GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday 2020 E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition January 9, 2020
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You Did It! Thank You!
We can’t thank you enough! We made our fundraising goal! Our volunteer who processes donations found another $989 in checks in the mail this week. That is just enough to put us $173 over our $28,500 goal.
This helps tremendously to handle some unexpected cost increases that came in late last year. We are so grateful to all of you!
Spring Seminar with Karen Stanbary: Solve Puzzles with DNA
Registration is now underway for our 2020 Spring Seminar, “Solve Puzzles with DNA,” on April 4 & 5, to be presented by national genetic genealogy author and educator Karen Stanbary, CG®, MA, LCSW. The Saturday, April 4 classes, will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 Portland’s Center for Self Enhancement (SEI). Karen will guide experienced beginners and above in learning how to manage and interpret DNA evidence, then how to incorporate it into existing documentary research. As a retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Karen will also provide guidance on managing conversations about unexpected DNA results. If you register now, the cost for GFO members for this full day is just $45 and for non-members, $50. The Sunday half-day classes on April 5 will be held at the GFO from 9:30 a.m. – Noon. Deepen and expand your intermediate- to advanced-level skills as Karen presents more complex genealogy puzzles requiring more complex DNA evidence analysis. Early registration price for this half-day is just $25 for GFO members and $30 for non-members. Download the Seminar Flyer for more details.

Take advantage of those Early-Bird Registration prices! On March 1, all prices will increase by $5. This is a great opportunity to learn more about solving those genealogy puzzles with the use of DNA.
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February Workshop: Advanced Excel for Genealogy
Spreadsheets can be a powerful tool to help you in analyzing your genealogical data and keeping track of your research; and they are essential in managing your DNA information. From 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, join BCG Certified Genealogist, Mary Kircher Roddy, as she presents a hands-on guide for the experienced spreadsheet user using Excel to gain perspective on and to further your genealogy research. For a more complete description, download the seminar flyer. Seating is limited to 30 people! Everyone gets a spot at a table. Participants should bring their (fully charged) laptops pre-loaded with Excel. A frequent lecturer in the Seattle area, as well occasionally farther afield, Mary is an active member of Seattle Genealogical Society, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the National Genealogical Society. She has published articles in Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. For Early-Bird Registration on or before Jan. 31, the fee is $30.00 for GFO Members and $35.00 for non-members. The price increases $5 on Feb. 1.
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A Project in Need of Help
We are looking for an extremely detail-oriented person to create a complete archive copy of GFO’s Bulletin. We currently have shelf copies of our journal, going back to the 1950s, and we have an archive file of “original” unbound material. The problem: There are pages in the bound copies that are not in the archive file, and we’ve discovered that there are pages that are missing from both. What’s needed: One master copy that includes all pages we have and a list of missing pages. The deadline for competing that list: May 15, 2020. We have a volunteer going to Salt Lake City in May who will look at copies of the Bulletin held by the Family History Library to see if the missing pages can be found and copied. This would be a perfect job for two people to do together because it is challenging to turn and compare the pages in both without an extra pair of hands. The job must be done at the GFO but can be done on your schedule. If this sounds like a project you’d be willing to tackle, please contact Laurel at
News from the Library:What’s New in Digital Files
Family history periodicals: • Arthur Family Newsletter
• Ballew Family Journal
• Beatty Clearinghouse
• Bell-A-Peal
• Bilyeu Blood Lines
• Bilyeu By You
Society Periodicals: • Root Cellar Preserves, Sacramento Genealogical Society
• Cariboo Notes, Quesnel Branch, British Columbia Genealogical Society
• The Arkansas Family Historian, Arkansas Genealogical Society
• The Pioneer, Douglas County (Kansas) Genealogical Society
• Digital Digest, Eastern Washington Genealogical Society
• Skagit Valley Genealogical Society Summer Journal
• The Berkshire Family Historian, (replaces Berkshire Genealogist) Berkshire Family History Association
