GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition October 17, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
gfo.org | 503-963-1932 | info@gfo.org Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Genealogy Boot Camp for Beginners
Ever been squeezed out of Boot Camp because the class was full? Hate being in large classes? Worried about finding parking? Then this may be your best opportunity to attend.
Laurel Smith will cover how to get started, organization, online trees and database programs, the census, and vital records — all geared toward beginners — but basic computer skills are a prerequisite. All communications are done via email, and you must be able to download and print the class notes. Bring a sack lunch, snacks, and a beverage so you can keep going as the class does. GFO members may attend for free, non-members $20. Genealogy Boot Camp for Beginners on October 27th has lots of seats still available. Please register today!
Register Now
Free GenTalk: Life in the Records of Death
Mark your calendars. Professional genealogist Pam Vestal returns on Saturday, October 19 with a free GenTalk from 2 – 3 p.m. called Discovering Your Ancestor’s Life in Records of Death. Sometimes the best way to learn about an ancestor’s life is to dig into the mountain of paperwork created by his death. We’ll explore the surprisingly abundant information that is collected when a death occurs and glimpse just how much these records can reveal, not only about our ancestors’ deaths, but also about their lives. Pam Vestal entered the field of genealogy after a 21-year career as a professional writer. She does genealogical research for clients, has articles published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and lectures up and down the West Coast. All GenTalks are free and open to the public at the GFO Library.
Immediate Opening: Editor Needed for The Forum Insider
Would you be willing to help share vital information about the GFO and genealogy with our subscribers? This key position will be vacant soon. We need someone (or a team) who can compile, layout, and distribute eight Insiders per year. Helpful skills: Intermediate-level computer software skills; writing and editing skills a plus; clear communication skills, both written and verbal; ability to interact with GFO’s Board Members, patrons, committee members, and affiliate organization representatives. The editor edits and lays out articles using Microsoft Word, and ultimately, Adobe Acrobat. We will provide the software, training, and a team of editors and proofreaders to help. Work follows a strict schedule so that distribution deadlines are met. Please contact our president, Vince Patton, at president@gfo.org if you can help!
Save the date: December 3rd is Giving Tuesday
What if all GFO’s members came together on just one day to give?
For GFO, GivingTuesday isn’t about fundraising. It’s about banding together to accomplish one large task.
Please save the date: December 3rd and come to the GFO all or part of the day to help. GFO will provide pastries, fruit, and coffee in the morning, pizza and pop in the afternoon. You provide the people power. Please help.
Seminar Tables For Sale
The GFO recently replaced its classroom tables with ones that weigh less and will be easier to move when reconfiguring the room. Our old tables are still in great shape.
Do you know anyone who could use them?These “Seminar Tables” are 72 “ (6-feet) long and 18” deep. They stand 29 inches high.
Their strong legs are metal and the table tops are laminated wood with rubber edges. All fold-flat when not in use. We have 10 of these tables for sale:
$20 a piece, or
$175 for the set of 10. Please contact library@gfo.org if you are interested. Pickup is required at the GFO library.
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 Steve Durbin sets out to chart his Black family’s ancestry online, his revelations unwittingly throw his entire family into turmoil.” On October 26, GFO President Vince Patton and Director at Large Julie Ramos, will speak 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.
Surplus Book: Kegley’s Virginia 1840-1785
Do you remember when Virginia was the southwest edge of the American frontier? No, we don’t either. But your ancestors might well have been part of the early colonial settlements. This 786-page book could be a treasure trove for those with Virginia roots. Kegley’s Virginia Frontier, The Beginning of the Southwest, The Roanoke of Colonial Days, 1740-1783, with Maps and Illustrations by F. B. Kegley was published in 1938 by The Southwest Virginia Historical Society.
