GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News


Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

15 February 2018

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

For more information visit, contact us at, 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 February 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

a GFO Member!

New GFO Website Design Surprise

New GFO Website Design!

You may have noticed some changes to the look of our website ( this morning. We have revamped just a bit, but all your favorite links, data, and informational goodies are still in the same places for you.

Some newer features include:
* A top menu that follows you as you scroll up and down the page.
* The GFO logo that can be clicked to get back to the “home” page is now in the top left corner of the screen instead of in the top middle.
* A new “Donate” button/link has been made more accessible, now located at the top right side of the screen.

Let us know, as always, if you have any trouble finding items or if you find things missing. Send us a note HERE, with questions.


Don’t miss out! GFO’s GPS Group is meeting Saturday!

GPS Finding The Cullens

Genealogical Problem Solvers (GPS), Feb 17th, 9:30 – 11:30am

The keys to breaking through one person’s brick wall might provide YOU with the very clues you need to break through yours.

February’s GPS meeting is all about finding the elusive Irish Cullens, ancestors of GFO member Vince Patton. Vince is searching for his great-great-grandfather Terence Cullen’s origin and family in Ireland before immigrating around 1850 to Massachusetts.

Want to submit your own problem to our experts? Send a brief description of the problem to The team will follow-up with you to start the search!

This meeting is OPEN & FREE TO THE PUBLIC. Held at the GFO Library.


Click for the Flyer and schedule HERE. Click the picture above for a video.

Complete printed schedules with class descriptions are available at the library’s reception desk by the front door. They are also online on our calendar.


Hot Links in Genealogy This Week…


New York Times Article – “Indian Slavery Once Thrived in New Mexico. Latinos Are Finding Family Ties to It.”

Read the full story HERE. Did you know the GFO hosts a Mexican Ancestry Special Interest Group the second Friday of each month, 11:30am – 1:30pm, at the GFO Library? Email Vince at for more info about this group. This group’s meetings are free and open to the public.

Oregon Historical Society Event – “Family Saturday: Latino Cultures in Oregon”

Featuring performances by Ballet Papalotl, Atlachinollincan Aztec Dance, and Antonio Huerta. Come join the fun and learn about Oregon’s rich Latino cultural history and present.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb 24th, noon – 4pm
WHERE: Oregon Historical Society (map)

Free Admission. More information found HERE.

Multnomah County Library Event – “How We Got Here: A Family Tree Workshop”

Engage in some genealogical detective work. Learn more about your family’s history and why people emigrate. Come with your questions and we’ll provide one-on-one research help from librarians, the Genealogical Forum of Oregon and the Oregon Genealogical Society.

WHEN:Sunday, March 4th, 1 – 4pm
WHERE:Central Library, U.S. Bank Room, 801 SW 10 Ave, Portland, OR (map)


It’s Time to Nominate this Year’s Hall of Fame Candidates!

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon has established the Hall of Fame Award as a way to honor members who have performed outstanding service to the Forum.

The award is limited to one person per year, except in the case where a pair of members has worked together. A nomination may be made by any Forum member and the recipient will be selected from the panel of nominations by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

The recipient must have a well-documented history of service, leadership, and accomplishment in more than one facet of the Forum over a significant period of time.

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Any member may nominate another
member for the award in writing. A
nomination must be submitted to the
Forum President and should include:

1) Name and member number;
2) List of services, activities, positions and accomplishments;
3) A narrative describing the nature of their work in terms of its importance to the success of the Forum; and
4) A short biography.

More information is available on PAGE 5 of February’s Insider available HERE.


This Week at the GFO…


Go on! Click the calendar. I dare ya!!

SATURDAY, February 17th

Genealogy Problem Solvers 9:30 – 11:30am

February’s GPS meeting is all about finding the elusive Irish Cullens, ancestors of GFO member Vince Patton. Vince is searching for his great-great-grandfather Terence Cullen’s origin and family in Ireland before immigrating around 1850 to Massachusetts.

Italian Group noon – 2pm

Websites for Italian Research – Discover useful websites to further the research of your Italian ancestors. Facilitated by Keith Pyeatt.

SUNDAY, February 18th

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, and others choose to work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there!

WEDNESDAY, February 21st

Learn & Chat 10am – noon

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 Jean Quan.

