THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 24 May 2017

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!

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for May 2017, 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 our new website (still gfo.org).

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

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Have You Saved Your Seat for the June 4th Workshop?

REGISTER for the CENSUS WORKSHOP

Don’t miss GFO’s upcoming Half-Day Workshop in just a couple weekends.
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 (map)
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”.

Tiny turtle eggs not included. Ahhhhh!!!!

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Summer Special Interest Groups – Check In Time

Remember to check in with your SIG leaders during the summer months!
If you have a Special Interest Group (SIG) that you are absolutely in love with this summer, we haven’t gotten confirmation back from all our SIG leaders regarding summer class schedules.

As a result, we advise you please please please email your SIG leaders for any available updates before coming in.
Email your leaders to verify class schedules even if it’s on the GFO Calendar please.

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MORE BOOK REVIEWERS NEEDED
We’re got a whole new round of titles and we need your help to review them!
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.

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 bulletin@gfo.com.

If you’re currently reviewing a book, please let Joan know how it’s going and if you have questions!

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Call For Volunteers – Are ya feelin’ helpful? Are ya?!

The GFO needs your help and expertise in the following areas:
1. Brochures and Handouts Designer – With the 21st century just marching right along, we’ve decided it’s time to revamp and revitalize our brochures and library handouts! And we know you’re just the person to help head this effort! See below for how to sign up and give the GFO the best present ever.

2. Partnership Steward – Did you know the GFO has partnerships with other like-minded organizations around the area? We need a super organized person to track our partnership agreements with these other organizations. This position includes duties such as tracking renewals and double-checking that partnership agreements are in compliance with mutual advertising and other such arrangements.

3. Benevolent Member – This position involves sending out cards and notes to GFO members who are sick or injured, as well as to families of deceased members. Volunteers who have held this position in the past prove that you can do oh so much to brighten or comfort someone’s day with oh so little sent yet at just the right time.

4. Research Assistants (RA’s) – We need some additional help manning the front desk on Sundays and Wednesdays, but especially on Sundays! Training included. Our RA’s truly keep the library doors open!! Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Cathy Lauer.
Click HERE to submit a volunteer form or to request more information. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Memorial Day Closure Reminder – Monday, May 29th

Just a quick reminder that the GFO Library will be closed this coming Monday, May 29th.
Please come see us again on Tuesday, May 30th, at 9:30am.

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This Week at the GFO…

SATURDAY, MAY 27th
Beginning DNA 9am – noon

We will discuss autosomal DNA and how to fill your Family Tree DNA “buckets”. As always, there should be time for questions on any DNA topic. Remember to download and bring all three of the handouts (here, here, and here). AND, bring a friend or two! Class facilitated by Emily Aulicino.

British Interest Group 1 – 3pm

Researching in the British Isles: England, Wales, Scotland, and Scots-Irish—no Irish because a strong GFO interest group for that heritage already exists. 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.
SUNDAY, MAY 28th
Library Work Party 9am – noon

There’s another work party at the GFO library this Sunday for those of you who can make it! There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9am and work usually wraps up around noon. Come for as long or as short as you can. Any time you can share is so invaluable. Hope to see you there.
MONDAY, MAY 29th
GFO Library Closed for Memorial Day See you again on Tuesday, May 30th, from 9:30am – 5pm.

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 17 May 2017

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!

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for May 2017, 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 our new website (still gfo.org).

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

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It’s GFO’s GenTalk This Saturday, May 20th, at 2pm

Don’t forget this month’s Free (don’t be silly! they’re always free) GenTalk!
WHERE: The GFO Library
WHEN: Saturday, May 20th, at 2 – 4pm
WHO: Author Zita Podany

Zita Podany will be presenting her book Vanport which is part of the Images of America series.

Zita is a longtime Portland resident with a wonderful new perspective on the history of this area that was lost so suddenly to raging flood waters on May 30, 1948.
Remember! All the GFO GenTalks are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC so bring your history-lovin’ friends and family.

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Call For Volunteers – Are ya feelin’ helpful? Are ya?!

The GFO needs your help and expertise in the following areas:
1. Fall & Spring Seminar Raffle Coordinator – This is a position for someone who loves organizing all the STUFF that we get as donations for the raffles we hold at each of our semi-annual seminars.

2. Tours Coordinator – We need someone who can be the point person to receive requests for tours of the GFO Library, and who can then communicate the subsequent needs for tour guides and research assistants with our Volunteer Coordinator, Cathy Lauer.

