GENEALOGICAL Forum’s Thursday Evening E-News


Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

17 May 2018

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Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for May 2018, 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

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!


Help Wanted? Yes! Bulletin Editor & Membership Assistant

Newspaper Workers

We’re still recruiting for a Managing Editor for our quarterly Bulletin publication AND for some Membership Volunteers.

We need your help to keep GFO going strong.

We’re currently in need of a Managing Editor for our quarterly publication, The Bulletin. The good news is, we have a substantial stockpile of articles so this will give the next Editor a big help before they begin.

Also, we need an Assistant for our Membership Committee Chair. Have a couple of hours to spare each month? Please help us keep membership records up to date. Training provided.

Email if interested!


Thank You for All the Years of Service!

thank you

Ellie Dir – Endowment Committee

GFO would like to thank Ellie for all her many many years of graciously serving on our Endowment Committee. Your contributions have been immeasurable and we can’t thank you enough, Ellie! You will be truly missed. We wish you all the joys in the world in your retirement!

Please email either or if you are interested in helping the Endowment Committee. The seat Ellie is leaving requires attendance and participation at the Endowment Committee’s quarterly meetings.

Tom O’Brien – Genealogy Problem Solvers Extraordinaire

We would like to also thank Tom O’Brien for his faithful and tireless work over the last 2 1/2 years as one of our Genealogy Problem Solvers (GPS) experts.

The group will not be the same without you, Tom! Thank you so much for all you’ve done to make this Special Interest Group such a wonderful success.

German Seminar 2018

Early Bird Registration ends after June 17th

Don’t miss out on this super amazing Half-Day German Research Seminar at GFO Library.

WHEN? July 7th, 9:30am – noon
WHO? Presenter Fritz Juengling, PhD, AG®
WHAT? Learn the wonders of the Meyers Gazetteer, and learn how to read German Church and Civil Records
WHERE? GFO’s Library (map)

Registration starts HERE! (Sign up online or print the paper registration form and mail it on in today.)

Mac McGarvin

GFO’s May STAR – Mac McGarvin

GFO’s jack-of-all trades has done it again.

Mac took it upon himself to build and install more than five hundred new shelves for our books.

The existing metals shelves were too short and didn’t provide adequate support for the size and number of books we store.

So he made wooden shelf inserts, custom-cut and assembled to fit over the existing shelves. This instantly gave us deeper shelves. Our books and the GFO are once again in better shape thanks to Mac’s vigilant care.

Thank you, Mac, for all you do for GFO!



Click to Watch Preview

Season 10 starts Monday, May 21st!!

This season’s lineup looks amazing, from Jon Cryer to Hilary Duff.

See the full list HERE and don’t miss out on all the celebrity genealogy magic!


Gotta Catch ‘Em All? Just a Few Books Left…

Flying Books


The GFO has an agreement with a few genealogy book publishers. In exchange for providing us with free books, we agree to provide them with reviews of the material. Recently, the donated books have begun to pile up. Please help us get caught up (and stay caught up) on this project that benefits the GFO library. And you may find the most amazing books in the process!

1. Dobson, David. Scottish Trade With Colonial Charleston.
2. Dunn, Richard, Editor. Warwick County, Virginia. Court Records in Transcription 1782-1843.
3. Roberts, Gary Boyd. The Royal Descents of 900 Immigrants to the American Colonies, Quebec, or the United States. Volume I and II.

If you can help, please contact Joan Galles at, or call her on Fridays at the GFO, 503-963-1932.


On May 25th – 27th, at the historic Fort Vancouver, the Clark County Genealogical Society’s Spring Seminar will feature NEHGS Chief Genealogist, David Allen Lambert, who will speak on three genealogical research topics.

· May 25, 7 – 9:30pm…Casual gala reception will be held on Friday evening at the Fort Vancouver Artillery Barracks.

· May 26, 8am – 3pm…Lambert’s three educational sessions will take place at the Historic Red Cross Building.

· May 27, 10am – 3pm…CCGS research library and education center at nearby 717 Grand Boulevard will be open and available for research and tour meeting place for the local Pioneer Cemetery.

For more information and to register, click HERE.


SATURDAY, May 19th

Genealogy Problem Solvers 9:30 – 11:30am

Another of GFO’s members has submitted a genealogical puzzle for our experts to try and solve!

This time, however, our inquiring member has offered GFO a $500 donation prize if the Genealogy Problem Solvers can crack the case!

Join us for this free presentation on May 19th, and marvel at the research wonders of experts Harold Hinds, Kristin Parks, Duane Funk, and Tom O’Brien.

Italian Group Noon – 2pm

Italian Research, Without Knowing the Language – Researching your Italian roots can be fun and rewarding. Italy is rich in genealogy and family history resources. This presentation provides a brief overview of Italian geography, major historical events that affected record keeping, and where to find the records. This will give you a foundation for searching Italian records. Facilitated by Keith Pyeatt.

Gen Talk – My Cuban Cousins 2 – 3pm

Finding and Following the Paths of My Cuban Cousins: “I was always told that I had cousins who had immigrated to Cuba, but no one could remember their names or even which branch of the family they were from. And Cuba is a difficult country to research. As more records have become available online, I was able to uncover enough clues to find and contact some of my Cuban cousins. In the summer of 2015, I traveled to Cuba to see what traces I could find of my family there.” Presentation by Janice Sellers.

SUNDAY, May 20th

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, while 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 Users’ Group 1 – 3pm

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. We’ll organize future sessions and work through Chapter 3 in the guide. A practice tree will be used so as not to damage your personal tree. Facilitated by Joyce Grant-Worley. Interested or have questions? Email Joyce at

French Canada Group 3:30 – 5pm

Sharing stories of our history. Come and join this new group to learn more about French Canadian ancestry and Acadia. The group leader is Bob LaMarche.


Open Late The GFO library remains open every Wednesday evening until 8pm.