January 3, 2020 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm
open at 12:10 for networking)
Relief Society Room
of the Latter-day Saints Church
10675 NE 20th
Bellevue, WA 98004
“German Immigration Patterns Prior to the Revolutionary War”
were 3 waves of German immigrants to America prior to the
Revolutionary war. He will emphasize the 3rd
wave of immigrants, those coming from 1717 to 1775. It’ll include
where they came from and why plus where they went. He will also
cover why most did not come to America but went to Eastern Europe.
Much of his material is drawn from Hopeful Journeys, German
Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America
from the late 1600’s to the start of the Revolutionary war.
– His ancestor Ludwig Friderich Freysinger immigrated to
Philadelphia in 1754. The ship and where most of its immigrants
came from are well documented but no one has any documentation of
where in Europe he came from although most “know” where. It
is just that they are almost certainly wrong. It is this puzzle
that drew him into genealogy. Later when he received a copy of
a journal passed down on his maternal side, he began a more formal
study of his ancestors.
We are so grateful for everyone who’s been donating during our annual appeal, our only fundraising drive of the year. Thank you! We’re
not quite half way to our goal, but we’re confident we can raise what
is needed to keep providing you the services and access to historical
records you’ve come to rely on.
Your support can go even farther too. The GFO is a member of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
You can match the amounts you’ve given to Cultural Trust nonprofits
like the GFO and you’ll get 100% of that match back on your Oregon state
tax form. (Up to $500 for individuals, $1,000 for couples filing
jointly.) Be sure to click over to the Cultural Trust website to get the information you need.
Laurel Smith on Thursday, January 9 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at the GFO
for a day of beginning genealogy. There will be sessions about the
census, vital records, discussions about genealogy software and database
use, organizing your research, using Ancestry.com, and more — all
geared toward beginners — but basic computer skills are a prerequisite.
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.
tell us if you’ve moved in the last year. Recently, we had a large
number of letters returned to us that could not be delivered. The post office charges more for each returned letter than it costs to mail them out the first time. As a small non-profit we’d rather spend our limited budget on keeping the library open and bolstering resources for you. Please notify firstname.lastname@example.org of any changes to your mailing address.
GFO Files Objection to USCIS Genealogy Fee Hike
told you in previous weeks that the U.S. Customs and Immigration
Service wants to increase fees by nearly 500% for copies of genealogy
GFO Board has now filed formal objections to these outrageous fee hikes
for access to records like naturalization certificates, alien
registration forms, Visa files, registry files, and A-Files. Fees could total $240 to $385 per record! We
believe the exorbitant fee increase appears to be an attempt to deny
Americans access to the records at all. It will slam the door and close
off public records because such fees are simply beyond the means of most
USCIS Genealogy Fee Hikes as charted by Records, Not Revenue.
addition to filing our objection during the comment period, we have
also contacted all federal elected officials from Oregon to urge them to
use their influence to stop this as well. We
urge all of you who care about keeping public records public to file
your own comment. USCIS has reportedly extended the deadline for
comments to December 30. Be sure to specifically note both the Genealogy Program and DHS Docket No. USCIS-2019-0010 in your comments.
As many of you may know, the Oregon Historical Society
is counting down to an exciting new chapter for their Research Library.
To allow for extensive renovations of their downtown Portland library
starting in March 2020, library staff and collections are moving
downtown library will remain open through December 28, 2019. They will
reopen to researchers by appointment at a temporary offsite location in
early spring, and continue to answer reference questions by email and
phone during the construction phase. The OHS museum will remain open; no
interruption to other OHS activities is anticipated during this time. Details and updates can be found on the OHS website. Questions may be directed to email@example.com. We
at the GFO are looking forward to OHS’s new, enhanced library. We offer
our resources for anyone eager to keep researching in the interim.
TriMet has big changes planned for Division Street, starting in front of GFO’s building and extending far to the east. The agency has an “online open house” where you can learn more about the design. Public comments can be submitted through Friday, Dec. 13.
Here’s a reminder before any winter weather really hits Portland: if it snows, we may reduce hours or close altogether. The best place to find out is online. You can check three places: ▪ Local
media website winter closure lists. If we close, we notify Flash Alert
Newswire, which instantly adds us to the lists displayed by local media. ▪ The GFO Webpage. We’ll post closures on our homepage. ▪ The GFO Facebook page. Or, you can call us. If no one answers, please don’t come in.
