Lighthouse Plans and Maps 1793-1939

For all of you Lighthouse affectionatoes out there!  The NARA online catalog now includes Lighthouse Plans and Maps, 1793-1939, Records of the U.S. Coast Guard, RG: 26.  These include architectural drawing, maps and much more info on Lighthouses in the U.S.  If one of your ancestors was a Lighthouse Keeper, don’t miss browsing through this collection.  Sign up for the NARA Newsletter for regular updates on collections added to the NARA Online Catalog.

Olympia Genealogical Society November Meeting


Nancy Cordell, professional genealogist, biological anthropologist and president of OGS, presents “Why did I take this DNA test? All I see is a pie-chart that doesn’t make sense.” If you are wondering what to do with the results of you DNA test, this program should prove helpful.    Join us on Thursday November 8, 7 pm, at Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152.

Joyce T. Ogden

Tri-City Genealogical Society Meeting

Please be advised that the TCGS meeting will be on Wednesday, October 17th
at the P.U.D. Auditorium in Kennewick.
Beginning Genealogy Class: 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. by Heather Murphy
“Webinars, Podcasts and You Tube”
Program: 7:00 p.m. – by Margie Beldin
“The Push and Pull Factors of Migration and Their Aftermath”
We will be covering what makes people migrate and what are the consequences of those migrations depending on whether it was a push or pull factor – in other words, did they choose to leave or were they forced. And when forced, how the political and geographical circumstances affected their lives.
Hopefully, you will be able to attend in spite of the schedule change. Please invite someone to attend the class and the program.

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society DNA Event

DNA Test Results: What Do They Mean? On Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, the Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) and the Bainbridge Island Public Library, in recognition of National History Month, hosts a special DNA Event that is free and open to the public.
For people who have received their DNA test results, sign-up for a one-on-one 30-45 minute session to help you understand what your results tell you. Register online, by phone (206-842-4162) or in-person at the Library. Please Note: Specific DNA medical results from 23andMe will not be addressed.  You may bring your own laptop or a library computer will be provided.
If you haven’t had your DNA tested and are curious, you don’t need an appointment, Just stop by for information on the different types of testing available, companies that provide the service, costs, and what you can learn from your results. BIGS members will be available for discussion and questions.
Save the Date and Register Now: Online via the KRL Events calendar (, or register by phone (206-842-4162), or in person at the Bainbridge Island Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave N, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Appointments are between 10am-3pm and walk-in information available 10am-4pm.
Sue Elfving
Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society

Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Fall Workshop

This is a final reminder for our upcoming Fall Workshop a week from this Saturday. Our speaker that will be presenting Friday night and Saturday morning is well know for doing a number of webinars for Legacy. She is considered one of the premier speakers in the northwest. This is really one very big bargain for the price. You get the presentation at the library on Friday night and all day at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church on Saturday with presentations in the morning and classes in the afternoon. The cost of attending includes cake and punch on Friday night and lunch on Saturday.
We have had to make one small change. Jim will be speaking on Revolutionary War Pensions instead of what was originally announced. Attached you will find an updated flyer and registration form if you have not had a chance to sign up yet.

Flyer and Registration form 1538519042_2018_fall_workshop

Mary Roddy

Friday, October 12 through Saturday, October 13
Annual Fall Workshop  (YVGS)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Mt Olive Lutheran Church 7809 Tieton
Friday evening session will be held at the YVGS Library. Speaker will  be Mary Kircher Roddy on  “Family Browse”.
Saturday: Workshop will be held at Mt Olive Lutheran Church.
               Morning Session with Mary K Roddy: 1. Bagging a Live One: Reverse Genealogy in Action
                                                                      2. A Decree of (Temporary) Divorce – My Life Without
              Afternoon Session 1: A. Newspaper Research
                                             B. Using PERSI (Periodical Source Index) Like a Pro
                                             C. Lineage Society Memberships – DAR, SAR, Mayflower Society, etc
              Afternoon Session 2: A. Colonial War Veterans
                                             B. Up In Smoke – Where to Find Substitutes for Burned Records
                                             C. Seeing is Believing – Add Photos & Enhance Your Family Story Using Microsoft Word

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News


Thursday Evening

E-News Edition

October 11, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

For more information visit, contact us at, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider


Pardon the Interruption Oct. 17 – OPB is Coming to the GFO


A quick note to let you know that we will close to research at the GFO library next Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to Noon.

