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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.


 

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

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.

May
1
Mon
GSBC Speaker: Beginner Genealogy and Ancestry @ Lee Memorial Library, Allendale, NJ
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Presenter: GSBC Trustee Mary Beth Craven

Registration is open

The Genealogical Society of Bergen County will be hosting an introductory class on genealogical research. This class will help you discover the best place to search for family records, and also introduce students to Ancestry.com. As an Allendale library card holder, all patrons have access to Ancestry through our library. Now is your chance to learn how to find answers! Registration is suggested.
Event Type(s): Class
Age Group(s): Adults, Seniors
May
4
Thu
GSBC Speaker: Bergen County Genealogy @ Maywood Inn
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Presenter: Ridgewood Public Library and Bolger Heritage Center for Genealogy and Local History Librarian (Retired) Peggy W. Norris

An overview of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County and how to get started on your genealogical research at the May meeting of the Maywood Rotary Club.

May
13
Sat
GSBC Speaker: More Stories from Ellis Island @ Lambert Castle
May 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Presenter: GSBC Trustee Fred Voss

PCHS Genealogy Club Meeting 10 a.m. at Lambert Castle. Fred Voss will present More Stories from Ellis Island Fred will shared more of his stories of those who arrived in the US through Ellis Island.


Fred Voss, a GSBC Trustee, tour guide, and researcher at Ellis Island National Park, will join us to share more of his favorite stories of those who arrived in the US through Ellis Island.

From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island. Coming from all corners of the world, these souls—who nearly 40% of Americans can call "family"—left behind possessions and family to reinvent themselves in America. Most were processed through Ellis Island without incident. But some immigrants found themselves detained due to mental or physical illness, because their paperwork was not in order, or because those who were due to receive them did not show. What kind of stories could they tell?

Voss' talk on Ellis Island last year was a must-see presentation. If you would like to read-up on last year's talk, download a complimentary copy of the GSBC's 2016 ISFHWE-Award Winning quarterly newsletter, The Archivist. This issue contains a recap of Voss' talk as well as an article recapping a presentation by JewishGen VP for Education, Phyllis Kramer.


Presentation will be preceded by a brief business meeting. Refreshments. Library opens after the meeting.

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May
22
Mon
Genealogical Software @ Ridgewood Public Library
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday, 22 May, 7 pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium

Presenter: Rick Fogarty

For genealogists of all skill levels, choosing the right software can be a difficult task. The rise of popularity in genealogy has given way to the development of a variety of platforms that offer a large number of functions for research projects.

Whether simply trying to organize your family database or starting a family history publishing project, the right software can make these tasks easier and efficient. This lecture will look at the history of family history software to help demonstrate why the products have become so numerous. Topics included will help with understanding cloud-based options, tree syncing, and open-source products.

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.)

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.

Jul
24
Mon
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!

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
28
Mon
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!

Sep
23
Sat
GSBC Speaker: Stories from Ellis Island @ Bay Shore / Bridgewater Public Library
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Presenter: GSBC Trustee Fred Voss

Fred Voss, a GSBC Trustee, tour guide, and researcher at Ellis Island National Park, will join us to share some of his favorite stories of those who arrived in the US through Ellis Island.

From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island. Coming from all corners of the world, these souls—who nearly 40% of Americans can call "family"—left behind possessions and family to reinvent themselves in America.

Voss will provide an overview of the workings of the Island—how immigrants arrived, how they were processed through the different parts of the Island, and what might mean a long stay on the Island or a return-ticket home. We'll also dive into those squiggles on the manifest and how to decipher them. (Part one of two talks on Ellis Island.)

Voss' talk on Ellis Island last year was a must-see presentation. If you would like to read-up on last year's talk, download a complimentary copy of the GSBC's 2016 ISFHWE-Award Winning quarterly newsletter, The Archivist. This issue contains a recap of Voss' talk as well as an article recapping a presentation by JewishGen VP for Education, Phyllis Kramer.

 

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Sep
25
Mon
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.

Oct
23
Mon
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.

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

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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 skiefer@ridgewoodlibrary.org.


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.

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Nov
2
Thu
GSBC Speaker: More Stories from Ellis Island @ Hicksville VFW Hall - Post 3211
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Presenter: GSBC Trustee Fred Voss

The German Genealogy Group meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month from September through June. Orientation begins at 7:00PM. Meetings begin at 7:30 PM. Building doors open at 6:30.

The meetings are open, and YOU are invited to attend! Please feel free to drop by and check us out.


Fred Voss, a GSBC Trustee, tour guide, and researcher at Ellis Island National Park, will join us to share more of his favorite stories of those who arrived in the US through Ellis Island.

From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island. Coming from all corners of the world, these souls—who nearly 40% of Americans can call "family"—left behind possessions and family to reinvent themselves in America. Most were processed through Ellis Island without incident. But some immigrants found themselves detained due to mental or physical illness, because their paperwork was not in order, or because those who were due to receive them did not show. What kind of stories could they tell?

Voss' talk on Ellis Island last year was a must-see presentation. If you would like to read-up on last year's talk, download a complimentary copy of the GSBC's 2016 ISFHWE-Award Winning quarterly newsletter, The Archivist. This issue contains a recap of Voss' talk as well as an article recapping a presentation by JewishGen VP for Education, Phyllis Kramer.

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Nov
27
Mon
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 vica versa.