Eastside Genealogical Society German Interest Group

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, November 3, 2017, from 1 to 3 pm in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20thSt, Bellevue, WA 98004 with doors opening at 12:45 pm for networking. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.


Topic: Applying for German Naturalization – Carol will share her experience applying for German naturalization, based on Article 116, paragraph 2 of the German Basic Law.  This law allows descendants of Germans, who lost their citizenship during the 1933 to 1945 time period, to receive German naturalization.  It is also a story of how a person’s birthplace can shape their life and that of their descendants.


Speaker: Carol Shafer is a first generation American on her mother’s side. Currently, she is an English as a Second Language teacher at City University in Seattle and has worked for the government, in the private sector and in education.


For more information, kindly visit our website at https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/  .


Tuesday Trivia

Ever heard of Apple Annie’s in Cashmere, Washington? Ever been there? How long did YOU spend there? Cheryl and I had a date with the Okanogan Genealogical Society on a Saturday and then planned the next day to head to Seattle to spend time at the Fiske Library. Of course, Hwy 2 goes right through Cashmere, only ten miles out of Wenatchee.

Apple Annie’s is open 9:00 to 6:00, a full 7 days a week and has “70,000 square feet of fun” under one roof. Are you looking for something you loved in your childhood? Or a kitchen tool that great-gramma used? Believe me, you just might find it at Apple Annie’s.

And, there is an onsite ’59er Diner offering yummy burgers, fries and milkshakes, aka 1959.

After a wonderful two hours, and with our tummies full of hamburgers, we were off to Seattle and SO GLAD we stopped.

Monday Mystery

(PLEASE NOTE: Due to my traveling schedule, I sometimes do the posts for this blog weeks ahead. If you wanna answer the Mystery question, please refer to the DATE it was posted. Big thanks!)

Today’s Mystery is what is this???  Spotted it in the Pioneer Descendants Museum, Fiske Library building, Seattle. Any guesses? Your great-gramma perhaps used one.

Upcoming Webinars

The Wisconsin Genealogical Society is offering a free webinar on US Citizenship & Immigration Services Records on October 17th (first come first serve with limited registrations).


The Georgia Genealogical Society is offering a free webinar on October 25th on

Secrets and Clues Hidden in the 1790-1840 U.S. Censuses

The Southern California Genealogical Society is offering a free webinar on Family History + Health History Lead to Personalized Healthcare
on October 18th.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

October 2017


Yakima Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Octoberfest


The local Yakima chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia is inviting you to attend their annual Oktoberfest Luncheon.  You do not need to be a member to attend.
This is a no-host luncheon and visiting time
Saturday, October 21
12:00 noon
Jack-sons Sports Bar
48th Avenue and Tieton Drive in Yakima
Please contact Rosemary Rief at 453-4107 if you plan to attend.

Tri-City Genealogical Society Finding Place Names

Have you ever come across a place name in your research you aren’t sure still exists? What about a post office name given in a census that isn’t the main town? A town in a country you know little about? Looking for cemeteries near your ancestral home? The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) and NGA GEOnet Names Server (GNS) can help with each of these.

Keep Reading click here

( https://tcgs1961.blogspot.com/2017/10/finding-place-names-using-gnis-and-gns.html )

Lewis County Genealogists at GFO Conference with CeCe Moore

Lewis County Genealogical Society from Chehalis, WA  in big numbers attending CeCe Moore’s DNA Conference.  She is great.  Thanks CeCe!
Left to Right:   Brenda Keefer, Kathy Francione, Patty Olsen CeCe Moore, Leslee Dunlap & Ivan Keefer.
CeCe will be in Washington a couple of times in 2018 so maybe more people can see her then.

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News


Wednesday Evening
11 October 2017

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for October 2017, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” > “Our Publications” menu at our new website (still gfo.org).
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
Call for a Book Sales Table-Manager Volunteer for the Fall Seminar, Saturday, October 14th

One last task we need help with at the Fall Seminar this weekend!
Love books? Love attending super awesome seminars for free??

Well then, what are you waiting for!?
We need someone to manage the book sales table at the Seminar on Saturday, Oct 14th.

This special volunteer will get to listen and sit in for FREE at the Seminar. This person will need to sit at the book table during the sessions, but they’ll have a wonderful view of the seminar and will be able to listen in on all the information. Think of it! That’s a $50-55 value for so little effort.
Interested? Email seminar@gfo.org now! No, right now!! Why are you still waiting?
Fall Seminar is this weekend and we’re so excited!

