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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
26
Wed
2017 NERGC: Wednesday Special Sessions @ MassMutual Center
Apr 26 all-day

The day before the kick-off or 2017 NERGC, we will offer a number of all-day workshops (separate registration fee, conference registration to attend Wednesday sessions not required). Choose from a variety of topics, with multiple presentations per track. 

To register for this, or any, Wednesday event, create an account or log-into your registration page and select the event from the options. You can add-on the registration to your existing conference (full three-days or any single-day registration) OR sign-up only for the Wednesday events!


Librarians' Day—Sponsored by ProQuest

NERGC’s sixth Librarians’ Day will be held on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, Mass. The day’s program will provide the opportunity for professionals to learn how genealogy can serve them in their dual roles as curators of their unique collections and as ambassadors of genealogy resources for their community. The presentations will be devoted to showing how genealogy and local history collections can attract new visitors, generate renewed interest in using these collections for research, and bring new sources of funding. All librarians and local historians who work with family historians or with genealogy related research materials will benefit from this special event. The cost includes lunch compliments of ProQuest. A Certificate of Continuing Education will be available on request depending on the attendee’s home state.

Making the Financial Case for Genealogical Librarianship / Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF
– Online Resources Off the Beaten Path / Curt B. Witcher, MS FUGA, IGSF
– ProQuest Information and Learning / William Forsyth
– Fostering Family History Services at Your Library / Dr. Rhonda L. Clark, Clarion University
Genealogy and Local Family History Discussion / Panel Of Speakers And Genealogy Librarians


Professional Genealogists' Day—Sponsored by Excelsior College

Includes door prizes from GRIP and Virtual Institute
Get Paid For Your Passion: Setting Rates / Elissa Scalise Powell CG, CGL
Time Management: Balancing the Demands of Many “Clients” / Angela Packer McGhie CG
Organizing Research Results in Writing / Catherine Wiest Desmarais CG
Genetic Genealogy for Professional Genealogists / Blaine Bettinger PhD, JD


Society Management Day (New!)

For the first time, we‘re offering a special track for Society Management. This track is geared toward society leaders, members, and those interested in learning more about running societies. Please use this as both a learning and networking experience—meet other society leaders, discuss your situations, share ideas—participate with the presenters via questions and discussions.
Men Are on Blogs, Women Are on Facebook / Michelle D. Novak
More Than Program: Event Planning for Your Society / Elissa Scalise Powell
Connecting with the Next Generation: Join the Conversation! / Jen Baldwin
Society Scramble: Why Us vs. Them Is Doomed to Fail / Michelle D. Novak


Technology Day (Two Tracks!)

NERGC’s Third Tech Day will offer two tracks—Research with Technology and Advanced Tools. Tech Day provides the opportunity for genealogists to review items that are focused on a technically oriented audience and might not otherwise be included in a general conference trying to reach a broad audience. Seats in each track are limited and registration is not complete until you select which track you will attend.

Track 1—Research with Technology
Project Management: Your Genealogy Project; Your ANYTHING Project / Jennifer Baldwin
Creating Family History EBooks: Your Blueprint for Success / Lisa Alzo, M.F.A.
Using Pinterest for Genealogy / Pamela Guye Holland
Free Genealogy Classes, Webinars, and Online Learning / Dayna Jacobs

Track 2—Advanced Tools
Beyond Pedigree Charts: Using Genealogy Software’s Research Tools / Dayna Jacobs
Evernote for Everything Else / Jennifer Patterson Dondero
MyHeritage’s Unique Matching Technologies / Daniel Horowitz
There’s an App for That / Donna Moughty


Wednesday Workshops

Workshops are always offered as part of the conference experience at NERGC. These are 2-hour sessions to a limited size audience with an opportunity for more hands-on work than the traditional 1-hour presentation. Because of the space available, we are offering a few workshops on Wednesday.

Getting Started on Your Family History Research / Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc.
Designing Family History Books Entirely by Yourself / Stephen Denker
Using Military Records to Track Ancestors From War through Peace / Craig Scott
Using Deeds to Solve Genealogy Problems  / Carol Prescott McCoy
After the Test: Exploring Ancestry DNA Results / Jennifer Zinck


SOLD OUT—Beginning DNA Day—Sponsored by Family Tree DNA

NERGC’s First DNA Day will be held on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 at the Mass Mutual Center, Springfield Massachusetts. DNA Day provides the opportunity for genealogists to review topics that are focused on a DNA oriented audience and might not otherwise be included in a general conference trying to reach a broad audience. The cost is $50.00 per person for four seminars, a lunch presentation, and a luncheon sponsored by FTDNA, (FamilyTree DNA). Seats are limited so register early.

