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The Genealogical Society of Bergen County (GSBC), NJ is a non-profit society founded in 1973. Our purpose is to: assist those researching their family heritage, assist those who are preserving information about the families and genealogical records of the greater Bergen County area, and to offer educational and research assistance to all those interested in genealogical research. (Learn about the our history here.)

We offer an exciting calendar of ongoing programs and events—including hands-on workshops, computer classes, films, roundtable discussions, and lectures featuring renown genealogy and local history experts. We hope to see you soon!

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Join the GSBC
Our Membership Year Begins on November 1st—Join or Renew your GSBC Membership Today!

Individual Membership is $20 per year | Family Membership is $25 per year
Our membership year renews on 1 November. Please see our Member Benefits page for a complete list of benefits, including our quarterly newsletter, The Archivist, bi-monthly GSBC E-News, access to the Member-only research section of our site, one-on-one on-site research assistance, RPL lookup service, and much, much more!

Members in the US will have the option to receive The Archivist via e-mail (PDF, full color) or snail mail (offset printed, black and white). International members will receive The Archivist via e-mail only (PDF, full color). International members may pay online via credit card (via PayPal) or send us a check ($US Dollars).

Members outside of Bergen County, or who are unable to attend meetings and events in person, can receive research assistance via phone or email.

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Upcoming GSBC Meetings, Classes, and Special Events

Jan
23
Mon
7:00 pm Eastern European Genealogy: Disc... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Eastern European Genealogy: Disc... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Eastern European Genealogy: Discovering Online Resources @ Ridgewood Public Library | Ridgewood | New Jersey | United States
This presentation will cover easy to access online resources for conducting research in Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, and Croatia. No passport required! Program starts at 7pm; the presentation will be preceded by a brief business[...]
Feb
13
Mon
7:00 pm Internet Genealogy @ Ridgewood Public Library
Internet Genealogy @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This class will show you how to use the Internet to find genealogy records, family information and known and unknown relatives. Registration and fee required. Class fees are $5 for Ridgewood and GSBC members; $10[...]
Feb
27
Mon
7:00 pm Bill Griffith—”The Stranger in M... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Bill Griffith—”The Stranger in M... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Bill Griffith—"The Stranger in My Genes" @ Ridgewood Public Library | Ridgewood | New Jersey | United States
Join GSBC as we welcome CNBC host, Bill Griffeth, who will speak on his latest book The Stranger in My Genes. In the summer of 2012, Griffeth, longtime genealogy buff, took a DNA test that[...]
Mar
27
Mon
7:00 pm New York Research @ Ridgewood Public Library
New York Research @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
New York Research @ Ridgewood Public Library | Ridgewood | New Jersey | United States
So many of our immigrant ancestors began their American journey by living in New York City. Many families started on the Lower East Side and upgraded to the Bronx and Brooklyn. Their children may have moved further[...]
Apr
24
Mon
7:00 pm Evidence Analysis: Which is the ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Evidence Analysis: Which is the ... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Evidence Analysis: Which is the Right Record? @ Ridgewood Public Library | Ridgewood | New Jersey | United States
In the presence of conflicting facts, the following three criteria are used to evaluate each piece of evidence. Careful analysis reveals there are nuances and circumstances of these terms. An understanding of these terms leads[...]

GSBC Genealogy Consultants Calendar

Jan
25
Wed
10:00 am GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joa... @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joa... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
On-Site GSBC Genealogy Consultations at the Ridgewood Public Library (RPL) GSBC Members and others receive complimentary on-site consultation with our Genealogy Consultants at the Bolger Heritage Center. All our consultants can help beginners through experienced researchers, guide you in the[...]
Feb
1
Wed
7:00 pm GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Syd... @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Syd... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Specialties: AncestryLE Canadian Records (French and English) State and Federal Census Advanced Research New York City Research City Directories On-Site GSBC Genealogy Consultations at the Ridgewood Public Library (RPL) GSBC Members and others receive complimentary[...]
Feb
7
Tue
11:00 am GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Afi... @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Afi... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 7 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Specialties: AncestryLE Internet Research Advanced Research Netherlands Available by Appointment On-Site GSBC Genealogy Consultations at the Ridgewood Public Library (RPL) GSBC Members and others receive complimentary on-site consultation with our Genealogy Consultants at the Bolger[...]
Feb
8
Wed
10:00 am GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Luc... @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Luc... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Specialties: Ancestry Census Ireland Immigration New York City and New Jersey On-Site GSBC Genealogy Consultations at the Ridgewood Public Library (RPL) GSBC Members and others receive complimentary on-site consultation with our Genealogy Consultants at the[...]
Feb
17
Fri
1:00 pm GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Ste... @ Ridgewood Public Library
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Ste... @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
On-Site GSBC Genealogy Consultations at the Ridgewood Public Library (RPL) GSBC Members and others receive complimentary on-site consultation with our Genealogy Consultants at the Bolger Heritage Center. All our consultants can help beginners through experienced researchers, guide you in the[...]

Ridgewood Public Library and Other Society Programs

Feb
4
Sat
9:30 am BCGS: Finding Your Revolutionary... @ David Library of the American Revolution
BCGS: Finding Your Revolutionary... @ David Library of the American Revolution
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Program: Finding Your Revolutionary War Ancestor presented by Katherine Ludwig, Librarian, David Library of the American Revolution Saturday, Feb. 7th from 10 am to 12 pm Katherine Ludwig will present the history of the David[...]
Mar
4
Sat
9:30 am BCGS Program: 7 HABITS of Highly... @ David Library of the American Revolution
BCGS Program: 7 HABITS of Highly... @ David Library of the American Revolution
Mar 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
7 HABITS of Highly Effective Genealogists — an interactive virtual presentation by award-winning genealogy blogger DearMYRTLE Saturday, March 4th from 10 am to 12 pm Join us for our exciting, first ever, live videocast from[...]