Clark County Genealogical Society October Meetings Part 2


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

9-11 am

Many people in the Clark County area have Scandinavian roots they would like to explore. The instructor has deep expertise along with practical application. This class will focus on basic research techniques while adding insight into DNA interpretation. Tuition for each class is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Advance registration is requested to guarantee reservation. Walk-ins subject to available seating. 


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

This Legacy Family Tree webinar discusses some of the more advanced records within Italian civil registration: Allegati [birth, death, and marriage supplements/attachments], Cittadinanza [citizenship records] and Atti Diversi [Diverse Acts]. Students will learn how these records can help to fill in the details of an Italian families’ history as well as track them across Italy. and around the world.


Mon, 21 Oct 2019: 2-3:30 pm

CCGS Library

If you want to discover your Scandinavian roots, attend this monthly meeting and learn how to conduct your research. Meet with other like-minded individuals who have discovered their ancestors going back many generations. Geographic areas include Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. This group meets regularly on the third Monday of the month, September-May. Members and non-members are welcome.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019,11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

CCGS Library

As many know, genealogy research can gobble up an enormous amount of time. Watch this Legacy Family Tree webinar and leave armed with a new collection of tools to make your genealogy time on the computer more efficient.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

CCGS Library

Learn how Digital Asset Management (DAM) can help you organize and manage digital photos and images across computers, cloud services, and mobile devices with practical strategies for backup, adding metadata, file naming, captioning, and sharing.


Tuesday, Nov 5, 9-11 a.m.

CCGS Library

Vital records contain essential genealogical research information. More records are becoming available online, but many more are not. In this class, you will learn how to harness the power of 21st Century searching clues for locating your ancestors. Tuition for each class is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Advance registration is requested to guarantee reservation. Walk-ins subject to available seating. 

Lower Columbia Genealogical Society November Meeting

Beyond Names and Dates

Filling In The Stories of our Female Ancestors

Pam Vestal is a full-time genealogist and lecturer in Oregon, and will be helping us fill in our stories at the November meeting.





DINING ROOM      7:00 PM

November 14, 2019

Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Seattle Genealogical Society Library Unique Source

The Seattle Genealogical Society Library has over 2,500 Family History Books including Periodicals written by family members documenting the lives of their ancestors. Here is an excerpt from one:

The Carpenter Family News-Journal page 16

Mary Carpenter from a letter written to her cousin on August 18, 1871.

Our cabin has a ground floor and we spread green grass over it for a carpet and change it occasionally. It saves sweeping and mopping… You see we are right in the midst of harvesting, the great drive of the year. Now, for what I did yesterday. I got up before four, got breakfast, skimmed milk, churned, worked over the churning already at hand, did a large washing, baked 6 loaves of bread and seven pumpkin pies, while I was baking put on the irons and did the ironing, got supper etc—besides washing all the dishes, making the beds, (and) sweeping.”

Mary Carpenter had a busy life didn’t she!? There are many more stories like this one in these Family History Books and Periodicals. Come into the Library at 6200 Sand Point Way NE in Seattle to see if any of your ancestors has a history on our shelves.

There are over 1400 Surnames in our Family Book Section so we include only the Surnames for the Periodicals:

Ballew ; Barnard ; Barnes

Bashaw ; Blue ; Bondurant

Boyd ; Brammer ; Bricker

Britain ; Bunnell ; Bush


Calkins ; Calkins ; Calkins

Campbell ; Carpenter ; Castor

Dallas ; Denmark

Eastlick ; Eaton ; Emery

Farr ; Finch

Geer ; Gest ; Goldmann


Harriman ; Hayden ; Haynes

Heady ; Henckel ; Hiatt

Howard ; Hull ; Hunt


McCullough ; McGee ; McKinley

Molyneux ; Moore


Palmer ; Pennington ; Pettit


Rainey ; Rice ; Rogers


Small ; Snodgrass ; Soule

Spenser ; Stewart

Thomas ; Thompson ; Thornburg

Towne ; Townsend

Walker ; Warren ; Williams

Wing ; Wing ; Womelsdorf

Seattle Genealogical Society

6200 Sand Point Way NE

Seattle, WA 98115


Skagit Valley Genealogical Society October Meeting

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society presents:
An Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
by professional genealogist Lily Bogash Kohn