Apr
27
Thu
14th New England Regional Genealogical Conference @ MassMutual Center
Apr 27 – Apr 30 all-day

The New England Regional Genealogical Consortium (NERGC) invites you to join us at our fourteenth conference 27-29 April at the MassMutual Convention Center in the heart of historic Springfield, Massachusetts. More than 600 genealogists will be joining us as we offer three full days of sessions and an exhibit hall (open to the public) with all your favorite vendors.

Explore our conference program to see all that we have to offer!

Download the conference brochure at http://www.nergc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Program-Brochure-11-4-1.pdf

Online registration is now open at https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1842529

On Wednesday, 26 April, we will be offering a variety of all-day workshops and special sessions.


SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS
American-Canadian Genealogical Society [ACGS]
American-French Genealogical Society [AFGS]
Cape Cod Genealogical Society [CCGS]
Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society [CMGS]
Connecticut Ancestry Society [CAS]
Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council [CPGC]
Connecticut Society of Genealogists [CSG]
Falmouth Genealogical Society [FGS]
Genealogical Society of Vermont [GSV]
Maine Genealogical Society [MGS]
Massachusetts Genealogical Council [MGC]
Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc. [MSOG]
New England Historic Genealogical Society [NEHGS]
Plymouth County Genealogists, Inc. [PCG]
Rhode Island Genealogical Society [RIGS]
South Shore Genealogical Society [SSGS]
The Irish Ancestral Research Association [TIARA]
Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society [WMGS]
Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor [DFAW]
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston [JGSGB]
Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants [MSMD]
New England Chapter, Assn. of Professional Genealogists [NEAPG]
Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast [PGSC]

May
6
Sat
“Rediscovering Your Family Stories” Spring 2017 Ukrainian Genealogy Workshop @ Ukrainian American Citizens' Club
May 6 all-day

The Nashi Predky - Our Ancestors Family History Group takes the show on the road for its first-ever event in the Pittsburgh metro area! Join fellow genealogists from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and surrounding areas for informative talks and networking opportunities.

Speakers will include Justin Houser, Michael Buryk, Rich Venezia, and Michelle Chubenko, and will feature talks on

  • The Basics of Ukrainian Genealogy
  • Finding and Using Ukrainian Church Records
  • The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS Record Sets
  • History of Lemkos, Boykos, and Hutsuls
  • Using Gazetteers, Directories & Schematisms for Eastern European Research

The speakers will help you answer your questions, you'll have time to network with fellow genealogists (who may have family from the same region or village as you), and have breakfast and lunch provided, all for only $55! ($45 if you register by March 31st.)

The event will take place at the Ukrainian American Citizens' Club in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, which has many connections to early Ukrainian immigration. Carnegie is easily accessible by car, being conveniently situated at the junction of I-79 and I-376. Note to locals: the venue is on Mansfield Boulevard in Carnegie, which is not connected to Mansfield Avenue in Pittsburgh. For out-of-town attendees, there are a number of hotels in the area, including DoubleTree (500 Mansfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15205), Crowne Plaza (401 Holiday Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15220), and Courtyard by Marriott (5100 Campbells Run Rd., Robinson Township, Pittsburgh PA 15205).

Payments can be made by credit card securely through PayPal, or by check prior to March 31st.

The greater Pittsbugh area has many attractions that may be of interest to genealogists, including a Ukrainian museum at Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church down the street from the event venue, the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, and a Civil War museum and reconstructed Grand Army of the Republic post at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library in Carnegie. Also, the University of Pittsburgh has its Nationality Rooms, including the Ukrainian Nationality Room, which cost $250,000 to construct and which is modeled on a room in Kyiv from 500 years ago. The workshop does not include any tours of these attractions, but attendees can visit them on their own or organize a small group if there is sufficient interest.

The workshop will open for registration and breakfast at 8am.

Hotel information is provided as a convenience to conference attendees. They are not recommendations, and the Ukrainian Historical and Educational Center and Nashi Predky cannot guarantee quality of accommodations.

May
10
Wed
2017 National Genealogical Society Conference—Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh Convention Center
May 10 – May 13 all-day

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is proud to announce the NGS 2017 Family History Conference to be held 10–13 May 2017 in Raleigh, NC. Join us for four days and more than 150 sessions designed to help you hone your research skills and discover new friends and family.

