GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition September 19, 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
GFO Brings Nationally Known German Expert to Portland
German Americans are the second largest ancestry group in the nation.
But can you make sense of the names? Can you decipher records you find written in German? Sure you can, if you listen to Fritz Juengling’s lessons. Do a deep dive into locating German records using FamilySearch. Learn key German words, phrases and phonetics to decipher records, as well as naming conventions to identify who is who. Understand the well-known, and lesser-known, factors for emigration. The GFO is proud to bring Fritz to Portland for our annual Fall Seminar on Oct. 5 and 6. Saturday is all about German research and will be held at the Center for Self Enhancement (3920 N. Kerby Ave., Portland). Sunday’s half-day seminar, held at the GFO Library, focuses on learning the best way to approach Dutch research, what records were created and why, and how to access those records. Become familiar with key words, phrases and naming patterns to decipher and understand what you find. Seats are still available. Register now for one or both days! Download the flyer for full details.
Register Now
September Free Gen Talk
Join Dale Deatherage at the GFO for this free GenTalk, Evernote for Genealogy, Part 2, on Saturday, September 21 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Evernote is a cloud-based app designed for note taking, organizing, task lists, and archiving. Notes can be made up of written information, audio
files, photos, and even video files. Once created, files can be viewed and worked on across all of your electronic platforms (iOS, Android, etc.). This is a continuation of the presentation Dale gave at the GFO Open House in March. He will review the basics and spend more time helping you dial in some of the more advanced features. We hope you will join us!
September Star: Maggie McNair
Many people don’t realize how deep the GFO website is. It features thousands of records. We can all thank our outgoing webmaster, Maggie McNair, for valiantly bringing our website into the modern era. She insured that everything made it from the old site to the new site and looks great to boot. Maggie has since shepherded the updated site through two redesigns. For her many years of managing our site, the board is pleased to name Maggie as our GFO Star of the Month.
GFO Membership Needs Volunteer
Are you comfortable with a computer and data entry? Our Membership team is facing some imminent long-term absences. We need to be able to keep up with member renewals and welcome new members without inordinate delays. We’re weeks away from losing a significant portion of our team. Please contact Membership Chair Jane McGarvin at membership@gfo.org if you could help us once a month (or more)! Remember, the GFO is all-volunteer. We’ve never paid anyone. You are the reason the GFO is so strong.
Mac Group Returns to GFO September 25th
The Portland Mac Users Group (PMUG) College offers free attendance for GFO members. The topic next Wednesday will cover:
▪ Email on the Mail program ▪ How to create and manage bookmarks ▪ Email on a web browser ▪ Find out how iCloud works ▪ Discover how iCloud synchs ▪ … And more!
PMUG meets at the GFO Library at 6:00 p.m. Sept. 25.
Volunteers still needed for GFO Fall Seminar
The Fall Seminar is just around the corner, and event preparations are kicking into high gear. Even if you do not plan to attend the seminar, there are still ways you can help fulfill one of the GFO’s core missions: Education! Volunteer opportunities are available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at both the GFO and the venue (Self Enhancement, Inc., which is on N. Kerby just above Fremont). Many positions are only a couple of hours, but those couple of hours are really important! Please click on the link below to see if one of the seminar tasks is a fit for your schedule. Thank you so much for your help!
Volunteer Here
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 PCS 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.
Troutdale Historical Society particpates in Museum Day
Our friends at the Troutdale Historical Society are participating in the free Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day on Saturday, September 21. The Harlow House and the Barn Exhibit Hall will be open from 9am – 4pm. Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Follow this link to get your tickets to all participating museums.
This week at GFO …
Saturday, September 21st
African American Interest Group 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Our presenter will be Harold Hinds, discussing the new bibliography of resources for black genealogical research within the GFO Library. This bibliography will be made available at the library and online as a reference for researchers. Attendees at the meeting will each receive a copy of the bibliography.

