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10 May 2017

The Genealogical Society of Bergen County (GSBC), NJ, is honored to be the recipient of the National Genealogical Society’s 2017 Award for County/Local Genealogical Society Newsletter.

The Archivist has been published quarterly by the Society since 1973 and includes original research and family narratives, transcriptions of manuscripts, original indexes, how-to articles including recaps of presentations and GSBC events, and much more. The Archivist is the work of dedicated volunteer writers, reporters, indexers, transcribers, photographers, and proofreaders.


In celebration of this honor, the GSBC invites you to download two recent issues of The Archivist—and to share them with friends and family.

The first issue, from August 2015, includes a sampling of different types of articles and was one of the two issues submitted to the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) Excellence-in-Writing competition. In 2015 and 2016 The Archivist won first place overall and in 2016 Barbara Ellman's article, "Genealogy Myth-Busters," won second place in the Articles category.

The November 2016 Special Issue, “Bergen County in Five Six Objects,” was a culmination of a year-long special project, funded in part by a grant from Bergen County. The project sought five unique objects that are understudied or otherwise unknown to family researchers and that have significance to the genealogical community. The GSBC then documented, photographed or digitized, transcribed, indexed, and published an original narrative about each object, why it is important, and about its place in the larger story of our County.

The Archivist Special Issue followed a presentation in November 2016 in Ridgewood, NJ, and extra copies were printed and distributed to individuals and libraries across the County. Through these objects, we hope that it inspired new interest in the history of Bergen County and those who lived here.


Funding has been made possible in part through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic A airs, Department of Parks, through a General Operating Support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.