THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 22 February 2017

For more information visit, contact us at, 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 February 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


There’s still room for more CANDIDATES for March’s elections at the GFO…

Curious what makes the GFO go?? So curious you want to have a direct impact on the process!? Here’s your chance.
Positions still in need of candidates:

▪ Endowment Committee (two positions)

▪ Vice President (one position)

▪ Treasurer (one position)

▪ Director-At-Large (one position)


If you have a candidate you’d like to put forward for one of the following Board Member positions, please email or any of the existing Board or Staff contacts anytime from now until our Membership Meeting scheduled for Sat, March 25, 12:30pm – 1:00pm.


Imagine the possibilities! The volunteer possibilities!!

The GFO needs YOUR HELP with….
1. Book Cataloging: Want to learn a new skill while making a huge difference in genealogical research? Well, have we got the gig for you! Training on the job is expected. Basic computer know-how, a willingness to contribute, and an investigative mind are all that’s required! We so need your help, so please send us a note if you’re even the tiniest bit interested!

2. Book Labeling: We need someone to learn the process for creating labels for our books–it’s easy, oh my goodness it’s so way easy! This is the perfect project for someone who can come in once a week for a few hours to do the labeling work (ideally on Wednesdays or Sundays, any time of day).

3. Signs Design: Finally, we need someone to “adopt” our sign outside the GFO library doors. It’s had the same two posters up for a LONG time and it’s boring, boring, boring. We’d love to see the signs updated with our monthly events! Are you feelin’ artsy and craftsy? We know you are!

Email to sign up today!!
As always, thanks for all you do for the GFO.


GENEALOGICAL EVENT – It’s a lecture tour!

Sunday, 05 March – Tacoma, WA (1:00pm–5:00pm)
Location: Pierce County Library System, Administrative Center Library, 3005 112th St E, Tacoma, WA 98446

Programme title: Discover Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestry

Host organisation: Lakewood and South Hill Libraries

Tel/e-mail: 253-548-3425 or 316-300-3383 (mobile)

Main contact: Jaime Prothro at

Register online: HERE! OR ON FACEBOOK! (current availability is wait list only)

This presentation is being made in cooperation with the Lakewood and South Hill Friends of the Library.


Two GFO Parking Tips & One Major Trimet Tip of the Week Check out all the parking parameters at our Visit Us page.
PARKING TIP #1 Handicap Parking? The lot behind the Ford building has one designated ADA spot. It has a two-hour limit and is also pay-to-park.

Portland has specific rules addressing handicap parking on the street. They are listed HERE.

PARKING TIP #2. All-Day Parking Passes? We know this doesn’t represent everyone’s opinion, but a few researchers have been pleased to find lots of readily available parking in the pay lots. They’ve also indicated that the all-day pass for $7 is truly amenable when weighed against not being able to find parking at all, or the risk of being ticketed and towed if parked on Division after 4 pm.

TRIMET TIP #1. All roads lead to the Lloyd Center! Did you know that you can take 3 (the red, the blue, and the green) of Portland’s 5 Max lines to the Lloyd Center, and from there the GFO is a short and very straight (like an arrow, folks!) ride on bus #70. Check out the Max lines HERE.

In addition, we’re sure you all know about Honored Citizen fares, right!? An all day Honored Citizen bus & Max ticket is $2.50, but getting a monthly pass is only $28. Everyone else has to pay closer to $100, so that’s quite the steal of a deal.

Remember, there are 3 Ford Building parking lots, but only 2 of them have options for parking longer than 2 hours at a time. Psst! The 2-hour only lot is the one immediately behind the Ford Building.


Don’t miss the boat on GFO’s Spring Seminar, Sat. April 29th!

While Sunday’s Workshop is sold out already, there’s still room at the Saturday Seminar!!
When APRIL 29TH, 10am – 4:30pm




How It’s so simple! Just click HERE to register right now online.
Did you know??
John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining (what a genealogical catch!), he is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. For twenty years, he worked part-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives.