“The arrival of each newcomer with his place of settlement is chronicled and his experiences and subsequent movements appropriately recounted,” wrote F. B. Kegley in the preface. This book is full of wonderful fold-out maps, and the pages are are as crisp and readable as the day they were printed. The binding is starting to come loose at the rear cover. Otherwise, it’s in very good shape. Pickup at GFO Price – $45
Ship to You Price – $52 If you’re interested in buying it, contact booksales@gfo.org.
Survey Results: Using the GFO Online Catalog
There were 37 responses to last week’s survey which asked about using GFO’s online library catalog. We hope those of you who haven’t checked out the catalog will do so soon.
Most of the comments indicated that respondents have used the online catalog BOTH at home and at the library. One person said, “It’s really handy to look up books at home then go to the library prepared with a list,“ and we couldn’t agree more. It’s a fabulous tool.
And for the person who said, “Have not yet used the library – live too far – so I do not use the catalog,” we’d like to encourage you to check out the catalog no matter how far away you are. We may have a resource that would help your research. Our research team (for a small fee) can copy a small portion of a book or check our resources for you. Also … some content in the catalog is available wherever you are. And that content is growing all the time. Look up Bliss or Idaho Newspaper Clippings to see a sample of what’s available from your home.
New Survey:
For those who’ve used GFO’s online library catalog, we’d like to know what features you’ve used and what you like best or find most helpful.
Take the Survey
This week at GFO …
Saturday, October 19th
Genealogy Problem Solvers 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Martha Ellen Adams was born in 1839 in Mississippi and had FOURTEEN brothers and sisters. But the ancestral trail back into history stops there. Who were her parents, especially the rugged woman who was mother of these fifteen children? Please join us as we plunge headlong into 1800 Tennessee, the brick wall state, to determine a GFO member’s 3rd great grandparents. Beginners and intermediate researchers are encouraged to submit problems to work on at future meetings. For questions or more information contact Katie Daly at GPS@gfo.org.
African American Ancestry Group 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
“Bring Your Own Brick Wall.”
Bring your problems, questions, and documents (copies, please, no originals), and we will brainstorm to come up with information and suggestions that can direct your next steps and may help you solve some of your family mysteries. For more information, contact us at african_american@gfo.org.
GenTalk: Records of Death 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Join Pam Vestal as she presents Discovering Your Ancestor’s Life in Records of Death. We’ll explore the surprisingly abundant information that is collected when a death occurs and glimpse just how much these records can reveal, not only about our ancestors’ deaths, but also about their lives. GenTalks are free to the public.
Sunday, October 20th
Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. Noon
There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.
Family Tree Maker for Beginners 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
This is a beginning class for Family Tree Maker users and for those considering a purchase of the software. This class is offered quarterly. Questions? Or if you have Family Tree Maker topics you’d like covered, email Joyce and Laurel at FTM@gfo.org.
French Canada Group 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Share stories of our history. Come and join this group to learn more about French Canadian ancestry and Acadia. The group leader is Bob LaMarche and you can email him at FrCan@gfo.org.
Wednesday, October 23rd
PMUG College (Mac Users) 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Portland Mac Users Group College features:
Getting Creative with Apple’s Free Apps
• See how Pages Templates assist your creativity
• Amaze your friends with Keynote Slideshows
• …. and much more!
Bring your Mac/iPad to participate with instruction. To register: Call 503-228-1779; Email: college@pmug.org. If you would like additional info for attending this class, please email us. This is free for GFO members.
GFO Library Open Late to 8:00 p.m.