3. Marketing Committee Chair – This has been a vacancy for some time. We need someone who is willing to put himself or herself OUT THERE to promote all things GFO. This position would include coming up with a marketing strategy and looking for ways to advocate for GFO within the genealogical community. You know you want to!

4. Obituary Editor – We need a person to coordinate the writing/editing and polishing of obituaries for our GFO members and friends as needed (usually two per quarter). Some interviewing skills recommended.
Click HERE to submit a volunteer form or to request more information. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Birds do it, Bees do it, Every Generous Fred Meyer Shopper Does it!

Donate to the GFO while you shop?? That’s crazy!
Just link it! Linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the GFO will automatically send a donation from good ol’ Freddy’s to the GFO, with no reduction in Rewards benefits to you. Click HERE to just link it!

How does this happen? This is part of Freddy’s very own “Community Rewards” program for sending separate corporation donations to non-profits and the like.

What if I don’t have a Fred Meyer Reward Card? Ask your local Fred Meyer checkout assistant for a Rewards Card application next time you’re at the register!

Won’t you help us get to 100? If 100 GFO members link their Freddy’s cards and continue to use them, the GFO could receive over $1,000 per year. Well!!?? What are we waiting for??

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Remembering Those Who’ve Gone Before…

The GFO Bulletin is Calling for Stories!
Next year is the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 and 1919.

The GFO is putting out a special call for articles having to do with the Spanish Flu for March 2018 Bulletin. Stories (500-5,000 words) about the Spanish Flu or how the Spanish flu touched their family.

The Bulletin Editorial Group invites readers to submit articles, essays, and other articles for publication in the Bulletin.

We look for articles that are of interest to members of the GFO and those that encourage the sharing and research of family history. We appreciate articles about families with Northwest connections, but welcome articles with other geographic focuses.

Possible topics include:
· memoirs
· personal essays
· problem-solving articles
· research articles
· source guides
· articles on family history travel
· how-to articles
· using technology
· transcriptions or extractions from original sources, i.e. Bibles

More info can be viewed here: http://gfo.org/learn/our-publications/gfo-bulletin.html

The submission deadline for the March 2018 Bulletin is January 1, 2018. Submissions should be sent to bulletin@gfo.org.

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This Week at the GFO…

SATURDAY, MAY 20th
GenTalk 9:30 – 11:30am

Nestled in the floodplain between North Portland and Vancouver, a housing project was built to help house World War II shipyard workers. Its very name, Vanport, is derived from Vancouver and Portland.

When the United States entered the war, the demand for ships and for workers to build those ships became a huge priority. Workers were recruited from all corners of the United States. Portland had a serious lodging shortage, so much so that these workers lived in cars, tents, parks, and whatever shelter could be found. Vanport, built in a little over a year, was a city that did not sleep.

In its heyday, Vanport was the second-largest city in Oregon with a population of over 40,000 residents. But on May 30, 1948, it was a city that disappeared.

This Saturday at the GFO, come hear Zita Podany discuss her book, Vanport, which is part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing, celebrating the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country.
SUNDAY, MAY 21st
Library Work Party 9am – noon

There’s another work party at the GFO library this Sunday for those of you who can make it! There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9am and work usually wraps up around noon. Come for as long or as short as you can. Any time you can share is so invaluable. Hope to see you there.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 24th
Open Late Wednesday Night 9:30am – 8pm

Did you know the GFO Library is open late every Wednesday!? What’s that? You have after-dinner research you want to do or late-evening assistance finding information within one of GFO’s online database subscription sources? NO PROBLEM!! We’re open till 8pm every single Wednesday of the year, barring catastrophes, natural disasters, and holidays.

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 10 May 2017

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!

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for May 2017, 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 our new website (still gfo.org).

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

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GFO’s May 2017 GenTalk Presents “Vanport” with Zita Podany

Saturday, May 20th, at 2 PM at the GFO!
This is a GenTalk you’re not gonna wanna to miss. Author Zita Podany will be presenting her book Vanport which is part of the Images of America series.

Zita is a longtime Portland resident with a wonderful new perspective on the history of this area that was lost so suddenly to raging flood waters on May 30, 1948.
Remember! All the GFO GenTalks are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC so bring your history-lovin’ friends and family.

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

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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!

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for February 2017, 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 our new website (still gfo.org).

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
We’ve recently received a lot of questions from our wonderful members asking when their membership expires and how they can track this.

In response, we’re now providing your membership information right here with our weekly e-news blasts. If you want to forward our weekly e-news blasts to a friend, you can also delete your personal information before forwarding the message.

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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!

