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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.


Local Author Talk with Anthony Cavo (Virtual) @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Ridgewood Public Library Program
Local Author Talk with Anthony Cavo (Virtual)
Tuesday, 7 February 2023 @ 7pm Eastern
Online and open to all!

Registration required:

Anthony Cavo will speak about his most recent publication "Love Immortal: Antique Photographs and Stories of Dogs and Their People". An artfully designed compendium of 200 antiquarian photographs, all published here for the first time—including daguerrotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, cartes de visite, and sepia and black-and-white images—culled from the private collection of longtime antiques collector, dealer, and appraiser Anthony Cavo, accompanied by an entertaining mix of historical anecdotes, true stories, excerpts from literature, letters, quotes, and fun facts.

If you would like to purchase a signed copy of the book to be picked up at the Library, please contact Sarah Kiefer at 201-670-5600 x135 or email at

A History Lovers Guide to Bergen County: Book Talk @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet authors Bob Nesoff and Howard Joseph Cohn, as they talk about their recently published book "A History Lovers Guide to Bergen County". Travel through various historic sites dating back to pre-Revoluntionary times all the way up to the modern day with the Teterboro Air Museum and Hall of Fame. The authors will talk about their favorite sites such as the Old '76 House (originally in Bergen County) which was a tavern, but also known for the location where British spy Benedict Arnold and co-conspiritor Major John Andre were held before their trial. Q&A to follow their talk, and you'll have an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book. Book talk will be held in the Library auditorium from 7-8pm. Register here: Questions? Contact Sarah Kiefer at 201-670-5600 x135 or

Utilizing Ancestry’s Databases: Beyond Search @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

GSBC General Meeting
Utilizing Ancestry’s Databases: Beyond Search
Presentation by Cari Taplin, CG (virtually)
Monday, 27 Mar 2023 @ 7pm Eastern

In-person @Ridgewood Public Library and
Online and open to all, but space is limited. Registration is required.
Registration URL:

Many users rarely search the hidden resources found beyond the initial “Search” feature. Cari will delve into how to extract treasure from some of the lesser-used databases available to all subscribers.

Cari A. Taplin is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least that’s what her family told her. As a result, finding her true heritage has been her focus since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio but now lives in Longmont, Colorado. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for state, local, and national societies. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking services. she also lends help and shares her expertise as an administrator on the highly popular Facebook Group “The Genealogy Squad.” Cari currently works for Ancestry ProGenealogists. Cari’s personal research focuses on midwestern and Great Lakes states. When she’s not working on her genealogy, she is a wife, and a mother of two young adults.