Heritage Quest Research Library Irish Seminar

Online Irish Records with Find My Past and Ancestry
With Steven W. Morrison
October 22, 2019 @ 1:00 PM Most of us start our family history with what we’ve been able to collect at home. But how does that line up with the historical records from the Emerald Isle?   Explore and compare Irish records available on both Find My Past & Ancestry before paying for a subscription. $20.00 members / $25.00 non-members   For reservations please stop by HQRL at 1007 Main Street, Sumner WA 98390
or call HQRL at 253-863-1806.
After reserving a seat, if you are unable to attend the class, please call to cancel so that others may attend.

Unhappy News from FHL

I have a bolt of unhappy news for you. Many of you make trips to Salt Lake City to research in the Family History Library. And many of you trek over to the Church Office Building cafeteria for lunch. It’s everybody’s favorite place and for a long list of reasons. But that privilege is now ended.

David Rencher, head of the FHL, tells us that eating in that cafeteria is an employee benefit of a non-profit corporation. We, as non-employee library patrons, do not qualify. DANG, is what you’re saying, I’m sure. 

Olympia Genealogical Society Fun with Maps

“Fun with Maps and Land Research” is the title of Olympia Genealogical Society’s November program. Tracy Rebstock from the Washington State Archives will talk to us about maps – an underutilized tool when doing genealogy or historical research.  We will learn about the many different types of maps you can use, how to use them and what resources can be found in the State Archives in Olympia. Tracy will also provide some records tips and tricks to use when doing land research…and she’ll throw in some stories along the way. Join us on Thursday, November 14, 7 pm, at Thurston County Courthouse, Bldg 1, Room 152.

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Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net

Query Looking for Living Descendants

Hi Sue Ericksen,

Thank you for taking the time to speak with me this morning regarding a descendant search I would like to have done by one of your WSGS members or an individual recommended by one of your members who is experienced with this type of search. 

I understand that this may be a special category of research with a professional fee schedule and compensation process. 

I look forward to moving forward on this project as soon as possible, depending on the availability of the researcher. 

The goal is to find the descendants, up to current date, of my paternal great grandparents. 

It is the living descendants I am most interested in locating. 

With this type of search, there will probably be some very valuable advice our researcher will offer along with their findings.

Please feel free to forward my contact information. I would be happy to answer any questions they might have to clarify the scope of work and purpose.  Again, this is to find living descendants and relatives and may logically include recently passed descendants and relatives. 

I look forward to hearing from you or one of your members at their earliest convenience. 

Thank you again for your assistance this morning. 

Regards,

Susan Musi  (Schenck)     musiandassoc@mindspring.com

I have initial search information that may be helpful. For example:

Charles (G-G-Gr.) Schenck (1854) from Middleton, Wisconsin area whose great grandson was my grandfather Walter Schenck who lived primarily in Des Moines, Wa with my Grandmother Carol Schenck (Annis). 

Walter Schenck married Carol Annis whose parents were Abbey Annis & Mr. M. Howard from the Princeton,  Minnesota area.  

My paternal grandmother is Carol Schenck (Annis), one of Abbey Howard & M. Howard’s  4-5 children.  

Walter Schenck and Carol Schenck  (Annis) moved to the Seattle area in 1928. 

Many of the Annis –Florian(?) family had already moved to Seattle area from Princeton, Minnesota area.

**I suspect this side of the family (Annis) is where most of the current descendants would be found. Hopefully, we can find some who are in Washington and Oregon.

**I have names, old addresses (25 yrs. Ago) phone numbers etc. of descendants on both sides/ Schenck, Annis, Howard.

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) meeting

When: Friday, November 1, 2019, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm

(Doors open at 12:10 pm for networking)

Where:  Relief Society Room of the Latter-day Saints Church

             10675 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98004.     

Topic: “Alsace Emigrations and Records” – A number of factors compelled emigrations not only from Alsace but also Lorraine, the Rhineland and Southwest Germany during the 18th and 19th centuries. Where did they go and why? This presentation will discuss those factors, however, the primary focus will be on Alsace and the records available.

Presenter: Melanie Matway became interested in genealogy as a teen asking her grandfather questions about family history when he spent a winter at their home in Southern California. Her interest renewed when she learned that church records for his family and other European ancestors had finally been microfilmed. In the last 10 years, Melanie has become the family genealogist and enjoys sharing what she has learned with other interested family members.

Visitors are always welcome.  More information: https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/  .  

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
OUR BOOKSHELVES  (Part Two) 

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

Question: “I want to find my grandmother’s high school photo, she went to Stadium High School in Tacoma and graduated in 1926. Does the SGS Library have yearbooks for high schools?” 

Answer: “Yes! We have lots of school yearbooks for Seattle schools (high schools, UW, and others), King County schools (high schools and colleges), Washington State schools ( high schools, colleges, and universities). These yearbooks are in the Special Section area of our library on the north wall in the main room and are labeled by school, county, and year.”

