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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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.

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

Monday, 22 May, 7 pm
Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium

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.

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!

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.

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.