GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News


Wednesday Evening


1 November 2017

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Library Work Party, Sunday, Nov 5th, 9am – noon

Our fearless leader, Laurel Smith, has been working hard with our Library Committee to produce new labels for our books as part of the GFO’s recataloging project.

Now all we need is people to help stick the labels on the books! We have several boxes of books that aren’t currently on the shelves because they need their new labels. Come out this Sunday to help Laurel in this effort so we can get the books back where they belong, back on the shelves!!


“At some point, almost every genealogy researcher will hit the proverbial brick wall or dead end with one or many of their ancestors. Records appear to be missing, a maiden name seems impossible to find or you need to find ancestors in another country but don’t know where to look. The resources out there are many and varied. Sometimes all the options available can be downright overwhelming.”

JGSO’s meeting will be a helping hands workshop. You’re encouraged to bring a list of 3 or 5 of your most difficult brick-wall family history questions to the meeting on Sunday, Nov 12th at 10:30am at Congregation Ahavath Achim.

“Take advantage of this golden opportunity to get some one-on-one help, or make use of this groups’ collective knowledge to smash some of your brick walls to smithereens! Bring your research and family tree on a flash drive or on a laptop or tablet. Internet access will be available.”


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Saturday, November 18th, 2 – 3pm

Speaker: Don Anderson

Paper & Spit: DNA + Genealogy, and How to Make That First Contact. Like many adoptees, Don Anderson wanted to know where he came from. His new book, Paper and Spit, chronicles his journey. Using both DNA and genealogy, Don finds not only the identity of his birth parents but also his true ethnic heritage.

This GenTalk will focus on using Don’s story to illustrate “What to say when making contact with new matches.” This can be one of the most delicate and challenging aspects of finding close relatives, or wanting to create a positive experience with new cousins. Discovering a new match is much like finding a fish at the end of your pole, and now you need to reel in the fish. There is a method – what you say and how you say it is important.

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Click the image for a colorful flyer to share. Invite your friends!

Saturday, December 16th, 2 – 3pm

Presenter: LauraDenise White, GFO’s resident archival consultant.

Get ready for the holidays with Personal Papers & Archiving! Learn how to not only preserve some of those family heirloom papers and photographs you know are just sitting in the attic and basement, but also see how you can put together wonderful family history gifts with these fabulous relics of the past. Learn how to weave the fabric of your family history into inspiring and lasting treasures.

Attendees are encouraged to bring in a sample of items of their very own to work on during this interactive session. Photographs and letters and diaries, oh my! Bring them on in! We’ll work on them together while discussing ways to keep them safe AND ways to share them with family and friends both far and near.

Interested? Well, you should be! These are all FREE events, completely open to the public. Help us get the word out! CLICK HERE for FLYERS


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Virginia Group 10am – noon

The Quakers – history, beliefs, and their lives in records
Presenter: Peggy Baldwin

The early Society of Friends, more informally known as Quakers, had a belief in the equality of all people who called on the Divine within. Their beliefs lead to a unique organizational structure of monthly, quarterly, and yearly meetings that resulted in incredible records. We’ll discuss types of records, record repositories and websites, and how to effectively access the Quaker record holdings on

German Group 1 – 3pm

Speaker: Barbara Forster
Topic: writing family history and storybooks
Plus: time to view some of the books which we purchased, etc.

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.


Manuscripts Work Party 9am – noon

Explore our manuscript, personal papers and Bible collection while we organize, scan and create finding aids. Drop by at the time that works for you. Questions? Send a note to

LABELS WORK PARTY!! 9am – noon

Come help the Library Committee put labels on books so we can get them back out to the shelves for our researchers! Come for as long or short as you can. We need all the hands and wonderful attentive minds and eyes we can get!


Free First Monday 9:30am – 5pm

That’s right! It’s the first Monday of the month again, and YOU know what THAT means!! The GFO Library is open and free to the public every first Monday of every month of every year (excepting major holidays, but then the library is usually free the next Monday). Come on by and bring a friend!

All of these events are FREE and open to the public.