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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.


 

Jun
25
Sun
June Sessions—Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh @ LaRoche College
Jun 25 – Jun 30 all-day

Welcome to the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!

We are quite excited to be able to offer TWO week-long learning opportunities in Pittsburgh in 2017! Choose to attend one week, or the other, or both!

The listing of the six courses in each week (total of twelve) can be seen here and by clicking on the course name you will see details of all eighteen sessions in each course (also available by hovering over the “Courses” tab). Genealogists of all levels will find courses of interest from novice to advanced and professional.

REGISTRATION: Choose one course you would like to take and then go to the REGISTRATION page which has instructions, pricing, and other options, and links to the registration system for each institute week. Please note that for any course that has reached capacity, there will be a link to request being placed on the wait-list. Cancellations do occur and you will be notified in the order in which you asked to be placed on the wait list.

See Registration page for instructions and links to the registration system for both weeks: June 25-30, 2017 and July 16-21, 2017.


Courses

TWO Institute weeks are being offered in 2017, both in Pittsburgh at La Roche College: June 25 to 30 and July 16 to 21. Click on the course title below to see the description of the 18 sessions in each course and their prerequisites (if any).

Register when you have chosen one of the below courses to attend for the entire week. Each course consists of four lectures per day, except Friday which has two, finishing by lunch time. The class lectures lead you deeper into the course topic and build your knowledge through presentations, discussions, and hands-on exercises. Some courses may have homework options and optional projects.

June 25-30, 2017
Confusion to Conclusion: How to Write Proof Arguments” with Harold Henderson, CG, and Kimberly Powell
Mastering the Art of Genealogical Documentation” with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG
Writing and Sharing Your Family History” with Michael J. Leclerc, CG
Research in the States of the Old Northwest Territory” with David McDonald, CG
Research in Washington, DC, from Afar” with Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, Pam Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL
Tracing Your Roots in Eastern Europe” with Amy L. Wachs, J.D.

July 16-21, 2017
Practical Genetic Genealogy” with Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.
Advanced Genetic Genealogy” with CeCe Moore
Gateway to the Garden State: Sources and Strategies for New Jersey Research” with Melissa A. Johnson, CG
Irish Genealogical Research” with David Rencher, AG, CG
Law School for Genealogists” with Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL & Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL
Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper” with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG

Jun
26
Mon
Timelines: The Family Life Line @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday, 26 June, 7 pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
GSBC General Meeting

Sharon B. Hodges—We are told to place our ancestors in their historical, social, and economic background. Creating a timeline of an ancestor’s life, makes it is easy to see facts, relationships, what information is missing and maybe even where you should look next.

Jun
28
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joan Hagel @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jun 28 @ 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 use of the Genealogy and Local History Reference collections at the Bolger Heritage Center, and help you break through your brick-walls. If you need assistance with a specific area not listed, contact us and we will match you as best we can with an expert in that area.

To make an appointment, email contact@njgsbc.org to reserve your consultation window.

Jul
5
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Sydney Robertson @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jul 5 @ 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 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 use of the Genealogy and Local History Reference collections at the Bolger Heritage Center, and help you break through your brick-walls. If you need assistance with a specific area not listed, contact us and we will match you as best we can with an expert in that area.

To make an appointment, email contact@njgsbc.org to reserve your consultation window.

 

Jul
11
Tue
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Afina Broekman
Jul 11 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Jul
12
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Lucille Bertram @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jul 12 @ 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 Bolger Heritage Center. All our consultants can help beginners through experienced researchers, guide you in the use of the Genealogy and Local History Reference collections at the Bolger Heritage Center, and help you break through your brick-walls. If you need assistance with a specific area not listed, contact us and we will match you as best we can with an expert in that area.

To make an appointment, email contact@njgsbc.org to reserve your consultation window.

 

Jul
16
Sun
July Sessions (Including New Jersey Course!)—Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh @ LaRoche College
Jul 16 – Jul 21 all-day

Note: The July Institute will include “Gateway to the Garden State: Sources and Strategies for New Jersey Research” with Melissa A. Johnson, CG—a must for anyone researching their New Jersey ancestors!


Welcome to the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!

We are quite excited to be able to offer TWO week-long learning opportunities in Pittsburgh in 2017! Choose to attend one week, or the other, or both!

The listing of the six courses in each week (total of twelve) can be seen here and by clicking on the course name you will see details of all eighteen sessions in each course (also available by hovering over the “Courses” tab). Genealogists of all levels will find courses of interest from novice to advanced and professional.

REGISTRATION: Choose one course you would like to take and then go to the REGISTRATION page which has instructions, pricing, and other options, and links to the registration system for each institute week. Please note that for any course that has reached capacity, there will be a link to request being placed on the wait-list. Cancellations do occur and you will be notified in the order in which you asked to be placed on the wait list.

See Registration page for instructions and links to the registration system for both weeks: June 25-30, 2017 and July 16-21, 2017.


Courses

TWO Institute weeks are being offered in 2017, both in Pittsburgh at La Roche College: June 25 to 30 and July 16 to 21. Click on the course title below to see the description of the 18 sessions in each course and their prerequisites (if any).

Register when you have chosen one of the below courses to attend for the entire week. Each course consists of four lectures per day, except Friday which has two, finishing by lunch time. The class lectures lead you deeper into the course topic and build your knowledge through presentations, discussions, and hands-on exercises. Some courses may have homework options and optional projects.

