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GSBC Meetings, Special Events, and Classes

Unless otherwise noted, GSBC General Meetings are held at 7pm on the fourth Monday of the month at the Ridgewood Public Library (RPL), 125 N Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. All are welcome; membership is encouraged.

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Feb
27
Mon
Bill Griffith—”The Stranger in My Genes” @ Ridgewood Public Library
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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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 had an unexpected outcome: “If the results were correct, it meant that the family I had spent years documenting was not my own.”

In this book, Bill undertakes a quest to solve the mystery of his origins—a quest which will shake his sense of identity. As he takes us on his journey, we learn about choices made by his ancestors, parents, and others–and we see Bill measure and weigh his own difficult choices as he confronts the past.
 
Read an excerpt from the book at: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/06/cnbc-anchor-bill-griffeth-got-the-shock-of-his-life-after-a-simple-dna-test.html
 
Program starts at 7pm; the presentation will be preceded by a brief business meeting. All are welcome.
About the Speaker
With almost 30 years experience in business television, he is one of the most respected financial journalists in the country. Best known for his quick wit and his ability to think on his feet, he brings an extensive knowledge of the markets and market history to CNBC's programming.
 
Griffeth has written four books, "The Stranger in My Genes," in 2016; "By Faith Alone: One Family's Epic Journey Through 400 Years of American Protestantism," in 2007; "Bill Griffeth's Ten Steps to Financial Prosperity," published in 1994; and "The Mutual Fund Masters," in 1995.
 

IMPORTANT PARKING NOTICE

The Ridgewood Police Department will begin tougher enforcement of the one-hour street parking on N. Maple Avenue in front of the Library. Parking limits are in effect Monday–Saturday, 7am–9pm. Parking tickets run $30 for each hour over the one-hour allotment. If you are joining us for a meeting, please use the parking lots behind the Ridgewood Public Library, next to the sports field.
Mar
27
Mon
New York Research @ Ridgewood Public Library
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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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 afield to Queens, Westchester, Long Island, and New Jersey.

In this talk Ellman will identify resources such as vital records, naturalization, probate, property, and newspapers. Many will be available online but we'll note which can only be found on-site at various archives and repositories.

About the Speaker
Barbara Ellman is a GSBC Trustee and Programming Chair. She is an expert in Jewish genealogy and has researched her maternal family back to the mid-1700s in Drohobych, Ukraine. Barbara is a computer systems analyst and assists JerishGen with various website projects and databases and is a frequent speaker.

About the Photo
Above: New York, May 16, 1908. "Italian festa. Mott Street decorated for religious feast." Courtesy of the Library of Congress Bain Collection.
Below: Delancey Street expansion circa 1908. New York City Municipal Archives, Department of Records, digital collections.

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Important Parking Notice
The Ridgewood Police Department will begin tougher enforcement of the one-hour street parking on N. Maple Avenue in front of the Library. Parking limits are in effect Monday–Saturday, 7am–9pm. Parking tickets run $30 for each hour over the one-hour allotment. If you are joining us for a meeting, please use the parking lots behind the Ridgewood Public Library, next to the sports field.

Apr
24
Mon
Evidence Analysis: Which is the Right Record? @ Ridgewood Public Library
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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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 to effective decision-making.

In this talk Miller will review the process to identify and evaluate evidence, including:
Source — Is it original, derivative or authored?
Information — Is it primary, secondary or unknown?
Evidence — Is it direct, indirect or negative?

About the Speaker
Rhoda Miller, EdD, CG, has been a Certified Genealogist since 1998 specializing in Jewish research and Holocaust studies. Rhoda is a Past President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island (JGSLI) and continues her leadership as a board member. With JGSLI, she is co-author of the forthcoming Arcadia Images of America book to be titled Jewish Community of Long Island. Under Litvak SIG, Rhoda volunteers as Co-coordinator of the Svencionys District Research Group, administers a Svencionys DNA group, and is webmaster of the JewishGen Kahilalinks Orlya, Belarus website. At Dowling College, Rhoda teaches genealogy and Holocaust courses.


Important Parking Notice
The Ridgewood Police Department will begin tougher enforcement of the one-hour street parking on N. Maple Avenue in front of the Library. Parking limits are in effect Monday–Saturday, 7am–9pm. Parking tickets run $30 for each hour over the one-hour allotment. If you are joining us for a meeting, please use the parking lots behind the Ridgewood Public Library, next to the sports field.

Jun
24
Sat
GSBC Annual Picnic @ Waldwick Borough Park
Jun 24 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Braen Family Picnic (Photo courtesy of Michelle Novak)


Saturday, 24 June, 11 am–3 pm

Meet us under the picnic pavilion by the lake in Waldwick Borough Park for a day of food, fun, and conversation. Bring a dish or just yourself!

Contact Carol DeWitte, event coordinator, at (201) 670-8106 for more details and to RSVP or contact@njgsbc.org.

(Please RSVP so that we may best plan for food, thanks.)