Throughout its history, North Carolina has been home to a diverse population including Native Americans and those who trace their heritage back to Europe and Africa. During colonial times, it was one of a few colonies that embraced religious diversity, welcoming Quakers, Huguenots, Methodists, and Moravians. It is a land rich in cultural traditions. From the lighthouses on the outer banks to the falling waters on the Piedmont, to the dramatic overlooks in the mountains, this land calls us back to take a closer look. The Tar Heel story is vibrant, shared through the words of each family, and recorded in the wonderful records, manuscripts, and artifacts preserved in the numerous North Carolina archives, special collections, museums, libraries, historical sites, and societies.

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RALEIGH CONVENTION CENTER
Conference registration begins on 1 December 2016 at
http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/

The National Genealogical Society 2017 Family History Conference will be held 10-13 May 2017 in the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, North Carolina. The convention center is located in the Fayetteville Street district. This area of the city features a large number of restaurants that offer dining experiences ranging from casual to upscale. A few blocks north of the convention center is the Capital District, which includes the State Archives, the State Library, the North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and the Capitol building.

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CONFERENCE HOTELS
Hotels will begin accepting reservations for the conference on 15 June 2016. Since past experience has shown that conference hotels tend to fill quickly, early reservations are recommended.

Attendees must request the NGS conference rate when making phone reservations and the hotels are offering the NGS rate three days before and three days after the conference so participants can conduct research or go sight-seeing. Please check the hotel websites for cancellation rules and additional amenities.

Raleigh Marriott City Center (Conference Hotel)
The Raleigh Marriott City Center hotel is across the
street from and connected via an underground walkway to the convention center.
– 500 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
– $150 Single & Double; $160 Triple; plus tax; complimentary wireless
– Phone: 919-833-1120; Reservations: 800-228-9290
– Self Parking (per day): $12.00; Valet: $20.00
www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/rdumc-raleigh-marriott-city-center

Conference attendees may also stay at the nearby Sheraton Raleigh Hotel or the Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown, which is located a few short blocks away.

Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown Capital
– 320 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
– $119 Single & Double; plus tax; complimentary wireless
– Phone: 919-832-0501; Reservations: 888-465-4329
– Self parking: Complimentary
www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/raleigh/rdusc/hoteldetail

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
– 421 S Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
– $159 Single, Double, & Triple; plus tax; complimentary wireless
– Phone: 919-834-9900; Reservations: 800-325-3535
– Self parking (per day): $12.00
http://www.sheratonraleigh.com/

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TOURS AND EVENTS
Registration for these events starts in December 2016.


Tuesday, 9 May 2017

University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill Research Tour
Spend the day researching your southern ancestors using the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill’s extensive Manuscript, Southern Historical, and Rare Book collections at the Louis Round Wilson Library. Bus transportation is provided.

Durham Day Tour
Experience the Old South by visiting historic Stagville Plantation and Duke Homestead, followed by a tour of Bennett Place, the surrender site that ended the Civil War for the Carolinas.

Raleigh Day Tour
Visit the Joel Lane house, President Andrew Johnson’s birthplace, Oakwood Cemetery, the state Capitol, and other historic locations.

Downtown Raleigh at Night
Ride the trolley to discover how close you are to the State Archives, restaurants, shops, museums, and more! A tour guide will point out historic downtown locations.


Wednesday Evening, 10 May 2017
North Carolina Style Pig Pickin’
What’s a pig pickin’? Find out when you join us for a southern tradition of pulled pork, slaw, and fixin’s finished off with banana puddin’ and more, all while listening to a bluegrass band. Square dancing, anyone?


Thursday Evening, 11 May 2017
Society Night
Come visit with representatives from many county genealogical and historical societies from all over North Carolina and nearby states.

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RESEARCH FACILITIES

Numerous research opportunities surround this conference. More information about each facility, including hours of operation and research collection details, can be found on their websites.

State Archives of North Carolina
109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-807-7310
http://archives.ncdcr.gov/
Open extended hours during the conference week.

State Library of North Carolina
Government and Heritage Library
109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-807-7450
http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ghl
Open extended hours during the conference week.

Louis Round Wilson Library
On the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill
200 South Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27515
Phone: 919-962-3765
http://library.unc.edu/wilson/

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
On the campus of Duke University
411 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 919-660-5822
http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein
Materials must be requested in advance.

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

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