Genealogical Forum of Oregon Fall Seminar

 

Help Spread The Word! GFO’s Fall Seminar Is Coming!!

 

More CeCe Moore Please!

Oct 14th, 10am to 4:30pm, at the Milwaukie Center

Did you know genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the United States? Have you also noticed how much hubbub there has been lately about DNA and how DNA can help find missing links, missing parentage, and more?

The GFO’s Fall Seminar has all of these hot topics and more! Registration for Saturday’s Seminar is still open open open. Online registration is HERE.

Please help us spread the word by downloading the seminar flyer to share with your patrons and any other interested parties!

 

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s
Wednesday Evening
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13 September 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 August 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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Calling all Members – Bulletin Editorial Group Meeting

Interested in helping to make sure the Bulletin can continue to thrive??

All GFO members interested in keeping the life-blood of the Bulletin pumping, are invited to attend next week’s BEG (Bulletin Editorial Group) meeting.

WHEN? Wed, Sept 20th, 3:30pm
WHERE? GFO Library
WHY? To discuss the current status of the Bulletin, especially its publishing and content needs.
WHO? Why the BEG and all interested GFO members of course!
Bottom-line is we need content content content, which means we need YOU, YOUR STORIES, YOUR INSIGHTS, YOUR PERSPECTIVES! Hope to see you there.
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Humble Area Genealogical Society eConference

 

UPDATE: The flooding from Hurricane Harvey has destroyed homes of 6 of our members. After talking with Family History Fanatics (the producers of our eConference) we are going to be donating 50% of the registration fees to these 6 members from our society. Registration is only $15 and we would appreciate all the support we could get.

The Humble Area Genealogical Society is hosting an eConference and would appreciate if you could forward this information to any of your members that might be interested in participating.

THAGS eConference: Back to Research
Saturday, 23 September 2017 from 8:30am – 4pm CDT

Join us for an eConference! We’ve arranged for four great speakers to teach us about a variety of research topics. Registration costs $15 and you can watch the live webinar presentations or see the replay on your own schedule for up to 30 days after the eConference. During the eConference you’ll be able to ask questions through the webinar program’s chat features. After these four hours of instructions, the speakers will convene for a final panel discussion to answer questions not finished during the webinars or any additional questions you have. It will be a great day of education and entertainment.

How to Register:

Go to the conference page on our website http://www.humblegen.org/conference and click on the register button or click on this link to REGISTER NOW.

After clicking the “Register Now” button, you’ll be taken to PayPal, where you can pay using your PayPal account or with a credit card or eCheck. After payment is complete, you’ll be directed to the “Finalize Registration” page. You’ll enter your name and email (this doesn’t have to be the same email as your PayPal account) to complete the registration process. An email will be sent to you with links and passwords for the eConference.

eConference Schedule:

Time Speaker Topic
8:30 am Karen Rasmussen / Andrew Lee Welcome
9:00 am Amy Johnson Crow Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Female Ancestors
10:30 am Melissa Finlay Which Charles is Which? Separating Same Name Individuals
12:00 pm Devon Noel Lee Using FamilySearch More Effectively
1:30 pm Michael L Strauss Bankruptcy to Equity: Using Federal Court Records
3:00 pm Panel Discussion Family History Fanatics’ “Genealogy Unscripted”

Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Female Ancestors – Amy Johnson Crow

How do you find female ancestors when they lived in a world where most of the records were written by and about men? Explore sources and strategies to help you fill in the female half of the family tree.

Which Charles is Which? Separating Same Name Individuals – Melissa Finlay

Some individuals with similar names have been combined, crossed and muddled over time. Learn how to differentiate between same-named people using a composite of time, place, family members, occupation and other unique identifiers.

Using FamilySearch More Effectively – Devon Noel Lee

FamilySearch.org has billions of names in the family tree and millions of records for genealogical research. This class discusses how to use this collaborative tree more effectively using indexed and unindexed records and leaving a trail of your research decisions along the way.

Bankruptcy to Equity: Using Federal Court Records – Michael L. Strauss

Was Grandma a bootlegger? Did Grandpa pay his taxes? Records of the Federal courts are among the National Archives’ largest holdings-and yet some of the least used records. Open a new chapter of your family history and discover little-known branches in your family tree as the records of the Federal Court system are discussed in detail.

We hope to see you online on the 23rd of September!