No pretty pictures or detailed maps in our book of the week—but what a treasure trove of genealogical information! Amish and Amish Mennonite Genealogies
by Hugh F. Gingerich and Rachel W. Kreider, 1986, is chock full of
names, dates, and locations gleaned from over 125 different sources. The
foreword by Joseph F. Beiler states, “This volume offers actual accounts of all known Amish or Amish related immigrants, who came to America
as European peasants who were, in one way or another, denied religious freedom and civil rights—to the promised land.”
It provides a preface, introduction, history of the first Amish
communities in America, instructions on how to use the book, a code list
for sources, and a code list for location—and then, all those names
groups in this 848-page tome. There are even two indexes of individuals—one for coded and one for uncoded.
Thumbing through the book, one pencil notation was found. The pages are
clean and tight, and the binding is secure. But there is damage to the
cover which can be seen in the photo—and the pages closest to that end
board have been wrinkled, but not torn. Don’t let this one get away! If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Price if picked up at the GFO is $48.Shipped is $55 (it’s heavy!)
Survey Results: Sweet Traditions
were a little surprised that more people didn’t have holiday cookie or
treat recipes handed down, but we did get a few interesting replies.
(However, the survey editor is sad that the prior weeks’ respondents
didn’t reach out to share their Thanksgiving cranberry sorbet or
decadent spinach recipes.)
Here are a few of the responses we received: My
grandmother, and then my mother, used to make cookies at Christmastime
called Lard Nuts. They contained (you guessed it) lard, and ammonia. I’m
sure you can understand why we don’t make them any longer. As a child, I
thought they were pretty nasty.Lebkuchen.
I’ve often wondered about how this recipe was passed down. My
grandmother made it. She was Scotch. Her husband was German–so perhaps
from my paternal great-grandmother? I hear this can be a perfectly
lovely treat. But not the way grandma made it–in a jelly roll pan and
frosted (the only good part). But it was like the hardest, chewiest, dry
fruitcake I’ve ever had. When she died, thankfully the lebkuchen recipe
mother always made “Mary’s Cookies” at Christmas. They are cut outs and
my siblings and I decorated them. I did the same with my kids. No one
seems to remember who Mary was!Actually
there is no recipe…it was all in my grandmother’s head and I observed
many times the making of paklava with phyllo made from scratch. I got
to sprinkle the nut, sugar & clove filling, roll and cut up the
pieces. It’s the dough that is in question because my grandmother made
it without measuring…she just knew by the feel when the ratio of milk
and butter to flour was right. It was beautiful to watch a small round
of dough become a huge paper thin circle. A large table is required for
this which is one of the reasons I haven’t tried to recreate the
movements I watched so many times …
New Survey: Holiday Genealogy Gifts
This week we’re asking if you have any genealogical gifts on your wish list. Take the survey now.
Saturday, December 14th Writer’s Forum 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Join our 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 email@example.com. Sunday, December 15th Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. – Noon 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. 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. FrCan@gfo.org Wednesday, December 18th Learn & Chat 10:00 a.m. – Noon Co-facilitator Sandy Alto aptly named Learn and Chat as a “genealogy self-help” group. Come attend the Learn and Chat group if you want to learn about anything genealogical. Contact facilitator Sandy Alto with your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. DNA Q&A: The Basics 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 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? email@example.com GFO Library Open Late Until 8:00 p.m.
for a great Pasta Luncheon at Mukogowa. Enjoy an informative webinar:
“Do You Have Brick Walls?” from the New England Historic
Genealogical Society (NEHGS). And Honor and visit with our past
January 4, 2020. Time: Doors open at 11:30 Lunch at 12:00-
support is essential to providing all the resources, records, and
education that the Genealogical Forum of Oregon offers. We are striving
to remain relevant in a climate where some believe “it is all online.”
(In fact, we have a big announcement coming soon about more digitally
searchable GFO resources.)
We’re 100% volunteer. No paid staff. No paid fundraisers. So every penny goes to support the GFO’s mission. A month ago, our website service unexpectedly jumped 22% to $1968 per year. Database subscriptions rose 10% to $5370 per year. Rent increases $1200 each year. Member dues cover only 24% of our budget. Will you please help us fill the gap? We ask this only once a year. We seek to raise $28,500 during this annual appeal. ➢ Your $75 donation could pay for two months of our website cost increase. ➢ Your $100 donation would offset one month’s rent increase. ➢ Your $448 donation would cover one month of database subscriptions. Please make your tax deductible gift now:
Will one of your 2020 New Year’s Resolutions be to start working in earnest on your family history? If
so, join Laurel Smith on Saturday, January 9 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at
the GFO for a day of beginning genealogy. There will be sessions about
the census, vital records, discussions about genealogy software and
database use, organizing your research, using Ancestry.com, and more —
all geared toward beginners — but basic computer skills are a
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.
