THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition October 31, 2019
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Preserve Your Family Photos – Free GenTalk
Whether you want to scan just a few photos, have inherited a box of photos, or plan on visiting a relative who might have photos, this class is for you. We will briefly discuss scanners and then learn how to scan and archive those precious photos and documents, as well as how to file the scans. We will also touch on the basics of touching up your scans. Join Lori Washburn for our next free GenTalk on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 2 – 3 p.m. at the GFO Library
Free Monday Reminder
Don’t forget, the GFO Library is free to everyone on the First Monday of each month. That’s next Monday, November 4th.
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 to accomplish one large task.
Please save the date: December 3rd and come to the GFO 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. Please help.
Remember, the Portland Mac Users Group events are free for the GFO members and take place at 6 p.m. at the GFO library.
PCS Offers GFO Discount to New Play “Redwood”
We are delighted that Portland Center Stage is offering friends of GFO a special offer for a currently running 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.”
Redwood runs from now through November 17 at Portland Center Stage at the Armory. PCS has a deal for Friends of the GFO:
October 27-November 17: Use promo code “COMMUNITY” for $10 off tickets. Get tickets here.
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News from the Library: Ghosts to Ghost Towns and things in between
Since this edition of the eNews is delivered on Halloween, we thought it would be fun to see what a search for “ghost” turned up in the GFO online library catalog. Some of the results surprised us. While call numbers aren’t shown, the items are in call number order so those in the same geographic area are listed together.
Ghost of the past: the colorful Ames ▪ The old ghosts and family skeletons: family history from Byzantine Emperors to the Pilgrims and men and women named Fairchild, Halsted, Everett, Perkins, Delano and many others ▪ The ghost walks: a chronological history of Blacks in show business, 1865-1910 ▪ Dust in the wind: a guide to American ghost towns ▪ Ordinary heroes: the story of Shaftsbury : with a chapter on the Vermont ghost town of Glastenbury ▪ South Jersey towns, history and legend ▪ Woodside, the north end of Newark, N.J: its history, legends and ghost stories gathered from the records and the older inhabitants now living ▪ Ghost towns of Talbot County ▪ Virginia ghosts ▪ Wording your way through Texas ▪ Place names and ghost towns of Bay County [Michigan] ▪ Gray ghosts of the Confederacy: guerrilla warfare in the West, 1861-1865 ▪ Ghost town album ▪ Ghost town trails ▪ Ghost Towns of the West ▪ A guide to western ghost towns ▪ Western ghost towns ▪ Unique ghost towns and mountain spots ▪ Colorado ghost towns: past and present ▪ Ghost towns of the Colorado Rockies ▪ The lost cities of Colorado ▪ Colorado : a guide to the highest state ▪ Ghost towns and mining camps of New Mexico ▪ Ghosts of the pioneers: a family search for the Independent Oregon Colony of 1844 ▪ The Cochise County Historical Journal: ghost towns of Cochise County Arizona ▪ The historical guide to Utah ghost towns ▪ Virginia City: its history– its ghosts ▪ The story of early Mono County: its settlers, gold rushes, Indians, ghost towns ▪ Ghost towns of the Pacific frontier ▪ Oregon ghost towns ▪ Ghost towns of the Pacific Northwest : your guide to ghost towns, mining camps, and historic forts of Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia ▪ Ghost towns of the Northwest ▪ Willamette landings, ghost towns of the river ▪ Lumber ghosts: a travel guide to the historic lumber towns of the Pacific Northwest ▪ Lakeport, ghost town of the south Oregon coast ▪ Past and present towns of Linn County, Oregon
▪ This old rooming house: Maxwell Hall and the ghosts of our neighborhood ▪ Shaniko: from wool capital to ghost town ▪ Southern Idaho ghost ▪ The galloping ghosts of Galena ▪ Gold town to ghost town : the story of Silver City, Idaho ▪ Ghost towns : Washington ▪ Ghosts of the gold rush : a walking tour of Fairbanks
Surplus Book: Mayflower Marriages
George Ernest Bowman founded the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants in 1896 and he spent half a century attempting to trace the ancestry of each Mayflower family. Mayflower Marriages compiles marriages extracted from Bowman’s extensive files. It contains 10,000 entries and spans five centuries. This surplus copy is a library copy, with corresponding library marks and labels. Someone apparently took notes onto pages 210 and 211.