New books (each followed by its call number: Glozier, Matthew. The Huguenot soldiers of William of Orange and the “Glorious Revolution” of 1688: the lions of Judah . Brighton [England] Portland, Or, Sussex Academic Press, 2002. 941 .Ethnic Hug Mil-Yr 1685-1688 Childs, John. The British army of William III, 1689-1702. Manchester, Manchester University Press, 1987. 941 .Mil-Yr 1698-1702 Army Chil O’Laughlin , Michael C. Families of Co. Clare, Ireland: from the earlist times to the 20th century : family surnames with locations & origins, including Old Irish, English and Anglo-norman settlers and settlements. Kansas City, MO, Irish Genealogical Society, 1996. 942.6 Clare .Biog Surn OLau An historical, environmental and cultural atlas of County Donegal. Cork, Ireland, Cork University Press, 2013. 942.6 Done .Hist-Au MacL Rosenthal, Caitlin. Accounting for slavery: masters and management. Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press, 2018. 970 .Ethnic Black Slav Econ Rose Jarvis, Michael. In the eye of all trade: Bermuda, Bermudians, and the maritime Atlantic world, 1680-1783. Chapel Hill, Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, 2010. 972.99 .Bus Marine 16 80-1783 Jarv Bolster, W. Jeffrey. Black jacks: African American seamen in the age of sail. Cambridge, Mass, Harvard University Press, 1997. 973 .Ethnic Black Marine Bols Hitt, Michael D. Charged with treason: ordeal of 400 mill workers during military operations in Roswell, Georgia, 1864-1865. Monroe, N.Y, Library Research Associates, 1992. 975.85 Fult Rosw .Mil-Yr 1864-1865 Hitt Wise, Erma (Clement). Pioneering days in Oregon. New York, Vantage Press, 1955. 979.55 .Biog Clem Wise Speidel, Bill. Sons of the profits, or, There’s no business like grow business: the Seattle story, 1851-1901. 979.75 King Seat .Hist-Yr 1851-1901
Surplus Book: 1918 Jefferson High School Yearbook
Step back in Portland, Oregon history with the Jefferson High School Spectrum from 1918. This is a yearbook to commemorate what was called then as the June Class. This edition, coming as it did at the end of World War I, includes a list of Jefferson students serving in the military and their branch.
These old yearbooks are filled with advertisements from that era, as well as photos of class members and several pages of “prophecies” for many class members.
The cover of this 103 page yearbook is ratty on the edges, but the spine is sound and all pages inside are clean and in good condition. Our price to pickup: $20 Price to ship to you: $25 If you’d like this book, please contact
Survey Results:
Of those who responded (only 35) most report that they like the survey. And we got some great ideas for future surveys.
Here are a few responses to the question and some feedback about the survey: If you were doing the survey, what question(s) would you ask?
Not about volunteer events but bona fide genealogical or research topics.
To keep it interesting, I would suggest doing it quarterly instead of more often.
Honestly, I really love the survey because it reflects the connections we have to our ancestors and each other. I think you do a great job coming up with the questions. Thank you for the time and work you put into it.
Of course my mind just went blank.
New Survey: Hitting the Road? Do your genealogy plans this year include travel? Might you be going to a conference or traveling to an archive? Tell us more in this week’s survey.
Take The Survey
This week at GFO …
Saturday, January 11th
Great Lakes Region Group 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
We welcome guest speaker Duane Funk who will discuss European Ports, Shipping Lines and Ships. A common question genealogists ask is: Exactly how did my ancestor get from Britain or Europe to North America? We will go beyond researching passenger lists and look at the ports themselves, the ships they served, and what the crossing was like. We look forward to gaining a new and richer understanding of the experiences of our immigrant ancestors. Questions? Contact us at
Writer’s Forum 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Join this peer group of genealogists, who meet to learn about writing and to share our writing with each other. Peggy Baldwin facilitates this group and can be reached at
Sunday, January 12th
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.
Tuesday, January 14th
GFO Board Meeting 6:10 – 8:10 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend.
Wednesday, January 15th
Learn & Chat 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The “Chat” portion of Learn & Chat has always been a lively unplanned discussion where we share successes, frustrations, challenges, tech tips, report on research trips, seminars, conferences and so on. The “Learn” portion goes back to the basics of genealogy. In the next several sessions we will be looking at the 3 aspects of the Genealogy Proof Standards as set forth by the Board for Certification of Genealogists in the “BCG Genealogical Standards Manual”. Join us to talk about your genealogy, support others and hopefully learn something new. Facilitated by Sandy Alto and Jeanne Quan.
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GFO Library Open Late to 8:00 p.m.