Need a gift for that hard-to-buy-for person? We have a special offer! If you give a GFO membership as a gift, we’ll give you two extra months on your current membership! If you give two gifts, you’ll get four extra months. Give the meaningful gift of family history this holiday season with a membership to the GFO. It’s so easy. Just click below for more details.
We are pleased to announce our Spring Seminar, “Solve Puzzles with DNA,” on April 4 & 5, to be presented by national genetic genealogy author and educator Karen Stanbary, CG®, MA, LCSW.
is best known as a course coordinator at three national week-long
genealogy institutes: GRIP (Chromosome Mapping), IGHR (Intermediate
DNA), and SLIG (Meeting Standards Using DNA Evidence). She received the
National Genealogical Society Quarterly Award for Excellence for her
complex evidence case study incorporating traditional research and DNA
analysis (June 2016 issue), and was a contributor to Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies
by Debbie Parker Wayne, ed. (2019). Karen holds the credential
Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists,
where she serves as a Trustee and is chair of the standing DNA
Karen was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in her first career, and
she will share her insight and expertise with us on managing
conversations about unexpected DNA results during the Saturday program. Registration for the Spring Seminar will begin Dec. 21. More information can be found here.
GivingTuesday a Great Success!
Jane McGarvin greeted new arrivals and handed out visitor passes. 48 energetic volunteers + 4 dozen donuts and a dozen bagels + 40 cups of coffee + 9 large pizzas + some miscellaneous goodies = 218.5 hours of laughter, discovery, and library organization! That’s
what GivingTuesday was all about. The books in the library are now
better organized and should be easier for everyone to find. Some
participants stated that they didn’t realize the depth of the
collection—and that they wanted to come back to research in the books
Lots of folks tackled inventory. Cathy Lauer worked diligently to fix mistakes in our catalog.
Thank you to those who came to help. But the work’s not done! Many missing books were located. More missing items were identified.
Now, the library team will use the markers placed to get things in even
better shape. And we’d love to have your help if you have time to give.
There are lots of different jobs. Just send us a message firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help.
couple of weeks ago on our Facebook page we told you about plans by
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) to increase fees for
genealogy records by over 400%.
A group of genealogists, historians and records access advocates created a website, “Records, Not Revenue,” to help people protest these hikes. “Records, Not Revenue” writes, “Many
of these records should already be publicly accessible under the law.
USCIS is essentially holding them hostage, demanding individuals pay
exorbitant fees to access documents of our immigrant ancestors.” Comments on the fee hikes are due by December 16, 2019. Learn more about this issue and how you can make your voice heard by clicking on the button below.
Come shop for the holidays in the shops above our heads at the GFO Library. The Ford Building is hosting a holiday pop-up market on Dec. 7. Businesses participating include: ▪ Tendue – Suite 255 ▪ Whimsy Wondering ▪ Levity CBD – Suite 113 ▪ Hannah Naomi Jewelry Design – Suite 250 ▪ Airtype – Suite 313 ▪ Artist Aretha Ryan – Suite B-05
News from the Library: Something new
You’ll soon be seeing more of these at the GFO–shelf markers to insert between books when a book is removed from the shelf. President
Vince Patton saw something similar at a library in California, and Mac
McGarvin has taken on the job of creating shelf markers for us. (Thanks
to Vince and Mac.) They will be hanging on hooks in the aisles. Take a book off the shelf … insert a shelf marker … reshelf a book … pull the marker and return it to the hook. Hopefully, this will help with getting books back to the right spot after our inventory. They are already getting rave reviews!
Survey Results: Family Traditions
As expected, many of us honor family traditions, either in what we do or what we eat.
Here are some of the comments that were shared: Great-great-grandmother’s phenomenal cranberry sorbet![survey editor wants the recipe!]A spinach casserole that is too decadent to qualify as a vegetable–cream cheese, sour cream, and bacon are featured![survey editor wants this recipe too!]We
always have what I have started calling “Sacred Rolls”. If you mess up
when it’s your turn to make them, or, God forbid, you change the recipe,
you might be excommunicated from the family! The recipe has been in the
family for 4-5 generations now.My
mother’s family has had a tradition that lasted over 50 years:
Football! My grandfather, born and raised in Nebraska, was a great
Nebraska football supporter. His brother, also born in Nebraska, moved
to Oklahoma and became a great Sooner supporter. Every year the two
families would get together on Thanksgiving, one year in Norman
Oklahoma, the next year in Lincoln, Nebraska. When the rivalry became
hottest, Thanksgiving dinner was moved from Thursday to Wednesday,
because it was not clear if everyone would be talking to the other side
after the game.This
year we are skipping the turkey and making dishes from the countries
our ancestors came from including Italy, Germany, France and England. We
are thankful for our ancestors, wouldn’t be here without them.