Ready!? Set! READ & REVIEW!!!

Here’s what’s on deck to be read & reviewed this late winter and early spring season: 1. WHITE PENNSYLVANIA RUNAWAYS, 1763-1768. Compiled by Joseph Lee Boyle
2. THE PEOPLE OF DUBLIN, 1600-1799 by David Dobson
3. THE PEOPLE OF THE SCOTIISH BURGHS, A Genealogical Source Book. The People of Aberdeen, 1600-1799. by David Dobson.
4. THE PEOPLE OF DERRY CITY, 1921. Extracted from the Derry Almanac and Directory by Brian Mitchell.


Anyone interest in reviewing any of these flyin’ little beauties, please pick them up from the book shelf between the two offices and fill out the clipboard form. There is also a book review form on the shelf that can be used. For further information, please contact Joan Galles at


What’s Happening this Week at the GFO?

GFO’s Research Practicum 9:30am – 4pm

Full Day Research Practicum (Workshop) – Sorry! This one’s all sold out. But the library will still be open for general research, so don’t be shy if you have big plans for your family history hunting!
Library Work Party 9am – 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 and you’re welcome to do the same. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there!!
Learn & Chat 10am – noon

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

DNA Q&A 1 – 2pm

Lisa McCullough will be available to help answer your DNA questions, whether you are new and just getting started or have more involved questions.

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting


Skagit Valley Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting Program:
How Healthy is Your Family Tree?  Physical and Mental Health Issues of Our Ancestors

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society (SVGS) presents: How Healthy is Your Family Tree: Physical and Mental Health Issues of Our Ancestors, presented by Janice C. Lovelace, PhD. This program offers an in-depth look at building a health genogram starting with a traditional genealogical pedigree chart. Also covered in the program is a basic overview of DNA, epigenetics and inheritance of health issues. Several health issues are discussed in detail.  This educational program will be held on Saturday, March 11, 1:00-3:00pm, Burlington Senior/Community Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave., Burlington. Everyone is welcome. For details: or contact

Janice Lovelace, Ph.D. recently retired from 30 years of full-time college teaching in social sciences and American Cultural Studies. She has over 20 years of experience in genealogical research and academic work in the area (Genealogy and Family History certificate at University of Washington, Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate, ProGen 18). Her presentations include mental health and genealogy, genetics, ethnic minority research and courthouse research.

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) Meeting Friday, March 17


For Immediate Release:


The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) will meet Friday, March 17, 2017, at the LDS church on Bainbridge Island, 8677 Madison Avenue, from 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon.  Janet O’Conor Camarata, Association of Professional Genealogists, will be speaking on “Ask, Listen and Record.”  Free to members, a $5.00 donation is suggested for nonmembers.  For more information go to, or call 206-842-4978.  BIGS is a 501c(3) non-profit organization.


Sylvia H. Nelson

Director of Publicity and Public Relations

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society


Serendipity Day


*** Governor’s Mansion Offers Tours in March

*** Museums in Washington–A Follow Up

*** George Eastman Museum Releases over 250,000 Photos

*** Costa Rica ROOTS Tours??

*** Washington State’s Favorite Comfort Food?


Wish I lived closer to Olympia! Visitors to the state Governor’s Mansion during Women’s History Month in March will have the option of choosing a special “Women in the Mansion” tour. During special tours on March 15th and 22nd at 1:00pm, volunteer docents will talk about women who have influenced Washington’s history from inside the mansion. The standard mansion tours will also be available. For more information, click to or call the tour office at 360-902-8880. What a neat opportunity; I sure with I lived closer to Olympia.


Remember a while back I asked for folks to send to me a list of museums in their area/city/town? Two wonderful people responded, Bonnie Moore from Yakima and Jim Bull from the Columbia Gorge Gen Society. Jim sent the list he uses in their society; Bonnie sent me the copied page from the Yellow Pages.