OPB-TV’s Oregon Experience will be recording an interview for an upcoming history documentary. This will require silence in the library while they film. OPB does great work and we’ll let you know when their program is due to air.

The Learn and Chat group will still meet in the back, very quietly.


Cyndi Ingle’s Internet Genealogy seminar is so popular that her Sunday session is sold out. Anyone trying to sign up for Sunday will be added to a wait list.

The full-day seminar on Saturday, November 3rd, still has seats available.

Register now while we still have room for you!


Join the discussion on Saturday, October 27th, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., at GFO’s library!

Our next meeting of the African American Ancestry Group will feature guest Emily-Jane Dawson, a reference librarian with the Multnomah County Library system.

She will speak about genealogical resources available within the library system for African American genealogy. One item she will discuss is the three-volume index Blacks in Selected Newspapers, Censues and Other Sources by James de T. Abajian. The index covers publications from the 1880s to about the 1950s.

Please join us, and bring a few friends with you too!
This event is free and open to the public.

More information is available here, or by emailing the group’s facilitator, Janice Sellers, at


GFO’s October Star – Joann Taylor

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A visitor on our Free Monday sent a comment about her experience at GFO’s library recently:

“I wanted to tell you that I had a wonderful experience on Monday with Joann Taylor when I came to do some research on my family.

“She was so helpful and took extra time to help me, and I learned of places to look that I would never have thought of! She deserves a GOLD STAR!”

The visitor also noted that our organization is really great, and that she found all the volunteers she met so helpful.

Joann, in addition to volunteering as a research assistant at our library, also serves on our Research Team to look up historical information that people request from us via our website.

Thank you, Joann, for your tremendous volunteering at GFO!


Volunteers Needed! Help Keep the Library Open!

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The GFO accomplishes a really remarkable achievement every single week. We keep the library open every single day entirely with volunteers.
We’d like to continue this, especially on Wednesdays when we stay open late for those who work during the day.

We Need You!

The GFO has a specific need for volunteers to staff our front desk each Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. We offer training! Two volunteers per shift are required. We had a great response a couple of months ago when we needed some other shifts filled. Now some of our regular volunteers have moved away and we’re asking for you to help us either once a month or more often as you can fit it in.

Please contact


Scratch Your Way to Easier Parking!

Zone G Parking

Did you know GFO has Zone G parking permits for sale!?

We know parking is difficult around the Ford Building where the GFO library is located.

These hang tags cost just $1 a piece. They allow you to park all day in any spot with a sign requiring a Zone G Parking permit.

The tags can be used only one time. Scratch off the month and day you use it and hang it on your car mirror.

Permits can be purchased at the GFO reception desk. Cash please. We do not accept credit cards.


Will the real Harry Ernest Mitchell, please stand up!?

Join GFO’s Genealogical Problem Solvers, Saturday, October 20th, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Life can be very complicated, but researching ancestors with fairly common names, who marry, divorce, remarry the same person, divorce again, move across country, and work with a traveling circus, can be very difficult to trace.

This month’s Genealogy Problem Solvers (GPS) will attempt to unravel a complicated series of relationships and drama in order to learn the parents of Harry E Mitchell. The GPS team will review 1880 to 1930 records across the United States, including West Virginia, Kentucky, Iowa, Minnesota and Seattle, Washington, in an effort to solve a brick wall that has puzzled a GFO member, searching for any information about her grandfather for over five years!

Come join the fun! This event is free and open to the public.


FRIDAY, October 12th

Mexican Ancestry Group 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Finding your Hispanic ancestors from Mexico, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California
This Special Interest Group (SIG) pertains specifically to Mexican ancestors from Mexico and the American Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California).