BURLINGTON – Join the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society in exploring how to research your Jewish ancestors on Sat., October 12 from 1-3 pm at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. The featured guest speaker is professional genealogist Lily Bogash Kohn who will present, “An Introduction to Jewish Genealogy.” Ms Kohn will discuss how to get started in researching your Jewish ancestry, explore helpful US and international research resources and websites, consider historical context in your research, and offer other helpful resources specific to Jewish genealogy. Ms. Kohn’s presentation will also include her own personal journey of discovering her Jewish ancestors in Europe through visiting cemeteries and ancestral sites. These educational programs are presented in partnership with the Burlington Public Library. The public is welcome and admission is free. For further details call (360) 757-6224 or (360) 755-0760 or visit or


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition October 3, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member! | 503-963-1932 | Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Seats Available: Last Chance for Fall Seminar
You still have time to sign up for this weekend’s Fall Seminar, Deutsche & Dutch on Oct. 5 & 6. Professional genealogist Fritz Juengling brings us lessons on German genealogy on Saturday and Dutch research on Sunday. He’s an accredited genealogist for Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium and serves as a German, Dutch, and Scandinavian Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. He dazzled us at a previous smaller workshop at the GFO. Now is your chance to benefit from his rich expertise by attending one or both days. Seats are still available, but online registration closes at noon on Friday Oct. 4, and lunch orders closed yesterday (Wednesday). There will be space available for walk-ins both days, so if you miss the Friday noon deadline we’d love to see you anyway on Saturday and/or Sunday morning! Download the flyer for full details.
Register Now
Seminar Bonus: $5 Books and $1900 in Prizes
Here’s another nifty reason to attend this Saturday’s Fall Seminar. We’ll have books discounted to just $5 each. Even better, we have $1900 worth of prizes to raffle, including DNA test kits, subscriptions to pricey genealogy databases, and lunches with guest speaker Fritz Juengling or GFO DNA expert Lisa McCullough.
The book sales will be on the honor system. Please bring exact change as no one will be at the table to make change. Raffle tickets cost $1 for one ticket and $5 for six tickets.
Beware! Marathon Route Skirts GFO on Sunday, Oct. 6
If you’re coming to the GFO on Sunday, Oct. 6, please allow extra time to drive in. The Portland Marathon has changed its route from previous years. For the first time, it’s coming through southeast Portland and will run just blocks from the GFO. This could affect day two of our fall seminar and library researchers in the afternoon.
This map shows the portion of the 2019 Portland Marathon that comes closest to the GFO on Oct. 6.
If coming from the west side of the river, you’ll want to avoid the area near OMSI, or SE Water Ave. near the Morrison and Hawthorne bridges. The Ross Island Bridge and Powell Boulevard will remain open, so that’s a good route to plan on. You can see the course map here. Use that map’s zoom tools to enlarge the area you want to see. Sunday’s Seminar on Dutch genealogy will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. The Library will open for patrons at 12:00 p.m.
Free Monday Reminder
Don’t forget, the GFO Library is free to everyone on the First Monday of each month. That’s next Monday, October 7.
Support the GFO with Amazon Smile in Shopping App
If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support Genealogical Forum Of Oregon Inc. in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device!
Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations. 1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device. 2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile. 3. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, you can update your App. Click here for instructions. AmazonSmile is not currently available for Apple iOS users. Amazon will let us know when it becomes available. If you haven’t yet registered to support the GFO while you shop, click here to get going! And we’d like to say, “Thank you!” to all of you who are already AmazonSmile users.
Two Genealogy TV Series Air Soon
If you enjoy watching genealogy stories unfold, you’ll have two TV shows to choose from this fall. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. returns for its sixth season on PBS. It will feature a wide range of well known people including Terry Gross, Jordan Peele, Nancy Pelosi, Queen Latifah, Jeff Goldblum and Angelica Huston, to name a few. It debuts on OPB on Tuesday, October 8 at 8 p.m.
A brand new program called A New Leaf by Ancestry is coming to NBC. Unlike other genealogy programs, A New Leaf focuses on everyday people, not celebrities finding their roots. If you read online that it’s part of the network’s Saturday morning line-up, that does not hold true in Portland. KGW-TV is airing the first episode on Saturday, October, 5 at 6:30 p.m.
PCS Offers GFO Discount to New Play “Redwood”
We are delighted that Portland Center Stage is offering friends of GFO two special offers for an upcoming play that happens to revolve around genealogy! Redwood is billed as “A beautiful, humor-filled excavation of our shared history. When a hip hop lovin’ uncle obsessed with starts digging into the past, an interracial couple finds that they have a lot more (and a lot less) in common than they thought. Filled with comedy, wit, and dance, this singular American story is about learning to live and love in a present that’s overpopulated with ghosts.” On October 26, GFO President Vince Patton and Director at Large Julie Ramos, will talk before the performance, at about 6:45 p.m., about all the GFO offers and why we find building personal links to history so valuable. Redwood runs from October 26 through November 17 at Portland Center Stage at the Armory. PCS has two offers for friends of the GFO:
October 26: Use promo code “GFO” for $25 tickets.
October 27-November 17: Use promo code “COMMUNITY” for $10 off tickets. Get tickets here.
Survey Results: Years dedicated to family history
Last week, we asked how many years you’ve been doing genealogy, and at what age you began.
How old were you when you started?
▪ preteen – 4
▪ teens – 7
▪ 20s – 8
▪ 30s – 12
▪ 40s – 17
▪ 50s – 6
▪ 60s – 8
▪ 75 – 1
The average being 38.17 years. Common themes among the comments were the wish to have started sooner and how much fun it is to research. Here are a couple of comments we particularly enjoyed. I was interested, yes, but mainly since my new husband was working an insane number of hours, I just needed something to do. I enrolled in a community education course and have been hooked ever since, much to my husband’s chagrin. All his fault! I still love everything but my piles of paper. If you’d like to see all the comments, you can do so here.
New Survey: Ancestral Education
Many of our ancestors didn’t have the opportunity to get much schooling. There were chores and farming to be done. This week, we’re asking questions about high school and advanced education your ancestors may have received. Take the survey now.
Take the survey now
This week at GFO …
Saturday, October 5th
Fall Seminar with Fritz Juengling: German Research 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Held at Self Enhancement, Inc., 3920 N Kerby Ave, Portland, OR 97227, USA (map)
This event requires registration.
GFO Library Closed all day.
Sunday, October 6th
Fall Half-Day Seminar with Fritz Juengling: Dutch Research
9:30 a.m. – Noon