Here is the point I’m making and working to resolve….. with your help. If you Google “museums in Washington state” a nice list will be shown courtesy of Wikipedia. Comparing the Wikipedia list to the phone book page that Bonnie sent, there were three museums listed for the Yakima area in those Yellow Pages that were NOT on the Wikipedia list. 

The Wikipedia list can be amended and updated and I will learn how and be happy to do that. But I need input from YOU all. I need your society lists or Yellow Pages lists to compare with what’s already included in that Wikipedia listing. 

So once again I’m asking for the lists (and contact info like website, address and phone) of the museums and perhaps historical societies in your town or area. Scan and send the Yellow Book pages would be dandy fine. I shall keep you posted on the progress.


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Family Search Free March Webinars


Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars in March 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah (20 August 2017), Take advantage of 36 free family history classes and webinars in March 2017 through the world reknowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Attend in person or online. Check out the Denmark, England, Scotland, Sweden, Wales historic record classes, sessions on how to read records in Dutch and Portuguese, as well as sessions in Spanish.
Classes offered online are noted as “Webinars”. Webinar attendees need to click on the link next to the class title to attend the online class on the scheduled date and time. Those attending the Library in-person need to simply go to the room noted. Invite family and friends. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST). No registration is required. Mark your calendars for events you want to join so you don’t forget.
Not able to attend a webinar live or in-person? Most sessions are taped and can be viewed later online at your convenience in the archive for Family History Library Classes and Webinars.
Find and share this schedule of classes online in the FamilySearch Media Room.

Olympia Genealogical Society Meeting March 9

The Olympia Genealogical Society meeting on Thursday, March 9, will feature Judy Artley on “Finding Records in USA using  Join us at the Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152 at 7 pm.

Thank-you   JOYCE OGDEN, Publicity
=======================================================================                                                                  Joyce T. Ogden   

Innovative Grant Applications Due March 1

Local Societies:

WSGS wants to help your society! Get your Innovative Grant applications in by Wednesday, March 1, 2017!

The grants, up to $100, are designed to support the inventive and creative efforts of WSGS-member societies and organizations. Up to five grants will be awarded in 2017. These are grants — not loans!

The simple application is only ONE page and is available here. Additional guidance on the program is here.

Here are previously approved Innovative Grants, but look for more ideas in the Guidance Document:


Chelan Valley Genealogical Society – purchase of new magazine containers/binders for the local library’s historical magazines
Northeast Washington Genealogical Society – tree removal in a pioneer cemetery
Skagit Valley Genealogical Society – assistance with computer purchase
Tri-City Genealogical Society – advertising & prizes for writing contest
Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society – specialized software to manage society’s extensive genealogical holdings

Jefferson County Genealogical Society – software upgrade for society’s library and research database
Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society – publicity for dedication and adoption of society mascot Coyote
Whitman County Genealogical Society – assistance with purchase of computer, monitor & back-up software

For more information, contact Roxanne Lowe, WSGS Recognition Chair at

Tri-City Genealogical Society March Meeting

U.S. Funeral Customs & Researching Funeral Records Speaker — Amy Mueller Coffman
Tri-City Genealogical Society (TCGS)
Wednesday, 8 Mar 2017 at the Benton County PUD 7:00 PM — 2721 W 10th Ave — Kennewick WA [Beginning Genealogy Class – Analyzing Birth Records – 6:15 to 6:45 PM]

Amy Mueller Coffman is a 4th-generation owner of Mueller’s Funeral Home in Kennewick and Pasco, Washington. Her B.A. degree from Brigham Young University is in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. She has completed her funeral director internship and is preparing to take the State funeral director’s exam to be a licensed funeral director. She will bring a display of local 100-year-old funeral home records and cemetery applications and provide information on many different past funeral customs as well as share what specific information you can find on a funeral home record to help in your own family history research.


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