Seattle Genealogical Society News

 ARCHIVES FAIR:
     CELEBRATE WASHINGTON’S
HERITAGE  

  Wednesday, October 30, 2019 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Seattle City Hall, Bertha Landes Room   From the Seattle Municipal Archives:
“Join us on October 30th from 10am – 2pm for an Archives Fair in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall. Visit display booths from several different archives in the Seattle area, chat with archivists from a variety of institutions, and get a preview of the Seattle at 150 book. At noon, UW professor Jeffrey Shulman will discuss local archives in the context of making his recent documentary film On the Brink.”

This event is free and open to the public.
  Visit the Seattle Municipal Archives website for updates and more information: http://www.seattle.gov/cityarchives/about-the-sma/seattle-at-150
SGS will participate in the Archives Fair.   DIGGING DEEPER:
COMPARING GENEALOGICAL SOFTWARE 
  November 16, 2019  
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Washington

Thinking about investing in a genealogical software program that resides on your computer? Have a genealogical software program, but are thinking of switching? Or are you just interested in what is “out there”? All these are reasons to attend the upcoming session on three of the top genealogical programs–Legacy, Family Tree Maker and RootsMagic. A panel of three users will discuss the advantages and challenges of each of the three and illustrate some of the features of each.
MOLLIE FITZSIMONS
1927-2019 

Mollie, long time SGS Member, passed away on May 21st and a memorial service was held for her in Seattle on June 8th. Besides raising seven children and having a 50 year nursing career, Mollie, at one time, served as the head of the Nominating Committee, the most miserable job in the SGS organization.

Our condolences to Mollie’s family & friends. Her full obituary is available at: 
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattletimes/obituary.aspx?n=mollie-ann-fitzsimons&pid=193042947&fhid=10154
SAVE THE DATECGSI Genealogical & Cultural Conference, 
Lincoln, NE
October 15-19, 2019 
  The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) is the leader in genealogy and family history in the geographical areas now known as the Czech and Slovak Republics. Their 2019 conference is the premier event to learn about techniques for genealogical research in those areas. 

For additional information and registration, visit the website: 
www.cgsievents.com
Archives Fair:  Celebrate Washington’s HeritageSeattle City Hall,
Bertha Landes Room,
Wednesday, October 30,
10:00 am to 2:00pm

SGS will participate in the Archives Fair. This event is free and open to the public.

Visit the Seattle Municipal Archives website for updates and more information: http://www.seattle.gov/cityarchives/about-the-sma/seattle-at-150SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather.

OCTOBER
 


Thursday, October 17, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, “DNA Learning Series”,at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library,  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series”. Class 7 of the 7 class series is “Intro to Advanced Techniques”. 

Pre-registration and class assignments are required. To register send an email to sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Saturday, October 26, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm,  DNA SIG, this group meets quarterly at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel. For more information
contact sgsdnasig@gmailSaturday, October 26, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth 
Saturday, October 26, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group,  with Jean Roth

Monday, October 28, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, WAY To Go! Workshop: A Methodology for Efficient Report Writing  (Classes and Workshops) Online only with Jill Morelli, CG. Session 2 (Pre Registration is Required). See October 14th for complete description and links to additional information and registration. 
NOVEMBER
Saturday, November 2, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree for Family Search Interest Group, with leader Lou Daly.  

Sunday, November 3, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop,  with Cary Bright. Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro. 

Saturday, November 9, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker Interest Group, with leaders Reiley and Jess. 

Saturday, November 9, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series – Using Manuscripts and Family Records for Genealogical, with Steven Morrison  

Saturday, November 16, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth 
Saturday, November 16, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group,  with Jean Roth

Saturday, November 16, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Digging Deeper: Comparing Genealogical Software,  presenters will compare Legacy, Family Tree Maker, and RootsMagic.  Come see which one is right for you. 