You do not have to be a GFO member to participate! For more information, contact us at african_american@gfo.org.
GenTalk: Evernote for Genealogy, pt. 2 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Join presenter Dale Deatherage for a continuation of his Evernote for Genealogy presentation given at the GFO Open House in March. He will review the basics, and spend more time helping you dial in some of the more advanced features.
Sunday, September 22nd
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, September 25th
PMUG College 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Free for GFO Members! This evening’s topics:
* How to create and manage bookmarks
* Email on the Mail program
* Email on a web browser
* Find out how iCloud works
* Discover how iCloud synchs
* … And more!
Bring your Mac to participate with instruction. If you would like additional information for attending this class, please email us at college@pmug.org.
GFO Library Open Late to 8:00 p.m.

German Interest Group of the Eastside Genealogical Society

The German Interest Group

of The Eastside GenealogicalSociety (EGS)meeting

When: Friday, October 4, 2019, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm

(Doors open at 12:10 for networking)

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

10675 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98004

Topic: Professional Time-Saving Research Tips” – Most of us have limited time and limited money. Saving time in working with records provides more time for research and reading. To save time, consider the tools we use, e.g. keyboard short-cuts and smart phone scanners. Consider our approach to research, to include going online before going off-line, keeping a research diary/journal as we research. Consider how to stay organized by building research lists and timelines. Learn a few of my professional time-savers that don’t cut corners.

Presenter: Janet Camarata is a genealogist with over 30 years’ experience. She currently leads the SKCGS Technology User Group and the SKCGS Genetic Genealogy/DNA Discussion Group and is a member of EGS, SKCGS as Director of Education, KCGS as newsletter editor and SVGS and presenter at the Northwest Genealogical Conference. She is currently a member of the GIG German Interest Group program committee. Janet is a graduate of the University of Washington Genealogy and Family History program.  She has a B.A. (Education) degree from Central Washington University and a master’s degree from Antioch University. 

German Interest Group URL

Heritage Quest Research Library AUTUMN QUEST 2019

AUTUMN QUEST 2019
3 WEEKS LEFT TO GET YOUR REGISTRATION IN FOR
OCTOBER 12, 2019

We need your help!
The number of registered attendees for Autumn Quest Seminar is down and we have plenty of room. 

This is a great opportunity to see and hear DAVE OBEE, Internationally known speaker.

Get your Registration in NOW! 
The fastest way to register is to call us at: (253) 863-1806 with your Credit Card number, or Registration information. We look forward to seeing you there.

Emerald Queen Ballroom & Conference Center
5580 Pacific Highway East
Fife, WA 98424

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK – FIX THAT INDEX!
  It’s finally here, and Family Search members are excited for the newest enhancement that allows for correction to names in the indexes on Family Search. If and when you find it necessary to correct an index record, you will be asked to provide an explanation for the correction and given a choice of two reasons :   

  • Indexed incorrectly  (such as misread of the original document) 

                              -or-

  • Wrong in the original document (such as nickname used)

Keep in mind that your correction does not override the information already on FamilySearch. Instead, you are providing additional information. The old index information remains intact. Your change, as well as the original information, are both searchable; therefore, allowing other members to more readily locate these persons. There could end up being several changes for the same record, so please edit carefully since multiple changes will muddy the waters. 

Seattle Genealogical Society News

    TOM JONES RETURNS 
     SGS FALL SEMINAR
       OCTOBER 5 & 6, 2019

Back by popular demand, Seattle Genealogical Society is delighted to have Dr. Tom Jones visit Seattle once again.

The topic this year will be Creating Credible Conclusions While Circumnavigating Walls. Learn how to forge innovative paths around research brick walls with confidence and ethics.

Tom Jones is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and he is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation

In addition to the all-day seminar on Saturday, Oct 5th, Tom Jones will present two sessions of “Planning an Exhaustive Search” on Sunday, Oct 6th, at the SGS Library. The Sunday sessions are limited to 30 attendees each and seats are going fast!

Register by September 28, 2019 to avoid a late registration fee! 

