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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.


GSBC Extra! Home Genealogies: Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed?
Feb 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

GSBC Extra!
Home Genealogies: Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed?
Presentation by Beth Potter
Monday, February 14, 2022 @ 2pm Eastern
Online and open to all! Registration required.

House historian Beth Potter will talk about ways to flesh out the “biography” of a house … not the history of the building, but the stories of the people who lived there. Who celebrated birthdays in the living room, what recipes were created in the kitchen, were any residents in the military—those are just some of the questions that can be answered using newspaper records, church records, etc. Tracking down relatives of former owners can be a key, and Beth will give us some hints on how to do just that.


Beth Potter started a “house history” business when she and her husband Ned bought an 1891 Victorian in Haworth, New Jersey—and she wanted to find out who had walked those hardwood floors in years gone by. Over the years, she’s researched and written about homes ranging from a mansion in Bernardsville, NJ, to a mill worker’s cottage in upstate New York. Her research skills got off to a good start with a career as a television news and documentary writer and producer in Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia.

For many years, Beth was a Trustee of the Bergen County Historical Society, and she’s also a founding member of the Northern Valley NJ Historical Society. Currently, Beth is on staff at the Haworth NJ Municipal Library, wearing many hats, including managing the local history room there and working on local historical projects, including video oral histories. She was also on staff for several years at the Ridgewood, New Jersey library, researching and writing house histories for the local history room there, the Bolger Heritage Center.

Beth’s historical work has been featured in both the New York Times and the Bergen Record newspapers.

Banner Image: Van Saun House, Preakness Avenue & Singac Brook, Preakness, Passaic County, New Jersey, Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Survey, HABS NJ-166 (

GSBC Extra! Case Studies in New Jersey Genealogy
Mar 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

GSBC Extra!
Case Studies in New Jersey Genealogy
Presentation by Melissa A. Johnson, CG
Monday, 14 March 2022 @ 2pm Eastern
Online and open to all! Registration required.

This talk will present several case studies covering different time periods and various types of problems. Each problem will be resolved using different approaches and a variety of sources.

Case studies will demonstrate how land records connect five generations of a family; how cemetery and probate records for collateral relatives connect an eighteenth-century NJ man to his family when published sources identify his contemporary as their son; how state census records connect a nineteenth-century New Jersey man to his parents when no other record names them; and how a twentieth-century widow can be connected to her three husbands through land records.


Melissa A. Johnson, CG, is a professional genealogist, writer and editor. She has expertise in researching families with origins in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and England, and works on forensic cases, dual citizenship matters, and lineage society applications. She is also proficient in using DNA test results to break through ancestral brick walls. Melissa serves on the board of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey and the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History. Her work has been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, NGS Magazine, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, and numerous other publications. Melissa is currently the Program Director for Boston University’s genealogy studies programs, and teaches at various genealogy institutes nationwide.

[Banner Image: 1855 New Jersey State Census Ledgers for New Barbadoes Township, Bergen County, New Jersey; New Jersey State Archives. (Image courtesy of Michelle D. Novak.)]