Tuesday, November 19, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Family History Writers’ Group,  contact Gail Stevens for more info at  stevens_gail@hotmail.com 



GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition October 10, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
gfo.org | 503-963-1932 | info@gfo.org Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Genealogy Boot Camp for Beginners
Ever been squeezed out of Boot Camp because the class was full?
Hate being in large classes? Then this may be your best opportunity to attend.
Laurel Smith will cover how to get started, organization, online trees and database programs, the census, and vital records — all geared toward beginners — but basic computer skills are a prerequisite. All communications are done via email, and you must be able to download and print the class notes. Bring a sack lunch, snacks, and a beverage so you can keep going as the class does. GFO members may attend for free, non-members $20. Genealogy Boot Camp for Beginners on October 27th has only a few folks registered. Register today!
Register Now
Free GenTalk: Death Records
Join us for our next free GenTalk on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 2 – 3 p.m.
Presenter: Pam Vestal Sometimes the best way to learn about an ancestor’s life is to dig into the mountain of paperwork created by his death. We’ll explore the surprisingly abundant information that is collected when a death occurs and glimpse just how much these records can reveal, not only about our ancestors’ deaths, but also about their lives. Pam Vestal entered the field of genealogy after a 21-year career as a professional writer. She does genealogical research for clients, has articles published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and lectures up and down the West Coast. All GenTalks are free and open to the public at the GFO Library.
GFO October Star: Cathy Lauer
Anyone who visits the GFO library is likely to see Cathy Lauer’s friendly face and welcoming smile, as Cathy works our front desk more than anyone else. Cathy managed the schedule of Research Assistants for a decade! That’s longer than most of us have been volunteering. She works on vital library projects when things are slow, and she rarely misses a Sunday Work Party. We can’t think of anyone more deserving of Star status! Thank you, Cathy!
Immediate Opening: Editor Needed for The Forum Insider
We are so grateful to LauraDenise White for her superb service for the last two years as the editor of The Forum Insider. Unfortunately, she must step away and we need someone to edit our almost-monthly newsletter.
Would you like to be the one who shares key information about genealogy and the GFO with members and non-members alike? It’s critical we get information out and need someone who can compile and distribute it eight times per year. The editor collects articles and lays them out using Adobe Acrobat. We’ll provide the software and the training. Editing of submissions is often required, following the GFO style guide. Work follows a strict schedule so that we can meet our distribution deadlines. If you have interest or experience, please contact our president, Vince Patton, at president@gfo.org.
News from the GFO Library
The GFO Library recently received, Index to Virginia Estates 1800-1865 by Wesley E. Pippenger. With help from two generous donors, GFO now has the complete series of these books (volumes 1 – 10) the contents of which are arranged by geographic region and provide an index of all items recorded in will books created by a Virginia county or city from 1800 to 1865. The newest arrivals are on the New Book shelves, but will soon find their way to the Virginia section in the library, call number 975.40 .Court Est 1800-1865.
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 Steve Durbin sets out to chart his Black family’s ancestry online, his revelations unwittingly throw his entire family into turmoil.” 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.
Surplus Book: 122 Year Old Wisconsin Blue Book
Many states publish Blue Books. They encapsulate that year with information about the state’s politics, election results, census, economy and more. They’re a great snapshot in time. The GFO has a spare copy to sell of the Wisconsin Blue Book of 1897. It was compiled under the direction of Secretary of State Henry Casson. Ours is a retired library copy, with library marks on page edges.
The book is in good shape with a sound spine, but visible wear around the edges of the cover. Our price:
$28 if you pick up at the GFO
$33 if we mail it to you. Please contact booksales@gfo.org if you are interested.
Survey Results: Education of your Ancestors
We had 54 responses to our queries about ancestral education.
The majority of respondents’ parents and grandparents graduated high school or received a GED.
And the majority had one or more parents who received schooling after high school.
Here are a few of the comments we received: ▪ I have a great picture of my grandfather graduating from Night High School in New York City in @ 1904.I have a 2 great grand uncle who graduated from medical school in 1890’s as well as a uncle who did it in 1930’s.
My paternal grandfather, his siblings, and parents immigrated from Germany in the 1880s. He died when my father, the oldest of five, was 11 years old. Dad had to work on the farm they rented. My generation had more opportunities: four of my father’s five children graduated from college—one with a PhD; the fifth has an Associate Degree. The generation after us? The cost of higher education has been challenging. Many who have graduated from college are saddled with student loans.
New Survey: Using the GFO Online Catalog
We’d like to know how many of our readers have used GFO’s online library catalog. Please take this week’s survey to let us know.
Take the Survey
This week at GFO …
Friday, October 11th
Mexican Ancestry Group 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
This Special Interest Group (SIG) pertains specifically to Mexican ancestors from Mexico and the American Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California). Beginning and intermediate researchers are 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.
For questions or comments, please email group leader Vince Ramirez at sw@gfo.org
Saturday, October 12th
Great Lakes Region Interest Group 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
This month we will talk about what interests you! Were there any loyalists, criminals, preachers, or soldiers in your family? Any new research surprises? What parts of the region’s history capture your attention lately? What brick walls can we help you with? Bring your ideas for a smörgåsbord of topics about the Great Lakes Region. If your ancestors were in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, or Ontario CANADA, or if you simply want to come to listen, you are most welcome to attend.
For more information contact Lynn Rossing at GreatLakes@gfo.org
Writers Forum 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
This is a peer group of genealogists, who meet to learn about writing and to share our writing with each other. Peggy Baldwin facilitates this group and can be reached at writers@gfo.org.
Sunday, October 13th
Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. Noon
There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.
Wednesday, October 16th
Learn and Chat 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
In this group, some of the learning comes from speakers with particular expertise but most of it comes from the sharing of experiences and knowledge of attendees who have developed methods that work for them. And if you have been doing genealogy for any length time you have likely experienced the wonderful moments of exhilaration, the successes that you then share with others and that drive you to continue researching. Unfortunately those times can be few and far between. Join us to talk about your genealogy questions and help provide support to others. Facilitated by Jeanne Quan and Sandy Alto. Questions? learnandchat@gfo.org
DNA Q&A: The Basics 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Today’s presentation will be “Jumpstart You DNA Discoveries”, which covers the steps to set up your autosomal DNA testing account to make it more inviting to your matches so that they want to connect with you. It also covers some biogeographical estimation (ethnicity) comparisons and basic navigations of Ancestry.com and My Heritage companies’ websites. It is ideal for those new to DNA testing for genealogy and may also be helpful to those who are having difficulty navigating the websites. If you want to follow along, bring your laptops or other mobile devices. The handout can be downloaded here.