Click here to Register Online Now
or Print a Brochure to Register by Mail
URGENT REQUEST FOR FALL RAFFLE DONATIONS!
We are requesting donations of goods or services for the Fall Seminar raffle (Oct 5th).  In the past, we have gratefully received items such as DNA kits, genealogy books, jewelry, ballet tickets, quilts, and genealogy tools.  Use your imagination.  Proceeds from the raffle support the SGS library, and donations are tax deductible.  Donated items can be sent or brought to the SGS library.  Please also send an email message to volunteers@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org telling us of your donation prior to mailing or delivering the item so we will be on the alert for its delivery.   Thank you for your support!
VOLUNTEER NEEDED   SGS has a policy to donate duplicate items in our library to other libraries that need them. We need a volunteer to locate libraries in need of these items by emailing the library and asking if they need the duplicates that we have available. The volunteer’s responsibilities would entail emailing, picking up and packaging of the items for shipping, and returning the packages to SGS.  This volunteer will work primarily from home. We will train interested person with more explanation of what is needed to be done. Please contact Linda Fitzgerald at the SGS Library (206) 522-8658 or  library@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org.      
SAVE THE DATETom Jones – Guest Speaker, 
SGS 2019 Fall Seminar,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA 
October 5-6, 2019 

  Back by popular demand! We are delighted to have Dr. Tom Jones visit Seattle once again. Tom is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and he is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation
Click here to Register Online Now
or Print a Brochure to Register by MailCGSI 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.comSGS 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.

SEPTEMBER


Tuesday, Sept 17, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Family History Writers’ Group,  contact Gail Stevens for more info at  stevens_gail@hotmail.com 

Thursday, Sept 19, 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 6 of the 7 class series is “Getting the Most Out of Ancestry DNA & My Heritage”. 

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

Saturday, Sept 21, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth 
Saturday, Sept 21, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group,  with Jean Roth

OCTOBER

Saturday, October 5, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, SGS Fall Seminar with Tom Jones, at Fairview Christian School.  The SGS Library will be closed so our volunteers may attend the seminar.  

Sunday, October 6, 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, October 12, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree for Family Search Interest Group, with leader Lou Daly. Rescheduled date & time due to the seminar on October 5.  

Saturday, October 12, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm, SGS Fall Membership Meeting

Saturday, October 12, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series – The New SGS Website , Learn how to log into the new web site and to use the new features; stay current with our events; access our research resources and add your family’s name to our surname registry. Facilitators: David Rimmer, Ann Wright, Christine Schomaker and Heidi Mair   Sunday, October 13, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Scandinavian Special Interest Group – meets quarterly with Karen Knudson. Share info and discuss researching your Scandinavian ancestors.   

Monday, October 14, 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 1 (Pre Registration is Required). Write as you go is a method of writing reports
efficiently and accurately. By focusing your attention on a single research question coupled with other techniques learned in the program, this two session course will improve the efficiency of your product. Brick wall problems, client, and research reports benefit from this approach. There will be assignments. Maximum class size is 30 members, with priority given to SGS members. $40 for members, $50 for non-members

Learn more at http://sgsWAYtoGo.wordpress.com
Sign up for WAYtoGO!

Tuesday, October 15, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Family History Writers’ Group,  contact Gail Stevens for more info at  stevens_gail@hotmail.com 

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. 
 