Beginning and intermediate researchers are welcome. Some subjects will include online parish records, Hispanic genealogy societies, Family History Library/, solving genealogical problems, methodology of organizing your research, etc. Of course this group will also be about sharing our research experiences, and having fun.

If you know of any other people interested in Hispanic genealogy tell them about the up and coming group. They don’t have to be a GFO member to participate.
For questions or comments, please email Vince at

SATURDAY, October 13th

Great Lakes Region 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Doing research in PA? Researcher Elsie Deatherage will be the guest speaker. Pennsylvania has several distinct ethnic and religious groups that kept different records than we may be accustomed to, but that are really helpful. Learn how to overcome the challenges of state boundary issues, the shifting borders of counties and townships and the difficulties in locating churches and cemeteries. We will look at the on and offline resources that are unique to the Keystone State. There will also be time to share our research quandaries and discoveries.

The group generally meets on the second Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at the GFO library. No meetings in July, August, December, and always check the GFO calendar for updates to this schedule. Interest in the Great Lakes Region can be broad and diverse, as some ancestors settled and remained there for generations, while others spent a short time there before moving on. The group’s interests include migration, travel, trade, historical events, and research techniques specific to the area. For more information, please contact Lynn Rossing at

Writers’ Forum 1 – 3 p.m.

At our last meeting we discussed what keeps us from writing and how we can make writing a regular part of our lives. We looked a web page from the Writing Cooperative, “30 Little Ways to Motivate Yourself to Write, RIGHT NOW.”

Take a look at this page if you haven’t already. The assignment we gave ourselves was to:

1. Make a plan (schedule and mechanisms) for making writing a regular part of your life.
2. Better yet, institute that plan and report how it’s working for you.

In addition to the above-noted assignment, please also do the following from Barry Tarshis’ book How to Be Your Own Best Editor:

1. Read: Chapter 9, “Zero In on the Subjects and Their Verbs,”
2. Do: Chapter 8, p. 71-78, edit a piece of your own work and be prepared to discuss at our next meeting.

Purpose: This is a 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, October 14th

Library Work Party 9 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.

WEDNESDAY, October 17th

Library Closed to Research 11 a.m. – noon

OPB records interview for historical documentary. We’ll re-open for research as soon as the interview concludes.

Learn & Chat 10 a.m. – noon

Topic: “Surnames, Linguistic Groups, Disasporas.”

It is always fascinating to watch how this subject evolves from beginning at just one surname. 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. 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 Jeanne Quan and Sandy Alto. Questions, email


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. Questions? Email Lisa at

Irish Group 6 – 8 p.m.

Are you one of over 30 million Americans who have Irish ancestors?

At this meeting, Karen Hubbard will present a timeline of Irish history, so we can put our Irish ancestors in context with their times, and better understand how to research them. We’ll also try to help with “brick walls” in Ireland, or answer other general questions about Ireland’s history and Irish research. If you’d like to submit a brick wall question for us to address, please email, at least one week in advance.

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, November 2, 2018, from 1 to 3 pm in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20thSt, Bellevue, WA 98004 with doors opening at 12:45 pm for networking. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.

Topic: German Traditions from Advent Through Epiphany – Ever wondered how your ancestors celebrated holidays or where some of your family traditions came from?   Paula will present information on these German traditions, whether they were evolved from superstition or on the faith of our forefathers or mothers based on a compilation of research and journal articles written by experts in the field.

Presenter: Paula Seeger has been a member of EGS and the German Special Interest Group for a couple of years.  She’s been involved in researching the German ancestors for her family and that of her husband’s family.

For more information, kindly visit our website at  .

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News


Thursday Evening

E-News Edition

October 4, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

For more information visit, contact us at, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

Be sure to check our complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider


Cyndi Ingle is so popular we are moving the Sunday half-day seminar! More people have registered than will fit at the GFO library, so Sunday’s Internet Genealogy seminar will be at the Milwaukie Center where Saturday’s full-day seminar happens.

