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.
Register Now
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.
Register Now
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.
Send questions to:
GFO Library Open Late to 8:00 p.m.

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society January 2020 Meeting

Happy New Year!!!!
Our January Monthly Meeting is this coming Tuesday, January 14 at Bates Community College, South Campus.
6:00 pm Member Networking and Sharing6:30 – 8:30 pm Business Meeting and Program
Our speaker is JoAnn Huber, and her topic is BEGINNING GENEALOGY. Even though it is titled Beginning, there will be lots of new stuff and all of us need a review from time to time.  JoAnn comes to us from the Genealogy Library in Sumner and has talked on this topic many times.
You will need a 2020 parking permit; so if you do not have one, we will have some extras at the sign in desk.

Hope to see everyone there!
TPCGS monthly meetings are held September through June from 6 pm to 9 pm, usually at Bates Technical College, South Campus, Building E, 2201 South 78th St., Tacoma.
Guests are always welcome, so bring a friend! For more information check our website at
Jane Irish Nelson, TPCGS Webmaster

Heritage Quest Research Library January Class

January 2020 Class Schedule
Join us on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 
as we Welcome our speaker
Michael Lee Stills.
10:30 AM
  Myths, Legends and Lies: The Dangers of Family History Research Can you handle the truth? Family History Research is a burgeoning pursuit thanks to TV pro-grams like “Who Do You Think You Are?” “Genealogy Roadshow” and “Finding Your Roots.” But before you jump in, have you asked yourself if you are prepared for what you might discover? Together we will be opening closets to expose skeletons, peeking under the lid of Pan-dora’s Box, and shining light on the ethical dilemmas you may encounter in the quest to find your missing ancestors. They may have good reasons for why they are hiding from you.
$20.00 members $25.00 non members
For reservations please stop by HQRL or call HQRL at 253-863-1806. Due to the size of our classroom after reserving a seat, if you are unable to attend the class, please call to cancel so that others may attend.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News 2020

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition January 2, 2020
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member! | 503-963-1932 | Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
2020: The Year of DNA
What’s the number one topic in genealogy circles? It’s got to be DNA. We’re learning so much more than many of us ever expected. If you want to know more than just a ballpark estimate of where your ancestors came from, it can get a bit complicated. On April 4 and 5, GFO is bringing the accomplished genetic genealogy educator Karen Stanbary in for our two-day Spring Seminar. To get the most out of her lectures, we’re offering you a chance to bone up on DNA basics and relevant tools between now and then! Jan. 25: DNA Advanced Group with Tim Janzen – 9 a.m. to Noon
Feb. 5 & Mar. 4: DNA Beyond the Basics with Lisa McCullough – 1 to 3 p.m.
Feb. 19: DNA The Basics with Lisa McCullough – 1 to 3 p.m.
Feb. 22: DNA Beginners with Emily Aulicino – 9 a.m. to Noon
Feb. 23: Workshop: Excel for Genealogy with Mary Kircher Roddy – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Paid registration required.)
March 14: DNA Day at GFO Open House – Five classes to choose from.
March 18: Jumpstart Your DNA Discoveries with Lisa McCullough – 1 to 3 p.m.
March 22: Excel Spreadsheet Basics with Kendra Blumberg – 9:30 to 10:30 a.m Except for the Feb. 23 workshop, all classes are free and open to the public. Drop in and join us!
Honored Collections Get Recognition
The GFO Library depends on far more than financial donations. We owe a great debt of gratitude for the library’s 52,000 holdings to donors too. Two people in particular gave us absolutely enormous donations of books focused on specific geographic areas. Now, we are giving them the recognition they deserve in the stacks themselves. Merrill Mosher donated a vast portion of our Virginia holdings, and we would not have such an extensive collection of French Canada resources without George T. Brown. Look for signs on our shelves paying tribute to these distinguished donors.
Free Monday Reminder
Don’t forget, the GFO Library is free to everyone on the First Monday of each month. Our first Free Monday of the new year is Monday, January 6th.
Save the Dates for GFO’s Genealogy Open House
Mark your calendars! The GFO brings back its biggest event of the year March 13 through 22. The library is free every day, and we’re offering 42 free classes during this 10-day run! It’s like having a genealogy conference in your own backyard. And it doesn’t cost a dime! There are too many classes to list here, but they’re all on our website. Here are some highlights:
• An Evening with Guest Speaker John Schmal on Mexican Ancestry
• Beginners Day
• DNA Day
• Software Day
• Irish Day
• Full Library Access Save time to come learn about your favorite topics. And do us a favor, please tell a friend!
GFO Open House 2020
News from the Library: Digitized Society Periodicals
The library team has been working for the last few months to make our periodicals more user friendly. We’ve created digital files so that you can search every word in the publications when you visit the library. Each digitized periodical will have an icon to indicate it is an ePublication. Here are society journals we’ve done so far:
• Boulder Genealogical Society Quarterly (Colorado)
• Circuit Rider (Sangamon County, Illinois)
• Diggers Digest (Sutter & Yuba Counties, California)
• Ohio Cross Road of Our Nation
• Petticoat Gazette 1957-1959 (Seward, Alaska newspaper)
• Redwood Researcher(Northern California)
• Roots and Leaves (Eastern Nebraska)
• Santa Maria Valley Genealogical Society Quarterly
• The Genie (Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas)
Want to help? Send a message to or come to the Sunday work parties on January 12, 19, and/or 26. As a team, we’ll be prepping more items for scanning and doing some scanning too.
CGGS January Meeting
The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society will meet from 10:30 a.m. – Noon on January 11, 2020 in the downstairs classroom at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. This months program will be the “Individual Research Assistance” project, where members collaborate with other members to solve their research dead ends or brick walls. The project will run both January and February. Members are encouraged to bring their laptops and their research data. A short business meeting will begin at 10:30 followed by the beginning of our research assistance project. There is no admission charge to the Discovery Center for attending our meetings. A $1.00 donation is appreciated to cover room rental.