Don’t miss out! We’ve moved the Fall Workshop to the Milwaukie Center!

Oct 14th, 10am to 4:30pm, AND Oct 15th 9:30am – noon at the Milwaukie Center

Those already on the Workshop’s Wait-List will be contacted directly. If you’re not on the wait-list for the Workshop, you better act fast!! Click the Register link below before it’s too late, again!

Did you know genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the United States? Have you also noticed how much hubbub there has been lately about DNA and how DNA can help find missing links, missing parentage, and more?

The GFO’s Fall Seminar has all of these hot topics and more! Registration for Saturday’s Seminar AND for Sunday’s Workshop is open open open. Click HERE to register now.
Download a flyer to share with family, friends, and coworkers.
Are you a STAR? Do you know someone who is??

Just a friendly reminder / public service announcement:
ANYONE can nominate a GFO Star at our library.

Are you a GFO patron, member, or guest who had a REALLY amazing experience with one of our Research Assistants? Nominate them!

Were you at one of our recent events and thought the speaker or coordinator did just the most wonderful job because their presentation and drive to bestow knowledge changed your life? Nominate them!

Are you friends with a GFO volunteer who can’t stop talking about all the exciting work they are doing at the GFO library even when you’d rather talk about the latest Who Do You Think You Are? episode? Nominate them as the next GFO Star!

The GFO Star nominations are designed to shine the spotlight on all of our wonderful and amazing volunteers for all the wonderful and amazing work they do for the GFO. And guess what, the GFO is ALL VOLUNTEERS, so you’ve got sooo many people to choose from! Star Nomination forms are on top of the Star Nominations box that is on the wall above the “Beverage Park” table just to the right of the GFO’s front entrance as you come in.
Please note, Board Members cannot be stars because they are already technically categorized as supernovas and are about to burn themselves out in a fantastic flaming epic of glory.
More Superhero Volunteers Needed! Hurry, hurry!

1. Our Bulletin editors need a few fact checking experts to separate the facts from fiction in our articles before publication. Email bulletin@gfo.org if interested!

2. We need a couple people to help staff the GFO’s info table at the Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Jamboree, on Saturday,
Oct 21st, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 10am – 4pm. Email directorsatlarge@gfo.org if you to help represent the GFO at this exciting event.

3. Remember the Tour of Untimely Departures happening on Saturday, Oct 28th, at the Lone Fir Cemetery?? Well, the GFO will have its very own table at the Historical Fair at this event, and we need a few people to help be there to meet and greet at our interactive booth. Please email directorsatlarge@gfo.org if you’re interested, especially as the tours part of the evening have already sold out!
As always, thank you for EVERYTHING you do for the GFO!
Sunday’s Family Tree Maker Class – Time Change Alert!

Due to the Fall Seminar Workshop being switched from the GFO library to the Milwaukie Center, the Family Tree Maker class this Sunday, Oct 15th, will be held at the GFO from 2 – 4pm.
Thanks for your understanding, and we hope to still see you there!
This Week at the GFO…


Mexican Ancestry Group 11:30am – 1:30pm

Finding your Hispanic ancestors from Mexico, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California. This Special Interest Group (SIG) focuses specifically to Mexican ancestors from Mexico and the American Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California). Beginning and intermediate researchers are very welcome. Some subjects will include online parish records, Hispanic genealogy societies, Family History Library/FamilySearch.org. Ancestry.com, solving genealogical problems, methodology of organizing your research, etc. Of course this group will also be about sharing our research experiences, and having fun. For questions or comments, please email Vince at sw@gfo.org. Like all our SIG’s, this meeting is free and open to the public.

Fall Seminar with CeCe Moore 10am – 4:30pm

The library will be closed this Saturday due to the Fall Seminar at the Milwaukie Center. If this is catching you off guard, there’s still time to register HERE.

Half-Day Workshop with CeCe Moore 9:30am – noon

This is part of our Fall Seminar, and will be held also at the Milwaukie Center. See details and registration info HERE.

Family Tree Maker for Beginners 2 – 4pm

This is a beginning class for Family Tree Maker users and for those considering a purchase. It will be repeated quarterly.

Learn & Chat 10am – noon

Join us to talk about your genealogy questions and help provide support to others. Facilitated by Jean Quan.

DNA Q&A 1 – 3pm

Lisa McCullough leads a discussion on various DNA related subjects, with each meeting focused on a particular subject. General questions are welcome at the end of each planned discussion. What a great way to recap on any lingering questions after the Fall Seminar and Workshop events from the weekend!