This meeting is for those who are just beginning to use DNA testing for genealogy. Each class begins with a presentation of general information about DNA testing. General questions regarding DNA testing are welcome at the end of each planned discussion. Lisa McCullough leads this group.. Questions? dna_qa@gfo.org
Irish Interest Group 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lisa McCullough, Leader of the GFO DNA Q&A, will be the guest speaker at our October meeting.
We are so fortunate to have Lisa McCullough who hosts the GFO’s DNA beyond the basics (1st Wednesday of the month) and DNA basics (3rd Wednesday of the month) to present her analysis of a Y-DNA challenge from our own Irish SIG and her strategy for working through DNA Irish results, too! While Irish research can be challenging there are next steps that only DNA can answer! Second hour we will tackle brick walls starting with one submitted by Patricia Delich. Contact Irish@gfo.org for more information.
GFO Library Open Late to 8:00 p.m.

Clark County Genealogical Society October Meetings Part 2

CLASS: SCANDINAVIAN RESEARCH WITH DNA

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. 

WEBINAR: ITALIAN CIVIL REGISTRATION–GOING BEYOND THE BASICS

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.

SCANDINAVIAN ROOTS FOCUS GROUP

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.

WEBINAR: TOP TECH TIPS FOR THE TECHNOLOGISTS AND THE GENEALOGIST

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.

WEBINAR: SEVEN STEPS TO MANAGE DIGITAL FILES

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.

CLASS: UPDATED VITAL RECORDS RESEARCHING

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.