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition September 12, 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
Volunteer Shortage Threatens GFO Hours
The GFO has always been an all-volunteer organization. Keeping our library open 7 days a week is a tribute to everyone who gives their time so generously.
We require a minimum of two people on duty per shift for the safety of our volunteers. However, not enough volunteers are offering to serve as research assistants. Our schedule is full of regular holes.
The board of directors has now begun grappling with some difficult questions. Should we reduce hours of operation? Do we close entirely on certain days?
We are making one change immediately due to lack of demand and volunteers: First Free Mondays will close at 5 p.m. rather than staying open late to 8 p.m. Might you be willing to help at our reception desk or aid our patrons in their research? We need you. We offer training! We’re not experts and you don’t need to be either. It’s all about sharing what we know and learning together. Please contact volunteer coordinator Alice Duff at volunteer@gfo.org.
GFO Fall Seminar – Coming Soon!
Seats are still available!
Come for a full day of German Genealogy lessons and a half day of Dutch resources. Professional genealogist Fritz Juengling returns to Portland for the GFO’s 2019 GFO Fall Seminar On Saturday, Do a deep dive into locating German
records using FamilySearch, and learn key German words, phrases and phonetics to decipher records, as well as naming conventions to
identify who is who. Understand the various
factors that led to emigration. On Sunday, learn key words, phrases and naming patterns to decipher
Dutch records, then get started locating those records. Sign up for one or both days! The full-day German session on Saturday, October 5th, will be held at the Center for Self Enhancement (3920 N. Kerby Ave., Portland). The half-day Dutch presentation will be at the GFO Library on Sunday, October 6th. Download the flyer for full details.
Register Now
Dr. Juengling brings amazing expertise as a German, Dutch, and Scandinavian Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. He is an Accredited Genealogist® (through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists) for Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Sweden, and is certified by the Verband deutschsprachiger Berufsgenealogen. We hope to see you there!
September Free Gen Talk
Evernote is a cloud-based app designed for note taking, organizing, task lists, and archiving. Notes can be made up of written information, audio
files, photos, and even video files. Once created, files can be viewed and worked on across all of your electronic platforms (iOS, Android, etc.). Join Dale Deatherage at the GFO for this free GenTalk, Evernote for Genealogy, Part 2, on Saturday, September 21 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. This is a continuation of the presentation Dale gave at the GFO Open House in March. He will review the basics and spend more time helping you dial in some of the more advanced features.
Columbia County Conference Features GFO Speakers
Just a reminder that the St. Helens Public Library is offering a full day of genealogy classes in its Bridges to the Past conference on Saturday, September 21. You can choose from an array of GFO stars to hear from. Every single speaker is a GFO Member! Kate Eckman offers the keynote address. Laurel Smith teaches five classes, Gerry Lenzen two, and Janice Handsaker and Sue LeBlanc each teach one. The best part…this conference is entirely free to attend! Registration is limited. Only 80 seats are available. If you would like to attend, you may register here.
New German Books at GFO!
These are just a few of the German books we have at GFO to aid your research. We hope you’ll come in to check out the robust collection—remember, it’s not all on the internet. And don’t forget to register for our Fall Seminar with Fritz Juengling. He dazzled attendees when he was here last. This is one not to miss!
Volunteers needed for GFO Fall Seminar
The Fall Seminar is less than a month away and event preparations are kicking into high gear. Even if you do not plan to attend the seminar, there are still ways you can help fulfill one of the GFO’s core missions: Education!
Volunteer opportunities are available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at both the GFO and the venue (Self Enhancement, Inc., which is on N. Kerby just above Fremont). Many positions are only a couple of hours, but those couple of hours are really important! Please click on the link below to see if one of the seminar tasks is a fit for your schedule. Thank you so much for your help!
Volunteer Here
Cemetery Seeks Volunteers for the Tour of Untimely Departures
Photo provided by Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery The Friends of the Lone Fir Cemetery need volunteers now for the 2019 Tour of Untimely Departures event at Lone Fir Cemetery. All positions are available; actors, guides, set up, and logistics, starting now and up to the evening of the event, Saturday October 26th. They need folks to make this popular Halloween event amazing. You will help protect the cemetery while learning about Portland history and having fun. Volunteer opportunities available (listed in order of time/experience requirements from most to least).
Set Up: The weeks and days leading up to the event are full of preparation. ▪ Actors: Dress in costume as a cemetery resident from long ago and tell your tale of untimely departure to groups of 20 as they stop by your grave site. ▪ Tour Guides: Dress in costume and act as a historical tour guide or assistant tour guide. ▪ Greeters: Dressed in costume, greeters welcome guests, provide information and help set up tour logistics. ▪ Ghouls: In costume, “ghouls” roam the cemetery re-lighting candles and torches, checking on actors, giving breaks, monitoring gates and providing frightful ambiance for guests. ▪ Logistics Volunteers: Help set up and/or take down tents, tables, candles, torches. Assist our site maintenance coordinators ▪ Gate: Seeing 1200 people, there will be long lines needing organizing and questions that need answering. ▪ Musicians/Entertainers: Do you love to perform? Or have a skill to share? Lend a bit of ambiance to the tours. Station yourself, or wander the grounds. Friends? Family? Group?: Sign up together and share the duties of the night. Enjoy your Halloween together a fun, unique way for a good cause! Proceeds from this event go towards the historic preservation efforts at Lone Fir Cemetery. For more information and to sign up please email info@friendsoflonefircemetery.org
