THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s
31 May 2017
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GFO’s German Interest Group this Saturday! June 3rd
1657 Jansson Map of Germany Germania – Geographicus – Germaniae-jansson-1657
Our meeting is Sat. June 3rd, from 1 – 3pm, at the GFO library (2505 S.E. 11th St., Suite B-18, Portland, OR)
Speaker: Lew Ebner
Topic: Searching for ancestors, partly travel log to Seelbach, Germany, and taking a closer look at the Arnstein Monastery (Kloster Arnstein) in the city of Obernhof, near Nassau.
Don’t Miss Out! Register for the June 4th Workshop!
REGISTER for the CENSUS WORKSHOP
It’s a half-day Workshop all about those pesky US & UK CENSUS RECORDS!!
A full morning of learning the full scope of what you can glean from census records.
That’s right, folks. We’re Digging Deeper into Census Records!!
WHERE: GFO Library
WHEN: Sunday, June 4th, 9:30am – noon
WHO’s THAT NOW?? Speaker Kate Eakman
Join speaker Kate Eakman for this amazing chance to learn all about “DIGGING DEEPER INTO ENGLAND, IRELAND, SCOTLAND, & THE U.S. CENSUS RECORDS.”
GFO’s May Star – Jerry Zimmer
Jerry has been the driving force for binding GFO’s periodicals for many years. He patrols the shelves looking for complete years or volumes of periodicals that need binding.
Lately, GFO has had an influx of binding requests, as our collection has been undergoing a re-cataloging and re-organizing project. But this hasn’t stopped Jerry!
Jerry also donates many of the supplies needed for the binding projects he undertakes!
We’re oh so grateful for all you do, Jerry. Thank you for your ongoing support!
GENEALOGY IN THE NEWS – Ancestry & DNA
STORY 1. New York Times article shows the value of using DNA & historical records to aid research of extinct apples.
What’s this got to do with genealogy??
The article touches on the importance of understanding DNA (albeit plant DNA), giving insights into just how valuable DNA research can be when coupled with researching through those dusty historical documents.
The article is also set right in the Pacific North West! Read the full story HERE.
STORY 2. Ancestry.com denies exploiting users’ DNA test results. This just in from BBC News.
The genealogy DNA services with Ancestry.com says it is changing its terms and conditions after criticism about privacy concerns. Read the full story HERE and continue uncovering the history of your family tree with no fear!
OREGON HISTORICAL SOCIETY LAUNCHES DIGITAL COLLECTIONS WEBSITE
The Oregon Historical Society is excited to announce the official launch of the OHS Digital Collections website, a ground-breaking step forward in providing broad access to the myriad collections held in the Research Library.
This new website allows online public access to a rich variety of materials from the OHS Research Library, including items from the manuscript, photograph, film, and oral history collections.
Check out OHS featured collections and see what’s new as the staff continues adding material!
STILL MORE BOOK REVIEWERS NEEDED
We’re got ONE new title below, and still some leftover from last week. You know you want to help review these exciting materials!
Here’s our most current list of the books we have to be reviewed:
1. TIPS AND QUIPS for the Family Historian by Elizabeth Shown Mills and Ruth Brossette Lennon
2. QUICK SHEET, Citing Ancestry.com Databases and Images, Evidence Style, by Elizabeth Shown Mills
3. QUICK SHEET, Citing Online Historical Resources, Evidence Style, by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
4. Boyle, Joseph Lee. WHITE PENNSYLVANIA RUNAWAYS, 1769-1772. “much addicted to strong drink and swearing”.
5. Ports, Michael A. GEORGIA GENEALOGY RESEARCH. Genealogy at a Glance.
6. NEW McCartney, Martha W. & Rountree, Helen C. POWHATAN INDIAN PLACE NAMES IN TIDEWATER VIRGINIA.
Anyone interested in reviewing one of these books, please either contact Joan or come by the GFO to pick up their book-of-choice from the bookshelf between the two offices and fill out the clipboard form. There is also a book review form on the shelf that can be used. For further information, please contact Joan Galles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re currently reviewing a book, please let Joan know how it’s going and if you have questions!
Go on! Click the calendar. I dare ya!!
SATURDAY, JUNE 3rd
Virginia Interest Group 10am – noon
Join us for our Virginia meeting this Saturday for a discussion about the colonial governors of Virginia and their impact on “The Old Dominion” and the formation of our country – presented by Carol Surrency. Everyone is welcome, as this is a free event, open to the public. See you Saturday for out last meeting of the season!
Group leaders are Judi Scott at email@example.com and Carol Surrency at firstname.lastname@example.org.
German Interest Group 1 – 3pm
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. This month’s topic: searching for ancestors, partly travel log to Seelbach, Germany, and the Arnstein Monastery (Kloster Arnstein) in the city of Obernhof, near Nassau with speaker: Lew Ebner.
SUNDAY, JUNE 4th
Digging Deeper: US/UK Census Workshop 9:30am – noon
The Census: Digging Deeper into England, Ireland, Scotland & the U.S. Come spend the morning learning the ins and outs of census records in the U.S. and British Isles; where are these records located, how can you find your ancestor on a particular census, and how do you evaluate all the information it contains?
Kate Eakman holds a master’s degree in history, and is a Senior Researcher with Legacy Tree Genealogists. Register online HERE, or mail in the paper form…asap!
MONDAY, JUNE 5th
First Monday Free to Non-Members Hope to see you at the GFO Library this coming Monday, from 9:30am – 5pm!
The GFO Library is open for free (yep! none of that $7-day-pass stuff to worry about) the first Monday of every single month!! Come take advantage of our over 43,000 collection items among our analog materials, or pursue our various online database subscriptions on one of the many library computers. We also have a flatbed scanner and a digital microfilm reader for patron use.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7th
Learn & Chat 10am – noon
Join us to talk about your genealogy questions and help provide support to others. Facilitated by Jean Quan.