New Survey: Sweet Traditions
survey editor is still thinking about the sorbet and spinach dish
mentioned in last week’s replies. I want those recipes! And so,
continuing with a food theme this week, we’re asking about cookie,
candy, or treat recipes that you may have that have been handed down
from you ancestors.
Saturday, December 7th Virginia Interest Group 10:00 a.m – Noon Join us as we have a short discussion about West Virginia history and research followed by a time to get together and discuss genealogy. Share your research, ask questions, and let us know what the group can do to help you. Talk about your brick walls or your successes. Generally, for our December meeting, some of us elect to bring snacks/finger food to get the holiday season going. Please do not feel obligated to do so. We want this to be a fun time of sharing with no one rolling their eyes as we talk genealogy! For more information see our blog: “Virginia Roots and Vines.” If you would like more information about this group or have questions, please contact Judi Scott or Carol Surrency at:email@example.com. German Interest Group 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The German Interest Group 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. If you have any questions, email group facilitators Mike Fernandez and Tia Cobb at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sunday, December 8th Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. – Noon 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. Tuesday, December 10th GFO Board Meeting 6:10 – 8:10 p.m. Wednesday, December 11th PMUG Free Class: Photos on Apple iOS Devices 6:00-8:00 p.m. The Portland Macintosh Users Group will meet at the GFO for a class focused on tips for creating photos using an iPhone, iPad, or iTouch. Registration is required for this class. • Terms: iOS devices are the iPhone, iPad, and iTouch • Explore how to edit Photos on iOS devices • Explore optional photo editors on iOS devices • Watch demos of alternative photo programs • See ways of organizing and storing photos on iOS. For additional information or to register: Call 503-228-1779 or email: email@example.com. Bring your iPhone, iPad, or iTouch to participate with instruction. GFO Library Closes at 8:00 p.m.
scheduled a three-month genealogy series to delve into the
extraordinary lives of our female ancestors, in particular, those born
during the early 20th century when the women’s suffrage movement led to
the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The workshop
will last about an hour with informal sharing, so bring your bagged
lunch as we have the room until 12:00 p.m.
FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS AT HAYDEN LIBRARY Saturday, Jan 11 at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Where Were Your Female Ancestors Celebrating the Vote: 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage
Saturday, Feb 8 at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Finding American Women’s Voices through the Centuries: Letters, Diaries, Journals, Newspapers, and Court Records
Saturday, March 14 at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Nineteenth Century Women Settlers Confront the Far West
Seneca Falls Convention framed a national discussion about women’s
rights in America and marked the beginning of a massive civil rights
movement that would span the next 70 years. The right to vote was seen
as the first step to change the traditional and unjust systems that
existed. Women worked for equal rights.”
You might want to get your hands on a good book or two for “light” reading. I’d recommend The Ladies of Seneca Falls: The Birth of the Woman’s Rights Movement (Studies in the Life of Women). You could goggle using the terms: “books on women’s suffrage” or just read websites.
Please join us on Tuesday, December 10th for our Holiday Gala, beginning at 6 pm.
This is always a “fun” event. A chance for us to socialize, share some
great snacks, and maybe even play some genealogy games. Bring a friend
— or two! This is a great way to introduce family and friends to
Bates Technical College South Campus,2201 S 78th St, Building E, Tacoma, WA.
Take exit 129 onto Tacoma Mall Boulevard; Turn left and go to 78th Street; Turn right into the college: 2201 S 78th St.We look forward to seeing you there!
TIP OF THE WEEK – DIGITAL LIBRARY AT FamilySearch
Thanks to Dick Eastman and his free online genealogy newsletter for
reminding us about the FamilySearch Digital Library and its collection
of more than 440,000 digitized genealogy and family history books and
publications right at our fingertips.
At the Digital Library, you can dive into family histories, county and
local histories, genealogy magazines, gazetteers, and even medieval
histories and pedigrees. (You do have your free FamilySearch account,
right? Be sure to be logged in.)
Visit FamilySearch.org, and click Search in the top menu. Then, in the drop-down menu, click Books.
The content of the digital library is freely viewable. On the home
page of the Digital Library, use the simple search bar to search by a
surname, historical events, groups of people, book title, or names of
places. Go ahead! Try it.
Check back often as more and more books are being added to the Digital Library every day.
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