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Monday, 23 October, 7 pm

New Jersey Vital Records, Adoption, and Divorce

Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 125 N Maple Ave, Ridgewood, NJ
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.

Free and open to the public.

GSBC-Ridgewood Public Library Lock-In

Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 125 N Maple Ave, Ridgewood, NJ

Genealogists take over the Ridgewood Public Library (RPL) after-hours for a light supper, research, workshops, and sharing.

This event is a great (and fun) way to improve your skills, meet new genealogy friends, or just have a whole evening to research in the Library.

Co-sponsored by the Ridgewood Public Library and Genealogical Society of Bergen County, the 14th Annual Genealogy Lock-In offers genealogists of all levels the chance to:
– Spend the evening researching, learning, & sharing
– Ask the Experts your brick wall questions
– Attend workshops such as Beginning Genealogy, Newspaper Research, Ship Manifests, and Irish Genealogy, DNA & more
– Receive individual assistance from a genealogy expert

Download a mailable form at

Or sign up online at (if paying by credit card, please consider making an additional $1 donation to cover credit card processing fees, thank you).

Please arrive by 4:30pm to check-in. Light supper will be served. Questions: Contact Ridgewood Public Library History Librarian Sarah Kiefer: 201-670-5600 ext 135 or gro.yrarbiLdoowegdiR|refeiKS#gro.yrarbiLdoowegdiR|refeiKS

Saturday, 4 November 2017, 10:30 am

GSNJ 2017 Annual Meeting and Presentation

The Alexander Library will host GSNJ's Annual Meeting in the Pane Room on the ground floor of the library. (The library is accessible.) Light refreshments, brief annual meeting, speaker presentation.


Must-Have Resources for New Jersey Genealogy

Presentation by Michelle Tucker Chubenko, Legacy Tree Genealogists and Jersey Roots Genealogy

Many of New Jersey’s best reference materials and web resources require detailed explanation in order to be used effectively. We’ll discover how to find and use a variety of published reference books, journals, source material, finding aids, as well as explore some websites vital for New Jersey genealogical research.

Michelle Tucker Chubenko is a professional genealogist who has more than 27 years experience. She has researched families in New Jersey, Maryland, southwest Virginia, and Oklahoma/Indian Territory; and across Europe including Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Poland, Austria, and Germany.

Chubenko was a researcher on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? (season one) and appeared in the April 2010 episode featuring Brooke Shields. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, numerous local and ethnic genealogical societies, and is active in local history organizations. In 2013, she became the co-coordinator for the Ukrainian Historical & Educational Center’s Nashi Predky Family History Group and has served as a Commissioner on the Middlesex County Heritage & Cultural Commission since 2011.

Chubenko has also served as a Trustee of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey, Education Chairperson for the Monmouth County Genealogy Society, and is a founding member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has attended the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (where she has lectured), the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research, and Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and is a ProGen17 graduate.

In October 2016, she joined Legacy Tree Genealogists as a Researcher specializing in Eastern European research. Chubenko has presented genealogical lectures to audiences on a local, county, state and national level and also via online chat sessions. Follow her blog, JerseyRootsGenealogy: A Garden State Journey in Genealogy.

GSNJ Annual Meeting Schedule—Saturday, 4 November 2017
10:30 am—Coffee and Light Refreshments
10:45 am—GSNJ Annual Meeting and Presentation
12:15 pm—Conclusion of GSNJ Annual Meeting
1:00 pm—Alexander Library, Special Collections and University Archives Open for Research
Special Collections and University Archives (SC/UA), where GSNJ’s collections are housed, is located on the lower level of the Alexander Library. SC/UA offers genealogists a wide variety of unique research materials and is considered one of the top archives in the state.