In case of inclement weather please call the Discovery Center at 541.296.8600 after 9:00 a.m. for cancellation information.
From Petticoats to Poodle Skirts: A Historical Fashion Tea
The West Linn Historical Society and the Friends of McLean House Park and House are again presenting this historical fashion show and tea event, “From Petticoats to Poodle Skirts: A Historical Fashion Tea,” on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the McLean House; West Linn, Oregon. Tea begins at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets will be on sale SOON. We are letting you know early since both seatings sold out quickly last year. If you are interested, check the WLHS website frequently to ensure your ticket.
Surplus Chart: Kings & Queens of Great Britain
We have an unusual bit of surplus historical fun to offer this week. “The Kings and Queens of Great Britain” is a large genealogical chart showing royal descent and relationships. It is a reprint of a chart that was published in 1776 by Crown
Publishers and is arranged to read through the centuries from left to right. Our copy of this chart is nearly perfect and quite framable! It’s dimensions after unfolding measure roughly 34“ by 48”.
Our price to pickup: $35 Price to ship to you: $40 If you’re interested, contact
Survey Results: New Year’s Resolutions
Last week, we asked you about New Year’s resolutions. Of those who responded, 49.1% said they were making a resolution, 27.3% were not, and 13.6% were undecided. Writing and sharing family history research were mentioned most often, as well as the desire to get organized.
Here are a few of the responses: • Learn the genealogy program on my computer.
• Start writing the history for relatives!
• Saving spare nickels to apply for a passport and use it to research “over there.”
• Try to get my DNA data organized and my genealogy papers too.
• Complete 3 more books relating to early Oregon ancestors, with one including such people as the first mail express rider, the first ferry owner in Oregon City, and the couple who donated the first cemetery for Hillsboro.
Finish and submit all the projects required for BCG certification portfolio.
• I’d love to build my grandmother’s tree to 5 generations and make her a poster by her birthday in May!
• Send old photos and letters to “closer” descendants – from 50 to 125 year old items. My grandmother saved it all!
New Survey: We’re Curious!
Of course we are—we wouldn’t be asking all these questions if we weren’t. But seriously, we want to know if you like our weekly survey or not. And we’re giving you a chance to tell us what questions you’d ask if you were writing the survey each week.
Take the Survey Now
This week at GFO …
Saturday, January 4th
Virginia Group 10:00 a.m – Noon
Colonial Migration Roots: For many of us, our genealogy story includes at least one tale of traveling a well-trodden path to make a better life. From the Wilderness Road to the Oregon Trail, numerous waves of migration have swept across the continent. To understand our ancestors, we need to understand the reasons that fueled their migration. This month we will look at various early migration routes and some of the reasons they were traveled. For more information see our blog: Virginia Roots and Vines. Contact Judi Scott and Carol Currency, at with questions.
German Group 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
To lead off our meeting, Christina Rainer will talk about the genealogy courses she is taking online. For our second topic, we ask you to bring a New Year’s genealogy resolution and let’s see if we can help each other “solve it.”
If you would like more information about this group or have questions, please contact Mike Fernandez and Tia Cobb at
Sunday, January 5th
Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. – noon
Come on in and lend a hand. First Sunday is dedicated to the work of the Manuscripts Committee. 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
Monday, January 6th
First Monday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
GFO Library open to non-members for free.
Tuesday, January 7th
Italian Ancestry Group 10:00-11:30 a.m.
The Italian group is dedicated to promoting Italian family history and genealogy through education using nationally-recognized genealogical standards and practices. If you have any questions, feel free to contact facilitator Stephanie Silenti at
Wednesday, January 8th
GFO Library Open Late to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 9th
Beginner’s Boot Camp 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
-This Event is now SOLD OUT

The Year in Review

I want to thank all the wonderful people that send me their society programs and seminars, it helps make my job here easier. We had 40, 628 page views of our blog in 2019. Seven of the top 25 most read were on the closing of the Washington Vital Records which passed the legislature but will not be implemented till 2021. Two of the top 25 were on the Northwest Genealogy Conference and there should be many more than that as this is a very important conference. The most surprising is #3 on the list a post from June of 2015 on the University of Washington Genealogy Class.