-The Humble Area Genealogical Society
Humble, TX

This eConference is being produced by Family History Fanatics. 25% of the ticket price goes directly to The Humble Area Genealogical Society to support their preservation and education activities. If your society would like more information on hosting an eConference, email familyhistoryfanatics@gmail.com.

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s
Wednesday Evening
E-News
6 September 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!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for August 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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We regularly share genealogy tips from around the country and bring you reminders of all of GFO’s upcoming events.

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Just A Few Seats Left for Saturday’s Session, Oct 14th!

GFO’s Fall Seminar is filling up fast! Sunday’s Workshop, Oct 15th, is full.

TOPIC: Breaking Down Brick Walls with DNA

REGISTER FOR SATURDAY HERE or Get on Sunday’s Waitlist HERE

WHAT: GFO’s Fall Seminar (two days!)
WHEN: Saturday, Oct 14th
WHERE: Saturday at the Milwaukie Center (map), and Sunday at the GFO Library
WHO: The fabulous CeCe Moore! DNA Extraordinaire!!

CeCe Moore helped unravel Alice Collins Plebuch’s century-old DNA mystery (news article here), and she’s coming to lend her wealth of DNA research knowledge for GFO’s Fall Seminar goers this October. Don’t miss it! Sign up today!!
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Genealogical Hot Links This Fall…

Genealogical Society of WA

The Genealogical Society of Washington County Oregon will hold its monthly meeting from 10am to noon, Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Hillsboro Brookwood Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway.

Speaker Don Anderson will talk about “From Native American to Scottish – The Journey to Find My First Parents”. The event is free and open to the public. GSWCO is not limited to research in Washington County, and promotes the study of genealogy in all parts of the world. For further information, call 503-640-4431.
JGSO Cemeteries Program

This month’s program is an interactive event. Instead of just learning about Jewish genealogy we will participate in documenting and preserving it for future generations. This is a fun and educational project that can be performed by all members of the family. We are excited that you will play a part in it!

We will meet at the Kesser Israel Cemetery at 10:30 AM. It is located at 6509 SE Nehalem St Portland, Oregon 97206. See map and directions HERE.
Manifest Destiny

Monday, October 9th, at the LDS Factoria Building. Free admission and refreshments, with doors at 6:30pm. The presentation starts at 7:15pm. Come early to use our extensive JGSWS library and network with other attendees.
JGSWS presents an interactive Ellis Island experience: “Manifest Destiny: Names at Ellis Island,” presented by Joel Weintraub.
Oregon Historical Newspapers

Did you hear?! Have you seen!?! Oregon Historical Newspapers’ website got a complete makeover. Check out all the new bells and whistles HERE.
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Don’t be shy! We know you love reading and reviewing all those new books at the GFO!

The following titles need to be reviewed for our Insider publication. Let Joan know if any catch your eye!
1. Dobson, David. SCOTTISH-AMERICAN GRAVESTONES, 1700-1900, Volume II.
2. Mills, Elizabeth Shown. QUICK SHEET, CITING ONLINE HISTORICAL RESOURCES, Evidence Style.
3. Mills, Elizabeth Shown. QUICK SHEET, CITING ANCESTRY. COME DATABASES AND IMAGES, Evidence Style.
4. Mitchell, Brian. THE TOP 300 SURNAMES OF DERRY-LONDONDERRY.
5. Murray, Sonia Bennett. THEY CAME TO BELIZE, 1750-1810. Compiles from Records of Jamaica, the Mosquito Shore, and Belize at the British and Belize National Arches.
6. Ports, Michael A. GENEALOGY AT A GLANCE,GEORGIA GENEALOGY RESEARCH.
7. Ports, Michael A. INDIAN WARS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1610-1858. A Guide for Genealogists and Historians.
8. Thode, Ernest. SWISS PIONEERS OF SOUTHEASTERN OHIO. The re-Discovered Settlements of Jacob Tisher, Baron Rudolph de Steiguer, & Ludwig Gall (plus John Joseph Labarthe in Louisiana).
9. Kemp, Thomas Jay. INTERNATIONAL VITAL RECORDS HANDBOOK. 7TH EDITION. Births, Marriages, Deaths. Application Forms and Ordering Information for the Vital Records You Need for Driver’s Licenses, Passports, Jobs, Social Security, Proof of Identity, etc.