This paperback has a sound spine, and other than the marks inside, is in decent shape. Pick up at GFO Price: $20 Ship to You Price: $25 If you are interested in this book, please contact
Survey Results: Library Features
When we asked about the features you’ve used in our online library catalog, most of the respondents said they have used it to see what we have and to find the call numbers. Did you know that almost every item now has an image that can also help?
The title of this item is a book, but the image tells you right away that the information is on a microfilm.
The listing for this journal tells you we have 138 of them on our shelves; clicking on it will tell you which volumes.
And this listing, when clicked on, not only shows the image and lists both volumes, but gives dimensions and informs that there are illustrations. When asked what they like best about the catalog, here’s what a few people had to say:
* I love being able to check off the most promising books, and then use the instant list (bibliography) the site creates. It’s so handy to do this at home, print it, and know exactly what I want to get off the shelves when I walk in.
* Finding what’s on the shelf (or in the drawers) fast.
* It’s pretty easy to use.
New Survey: Halloweens with family …
Most of us have spent Halloweens with parents and children, but we’re curious if you’ve spent Halloweens with grandparents and/or grandchildren.
And we want to hear your stories. Please, take the survey now.
Take our Survey
Saturday, November 2nd
Virginia Interest Group 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Timelines and Spreadsheets for Genealogy
Of the many techniques we have for genealogy research, some of the simplest can be the most effective. From the straightforward chronological list of events to large, complex spreadsheets of data, we use these tools to organize and analyze our research. In doing so, we may see areas to expand the research or find answers to questions we have about our families. This month we’ll discuss a variety of timelines and spreadsheets, how to use them, and share a variety of examples and templates. For more information, see our blog. You can reach this group’s leaders, Judi Scott and Carol Currency, at
German Interest Group 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
This 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. This group is facilitated by Mike Fernandez and Tia Cobb. Questions may be sent to
Sunday, November 3rd
Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. – 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; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.
Monday, November 4th
Free First Monday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
GFO Library open to non-members for free.
Tuesday, November 5th
Italian Interest Group 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Your Italian ancestor’s Roman Catholic church records offer the second largest group of records from which to uncover your ancestral past. The church parish was the epicenter of your ancestor’s life from cradle to grave. From the church sacraments of baptism, confirmation and marriage to the last rites, your ancestor’s religious past is recorded in the church parishes of Italy awaiting your discovery!
We’ll review types of church archives, how to find your ancestor’s parish, types of ecclesiastical records, and where and how to find Italian church records. If you have questions or want more information, email
Wednesday, November 6th
Bulletin Meeting 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Learn and Chat 10:00 am – 12:00 p.m.
Learn and Chat is a “genealogy self-help” group.
Please bring tales of your latest genealogy related adventures and a wish list of subjects to build our calendar. Contact facilitators Jeanne Quan and Sandy Alto with questions:
DNA Q&A: Beyond the Basics 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Greg Wick will be joining us and presenting his talk “Learn How To Analyze Your Big Y Test Results”.
Have you taken a Big Y test at FamilytreeDNA, or are thinking about taking one (or testing a male relative) and would like to learn how to better utilize your results? This presentation will cover the basics of Big Y testing, including do-it-yourself dating techniques and analysis, and will examine a case study between two closely matching Big Y testers with no previously known genealogical connection.
This meeting is for those who have already taken a Y-DNA test, or have a general understanding of Y-DNA testing and are interested in learning how to interpret Big Y test results. General questions are welcome at the end of each planned discussion. Lisa McCullough leads this group.. Questions?
GFO Library Open Late to 8:00 p.m.
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