GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

24 May 2018

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

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. Simply scroll down at THIS page and click on the Insider 2018 May issue.

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

The Early Bird Gets the Discounts! June 17th Deadline

GFO’s Summer Half-Day German Seminar

You can still REGISTER after June 17th, at the regular price of course, if this message passes you by!

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.)

The British are Coming!

Join GFO’s British Interest Group this Saturday, May 26th

WHEN: 1 – 3pm

WHERE: GFO’s Library

TOPICS:

Online news sources.
Calendars, types and history.
Learn how it was possible to cross the English Channel and arrive ten days before you left.
Recent successes.
Brick walls: Yours, if you’ve got one!
And, the snacks of our Ancestors!

All of our SIGs are free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

New Online Indexes at GFO!

Explore from the comfort of your home. The adventure starts HERE.

Three new indexes have been added to our website. All have additional information that may be requested for $5 email copy or $7 paper copy.

Newest Index Items:

West Point obituaries from the West Point Military Academy magazine Assembly. We received six issues as a donation (184 obits).
Portland Birth Ledger 1864-1905, including registered births within the city of Portland entered into a ledger held at Oregon State Vital Records office (over 16,000 births).
Oregon Obituaries II (Clarke’s multi and single obits), including newspaper obits collected by Stanley Clarke and others from Oregon newspapers (over 7,000 obits).

Family Tree Maker Group Schedule Update

GFO’s newest Special Interest Group, Family Tree Maker Group, has moved their initial meeting from June 17th to June 24th, at 1pm at GFO’s library.

What’s the group all about?
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 emptyusb thumb drive.

We’ll organize future sessions and work through Chapter 3 inthe guide. A practice tree will be used so as not to damage your personal tree.

Facilitated by Joyce Grant-Worley.

Send a note to FTM@gfo.org for questions or comments.

Thank you to one of our most beloved Research Assistants

Thank you, Shelley Hoffman, one of our longtime Research Assistants, for your many years of volunteering!

Shelley could be found working at GFO’s receptionist desk on the 3rd Sunday of each month. She and her husband are retiring to Montana to be close to their families.

We will miss you terribly, Shelley, but we wish you all the best in your new venture.

“When It Takes A Village: Applying Cluster Research Techniques”

Presented by Emily H. Garber, genealogical lecturer, blogger, and author

WHEN: Monday, June 11th, doors at 6:30pm

WHERE: LDS Factoria Building, 4200 124th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98006

WHAT: Sometimes tracking one’s immigrant ancestors tests all one’s research acumen. Identifying a subject ancestor, his/her origins, and parentage; tracking that subject through time; and constructing biographies to place that person in his/her social context is best approached by broadening one’s research to include other family members, associates and neighbors. This presentation by Emily Garber will outline a program for solving genealogical research problems via cluster and collateral research techniques. Topics will include: appropriate application, research planning, commonly used resources and documents, and case studies successfully tracking individuals from Europe to the United States, overcoming name and residential changes and using DNA evidence.

The main case study to be used in this evening’s program tracks a previously unknown woman who arrived at Ellis Island with Emily’s great grandfather. Emily uses her research skills to identify this unknown woman’s kinship relationship to their family and to find out if there ever was a relationship.

See all of the JGSWS’s monthly programs at their website HERE.

This week at GFO…

SATURDAY, May 26th

DNA Beginners 9am – noon

Ancestry and MyHeritage – The class will tackle some major aspects of both AncestryDNA and MyHeritage to help you enhance your testing experience. As MyHeritage accepts autosomal tests from all the major companies, if you have tested, upload your raw data to the company before coming to class. It is always wise to be in more than one company’s database.

Finding common ancestors with your AncestryDNA test results can be difficult with few responses from matches, missing or locked pedigree charts, and no chromosome browser. We will explore a few methods to help you navigate AncestryDNA’s website to work around some of these obstacles.

MyHeritage might be the “new kid on the block”, but they are moving quickly to become a front runner in the autosomal DNA testing field. We will explore the new features that make it a company worth using.