If you’re interested in reviewing one of these titles, please email Joan at bookreviews@gfo.org.
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This Week at the GFO…

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th

Mexican Ancestry Group 11:30am – 1:30pm

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

Beginning and intermediate researchers are very welcome. Some subjects will include online parish records, Hispanic genealogy societies, Family History Library/FamilySearch.org. Ancestry.com, 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 sw@gfo.org.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th

Finding Your People Past and Present 9:30am – noon

Come hear Mary Kircher Roddy give a workshop about researching through City Directories by signing up HERE! Learn also all about how to connect with cousins you never knew you had!

Writers’ Forum 1 – 3pm

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 peggyrbaldwin@gmail.com or 503-916-9410.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th

Maps Work Party 9am – noon

We are planning to continue working on this project on the second Sunday of the month from 9:00 am until noon or whenever. Come when you can. Doris Cruickshank, map project coordinator.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th

Free First…uhm, Second Monday! 10am – noon

Not a GFO Member? No problem! Come check out the GFO Library for free (no pesky $7 day-fee needed) every first Monday of every single month! Well, unless there’s a national holiday that falls on that first Monday, then it’s the second Monday you’ll want to keep an eye out for on your calendar! Bring your friends and family (or even your arch nemesis, if you insist) to show them the wonder of the biggest genealogical library between Seattle and San Francisco. We’re open from 9:30am until 5pm!

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s
Wednesday Evening
E-News
30 August 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!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for August 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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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

 

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s
Wednesday Evening
E-News
23 August 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!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for August 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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Montana State Genealogical Society Conference

 

msgslogo Montana State Genealogical Society Home Page

 

Please Note: As of 31 July 2017, the original room block has sold out. A few more rooms at the Big Horn Resort have been added at the adjusted rate of $99.00/night plus tax, but these are expected to sell out quickly as well.

Click for downloadable PDF Form:

Registration Brochure & Form

Speakers

There will also be 3 FREE WORKSHOPS starting at 5:00 on Thursday afternoon, September 21, 2017.

These are informal gatherings where attendees interested in learning about the topic can ask their questions and learn from each other.

Topics offered this year are:

First Families & Early Settlers of Montana: Have questions on the application process? This one is for you

Norwegian Research: Get help with this often tricky and confusing area

DNA Q & A’s: Confused about DNA? Ask & Learn from each other’s experiences

Coming Early and looking places to visit in Billings? Click here for some ideas!

Check back often for more details!
For more information, contact Verba Valentine at blgsmarket@aol.com

Page Updated: 31 July 2017

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s
Wednesday Evening
E-News
16 August 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!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for August 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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Eclipse Library Closure

Due to anticipated traffic and nearby events, the GFO Library will be closed from 9:30am until 1pm on Monday, August 21st.
See you on the other side of the sun!
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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

 

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s
Wednesday Evening
E-News
9 August 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!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for August 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 Upcoming DNA Speakers in the News!

Subjects of a recent Washington Post article, featured also on the front page of The Oregonian’s Living section are coming soon to the GFO!

She thought she was Irish until…. This recent news article recounts the wonderful true story of how Alice Collins Plebuch’s family research encountered a stunning breakthrough using DNA test results. And both Alice and the genetic genealogist, CeCe Moore, who helped her solve her 100-year-old family mystery are both coming soon to the GFO!
Sept 16th – GenTalk (free)

Come out to GFO’s free and open to the public GenTalk next month to hear Alice Collins Plebuch’s story firsthand!

WHAT? SWITCHED AT BIRTH – Unraveling a Century-Old Mystery with DNA
WHO? speaker Alice Collins Plebuch
WHERE? at the GFO Library (map)
WHEN? Saturday, Sept 16th, 2 – 4pm
Oct 14th & 15th – Fall Seminar with CeCe Moore

Come out to the GFO this fall and learn from the same DNA expert who helped Alice find her true ancestral line.

WHAT? Genetic Genealogy
WHO? speaker CeCe Moore
WHERE? Saturday at the Milwaukie Center (map) & Sunday at the GFO (map)
WHEN? Saturday, Oct 14th, 10am – 4:30pm, and Sunday, Oct 15th, 9:30am – noon
HOW? Click HERE to sign up for one or both days.
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Call for More Volunteer Superheroes! Save the Bulletin!

The GFO’s quarterly publication, the Bulletin, needs your help!