Surplus Book: Skamania County Obits 1900-1929
Know anyone with roots in the Columbia Gorge in Skamania County? Here’s a great resource for them. Obituaries from the Skamania Pioneer Newspaper, 1900-1929, features 476 death notices compiled by Homer and Alice Townsend. Don’t judge this book by its 116 photocopied pages. Its rarity and the stories inside make this so valuable that others are selling this book on the internet for $53.
Our copy happens to be autographed by Homer Townsend himself! Your price to pickup at the GFO Library: $24
Price to mail it: $28 Contact booksales@gfo.org if you’d like to buy it.
(Please don’t just come to the library to get it.)
Survey Results: Transportation Accidents
It’s not surprising that trains and automobiles grabbed the lead as the most reported accidents.
Some of the stories you sent were very interesting. Here are a few of our favorites: On a stormy night, in the winter of 1925, Grandpa’s pickup slid into the Rouge River when driving home after a party at Agness. Both he and Grandma Dolly managed to escape the sunken truck and were eventually picked up several miles downriver by others heading home. My father was given the job of driving his grandmother, Mur, from Papa Nelson’s farm to her home into Dublin, Georgia. As a teenager Dad couldn’t resist applying leather and the buckboard dashed down the country road. At a turn, Mur bounced off and laid unconscious in the dust. She recovered, promising not to tell when Dad swore he’d be a safer driver.
My great-great-grandparents Anthony Simpson and Helen Crawford and their four children, including my great-grandmother Emma Jane age 8, departed New York on May 22, 1865, aboard the 530-passenger steamer Golden Rule destined for Nicaragua. They planned to cross to the Pacific, then continue up the coast to Oregon where Helen’s brothers lived, and where Anthony was to take up a post as a minister with the Presbyterian Church. Only eight days later, the ship ran aground on the infamous Roncador Reef off the Nicaraguan coast. Miraculously, all passengers survived and took refuge on a nearby island for 10 days before they were rescued and taken to Aspinwall, Panama. They crossed the isthmus by train and boarded the steamer America for San Francisco on June 30. Helen wanted to stay longer in San Francisco to replace their clothing ruined in the disaster. Anthony insisted they take the next boat north – the Brother Jonathan. They averted another shipwreck by leaving quickly. On July 30, the subsequent journey north of the Brother Jonathan, the ship wrecked off Crescent City and only 19 of the 240 persons aboard survived.
New Survey: Closest Brick Wall
This week we’re asking about your first (generationally) brick wall ancestor. Take the survey to tell us the closest generation where you are stuck.
Take the Survey Now
This week at GFO …
Saturday, September 14th
Great Lakes Region Interest Group 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
We will be welcoming two guest speakers. First, Ray Ashmun will tell the story of his great-great-grandfather’s brother, Samuel Ames Ashmun (1799-1886). At 19 years of age, Samuel walked from his home in Champlain, NY to Montréal to become a “clark” with the American Fur Company. He then spent time traveling the Great Lakes and was a pioneer of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Our second topic addresses a common quandary: Now that I’ve collected all this great information about my family, how do I organize it all? Second, Elsie Deatherage will demonstrate a spreadsheet system that can help both organize and analyze our genealogical research data.
For more information or if you know someone who might be interested in speaking to our group, contact us at GreatLakes@gfo.org
Writer’s Forum 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
We are currently working with Bruce Tarshis’s “How to be Your Own Best Editor,” chapters 14 and 15. and If you are already a part of this group, look also for the message coming with more specifics about this month’s meeting. If you are new to the group, just show up and we’ll get you started!
Peggy Baldwin facilitates this group and can be reached at writers@gfo.org.
Sunday, September 15th
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 User’s Group 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The topic will be importing media and photos into the program. Users of FTM can also bring other questions to discuss with the group. Join other users who want to work through the 2017 Companion Guide to Family TreeMaker.
Bring your laptop with 2017 version of FTM installed and an empty usb thumb drive. Facilitated by Joyce Grant-Worley. FTM@gfo.org
French Canadian Interest 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. FrCan@gfo.org
Wednesday, September 18th
Learn and Chat 10:00 a.m. – Noon
At Learn & Chat 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 cover DNA Basics, which includes YDNA, mitochondrial DNA and autosomal DNA. It is ideal for those new to DNA testing for genealogy. It will include an introduction to DNA terminology and what DNA tests are available from various companies.
General questions regarding DNA testing are welcome at the end of each planned discussion. Lisa McCullough leads this group.. Questions? dna_qa@gfo.org.
GFO Library Open Late to 8:00 p.m.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society October Workshop