DNA Q&A 1 – 3pm

Lisa McCullough leads a discussion on various DNA related subjects, with each meeting focused on a particular subject. General questions are welcome at the end of each planned discussion.

Irish Group 6 – 8pm

During this meeting, we will determine the group’s needs and desires. We will also appoint volunteers to serve as the recording secretary, the treasurer, and the program chair.

Focus: Although all of the island of Ireland is included, our primary focus is the genealogical research of the Republic of Ireland, also known as the Irish Free State, Éire, Ireland, and Southern Ireland. Members of the GFO as well as their guests and any interested members of the public are welcomed to attend the Irish Genealogy SIG. One hour of each two-hour meeting will be spent on presentations about Irish history, genealogy, and resources while the second hour will focus on Irish Brick Wall questions.

The Irish group meets on the third Wednesday of the even months February,April, June, August, and October (there will be no meeting in December). Contact for more information.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


On Monday, March 12, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, John LaMont, Genealogy Librarian at Seattle Public Library – Central Branch, will present an “Introduction to DNA”.  The description says, “You will learn about DNA testing for genealogy including types of tests, major DNA testing companies, and tools and techniques for analyzing the results.”  This event is free and everyone is welcome, but registration is required and space is limited, so register early. Registration closes on March 9.  For all the particulars and to sign up for this event, go to the Seattle Public Library Website and find it on the Calendar of Events for the month of March. Start here:

Seattle Genealogical Society News


Join us, Saturday, March 10, for a short SGS membership business meeting at 1:00 pm. It will be followed by Claudia Breland’s presentation “Finding and Using Historic Newspapers” at 1:30 pm. Claudia is a professional genealogist, author, and lecturer.


Over one hundred years ago in 1917, the US entered The Great War to fight alongside our European allies. But Washington’s home front experience began long before the country entered the war, and continued afterward.

This program, led by historian Lorraine McConaghy, begins with an illustrated introduction to the war’s themes before offering a “Readers’ Theater:” a script that is read aloud together, allowing participants to speak the history they are discovering. The script includes excerpts from newspapers, diaries, writings, speeches, and correspondence, and is based on extensive research in primary source material focused on the war’s impact on Washington—and how Washington impacted the war.

Don’t miss this event. Lorraine McConaghy has received recognition and awards for her works from the Oral History Association, AASLH, Washington State Historical Society,  Pacific Northwest Historians Guild, and Humanities Washington.IRISH WEEK FESTIVAL – HELP WANTED

Jean Roth still needs a few volunteers to man the SGS Booth at the Seattle Center’s Irish Week Festival on Saturday, March 17 & Sunday, March 18.  If you can help on either day, please contact Jean Roth at 206 782-2629 or


“Greetings” from your new Director of Volunteers. SGS is buzzing with activity and we need your help! I’ve composed this list of volunteer opportunities to share with you.

Call for Interested Candidates for SGS Election 2018-2019

The SGS April election is near and there are two open Board of Directors positions:

  • The Director of Education establishes and leads the Education Committee (program planning) of three (3) to five (5) SGS members. The goal is to schedule at least six educational programs per month, including speakers on specific topics of interest to genealogists, panel discussions, educational classes, including a series of beginning genealogy research classes at least twice a year.

  • The Library Director, manages the library and makes available to researchers the society’s collection of genealogical resources.

Both positions require you attend the monthly board meeting. The outgoing Directors are available to discuss the responsibilities of their respective position with you. You may contact  Karin (education) or Ann (library) directly with any questions:

Call for Members of the SGS Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee solicits candidates for the annual election each spring. We need help with our current search and to fill next year’s Nominating Committee members.

If you are interested in any of these open positions or have a question, you may contact , contact a current board member, or call the SGS phone number 206-522-8658 and leave a message.

Call for Indexing Volunteers 

SGS is ready to launch the indexing project for the VFW cards we have added to our collection! This is something members can do online, from home. Whenever you have a few moments, or more, pull up a card on the computer, index it, and submit your transcription. Training will be provided with the first class scheduled for Wednesday, February 21st.