We’re searching for two to three very special volunteers to help with layout duties (about 50 hours total per quarter) for the Bulletin. Our Bulletin is published in September, December, March, and June each year, featuring about 40 to 50 pages each issue jam packed with genealogical tips, brick-wall breakthrough stories, highlights from our library’s collections, Bible transcriptions, book reviews, and much much more.

Our current layout specialist volunteer, who is likely shortly retiring from his Bulletin duties, has been utilizing InDesign software to do the Bulletin layouts, but we’re open to other methods and softwares that will also prove to do the trick!

If you’re interested in or are already an expert of graphic design, or even if you’d like to learn something new to contribute to the GFO community, please email bulletin@gfo.org today!
Without a layout specialist volunteer, we won’t be able to continue the Bulletin publications! Don’t let this happen on YOUR watch!
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Beginners’ Boot Camp!?! Only with less wooden ducks.
RSVP Me Now!

Better lace up quick!

August 12th at the GFO from 9:30am to 5:00pm

Join Laurel Smith for a day of beginning genealogy. There will be classes about the census, vital records, immigration and naturalization, discussions about genealogy software and database use, organizing your research and more–all geared toward beginners. Bring a sack lunch so the discussion can continue while we eat.

GFO members may attend for free, non-members $20 at the door.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops, but it is not required.
Please let us know if you plan to attend by sending a message to RSVP@gfo.org. The handouts will be emailed in advance.
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Mexican Special Interest Group This Friday at 11:30am!

Researching Mexican ancestry within the regions of Mexico, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California and even farther south!

The group meets the second Friday of every month from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the multi-purpose area at the back of the library. Please check the GFO calendar for updates and more information.

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 very welcome. Some subjects will include online parish records, Hispanic genealogy societies, Family History Library/FamilySearch.org. Ancestry.com, solving genealogical problems, the 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 group. They don’t have to be a GFO member to participate.

The Facilitator is Vincent Ramirez. For questions or comments, please email Vince today!

Like all our SIG’s this group is free to join whenever you have time! And psst! It’s at the GFO!
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 11th

Mexican Ancestry Group 11:30am – 1:30pm

As noted just above, come on out this Friday for this monthly SIG meeting to learn all about your Hispanic ancestry and how to research this part of your heritage. Hope to see you there. Remember, this is a free group, so ANYONE can literally just come and join the discussion!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12th

Beginners’ Boot Camp! 9:30am – 5pm

Join our fearless president, Laurel Smith, for a day of beginning genealogy. There will be classes about the census, vital records, immigration and naturalization, discussions about genealogy software and database use, organizing your research and more–all geared toward beginners. Bring a sack lunch so the discussion can continue while we eat.

GFO members may attend for free, non-members $20 at the door. RSVP@gfo.org before it’s too late.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13th

Library Work Party Party Party!!! 9:30am – noon

Come on in and help out. We’re currently labeling books for all the counties in Oregon and we can use all the help we can get! The Maps Work Party, which usually meets on this date, will resume in September.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16th

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. This and all our Special Interest Groups are FREE to the public!

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s
Wednesday Evening
E-News
2 August 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!

GFO Calendar

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for August 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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1/2 Day Workshop! Avoid genealogical pitfalls…

Tips and Tricks: Finding What Your Need and Making the Most of What You Find

WHEN: Saturday, Aug 5th, 9:30am – noon
WHERE: GFO’s Multi-Purpose Room (map)
WHO: Pam Vestal, professional genealogist and lecturer
WHAT: As they say, borrow from the good, steal from the best! In this half-day workshop, you’ll learn from Pam, who is certainly one of the BEST, how to avoid popular pitfalls in genealogical research.
Click HERE to register now!
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Join GFO President for a Beginners’ Boot Camp
RSVP Me Now!

Better lace up quick!

August 12th at the GFO from 9:30 to 5:00

Join Laurel Smith for a day of beginning genealogy. There will be classes about the census, vital records, immigration and naturalization, discussions about genealogy software and database use, organizing your research and more–all geared toward beginners. Bring a sack lunch so the discussion can continue while we eat.

GFO members may attend for free, non-members $20 at the door.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops, but it is not required.
Please let us know if you plan to attend by sending a message to RSVP@gfo.org. The handouts will be emailed in advance.
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Are YOU a friend of the GFO? Would you like to be??

