THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition October 24, 2019
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Grab the Last Seats at Genealogy Boot Camp for Beginners
Ever been squeezed out of Boot Camp because the class was full? Hate being in large classes? Worried about finding parking? Then this may be your best opportunity to attend.
There are a few seats left. But act now, because registration closes tonight, Oct. 24, at 11:30 p.m.
Laurel Smith will cover how to get started, organization, online trees and database programs, the census, and vital records — all geared toward beginners — but basic computer skills are a prerequisite. All 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. Free for GFO members!
Just $20 for non-members. Genealogy Boot Camp for Beginners on October 27th has lots of seats still available. Please register today!
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Save the date: December 3rd is Giving Tuesday
What if all GFO’s members came together on just one day to give?
For GFO, GivingTuesday isn’t about fundraising. It’s about banding together for a volunteer blitz to accomplish one large task.
Please save the date: December 3rd Come to the GFO for all or part of the day to help. GFO will provide pastries, fruit, and coffee in the morning, pizza and pop in the afternoon. You provide the people power. All participants are eligible to receive a pass for free admission to the GFO library–for themsleves or others that can be used later. Please help.
Halloween = Shorter Hours
Just a reminder! The GFO Library will close early at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.
The Missing Link…
Oops! We left a link out of the handout from last Saturday’s GenTalk on death records by Pam Vestal. Click this button:
Death Records Link
This is the International Classification of Diseases decoder key for the code entered in the cause of death section on death certificates, which is useful because the handwriting often is unreadable.
Seminar Tables For Sale
As we mentioned last week, the GFO recently replaced its classroom tables with ones that weigh less and will be easier to move when reconfiguring the room. Our old tables are still in great shape.
They’re great for crafts too. They’re 6 feet long but only 18 inches deep, making them great for more compact spaces.
Do you know anyone who could use them? Their strong legs are metal and the table tops are laminated wood with rubber edges. All fold-flat when not in use. We have 7 of these tables left for sale and are offering a discount on the set:
$20 a piece, or
$130 for the set of 7. Please contact if you are interested. Pickup is required at the GFO library.
PCS Offers GFO Discount to New Play “Redwood”
We are delighted that Portland Center Stage is offering friends of GFO two special offers for an upcoming play that happens to revolve around genealogy!
Redwood is billed as “a beautiful, humor-filled excavation of our shared history. When Steve Durbin sets out to chart his Black family’s ancestry online, his revelations unwittingly throw his entire family into turmoil.”
On October 26, GFO President Vince Patton and Director at Large Julie Ramos, will speak before the performance, at about 6:45 p.m., about all the GFO offers and why we find building personal links to history so valuable. Redwood runs from October 26 through November 17 at Portland Center Stage at the Armory. PCS has two offers for friends of the GFO:
October 26: Use promo code “GFO” for $25 tickets.
October 27-November 17: Use promo code “COMMUNITY” for $10 off tickets. Get tickets here.
Surplus Book: Larson/Johnson Family History
Maggie Kitts poured her heart and soul into A Larson/Johnson Family of East Union, Minnesota, published in 1994. This family history runs an impressive 562 pages, tracing families of this region back to the early 1800s. Added bonus: the book begins with Grandma Nilla’s Filled Oatmeal Cookies recipe!
This comprehensive tome is in excellent shape. In fact, the GFO has five copies of this family history in mint condition. Pick up at GFO Price: $10 Ship to You Price: $16 If you’d like to buy one, help yourself to one copy on our $10 shelves up front, or contact for the other copies in storage.
This week at GFO …
Saturday, October 26th
Advanced DNA 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tim Janzen will give a presentation about using autosomal DNA to help trace unknown ancestors who were born in the 1700s or in the early 1800s. He will illustrate the various approaches that one can take to solving these types of genealogical challenges. Multiple case studies will be presented.
Please check the GFO Online Calendar for a link to the handout.
Sunday, October 27th
Beginner’s Boot Camp 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm
Join Laurel Smith for her popular full-day class aimed at helping the beginner with getting started, organization, online trees and database programs, the census, and vital records. Basic computer skills are a prerequisite. Registration is required by 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Wednesday, October 30th
GFO Library Open Late to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 31st
Happy Halloween!
GFO Library Closes at 1:00 p.m.