Ann Wright has prepared a detailed press release for this indexing project.  Read it here:

If you have any questions on the project,  Ann may be contacted at : 

Call for Mailing Party Volunteers

  • Election mailing on March 30th (470 pieces) – Due April 1st
  • Membership mailing on April 27th (600 pieces) –  Due May 1st
  • Spring Seminar mailing in mid to late March (900 pieces) – Due early April

Call for SGS Booth Volunteers

  • Five volunteers are still needed to staff the SGS Booth, pass out brochures, and answer questions at the Seattle Center’s Irish Week Festival on Saturday, March 17 & Sunday, March 18.  If you can help on either day, please contact Jean Roth at 206 782-2629 or
  • Two volunteers needed to set up screen and projector on Friday evening, May 18, and take them down after the Spring Seminar, May 19.

Ongoing Need

  • Four Desk Volunteers needed! SGS Desk Volunteers work at the library front desk assisting patrons, collecting membership dues, giving tours, etc. While we are most in need of volunteers for Fridays and Saturdays, volunteers for any day, Tuesday – Sunday, are also needed. The schedule is flexible – volunteer for one day a month, or one a week, or to fill in when needed. Training will be provided.

Whether you are interested in a one-time volunteer opportunity, or an ongoing role with SGS, we appreciate your contribution. If you have questions, feel free to contact me, Heidi Mair, Director of Volunteers at

I am at the SGS library most Tuesdays from 1 pm – 3 pm. Check with me in advance and we’ll set up a time to meet.

Again, thank you for your support to make the Seattle Genealogical Society a continued success!

Seattle Center Armory,
Seattle, WA
Saturday and Sunday, March 17 & 18, 2018
FREE admission both days

This year the festival is actually on St Patrick’s Day.  How fun will that be!  More info :

Seattle Center Armory,
Seattle, WA
Sunday, March 18, 2018
9:30AM – 6:00PM  

See the feature article about this event in this issue of the eNews!  You won’t want to miss speakers Finton Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast.  Registration and more details at :

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State,
LDS Factoria Building,
4200 124th Ave SE,
Bellevue, WA
Monday, March 12, 2018
Doors open at 6:30 PM

JGSWA proudly presents  “Hidden Ones: A Veil of Memories” with Marcia Fine. If you’d like to bring any of her books along with you, Ms. Fine will be happy to autograph them.  Presentation will start promptly at 7:15 PM.  All are welcome to attend this free genealogy event.


Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather. Note there will be no Irish or German Interest Group meeting in March due to the Irish Week festivities that same weekend.


Saturday, February 17, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish SIG, with Jean Roth
Saturday, February 17, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, German SIG, with Jean Roth

Sunday, February 18, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Norwegian Webinar, with Liv Birgit Christensen

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Saturday, March 3, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Interest Group, Lou Daly, leader of this special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on

Saturday, March 10, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, SGS Membership Meeting & Second Saturday Speaker Series, a short SGS business meeting will be followed by Claudia Breland presenting “Finding and Using Historic Newspapers”

Saturday, March 17, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, “Washington at War:  The Evergreen State in World War I”, presenter is Lorraine McConaghy, public historian, Humanities Speakers Bureau Program of Washington State

Saturday, March 31, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, DNA SIG, this group meets at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel. For more information contact SGSDNASIG@gmail 

Puget Sound Genealogical Society February Meeting


Puget Sound Genealogical Society

Wednesday, Feb 28, 1-2 p.m.
Class will be held at Kitsap Regional Library 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton
with Jill Morelli: Learn about the roles of women before the war, the
roles they accepted during the war, and the legacy of the Civil War.
Registration not required.
Jackie Horton, Publicity Chairperson

Lower Columbia Genealogical Society March Meeting



………….NOW WHAT???

LISA MC COLLOUGH is a DNA Specialist and a professional genealogist, who began studying DNA after she submitted her first DNA test about five years ago. She now leads a bi-monthly group discussion at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, and has agreed to share her experiences at our March meeting.

Mark your calendar!!!





MARCH 8, 2018


Eastside Genealogical Society March Meeting

The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, March 8, 2018 in the Bellevue Regional Library (Room 1), 1111 – 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 at 7 pm, with doors opening at 6:30 pm for networking.