All classes are free and anyone is welcomed. You do not have to be a member of GFO. Bring a friend or family member and your questions regarding autosomal DNA. Please download the handouts and the evaluation feedback for class here.

Genetic Genealogy is the most accurate tool a genealogist has. If you are prepared to discover whether your genealogical paper trail is accurate, and if you are willing to take some time outside of our meetings to reinforce what you learn at each session, the GFO Beginners DNA Interest Group is for you. You are welcome to send me your questions before the meeting. Email: dna_ea@gfo.org.

British Group 1 – 3pm

Researching in the British Isles, including England, Wales, Scotland, and Scots-Irish. We try to have speakers who provide interesting experiences or online databases for research in these countries. One hour of the two hour meeting is devoted to Brick Wall questions. See above for details about this Saturday’s class!

SUNDAY, May 27th

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.

MONDAY, May 28th

Memorial Day Closure The GFO library will be closed in honor of Memorial Day. Hope to see you again bright and early on Tuesday, May 29th, from 9:30am!

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Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society June Meeting

June general meeting and program

The June meeting and program for the Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society will be June 9, 2018 at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center starting at 10:30 am.
June’s program will be “Tips from Rootstech” presented by Linda Colton.
Linda is a long standing member of CGGS and attended RootsTech in February in Salt Lake City, Utah.
She will be giving a overview of what was presented and highlights of her trip.
Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering, preserving and sharing our heritage.
CGGS  meets the second Saturday of each month at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center at 5000 Discovery Drive in The Dalles, Oregon.
CGGS membership comprises residents of  Wasco, Sherman, Hood River, Klickitat and Skamania Counties.
Public is always welcome – Bring a friend!

A suggested $1.00 donation to cover room rental costs.

CGGS does not meet in July or August – Summer Break!

Olympia Genealogical Society June Meeting

Erin Quinn Valcho, curator at the Lacey Museum, will share her expertise in the preservation of old photographs and documents. A museum professional for 20 years, Erin has a passion for ensuring the long-term preservation of objects which tell stories that illuminate life in the past.  Join us on Thursday June 14 at 7 pm, Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152.  Info 360-451-1059   www.OlyGenSoc.org

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Joyce T. Ogden
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GENEALOGICAL Forum’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

17 May 2018

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

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 www.gfo.org.

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

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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 volunteer@gfo.org if interested!

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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 president@gfo.org or endowment@gfo.org 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.

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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.)

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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!

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Who-do-you-think-you-are

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!

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

Flying Books

BOOK REVIEWERS NEEDED:

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 bookreviews@gfo.org, or call her on Fridays at the GFO, 503-963-1932.

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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.

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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 FTM@gfo.org.

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.

WEDNESDAY, May 23

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

Heritage Quest Research Library Classes

Wednesday, May 23
Lorrie Ann’s Honor  (Classroom)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Heritage Quest Research Library
An overwhelming feeling floods 5-year-old Lorrie in 1958, that her beloved Dad is not her Dad. Though her Mom denies her feelings, they linger for a lifetime. Parents die, and she makes peace knowing it is out of her hands. In 2016 while attending a genealogy conference, she strikes up a conversation with one attendee whose knowledge of DNA testing, creates hope in at least learning nationalities. The stranger turns out to be a pivotal part of Lorrie’s search.
Come hear how one person makes her way through DNA analysis to finding the truth about her father, with the help of a “stranger.”
Presented by:  Lorrie Scott
Fee:  $15
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Saturday, May 26
Beginning Genealogy (free class)  (Classroom)
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Heritage Quest Research Library
Join Judy in a FREE class and learn how to begin the search for your family history. Learn how to start, and what to look for.  What the basic forms are and how to fill them out. Bring your memories because you will actually start filling out your pedigree chart. Along the way you will learn the “guidelines” for filling out the basic genealogical forms.  No computers needed for what you learn in this class. Everyone is welcome and you may attend this class as many times as you like.
Presented by Judy Line – no fee, free class