncheon featuring ethnic food and networking time during the lunch break.

The afternoon sessions continue the dual-track offerings: "1920s-1940s Polish State Archives Records for Lemkos" by Zbigniew Stettner; "Ten Ways to Jumpstart Your Eastern European Research" by Lisa Alzo; "Did My Great-Grandmother Have a Family?: A Problem Solving Case Study" by Rhoda Miller, CG; and "Immigrant Cluster Communities: Past, Present and Future" by Lisa Alzo.  An optional workshop "Using 19th century Cadastral Maps to Trace Our Galician Ancestors" hosted by Zbigniew Stettner will show how to find the records in archives, interpret them and teach how to compare cadastral maps with current maps using various software and websites.

The two-day event concludes with the door-prizes at 4:30pm.

October 6th, 2017 2:00 PM through October 7th, 2017 5:00 PM
Ukrainian Cultural Center
135 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873
Phone: 732-356-0132
Friday (DNA Day) registration only (early bird discount) $ 40.00
Saturday registration only (early bird discount) $ 55.00
Friday and Saturday registration (early bird discount) $ 85.00
Camp Merritt Centennial @ Dixon Homestead Library
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Camp Merritt Centennial

10/25/2017, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Old Auditorium

Registration is open

Tom Kelly, Dumont Historian and Tom Sites will share the history of the military base that was used during World War I by more than a million soldiers before their deployment to Europe.  This camp covered 770 acres, was composed of 1302 buildings, and was active from 1917-1920. You are probably familiar with the monument at the Cresskill traffic circle and now you will know why it was constructed there.

Registration required

Event Type(s): Special Event, Lecture/Speaker
Age Group(s): Adults
Presenter: Tom Kelly , Tom Sites

Catherine Dodwell, (201) 384 - 2030