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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.


Stitches in Time: Quilts 1800–1976
May 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

GSBC Extra
Presented by Peggy W. Norris
Stitches in Time: Quilts 1800–1976
Monday, 10 May @ 2pm (Eastern)
Free Online Webinar!

While quilts have decorated our beds and kept us warm for two centuries, they also tell the stories about our families and our communities.

This presentation features quilts selected for the Bergen County Quilt and Coverlet Show (postponed, but hopefully to be rescheduled soon) and explores the great variety of quilts from 1800 to 1976—especially those made in Bergen County. Quilts tell stories about women, their families, and their communities and can enrich our genealogy.


Peggy W. Norris, MS, MLIS, is a retired librarian who was integral in the formation of the Bolger Heritage Center for Genealogy and Local History at Ridgewood Public Library. She is a member of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County and volunteers at the Bergen County Historical Society library and archives and is Ridgewood Co-Historian. She is a member of the American Quilt Study Group and Brownstone Quilters, and chair of the Bergen County Quilt and Coverlet Show.

Learn more about the upcoming show and read about quilt care, history, and some of the amazing people who made them,

Genealogy Research Stories: Women of New Jersey
Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

GSBC Extra!
Genealogy Research Stories: Colonial New Jersey Women
Monday, 14 Junel @ 2pm (EDT)
Free Online Webinar—All Experience Levels are Welcome
Presented by Regina Fitzpatrick

Regina Fitzpatrick, Genealogy Librarian at the New Jersey State Library, will share stories of some remarkable women who lived in colonial New Jersey. She will also discuss the research involved in tracking down these women and how that can apply to your genealogical research of New Jersey women in your family tree.


Regina Fitzpatrick, MLIS, is Genealogy Librarian at the New Jersey State Library. In addition to the Genealogy Collection, a non-circulating 18,000 plus item collection, she also oversees the Map and Atlas Collection, and the New Jersey State Library Archives collection. Prior to working at the Library, Regina worked for the New Jersey State Archives, where she became an expert on New Jersey Genealogical Collections, including Revolutionary and Civil War military collections, and helping to conduct family history research. At the State Library, Regina currently provides general Reference Services, in addition to specific Genealogy assistance, and teaches classes on conducting New Jersey Genealogy research.

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Indenture agreement for Patience Rutter, Middlesex County Court of Common Pleas Case Files, New Jersey State Archives


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Webinar: Genealogy Research Stories: Women of New Jersey

The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center
Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

GSBC Extra!
The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center
Presented by James Lewis, MLIS
Monday, 12 July @ 2pm (Eastern)
Free Online Webinar—All Experience Levels are Welcome

The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center in Morristown, New Jersey, holds an exceptional collection of material documenting New Jersey and early American history, including publications, maps, historical newspapers, photographs and postcards, original manuscript and archival material, rare books, fine art, and prints. The Center also holds one of the finest collection of genealogical resources in New Jersey, including family histories, church and burial records, published birth and death notices, state and federal census records, oral histories, as well as access to numerous genealogical databases in our Reading Room.

Most manuscript collections have online finding aids that provide detailed descriptions of the records, and our other collections can be searched through the Library’s catalog and indices. Join us for this presentation and learn about all the family and history treasures that wait for you.


North Jersey History & Genealogy Center at the Morristown & Morris Township Library >

James Lewis, MLIS, has a Masters degree in Library and Information Sciences and has been the Head of the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center since 2013. James has also served as archivist and librarian at the New Jersey Historical Society and at the Newark Public Library.



Image courtesy of the North Jersey History & Genealogy Center at the Morristown & Morris Township Library