June 25-30, 2017
Confusion to Conclusion: How to Write Proof Arguments” with Harold Henderson, CG, and Kimberly Powell
Mastering the Art of Genealogical Documentation” with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG
Writing and Sharing Your Family History” with Michael J. Leclerc, CG
Research in the States of the Old Northwest Territory” with David McDonald, CG
Research in Washington, DC, from Afar” with Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, Pam Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL
Tracing Your Roots in Eastern Europe” with Amy L. Wachs, J.D.

July 16-21, 2017
Practical Genetic Genealogy” with Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.
Advanced Genetic Genealogy” with CeCe Moore
Gateway to the Garden State: Sources and Strategies for New Jersey Research” with Melissa A. Johnson, CG
Irish Genealogical Research” with David Rencher, AG, CG
Law School for Genealogists” with Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL & Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL
Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper” with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG

Jul
19
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Peggy Norris
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jul
24
Mon
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joe Suplicki @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Specialties:
All computer applications
Advanced Research
Local History
Bergen County
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 Heritage Center. All our consultants can help beginners through experienced researchers, guide you in the use of the Genealogy and Local History Reference collections at the Bolger Heritage Center, and help you break through your brick-walls. If you need assistance with a specific area not listed, contact us and we will match you as best we can with an expert in that area.

To make an appointment, email contact@njgsbc.org to reserve your consultation window.

Show-and-Tell Program—“It’s Your Turn!” @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday, 24 July, 7 pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
Summer Meeting

GSBC Members are invited to bring something related to their own family history or research to share with the group. Perhaps you’ve inherited your grandmother’s candlesticks. Or possibly, you have a portrait of an ancestor or a snapshot taken long ago at a family gathering. You may have found documents relating to your family’s past in Europe centuries ago. Even if you don’t possess any keepsakes from your ancestors, you may be able to show us a printout of their Ellis Island passenger manifest or a picture of the village in which they lived. Please bring your item to show to the group (of course, don’t bring anything that’s extremely valuable or fragile), and tell us a little bit about the person it belonged to or how you received or discovered it. Please bring just one item and limit your talk to one minute!

Jul
26
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joan Hagel @ Ridgewood Public Library
Jul 26 @ 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 use of the Genealogy and Local History Reference collections at the Bolger Heritage Center, and help you break through your brick-walls. If you need assistance with a specific area not listed, contact us and we will match you as best we can with an expert in that area.

To make an appointment, email contact@njgsbc.org to reserve your consultation window.

Jul
29
Sat
Ringwood Manor Cemetery Tour @ Ringwood Manor
Jul 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Ringwood Manor Cemetery
Saturday, July 29th

4:00pm 
This hand-pick will be a walking tour of the historic cemetery and will discuss the various individuals buried on site. *Please note: participants should be able to walk for an hour over uneven ground. Supportive shoes are recommended. Rain will cancel.

$10 per person, each tour limited to 20 people.
Advanced registration required.
Click HERE to register!

Aug
1
Tue
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Afina Broekman @ Ridgewood Public Library
Aug 1 @ 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 Heritage Center. All our consultants can help beginners through experienced researchers, guide you in the use of the Genealogy and Local History Reference collections at the Bolger Heritage Center, and help you break through your brick-walls. If you need assistance with a specific area not listed, contact us and we will match you as best we can with an expert in that area.

To make an appointment, email contact@njgsbc.org to reserve your consultation window.

 

Aug
2
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Sydney Robertson @ Ridgewood Public Library
Aug 2 @ 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 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 use of the Genealogy and Local History Reference collections at the Bolger Heritage Center, and help you break through your brick-walls. If you need assistance with a specific area not listed, contact us and we will match you as best we can with an expert in that area.

To make an appointment, email contact@njgsbc.org to reserve your consultation window.

 

Aug
9
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Lucille Bertram @ Ridgewood Public Library
Aug 9 @ 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 Bolger Heritage Center. All our consultants can help beginners through experienced researchers, guide you in the use of the Genealogy and Local History Reference collections at the Bolger Heritage Center, and help you break through your brick-walls. If you need assistance with a specific area not listed, contact us and we will match you as best we can with an expert in that area.

To make an appointment, email contact@njgsbc.org to reserve your consultation window.

 

Aug
11
Fri
DNA and Genealogy @ Tenafly Senior Center
Aug 11 all-day

Presenter: GSBC Trustee Fred Voss

Save the date for this upcoming presentation about using DNA testing to help save mysteries in your family tree.

Details to come at http://www.tenaflynj.org/content/7628/7816/default.aspx

Aug
16
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants: Peggy Norris
Aug 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Aug
23
Wed
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joan Hagel @ Ridgewood Public Library
Aug 23 @ 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 use of the Genealogy and Local History Reference collections at the Bolger Heritage Center, and help you break through your brick-walls. If you need assistance with a specific area not listed, contact us and we will match you as best we can with an expert in that area.

To make an appointment, email contact@njgsbc.org to reserve your consultation window.

Aug
28
Mon
GSBC Genealogy Consultants — Joe Suplicki @ Ridgewood Public Library
Aug 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Specialties:
All computer applications
Advanced Research
Local History
Bergen County
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 Heritage Center. All our consultants can help beginners through experienced researchers, guide you in the use of the Genealogy and Local History Reference collections at the Bolger Heritage Center, and help you break through your brick-walls. If you need assistance with a specific area not listed, contact us and we will match you as best we can with an expert in that area.

To make an appointment, email contact@njgsbc.org to reserve your consultation window.

Genealogy Workshop Roundtable @ Ridgewood Public Library
Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday, 28 August, 7 pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium

Start getting your questions ready! Researchers can bring questions, brick walls, and stories to share in small discussion groups. It's always a lively event with lots of experts on hand to help. Bring your brick-wall problems and we’ll help chip away at them!