Held at the GFO Library. This event requires registration.
GFO Library opens to patrons at 12:00 p.m. See above for information regarding traffic impacts due to the Portland Marathon.
Monday, October 7th
Free First Monday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
GFO Library open to non-members for free.
Tuesday, October 8th
Board Meeting 6:10 – 8:10 p.m.
Wednesday, October 2nd
PMUG College 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Join us for Mac Photos 101.

Make your photos look their best

Learn how to retrieve photos from other sources

…. and much more!
To register: Call 503-228-1779; Email: Bring your Mac/iPad to participate with instruction. If you would like additional info for attending this class, please email us.
GFO Library Open Late to 8:00 p.m.

Twin Rivers Genealogical Society October Meeting

We are having Garry Bush at our regular Genealogy meeting Oct 10 as the program.  Our meeting start at 7:00pm at the Orchard’s Methodist Church 1213 Burrell Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501.  We have a Coffee time at 6:30pm and will follow up with business meeting after the presentation. 

“The Lewis & Clark Expedition: Made in China?

China, Sea Otters and Thomas Jefferson

Experience the unfamiliar story of how Chinese voyages and legends influenced men to explore and perish searching for the mythical River of the West and the Northwest Passage.  Eventually this saga compelled Thomas Jefferson to send Lewis & Clark to the Pacific Ocean.

Presented by Garry Bush”

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War – Fall meeting

Meeting with Jo N. Miles

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War – Fall meeting of Fort Walla Walla Camp 3

~ October 19, 2019 at 1:00 to 3:00; Guest speaker at 1:15 pm (sack lunch-social @ 12-1:00)

~ At Yakima Valley Genealogical Library, 1901 S. 12 th Ave., Union Gap WA 98903

All public invited. Mr. Jo N. Miles’ program will be on Kamiakin Country. The stories of the Yakima Valley in the mid 1850 s about hostilities between the Chiefs and Tribes and the US Army. From his book, Kamiakin Country. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Mr. Miles is from Richland, WA and now Yakima. He holds a degree from the University of Arizona and is a US Army veteran. He held a career in public administration, including 17 years on the Yakima Reservation. He is an expert researcher and writer on the early history of Washington Territory.

Questions can direct to Don Jameson (Camp Commander) 509 965 1390

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

  This edition’s tip comes from Sue Jensen, Library Director at SGS, in the form of a Q&A session. 

Question: “My great-grandparents lived in Orange County, New York. How do I find information on Orange County, New York in Seattle Genealogical Society’s Library?”

Answer: “First, go to the New York section of our bookshelves and look for this manila colored “county card” shown in the left photo below. Look down the list for Orange County and see that it has the #36. All our books are numbered with the state first, then the county # and finally the sequence # of the book in that County’s collection. So, NY 36-1 would be the first book cataloged in Orange County in our collection in New York.  NY 36-1 is the “call number” for that book. The “county card” (left)  and book “call number”(right) are shown in these photos: 


You may also find a book and its call number in our library by using the Library Catalog you can find on our website: