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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.


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.

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!

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

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!

German Genealogy Research on the Internet @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday, 25 September, 7 pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
GSBC General Meeting

Dr. Richard Haberstroh, AG, GC—This lecture will center around the internet resources now available to assist researchers with their German genealogy as they work in the comfort of their homes. The sites described will include American and foreign websites of both the free and subscription variety. Also included will be tips to help researchers get the most from these sites and to be able to navigate better those that are not available in English.

New Jersey Vital Records, Adoption, and Divorce @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday, 23 October, 7 pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
GSBC General Meeting

Melissa A. Johnson, CG—This lecture covers the various types of New Jersey vital records and the information they provide during different time periods; vital record additions and corrections; delayed vital registration; New Jersey adoption records and recent adoption legislation; and New Jersey divorce records. In addition to the types of records that exist, the discussion will focus on availability and restrictions, present day organization of the records, online and on-site indexes and records, alternatives for restricted or non-existent records, out-of-state resources, and methods for using vital records, adoption records, and divorce records to solve problems.

14th Annual GSBC-Ridgewood Public Library Lock-In @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 28 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 29 @ 11:00 pm


Saturday, 28 October, 4:30–11 pm
Ridgewood Public Library

Genealogists take over the Ridgewood Public Library (RPL) after-hours for a light supper, research, workshops, and sharing. This event is a great way to improve your skills, meet new genealogy friends, or just have a whole evening to research in the Library.

(Complete program to be announced). There will also be an expert panel discussion, along with individual assistance offered throughout the night. A light supper will be served as well.

You do need to register for this after-hours event at the Library—registration form will be mailed to GSBC Members, posted online, and available at the Ridgewood Public Library. Please contact Sarah Kiefer with any questions, 201-670-5600 x135 or

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.


What Do All Those Numbers Mean? Ships Manifests, Census Records, Naturalization Papers and Social Security Records @ Ridgewood Public Library
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday, 27 November, 7 pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium
GSBC General Meeting and Annual Meeting
Election and installation of GSBC officers and Trustees.

Randi Koenig—How to find and use naturalization papers and tie them to ships manifests and vice versa.