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for February 2017, 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 our new website (still gfo.org).

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
We’ve recently received a lot of questions from our wonderful members asking when their membership expires and how they can track this.

In response, we’re now providing your membership information right here with our weekly e-news blasts. If you want to forward our weekly e-news blasts to a friend, you can also delete your personal information before forwarding the message.

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British Columbia Genealogical Society’s Canada 150 Seminar

 

 

The British Columbia Genealogical Society’s Canada 150 Seminar is June 9-11, 2017 in Coquitlam, BC, Canada. The theme: – Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors.

Speakers include Dave Obee, Claire Smith-Burns, Mary Read, Xenia Stanford and Susanne Sulzberger. A great opportunity to further your Canadian genealogy and family history research.

Central, accessible location: Best Western Plus Coquitlam Inn Convention Centre, 319 North Road, Coquitlam, BC V3K 3V8

 

Tickets available on-line or by telephone or mail.

See the BC Genealogical Society website for details. ( http://www.bcgs.ca/?page_id=2511 )

 

Thank you for posting this. We are so very close to much of Washington State so hope to see more of our friends from across the border.

Diane

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s
Wednesday Evening
E-News
19 April 2017

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!

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for February 2017, 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 our new website (still gfo.org).
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

We’ve recently received a lot of questions from our wonderful members asking when their membership expires and how they can track this.

In response, we’re now providing your membership information right here with our weekly e-news blasts. If you want to forward our weekly e-news blasts to a friend, you can also delete your personal information before forwarding the message.
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GFO Presents…a whole new Special Interest Group!

TOPIC: Mexico, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California

Do your ancestors hail from one of these southern areas?

We’d love to hear from you regarding what you’d like to have as part of the new Special Interest Group (SIG) that’s being put together right now!

If this is a SIG for you, email sw@gfo.org to give your hopes and dreams for the group to us!!
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There’re a few seats left at GFO’s Spring Seminar!
REGISTER for SATURDAY’s SEMINAR

WHO? WHO?!! WELL, IT’S ALL COLLETTA, ALL SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH

Online registrations, in-person registration at the GFO Library, or mailed registration. Whatever way is easiest for you!

When APRIL 29TH, 10am – 4:30pm

Where THE MILWAUKIE CENTER (sponsored by the GFO)

Who JOHN PHILIP COLLETTA

What OUR ANCESTORS FROM OVERSEAS

How It’s so simple! Just click HERE to register right now online.
Please note, the remaining Saturday Seminar spots are goin’ fast. Click HERE to register your seat!

John Philip Colletta is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. For twenty years, he worked part-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives. This is a speaker you definitely don’t want to miss!
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GFO’s April Star – Doris Cruickshank

The GFO has many damaged books that need rebinding. Our efforts to repair and rebind were far too expensive—until Doris introduced us to the Trappist Abbey Book Bindery in Carlton. She regularly transports books to and from the Book Bindery, and has generously donated to the cost of the rebinding some of the volumes. Doris also tracks books listed in the Library catalog, so we know where they are.

Doris has led the effort of organizing and cataloging GFO’s flat maps (previously boxed and in storage) so patrons can use them.

Many thanks, Doris!!
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DID YOU KNOW??? There are 3 (count ’em, folks!) ways to find the GFO calendar on our new website!

Let’s count the ways….
1. The small blue rectangular button at the top right-hand corner of any of the gfo.org webpages, titled appropriately “CALENDAR.”
2. Some scrolling action to the middle of the main gfo.org webpage reveals a lovely circular picture in the middle of the screen, titled “EVENTS.”
3. Some additional scrolling, for the really ambitious, to the very very bottom of any of the gfo.org webpages gives you a bright sky blue band with “Calendar” at the bottom of the sitemap menu on the right-hand side. Again WAY at the bottom, so if you can’t scroll anymore, you’re in the right place!

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SATURDAY, APRIL 22nd

Advanced DNA 9am – noon

Tim Janzen will present information on Visual Phasing in the context of chromosome mapping. If you are interested in reading about this topic prior to the meeting, please read some of Blaine Bettinger’s blog posts on the topic which may be found here.

Please download, print and bring to class any attached handouts and the evaluation form which can be found here.

The DNA Interest Group is facilitated by Emily Aulicino (e-mail: Aulicino@hevanet.com). Presentations cover all aspects of Genetic Genealogy beyond the basic levels.
SUNDAY, APRIL 23rd

Library Work Party! 9am – noon

There’s another work party at the GFO library this Sunday for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9am, as usual, and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or stay into the afternoon. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.