Eastern Washington Genealogy Society

Fall Workshop Presents

Join us for 12 thought provoking, informative classes that include: Beginning DNA, Beginning Genealogy, DNA Painter, Using the chromosome results from Family Tree DNA, GEDmatch and 23 and me. Migration Mapping, Scotland, Norwegian, Immigration – Why they Left, “Albion’s Seed” part 1 and 2, Ethnic Resources and Legal Implications of DNA testing.

Syllabus will be available for download at our website prior to the seminar date:

https://ewgsi.org

When: Oct 5, 2019. Doors open at 08:00 for registration, meeting at 9, Seminar 10-3:30

Where: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8441 Indian Trail Rd 99208

LUNCH PROVIDED-DOOR PRIZES-VENDORS

Registration : $25.00

Mail Check to:

EWGS

P.O. Box 1826

Spokane, Wa. 99210-1826

Pay Pal- ewgsi.org

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition September 5, 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
Workshop this Sunday- Newspaper Resources at GFO
There are still a few seats available! Newspapers can provide information about births, deaths, marriages, moves, business, naturalizations, court cases, and more. The GFO provides access to several newspaper subscription sites, plus additional databases. Join GFO’s Janice Sellers for a half-day workshop to get an overview of what is available and techniques to help improve your chances of finding information about your relatives. Janice is a professional genealogist who specializes in forensic, Jewish, Black, and newspaper research. The session will be held in the GFO Library, Sunday, September 8, from 9:30 a.m. – Noon. For more detailed information, download the flyer. Registration is $25.00 for GFO members, $30.00 for non-members.
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GFO Fall Seminar – Just One Month Away!
It won’t be long until the 2019 GFO Fall Seminar, featuring Fritz Juengling, Ph.D., AG! This will be an exceptional educational opportunity that we are exited to bring to our membership and the community at large. Dr. Juengling is an Accredited Genealogist® (through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists) for Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Sweden, and he is certified by the Verband deutschsprachiger Berufsgenealogen. He is also a German, Dutch, and Scandinavian Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The full-day session on Saturday, October 5th, will be held at the Center for Self Enhancement (3920 N. Kerby Ave., Portland) and will focus on German Research, while the half-day presentation at the GFO Library on Sunday, October 6th, will provide an introduction to Dutch research. Download the flyer for full details. Mark your calendar, spread the word, and register early!
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Free “First” Monday is here again!
Don’t forget, due to our Labor Day closure, this coming Monday the GFO Library is free to everyone as we will hold our monthly Free First Monday on September 9th. Plus, we’re now open late until 8:00 p.m. that day. Please tell your friends. We’d love to see them.
Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society – September Meeting
Craig Hector, sexton of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Cemetery in The Dalles, will be sharing photos and stories of the IOOF organization and its unique history and values at the Saturday, September 14 meeting of the Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society. The meeting will be held from 10:30 a.m.- Noon at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon.

