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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.


Author Event with Dr. Jeremy Teigen: “Why Veterans Run: Military Service in American Presidential Elections, 1789–2016” @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Author Event with Dr. Jeremy Teigen
"Why Veterans Run: Military Service in American Presidential Elections, 1789-2016"
Saturday, 15 September, 2pm

Ridgewood Public Library

In Why Veterans Run, Jeremy Teigen explains the tendency of parties to elevate those with armed forces experience to run for high office.  All welcome, no registration required. Book sale and signing to follow after talk.

All welcome, no registration required.

Amy Stewart Event—Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the Ridgewood Public Library as they welcome Amy Stewart to discuss her fourth book in the series on the Kopp sisters of Bergen County, NJ!

Monday, Sep. 17, 7:00-8:30pm
Registration required, begins Aug 1.

Author Amy Stewart returns to the Library to present her 4th Kopp Sisters book, "Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit." With reading by audiobook narrator—and Ridgewood native—Christina Moore.

Thank you to BOOKENDS of Ridgewood for organizing the booksale.
*Please pre-order books at to be picked up & signed at the event.
Can't attend the event? You can still pre-order books to have them signed and shipped!
New Jersey Mills: What Ever Happened to Them?  @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

New Jersey Mills: What Ever Happened to Them?
Monday, 1 October, 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library

More than a thousand water-powered lumber, grist, cotton, and woolen mills provided food, shelter, and clothing in New Jersey in the nineteenth century. Over the decades, some of those mills were converted to other uses; may fell into ruin; and others simply vanished. Surprisingly, a few still function today. This program examines the current state of many of the mills built in centuries past.

All welcome, no registration required.

The Nazi Spy from Glen Rock @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Nazi Spy from Glen Rock
Tuesday, 16 October, 7pm
Ridgewood Public Library

In 1942, the FBI investigated Carl Schiphorst, a resident of Glen Rock, NJ and the leader of the Bergen County unit of the German American Bund. Schiphorst was suspected of being a Nazi spy. Guest speaker James C. Calaski will cover Schiphorst's story in this program. All welcome, no registration required.

All welcome, no registration required.