Be sure to register while the early bird discount applies! This discount expires after October 8.

Did you know Cyndi Ingle received the Prince Michael of Kent Award last month? Read the full story on Dick Eastman’s blog!


Descendants to Mark Graves of Early Portlanders 113 Years Later

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We received a touching notice from Kerry Anderson in California last week.

Her great-great-grandparents lived in Portland in the late 1800s. Henry Wilson died in 1905 and his wife Hannah died in 1909.

During her genealogy research, Ms. Anderson learned her great-great-grandparents were buried in Portland’s historic Lone Fir Cemetery in unmarked graves.

They will be anonymous no more.

113 years after Henry’s passing, his descendants will place a proper headstone.

The ceremony will occur Saturday, October 6th, at noon in the company of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. The Lone Fir Cemetery is at SE 26th Ave & Stark Street, Portland.

The public is invited to attend.

Long Fir Cemetery

Historic Columbian Cemetery, Portland’s newest green burial ground would like to cordially invite you to attend their Fall Harvest Festival, which will be held Saturday, October 20th at the cemetery, located at 1151 N. Columbia Boulevard in Portland.

The event runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The GFO will join community groups attending along with local vendors. The cemetery will also have presentations starting at 11 a.m. including a historical cemetery tour, local authors, a presentation on the art project as well as a mock natural burial to introduce the community to this wonderful addition to the urban Portland area.


If You’re Down by Salem This Weekend…

State Archives Open House 2018

Oregon’s State Archives is hosting their annual open house again!

WHEN? Saturday, October 6th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHAT? The State Fair, The Wacky, Weird and Wonderful. Come also see their gallery exhibit that showcases some of the oddities and interesting State Fair materials. There will games, prizes, tours, and more!

HOW? Just come on down! This event is free and open to the public.

WHERE? Oregon’s State Archives are located at 800 Summer Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97310.

Secret Library

The topic this year is “All Things Relative” with the conference being held at 8331 Cason Road, Gladstone, Oregon.

The Milwaukie Stake Family History Center is pleased to have keynote speaker, Karen Clifford from Provo, Utah. Karen is an Accredited Genealogist® researcher and teacher. Her specialty is “Shining Light on DNA Results.” A syllabus of her talking points for the conference is available here for printing.

The Conference is FREE and all are welcome, but the planning committee would like to feed you! Register here to ensure a free lunch will be available for you between the sessions. Please know all walk-ins are welcome!

Cookies and water will also be available throughout the conference.


SATURDAY, October 6th

Virginia Group 10 a.m. – noon

October Meeting Topic: Exploring the Library of Congress Website

The Library of Congress website is a valuable resource for U.S. genealogical and historical research, but it is one of the most under-utilized. According to professional genealogist J. Mark Lowe it is only used about 15% of the expected amount. Perhaps many researchers are not familiar with the large amount of material available, and do not understand that one can actually find not only general historical information, but specific information about your family.

For our October meeting we will explore the LOC website and give numerous examples of its benefits to our research. Please send inquires to For more information, please also see our “Virginia Roots and Vines” blog.

German Group Noon – 3 p.m.

First, some food! Come at noon and bring a tasty German treat to share with the group to celebrate Oktoberfest. The potluck will run from noon to 1 p.m. Then stay for a demonstration of GFO’s links, plus see a list of the surnames and locations that are being researched by our members and learn how to add yours.

The German Interest Group was formed in the spring of 2011. It 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.

SUNDAY, October 7th

Manuscripts Work Party 9 a.m. – noon

Explore our manuscript, personal papers and Bible collection while we organize, scan and create finding aids. Drop by at the time that works for you. Questions? Send a note to

TUESDAY, October 9th

GFO Board of Directors Meeting 6:10 – 8:10 p.m.

Come join GFO’s Board of Directors and see the magic that keeps our research library and its plethora of community-focused activities going! These meetings are open to the public.