Free and open to all (due to space, please RSVP). GSNJ Members invitations will be mailed the first week in October. Please see for complete details and biographies of Trustees for nomination.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM

CJGC Monthly meeting

November 14, 2017 – Rich Venezia - "Italian Americans: Find Your Roots in the Old Country”
Rich Venezia started researching his family history after his maternal grandmother’s death, having come across an incomplete family tree she’d begun. His quest has taken him abroad to Italy, Wales, England, and Ireland, as well as various places in the US in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Washington, D.C., and Utah. Since Rich began accepting clients as a professional genealogist, he has helped many others find their roots in Italy, Ireland, Lithuania, Scotland, St. Kitts, Sint Eustatius, France, Germany, The Netherlands, and right here in the USA. He is a member of local and national genealogical organizations, and has attended a number of conferences and institutes to continue his education as a professional. He received his Certificate in Genealogical Research from The Boston University Center for Professional Education in May 2015 and serves as Vice President of the North Hills Genealogists, Pittsburgh.
Rich was thrilled to be selected as a member of the research team for Seasons 2 and 3 of PBS' Genealogy Roadshow.

Meetings held at:
Hamilton Township Library
1 Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Way (old name: Municipal Drive) (off White Horse-Mercerville Road behind the Hamilton Police Station)
Hamilton, New Jersey 08619

Visitors are always welcome
Club Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month except January and February

GSBC 2017 Seminar—Your Family Roots and Branches with Jim Beidler

Saturday, 18 November 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 125 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

GSBC 2017 Seminar Program—Four Lectures with Something for Everyone

9:00 a.m. — Doors Open

Headlines to Bylines: Using ALL the Newspaper in Your Genealogy
Everyone turns to newspapers to find obituaries of their ancestors but every section can be valuable in your genealogical search. Learn how news briefs, advertisements, even editorials, and “letters to the editor” might add to your knowledge of your ancestors and their lives.

Secondary Uses for Primary Sources
Learning how to use whole data sets rather than individual records can blast open genealogical roadblocks by exploring the interrelationships of a whole community. Case studies show how this works.

Success Story: Finding a European Village of Origin
The case study of Johannes Dinius, a 1765 immigrant to Pennsylvania, is used to show how scraps of evidence properly deployed can lead to the discovery of a European hometown.

The Lighter Side of Genealogy
Anecdotes and cautionary tales of the people and situations one encounters during three decades of searching for roots on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Wrap-Up with a Q&A Session

About James M. Beidler
James M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Book as well as writes “Roots & Branches,” an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He is also an instructor for online Family Tree University.
He was the President of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) from 2010 to 2012, and is the former Executive Director for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. He served as national co-chairman for the 2008 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Philadelphia.

Space is limited, so guarantee your registration and save money by signing up early!
See complete details at, or, sign up online with a credit card at

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM

CJGC Monthly meeting

December 12, 2017 - Family Roundtables
CJGC members share something related to their research or pose a question to the group.

Meetings held at:
Hamilton Township Library
1 Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Way (old name: Municipal Drive) (off White Horse-Mercerville Road behind the Hamilton Police Station)
Hamilton, New Jersey 08619

Visitors are always welcome
Club Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month except January and February

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM

CJGC Monthly meeting

March 13, 2018 – Cathy Ivins – “Genetic Genealogy: DNA for Newbies, Wannabes and Crackerjacks!”
The popularity of DNA analysis flourishes with witty television promotion, and affordable at-home kits. But the value to genealogists is more than just prediction of ethnicity. It can boost your family tree research, break through a brick wall, and help find biological families. It can confirm your findings obtained through traditional genealogy research, and even provide your personal health information. Our speaker will take us step by step in determining the right test and testing company for our needs, decoding the mysterious results, using third-party tools, and creating skeleton trees to link to our DNA as “cousin bait.”
Whether you are a NEWBIE and need help understanding your results and what to do with them, a WANNABE curious what DNA can do for you, or a CRACKERJACK that can share your knowledge and experience during the program, we hope to see you on March 13th.

Speaker: Cathy Ivins, Genetic Genealogist
Cathy Ivins is a charter member of BCGS as well as its Director of Publicity for the last three years. An Instructional Assistant for the Bristol Township School District by day, she has been researching her family history for over 12 years. Cathy completed the Practical Genetic Genealogy course at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, taught by CeCe Moore and Blaine Bettinger, as well as Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy, taught by Michael Ramage and other experts in the field. Cathy has benefited tremendously from DNA testing and hopes to encourage others to “give a spit!”

Meetings held at:
Hamilton Township Library
1 Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Way (old name: Municipal Drive) (off White Horse-Mercerville Road behind the Hamilton Police Station)
Hamilton, New Jersey 08619

Visitors are always welcome
Club Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month except January and February

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