Topic: This meeting will feature the streaming video from RootsTech 2018’s keynote speaker, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  He is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Professor Gates has authored or co-authored twenty-two books and created eighteen documentary films, including Wonders of the African World, African American Lives, Faces of America, Black in Latin America, Black America since MLK: And Still I Rise, Africa’s Great Civilizations, and Finding Your Roots, his groundbreaking genealogy series now in its fourth season on PBS. His six-part PBS documentary series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (2013), which he wrote, executive produced, and hosted, earned the Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Program—Long Form, as well as the Peabody Award, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and NAACP Image Award.


See our website for FREE genealogical help and other Special Interest Group meetings. Visitors are always welcome at all meetings.

Clallam County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar

Genealogical Spring Seminar featuring Janet O’Conor Camarata

Janet O’Conor Camarata will be the featured speaker at a Spring Seminar March 10th entitled Location, Location, Location!  hosted by the Genealogical Society of Clallam County.


She is a popular speaker much in demand for her remarkable presentations.  She has not only provided many seminars , but has also been a presenter at the Northwest Genealogy Conference, the Washington State Conference, and at other prominent events.  Her presentations are well organized, and enjoyable.


The program consists of four different sessionsThe morning session will include her lectures Beyond Maps: Location in Context, and Discover County Histories and the Family Stories They Tell.  In the afternoon she will explain how to understand and make the most of Survey Systems and General Land Office Records. 


Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch, however,  beverage and munchies will be served during the registration period and breaks.


The Seminar will be held at the Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 N. Sequim Ave. in Sequim.

Registration will begin at 8:30am and the program will end at 3:00 pm.


The cost of the seminar will be $35 for CCGS Members, $40 for non-members and registrants after Tuesday, March 6th and at the door.


Registrations are presently being accepted.  One can send in their check payable to CCGS, 402 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, WA 98382.  To pay by credit card go to the CCGS Website and follow the directions for using Paypal. 


For more information call the Society Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4pm:  360-681-0962, or visit the website,


Heritage Quest Booksellers will also be in attendance.





Your WSGS Board at Work

February 10th the WSGS board met at the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society library in Union Gap, Washington.

The board meets four times a year to discuss genealogical matters important to everyone in the State of Washington. Besides the officers at the meeting, committee chairs are asked to attend. Any WSGS member can attend also. Usually the night before most of the attendees go to a no host dinner at the Sea Galley Restaurant to get to know each other. First order of business at the board meeting was to swear in the recently elected board members and regional reps. All the officers are listed here  WSGS President Ginny Majewsky was checking the wording of the oath.

Region 7 (Spokane, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties) is looking for a rep. We are also looking for a Historian and an Awards Chairman, so if you know someone that would be interested please contact Ginny Majewski.

Probably the biggest change to come from this board meeting is the change in the dues for 2019. The dues will be $12 for members, families, and societies. You can still pay with your local society so you only need to write one check, but no discount that way, still $12, and the society will not get any of the $12 for handling the paperwork.

What Your Treasurer Needs to Know

With the start of the new year, there are two legal requirements that may be required for your local society. Below is more information.

 By now your society should have received the Annual Report form from the Secretary of State to list your officers and registered agent and pay the state the $10.00 annual fee. This annual registration can be done online.


IRS Form 990 – Before May 15th, your Form 990 is due to be filed with the IRS if you are a Tax Exempt 501(C)(3) organization. (Note: if this has not been done in the last three years, your Tax Exempt status has expired.)  The IRS has three 990 forms: the regular 990 for organizations with over $200,000 annual income, the 990EZ for organizations with income between $50,000 and $200,000, and the 990-N (Postcard 990) if your income was less than $50,000, which I assume will cover nearly all the genealogy societies in the State of Washington. The form must be filed online at where you are asked two questions: (1) are you still active, and (2) did you take in less than $50,000 last year. If yes to both questions, just fill in your genealogical society’s name, address and federal ID number (should be on last year’s return ##.#######), print out the form and confirmation and you are done.

Resources – You might consider signing up for the free IRS Exempt Organizations E-Mail newsletter (

There is also an E-Mail Newsletter from Washington Non Profits ( Fair warning: a lot of what is in this newsletter is for large nonprofits, but they do have seminars all over Washington State that may relate to your government filing and best practices for non-profits.

I got this Legal-checklist-1 from their latest newsletter, some parts do not apply to our small genealogy societies, but many do.

Any Questions? Please comment below.