GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News


Thursday Evening

E-News Edition

November 1, 2018

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Don’t Forget to Fall Back This Saturday Night!

daylight savings public domain image

This is an image from the Nationaal Archief, the Dutch National Archives, donated in the context of a partnership program.

Daylight Saving time ends this weekend, which means an extra hour of sleep, huzzah! Be sure to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night, November 3rd, before you go to sleep.

This means, 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 4th, will magically become 1 a.m. all over again. Isn’t time travel wonderful?

We want to make sure you arrive on time at our Sunday Seminar with Internet genealogy guru Cyndi Ingle.


The syllabus for both days of the Fall Seminar with Cyndi Ingle was emailed out on Tuesday, October 30th.

If you registered for the seminar but did not receive your electronic copy, please check your junk mail folder. If you still can’t find your syllabus copy, please email

If you paid for a paper copy of the syllabus, it will be waiting for you at the check-in table the morning of the event.

If you previously canceled your registration but still received an emailed syllabus, don’t worry. As long as you received a reply from us confirming your cancellation, or if you already have your money refunded, then you know your cancellation has been processed.

Check-in both Saturday and Sunday will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the Milwaukie Center.

Remember to bring cash for our raffle of great prizes. We also have many books for sale.

Our volunteers are scheduled to arrive by 8:30, and they will need a few minutes to get situated before opening up their tables. Please be patient, because this weekend will be our largest event ever at the Milwaukie Center, and we’re so excited!

Haven’t registered yet?

Please do so by Friday, November 2nd, at noon. That’s tomorrow! Due to the number of people already registered, there will be no walk-ins allowed on either Saturday or Sunday. Please be sure to register online here by tomorrow, Friday, at noon.


GFO’s Open House

March 23rd – 31st

We’ve got a great line-up of presenting professionals and genealogist specialists this year! For our DNA Days on the closing Saturday and Sunday, March 30th and 31st, we’ll be welcoming Barbara Rae-Venter as our key-note speaker. Rae-Venter is a retired patent lawyer and volunteers with the nonprofit She’s the genetic genealogist who helped crack the Golden State Killer case and was recently featured in this New York Times article helping adoptee Lisa Jensen find her true identity. All our events and access to our research library are complete FREE the entire Open House week. Keep an eye on GFO’s online calendar and E-News over the coming months for updates to make sure you don’t miss a moment!

GFO’s Spring Seminar

April 27th & 28th

Our Education Committee is already hard at work preparing our Spring 2019 Seminar. The guest speaker this coming April will be none other than international genealogist Tony Burroughs, FUGA (Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association). Check out his website here for his globetrotting and genealogical work. Burroughs is the author of
****Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree. Be sure to watch our Seminar & Classes webpage for registration coming early in 2019!


Registration Opened Today, November 1st!

This year’s theme is Strike It Rich! With Connections 2 Discoveries, set for June 15th – 17th, in Sacramento, California.

See the full line-up at the International German Genealogy Partnership here. They’ve got a great schedule of speakers and classes.

To register, visit their website here. Looks like there may be volunteer opportunities also!


Heading up to Seattle after the New Year?

Japanese family meal in 1950s

The Seattle Genealogical Society is sponsoring a Japanese Genealogy Seminar, February 2rd and 3rd.

Registration will open December 1st. Registration is free, but the Seminar and the Train the Trainer sessions are limited to 40 individuals. The registration for the One-on-One sessions will open January 1st. Lunch will be provided for a fee on the first day only.

For more information, please contact Jill Morelli, President of SGS, at

This program is generously funded under the Heritage Grant program by 4Culture, a King County arts support agency.


SATURDAY, November 3rd

Fall Seminar 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Dr, Milwaukie, OR 97222 (map)

Presenter: Cyndi Ingle

Registration: By Friday, November 2nd, at noon please, here.

SUNDAY, November 4th

Manuscripts Work Party 9:30 a.m. – 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

Half-Day Seminar 9:30 a.m. – noon

Where: Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Dr, Milwaukie, OR 97222 (map)

Presenter: Cyndi Ingle

Library Opens at 1 p.m. due to the Sunday Half-Day Seminar session at the Milwaukie Center.

MONDAY, November 5th

Free First Monday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Come visit our research library each first Monday of every month and splurge on all GFO’s wonderful resources for FREE. Explore our online databases like Fold3, Ancestry World Library Edition,, and many more. Our analog and microfilm collections total some 49,000 items. Don’t miss out!

WEDNESDAY, November 7th

Learn & Chat 10 a.m. – noon

Legalities of Emigration: Revisit What you Have

Why Did They Leave? Where Did They Go and Why? Historical Context and Timelines.

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.

DNA Q& A 1 – 3 p.m.

Lisa McCullough will be available to help answer your DNA questions, whether you are new and just getting started or have more involved questions. Curious? Send Lisa a message at, or feel free to just drop by!

One comment on “GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

  1. Patty Olsen says:

    Another great Fall Seminar Nov 3 & 4 hosted by GFO with Cyndi Ingle owner of Cyndi’s List! Your attendance records broke the bank with more than 200 participants who loved this informative, fun-filled weekend from Washingtons best! An action packed weekend with Cyndi fielding questions from the floor as we went. Our brains were overloaded with truly wonderful web addresses plus great handouts. Thanks to Cyndi & GFO!

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