Okay, so first of all, bet you’re wonderin’ what the heck does “Friends of GFO” even mean?
It’s GFO’s new monthly giving program!

Folks can easily sign up via GFO’s website to give as little as $10 a month in recurring monthly donations to support GFO’s operations. These days, that’s about the cost of a sandwich or a morning pastry and a cup o’ joe. And that annual donation of $120 could pay for just over half of GFO’s yearly bulk mail permit, or about 15% of GFO’s yearly telephone bill. These kinds of operating expenses would be covered by these Friends donations.
Why?

Because, while GFO does a great deal with few resources – thanks in large part to a devoted group of volunteers, no paid staff and our generous donors – GFO can find it hard to make ends meet. Some months GFO operates in the red, and the unpredictable cash flow can cause some anxiety! Did you know that membership dues cover only about 26% of GFO’s annual budget expenses? Or, that GFO’s expenses have risen about 10% year-over-year? Having a steady source of some additional income to help smooth out dips and shorten dry spells will help GFO to remain strong and viable into the future.

Won’t you please join the Friends of GFO today? Simply go to: www.gfo.org/support-us/donate/give-now.html and click on the Friends of GFO link to safely and securely register.
And, as always, thank you very much for your generous support!
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Fall Seminar Pricing Corrections, with our apologies!

Paper vs Digital?

We recently noticed the paper & printable PDF flyer registration forms, along with those recently sent out in our Insider publication, have the incorrect prices listed for the Sunday Workshop (October 15th) part of this fall’s seminar event.
Please NOTE: Any paper registrations already processed or postmarked by today’s date will be honored at the prices listed on the forms.

The correct prices are listed on our website HERE as follows:
▪ Early Registration (by September 16th) for Members = $25.00
▪ Early Registration (by September 16th) for Non-Members = $30.00
▪ Registration (after September 16th) for Members = $30.00
▪ Registration (after September 16th) for Non-Members = $35.00
Thank you for all your understanding and for jumping on the early sign-up!
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This Week at the GFO…

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5th

Half-Day Workshop: Tips & Tricks 9:30am – noon

With so much information available to us today, it can be hard to know how to find what we’re looking for, or how to take full advantage of it after we’ve found it. Discover an assortment of techniques that can help you search the internet more successfully, extract those useful genealogical nuggets from your documents, and evaluate your evidence. We’ll explore tools for locating overlooked records, understanding codes in documents, recovering missing websites, finding evidence of name changes, and much more.

Genealogy is a great treasure hunt, but sometimes the clues are easy to misunderstand, or to miss altogether. We’€™ll look at eight pitfalls that can get us into trouble, and discuss strategies for dodging these traps so they won’€™t keep you from reaching your goals. Presenter: Pam Vestal. Register HERE!

German Interest Group 1 – 3pm

Speakers: Carole Linneman and Nanci Remington
Topic: Traveling to Germany to visit ancestral hometowns. Carole and Nanci will talk about their recent trip to Germany with Family Tree Tours – a company focused on genealogy travel. They will share what they did to prepare for the trip, talk about the support from the tour operators and show photos of their wonderful home town visits.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 6th

Manuscripts Work Party 9am – noon

Explore our manuscript, personal papers, and Bible collection while we organize, scan and create finding aids. Drop at the time that works for you between 9am and noon on the first Sunday of every month. Questions? Email us at manuscripts@gfo.org.
MONDAY, AUGUST 7th

Free First Monday!! 9:30am – 5pm

Don’t forget to tell everyone you know, and we mean EVERYONE! Every single first Monday of every single month (alright, alright…except holidays) the GFO Library is FREE to non-members. Come out to see what we’ve got in both our analog collections and to take advantage of our online database subscriptions, like HistoryGeo, Library World Edition of Ancestry.com, and Newspapers.com to name just a few.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8th

Photoshop Elements 1:30 – 2:30pm

Change of date: The Photoshop Elements Special Interest Group is changing our meeting day. By popular demand, beginning in August we will move from the 2nd Wednesday to the 2nd Tuesday of the month. The time of 1:30 pm will remain the same.

For our August meeting we will review some methods of repairing old photos including how to remove a person or object from a picture. We will also learn how to place that person or object into another picture.

If you are new to this group, don’t worry! We’ll get you up to speed as we review beginning steps to help you get started. This and all our Special Interest Groups are FREE to the public!