Craig will also be sharing some “cemetery tales” from local IOOF cemteries. A $1.00 donation for room rental is kindly appreciated.
PMUG’s Biannual Event: Fall MacCamp October 11-13
The Portland Macintosh User’s group presents its three-day Fall MacCamp, which offers a solid overview of Apple’s upcoming Operating System updates. There are SO MANY changes in macOS Catalina, iOS 13, plus the introduction of the brand new iPadOS, you really need to prepare before migrating to these exciting new updates. Special Offer: GFO membership saves you the additional $42 PMUG membership fee that is usually added to MacCamp registration for non-members.
Cost: $175.00 for a shared room, or a single for $40 more.
Includes all classes, dinner Friday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. MacCamp is held at Oral Hull Park outside of Sandy Oregon, which features gardens and walking paths to explore throughout the weekend. Bring your laptops and iPads to participate in classes. For questions, more information, or to register, refer to the flyer. It provides complete details as well as a link for the application for the camp.
Survey Results: Natural Disasters
There were only a few responses to our query about other natural disasters that impacted ancestors. Here are a few of the comments we received. My grandmother told me her brother sent her scurrying out the barn door and into the house when a storm came up. He was in the doorway of the barn when lightning struck and he died. He was engaged at the time. My uncle was the victim of a landslide in 1940, but he wasn’t my ancestor. My family, including me, survived Hurricane Eloise in 1975. We but rode out the storm 11 miles from our home, in my father’s automotive garage business, which was in a solidly built concrete building. During the three days we were stuck there, my mother was zapped by lightning once while talking on the phone.
New Survey: Transportation Accidents
You asked for a survey about shipwrecks, train wrecks, and more. So, here it is! Help us wrap up our disaster survey theme with a bang!

To learn more about all types of disasters in U.S. history, check out the GenDisaster website.
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This week at GFO …


Saturday, September 7th Virginia Interest Group 10:00 a.m. – Noon
After catching up with everyone’s summer, we will have discussions about Jamestown and the 1619 Project. We will also be planning for future meetings, so come ready to discuss your research goals. For more information see our blog: Virginia Roots and Vines. You can also reach this group’s leaders, Judi Scott and Carol Currency, at virginia@gfo.org. German Interest Group 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
German Immigration to America in the Mid-1800s (Heidi Mathis)
The German Interest Group was formed in the spring of 2011. It is intended to be a source of information and inspiration for anyone with German speaking ancestors. One goal is to provide information on a variety of topics related to Germanic history and migration. We also will provide time for members to share their research journeys and connect with others who may be researching the same region or time period.
For questions or more information, contact german@gfo.org. Sunday, September 8th Workshop: Using Subscription Newspaper Websites at the GFO Library 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Newspapers can provide information about births, deaths, marriages, moves, business, naturalizations, court cases, and more. The GFO provides access to several newspaper subscription sites, plus additional databases. This class gives an overview of what is available and techniques to help improve your chances of finding information about your relatives.
Presenter: Janice Sellers. Registration is required for this event. Monday, September 9th GFO Free Monday
We are open free to the public 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 10th Board Meeting 6:10 – 8:10 p.m. Wednesday, September 11th PMUG College 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tonight’s topic: Ten Crucial Questions about macOS
* How is the Apple menu used?
* How to combat Malware
* How do I keep my software up to date?
* What does Auto Save do?
* Using Dropbox
* Where is Keychain Access & Activity Monitor?
* What is Disk Utility for?
* iCloud around home or out on the web
* Can I back up my data in case the computer fails?
* Does my computer have Emoji and other symbols?
* How can I get other language characters?
… And more!
Free for GFO Members.
Bring your Mac to participate with instruction. If you would like additional information about this class, please email college@pmug.org GFO Library Open Late to 8:00 p.m.