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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.


GSBC Speaker: “Picturing” Your Research @ The David Library of the American Revolution
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

“Picturing” Your Research—Finding, Procuring, and Preserving Images
Saturday, 3 March @ The David Library of the American Revolution, 10am
Michelle D. Novak, Trustee, Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ) and The Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ (GSBC)

GSBC and GSNJ Trustee Michelle Novak will be giving two talks—one in February (at the New Jersey State Library) and in March (at the meeting of the Bucks County Genealogical Society). These talks are related but independent topics on organizing and preserving your research and family photos for future generations. Both talks were delivered at the 2017 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference in Raleigh, NC.

"'Picturing' Your Research" will take place at the meeting of the Bucks County Genealogical Society held at the David Library the American Revolution. (Please visit the website for more information.

“Picturing” Your Research

Your research can come alive with images but working with images can be a daunting prospect for many researchers. In this talk, we’ll look at all three—from the view of a researcher, designer, and photographer, Michelle D. Novak.

She will show us how to best scan the images you have, ways to find images in collections to supplement your research, new online resources to help identify those mystery people and places, and share some tips for protecting the photos and artifacts for future generations. Whether you have 5,000 family photos or just five, you won't want to miss this talk! 

(FYI, this is her favorite talk!)

Michelle D. Novak is President of [MND] (, a NYC Brand-Design agency and a graduate of RISD and BU Genealogical Research. She is a Trustee of The Genealogical Society of New Jersey; the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ; and is Editor of the GSBC’s national award-winning newsletter, "The Archivist."

Hosted by the Bucks County (PA) Genealogical Society. Tickets (available at the door) are $5 for BucksGen members; $10 for non-members.