Family Tree Maker Beginning Class 1 – 3pm

This is a beginners class for Family Tree Maker users and for those considering a purchase. Whether you are considering a move to Family Tree Maker, just starting to use it, or have been using it for years, you will find value in the special interest group focused on Family Tree Maker genealogy software. Hope to see you there at this quarterly meeting.
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Montana State Genealogical Society Annual Conference

The Montana State Genealogical Society (MSGS) and the Yellowstone Genealogy Forum will co-host the state’s annual conference on September 21-23 at the Big Horn Resort in Billings, Montana.

Please inform the societies in your area about the conference.  Registration will be available in July on the MSGS website.

MT State Genealogical Society Annual Conference

Moving Forward Through the Past

Big Horn Resort, 1801 Majestic Lane, Billings, MT

September 21-23, 2017

CeCe Moore and Thomas Jones, national presenters, on DNA & methods of research.

Registration required. See http://montanamsgs.org/

Thank you.

  1. J. Smith, President

Yellowstone Genealogy Forum

https://yellowstonegenealogy.org/

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

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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 February 2017, 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 our new website (still gfo.org).

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
We’ve recently received a lot of questions from our wonderful members asking when their membership expires and how they can track this.

In response, we’re now providing your membership information right here with our weekly e-news blasts. If you want to forward our weekly e-news blasts to a friend, you can also delete your personal information before forwarding the message.

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Atlas of Historical County Boundaries?? It’s back!

The Newberry Library is pleased to announce that their interactive online maps resource is back up for use. AND they’re even bragging some pretty exciting new features for users:
▪ view a base layer map that allows an overlay of boundaries on top of cities, towns and other geographic features
▪ zoom in and out of maps for the level of detail desired
▪ select a date of interest from a drop-down box with all border change dates for that state
▪ view information about border changes in a hover box that changes as users hover over different counties
▪ expand the map view to full screen

To view (and to interact with!) the maps with all their new bells and whistles, click HERE.

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Don’t forget the GFO’s Spring Seminar! Sat. April 29th

REGISTER for SATURDAY’s SEMINAR

There are still PLENTY of seats available for the Saturday Session!!
Online registrations, in-person registration at the GFO Library, or mailed registration. Whatever way is easiest for you!

When APRIL 29TH, 10am – 4:30pm

Where THE MILWAUKIE CENTER (sponsored by the GFO)

Who JOHN PHILIP COLLETTA

What OUR ANCESTORS FROM OVERSEAS

How It’s so simple! Just click HERE to register right now online.
Please note, the Saturday Seminar is NOT sold out yet. Click HERE to register your seat!
John Philip Colletta is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. For twenty years, he worked part-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives. This is a speaker you definitely don’t want to miss!

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Call for an especially EXCEL-lent volunteer!!

The GFO’s Data Extraction extraordinaire, Loretta Welsh, has recently released another cry for HELP!
Would you like to make a difference in genealogical and historical research across the continent?

We need an excel-genius to help consolidate Loretta’s multiple indexes currently wandering around in various excel documents, and then to format the resulting consolidated file before it can be sent for publication.
If this interests you, please contact Loretta at dataextraction@gfo.org.

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Thank Goodness for Good Indexing!!

Good News!
The Oregon Marriage CD volumes 1, 2, 3, and 4 have been revised. They are now in PDF format, available on CD, USB drive, or as an electronic file you can receive by email. Any or all of the four volumes may be acquired through the following:
▪ Order at our library from the receptionist.
▪ Order by check payable to GFO and send to GFO – Oregon Marriages, 2505 S.E. 11th Ave., Suite B-18 Portland, OR 97202-1061.

Each volume is $10.00, please specify CD/USB/Email. Please add $2 for shipping each CD or USB. If you would like more information or want to pay with PayPal, send an email to research@gfo.org.

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Did you hear?? Legacy Family Tree Webinars hits the Big 5-0-0 this week.
The 500th webinar in its series of marvelous presentations on just about every aspect of genealogy you can imagine will be given this week.

And in recognition of hitting that milestone, Family Tree Webinars is offering free access to all 500 recorded presentations for the entire weekend. The free period starts on Friday and runs through Sunday evening.
To access the magic, go to www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com and browse or search for any topic or presenter and enjoy!

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This Week at the GFO…

SATURDAY, APRIL 15th
Genealogical Problem Solvers (GPS)  9:30 – 11:30am

GPS is a monthly support group where we help each other find information about a family line. We will learn to do a reasonably exhaustive search and develop research plans. The focus will shift depending on the needs of the group. Several experienced researchers have volunteered to help. Beginners and intermediate researchers are encouraged to submit problems to work on. For more information contact Katie Daly at GPS@gfo.org.

