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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.


 

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

Jul
29
Sat
Ringwood Manor Cemetery Tour @ Ringwood Manor
Jul 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Ringwood Manor Cemetery
Saturday, July 29th

4:00pm 
This hand-pick will be a walking tour of the historic cemetery and will discuss the various individuals buried on site. *Please note: participants should be able to walk for an hour over uneven ground. Supportive shoes are recommended. Rain will cancel.

$10 per person, each tour limited to 20 people.
Advanced registration required.
Click HERE to register!

Oct
6
Fri
“Nashi Predky-Our Ancestors” 2017 Conference—Unlock Your Heritage: Discover Your Ancestry @ Ukrainian Cultural Center
Oct 6 – Oct 7 all-day

"Nashi Predky-Our Ancestors" 2017 Conference

Join fellow genealogy enthusiasts for the 4th Annual Nashi Predky Fall Conference—Unlock Your Heritage: Discover Your Ancestry—featuring a full "DNA Day" on Friday and dual-track afternoon presentations on Saturday!

The 4th Annual Nashi Predky Fall Conference—Unlock Your Heritage: Discover Your Ancestry—will be held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center located at 135 Davidson Avenue in Somerset, NJ. The event features internationally known experts in Eastern European genealogy, and will span two days, including a full-day dedicated to DNA along with a Saturday's workshop on Using Cadastral Maps, opportunity for networking, and the choice of seven lectures.

View full schedule and speaker details

The Nashi Predky Family History Group is proud to offer a two full days of programming. Participants may register for either Friday or Saturday, or the full two-day conference at reduced pricing. In addition to the presentations, the event will have vendors and cultural display areas.

On Friday, October 6th, DNA Day offers participants three lectures, Q&A Panel open discussion and dinner. Registration opens at 2pmand a light dinner will be available. The presentations by Melissa Johnson, CG are: Genetic Genealogy: A Beginner’s Guide, Diving Deeper into Genetic Genealogy, and Using Autosomal DNA in Genealogy.  The DNA Panel Discussion will be hosted by: Melissa Johnson, CG, Natalie Asikainen, Bruce Romanchuk, an Administrator of the Facebook group "Lemko Ancestry & DNA", and Prof. Volodymyr Bodnar, the leader of the FamilyTreeDNA group "Ukrainian DNA Genealogy - Український ДНК-родовід".

On Saturday, October 7th, the second day of the "Unlock Your Heritage: Discover Your Ancestry" opens with registration at 8am with a light continental breakfast.  At 9am, the morning sessions start off with the presentation "Galicia: An Ethnic and Religious Melting  Pot" by Zbigniew Stettner where he will describe ethnic and religious mixture in Galicia and show how this knowledge can help you trace your ancestors.

After the opening session, a dual-track day begins with presentations by Rhoda Miller, CG, "Finding Families in Russian Era Ukraine: Census Records and More", and by Rev. Dr. Ivan Kaszczak "Ukrainian Catholics in America: A History".

Participants will be offered a buffet luncheon featuring ethnic food and networking time during the lunch break.

The afternoon sessions continue the dual-track offerings: "1920s-1940s Polish State Archives Records for Lemkos" by Zbigniew Stettner; "Ten Ways to Jumpstart Your Eastern European Research" by Lisa Alzo; "Did My Great-Grandmother Have a Family?: A Problem Solving Case Study" by Rhoda Miller, CG; and "Immigrant Cluster Communities: Past, Present and Future" by Lisa Alzo.  An optional workshop "Using 19th century Cadastral Maps to Trace Our Galician Ancestors" hosted by Zbigniew Stettner will show how to find the records in archives, interpret them and teach how to compare cadastral maps with current maps using various software and websites.

The two-day event concludes with the door-prizes at 4:30pm.

October 6th, 2017 2:00 PM through October 7th, 2017 5:00 PM
Ukrainian Cultural Center
135 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873
Phone: 732-356-0132
Email:
Registration  
Friday (DNA Day) registration only (early bird discount) $ 40.00
Saturday registration only (early bird discount) $ 55.00
Friday and Saturday registration (early bird discount) $ 85.00