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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: More Stories from Ellis Island @ Hicksville VFW Hall - Post 3211
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Presenter: GSBC Trustee Fred Voss

The German Genealogy Group meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month from September through June. Orientation begins at 7:00PM. Meetings begin at 7:30 PM. Building doors open at 6:30.

The meetings are open, and YOU are invited to attend! Please feel free to drop by and check us out.

Fred Voss, a GSBC Trustee, tour guide, and researcher at Ellis Island National Park, will join us to share more of his favorite stories of those who arrived in the US through Ellis Island.

From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island. Coming from all corners of the world, these souls—who nearly 40% of Americans can call "family"—left behind possessions and family to reinvent themselves in America. Most were processed through Ellis Island without incident. But some immigrants found themselves detained due to mental or physical illness, because their paperwork was not in order, or because those who were due to receive them did not show. What kind of stories could they tell?

Voss' talk on Ellis Island last year was a must-see presentation. If you would like to read-up on last year's talk, download a complimentary copy of the GSBC's 2016 ISFHWE-Award Winning quarterly newsletter, The Archivist. This issue contains a recap of Voss' talk as well as an article recapping a presentation by JewishGen VP for Education, Phyllis Kramer.