Italian Group noon – 2pm

Ciao to everyone interested in Italian genealogy research. This is a great opportunity to learn, share, and enjoy others with a common interest. Italian genealogy research in the Portland area now has a home. Come join our group. Facilitated by Keith Pyeatt.
SUNDAY, APRIL 16th
EASTER HOLIDAY CLOSURE!! Please, please, please! We beg you! Go out and enjoy some colorful eggs and bunnies with family and friends! We’ll see you Monday, April 17th, from 9:30am.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19th
Learn & Chat 10am – noon

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.

FGS Conference August 30-September 2


Register now for “Building Bridges to the Past” in Pittsburgh, PA

4/10/2017 – Austin, TX.

Online registration is now open for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 2017 National Conference.

The conference will be held August 30 – September 2, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. This year’s local host is the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and the theme is “Building Bridges to the Past.” Register by July 1, 2017 for the early-bird discount at FGSConference.org.

Attendees can look forward to strengthening their research abilities no matter their skill level or area of interest. The program is available online at http://www.FGSConference.org. An 8-page pdf download is also available at http://fgs.org/upload/files/FGS2017-ProgramPreview.pdf.

Rorey Cathcart, FGS President, shares, “FGS Conferences offer genealogists of all skill levels an incredible learning opportunity as well as a chance to meet others who share their passion. Whether you are beginning your genealogy adventure or have been at it for decades, FGS welcomes all. With a day devoted to programming for society leaders and members, followed by three days of genealogy programming that features world-famous speakers, exciting workshops, a variety of special events and luncheons, FGS 2017 has something unique to interest all attendees. Don’t miss your chance to join the Federation for a fun-filled and informative experience in Pittsburgh!”

Conference Highlights

Keynote Speaker

Rick Sebak makes unusual television programs. His slightly wacky documentaries now celebrate various aspects of modern American life and the unexpected charms of Pittsburgh. In “Take the Unexpected Bridge,” he will explore the idea that when searching for information of any sort, from historic and genealogical to gastronomic and adventurous, often the best route is along unfamiliar roads and across unexpected bridges.

Conference Sessions

Learning opportunities abound in the FGS 2017 program. The program includes four full days of sessions, workshops, and interactive seminars. Learning tracks include Immigrant/Ethnic, Records, Regional, DNA, Methodology, Analysis, Skills, African American, Land & Taxes, Religion, Occupations, and more. Attendees of all skill levels will find new ways to uncover more about their family history.

Exhibit Hall

The large exhibit hall will feature the latest software, books, maps, databases, and gadgets on the market for family historians. Many genealogical organizations will be present to share information as well. Society Showcase will feature representatives of FGS Member Societies to share how their society can help attendees with their family history.

Special Events

Wednesday evening’s event is sponsored and hosted by Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. Registrants are invited to a dinner cruise along Pittsburgh’s three rivers on board the Gateway Clipper Princess. Friday and Saturday evening offer a special treat for baseball fans. FGS is partnering with the Pittsburgh Pirates to offer discounted tickets for games against the Cincinnati Reds.

Focus on Societies

Wednesday, August 30 is Focus on Societies Day. Sessions are jam-packed with ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, develop projects, increase membership, and leverage technology. D. Joshua Taylor will kick off the day with the plenary session. He will discuss ways to package genealogical societies for non-genealogical partners, including local media, donors, charitable organizations, and politicians.

Librarians’ Day

Tuesday, August 29, is the pre-conference event sponsored by ProQuest. Librarians, archivists, and other information professionals won’t want to miss this event. It will be a full day of sessions focused on serving family history researchers.

Sponsors

Platinum sponsors include leading family history companies Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage. Bronze sponsors include AncestryProGenealogists and Internet Genealogy/Your Genealogy Today. For the complete list of sponsors and partner organizations, visit https://www.fgsconference.org/exhibits/sponsors/.

Also visit the conference website at http://www.FGSConference.org for details including links to conference hotels, research opportunities, and more. Keep up with conference news and announcements by reading the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org and by subscribing to the FGS Voice Newsletter at http://fgs.org/cpage.php?pt=71.

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About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and empowers the genealogical and family history community, especially its societies and organizations, by advocating for the preservation and access of records and providing resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions. FGS helps genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts alike to strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS visit fgs.org. To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Springfield, Illinois, visit fgsconference.org. Also, find FGS on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org.