GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News Edition

October 11, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

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

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register now while we still have room for you!

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

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

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

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

More information is available here, or by emailing the group’s facilitator, Janice Sellers, at African_American@gfo.org.

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GFO’s October Star – Joann Taylor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Volunteers Needed! Help Keep the Library Open!

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

We Need You!

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

Please contact volunteer@gfo.org.

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Scratch Your Way to Easier Parking!

Zone G Parking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FRIDAY, October 12th

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

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

Beginning and intermediate researchers are welcome. Some subjects will include online parish records, Hispanic genealogy societies, Family History Library/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, October 13th

Great Lakes Region 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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

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

Writers’ Forum 1 – 3 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

Purpose: This is a peer group of genealogists, who meet to learn about writing and to share our writing with each other. Peggy Baldwin facilitates this group and can be reached at writers@gfo.org.

SUNDAY, October 14th

Library Work Party 9 a.m. – noon

There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.

WEDNESDAY, October 17th

Library Closed to Research 11 a.m. – noon

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

Learn & Chat 10 a.m. – noon

Topic: “Surnames, Linguistic Groups, Disasporas.”

It is always fascinating to watch how this subject evolves from beginning at just one surname. At Learn & Chat some of the learning comes from speakers with particular expertise, but most of it comes from the sharing of experiences and knowledge of attendees who have developed methods that work for them. If you have been doing genealogy for any length time, you have likely experienced the wonderful moments of exhilaration, the successes that you then share with others and that drive you to continue researching. Unfortunately those times can be few and far between. Join us to talk about your genealogy questions and help provide support to others. Facilitated by Jeanne Quan and Sandy Alto. Questions, email learnandchat@gfo.org.

DNA Q&A

Lisa McCullough leads a discussion on various DNA related subjects, with each meeting focused on a particular subject. General questions are welcome at the end of each planned discussion. Questions? Email Lisa at dna_qa@gfo.org.

Irish Group 6 – 8 p.m.

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

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

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News Edition

October 4, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

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

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

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

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

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

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

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Descendants to Mark Graves of Early Portlanders 113 Years Later

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

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

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

They will be anonymous no more.

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

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

The public is invited to attend.

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Long Fir Cemetery

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

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

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

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If You’re Down by Salem This Weekend…

State Archives Open House 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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Secret Library

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

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

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

Cookies and water will also be available throughout the conference.

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SATURDAY, October 6th

Virginia Group 10 a.m. – noon

October Meeting Topic: Exploring the Library of Congress Website

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

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

German Group Noon – 3 p.m.

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

The German Interest Group was formed in the spring of 2011. It is intended to be a source of information and inspiration for anyone with German speaking ancestors. One goal is to provide information on a variety of topics related to Germanic history and migration. We also will provide time for members to share their research journeys and connect with others who may be researching the same region or time period.

SUNDAY, October 7th

Manuscripts Work Party 9 a.m. – noon

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

TUESDAY, October 9th

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

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

American Ancestors October Webinars

 

October Online Learning
Online Conference
Researching Upstate New York
Saturday, October 20, 12:00–6:00 PM EDT
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Presented by Genealogists at NEHGS
Cost: $125
Finding information about New York ancestors can be tricky. A fire in 1911 at the State Library and the fact that statewide registration of vital records did not start until 1880 only add to the difficulty. The presentations within this Online Conference will guide you through the maze of genealogical pitfalls, and to the bright spots in New York research. Our New York experts will discuss the settlement of New York and early migrations, vital records and substitutes, land and probate records, the state census, and more.
Can’t attend a live broadcast? You can still enroll! All sessions are recorded and posted to the course webpage. Participants have exclusive access to these recordings and other course materials for at least three months after the final class presentation.
Webinar
Database Volunteer Opportunities at AmericanAncestors.org
Thursday, October 25, 3:00–4:00 PM
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Presented by Molly Rogers and Rachel Adams
FREE and open to the public
Volunteers are essential to the creation of databases at AmericanAncestors.org—from scanning and indexing parish records for the Historic Catholic Records Project to assisting in the creation of the Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880 database and other important collections. Learn about opportunities for helping the Database Team that you can participate in from home!
Can’t attend a live broadcast? Not a problem! You will be able to watch a recording of the presentation on our website following the broadcast.
Questions?
Call 617-226-1226 or email education@nehgs.org.

Free Family Search Family History Library Classes

Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for October 2018

Important tool for life for FamilySearch The FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free family history classes and webinars for October 2018. Research classes will focus on records from Denmark, Holland, England, Germany, and Wales. One class is offered in Spanish. A class for deaf community indexing is included. The genealogy merit badge is also featured. Participants can attend in person or online. See the calendar below for the complete list of classes. No registration is required.

Select webinars are offered weekly along the following track schedule throughout the month:

Mondays—FamilySearch Catalog at 10:00 a.m. MDT

Tuesdays—FamilySearch.org and Family Tree Classes at 10:00 a.m. MDT

Wednesdays—Indexing Classes at 10:00 a.m. MDT

Thursdays—Research Classes at 1:00 p.m. MDT

If you are unable to attend a class in person or online, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience at Family History Library classes and webinars. Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars. Webinar attendees need to click the link next to the class title at the scheduled date and time to attend the class online. Those attending in person simply go to the room noted. Invite your family and friends.

All class times are in mountain daylight time (MDT).

DATE AND TIME CLASS SKILL LEVEL WEBINAR | ROOM
Tuesday, 2 October, 10:00 a.m. What´s New at FamilySearch Beginner Webinar | Main Lab
Thursday, 4 October 10:00 a.m. Indexing Dutch Records (1.5 hours) Beginner Webinar | Main Lab
Thursday, 4 October, 1:00 p.m. Using Archion for German Research Beginner Webinar | Main Lab
Tuesday, 9 October, 10:00 a.m. Starting Family Tree: Overview of FamilySearch Beginner Webinar |

B1 Lab

Thursday, 11 October, 1:00 p.m. United States Research: Pacific Region Beginner Webinar |

Main B

Tuesday, 16 October, 10:00 a.m. Starting Family Tree: Navigating, Adding, Editing, and Standardization of Dates and Places Beginner Webinar | Main Lab
Thursday, 18 October, 1:00 p.m. England and Wales Census Beginner Webinar | Main Lab
Saturday, 20 October, 10:00 a.m. Boy Scout Genealogy Merit Badge (1½ hrs). For Registration. Beginner 2S Lab
Saturday, 20 October, 1:00 p.m. Recursos genealógicos de la emigración Hispanoamericana Beginner Webinar | Main B
Thursday, 25 October, 10:00 a.m. Deaf Community Indexing Training Beginner Webinar | Main Lab
Thursday, 25 October, 1:00 p.m. Using Gazetteers to Determine Jurisdictionsin Denmark Beginner Webinar |

Main Lab

Tuesday, 30 October, 10:00 a.m. Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively Beginner Webinar | Main Lab
About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

September 27, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

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

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

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

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October is Archives Month!

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#AskAnArchivist is October 3rd – Let GFO know how we can help!

Got questions? Well, we’ve got answers!

Our Manuscripts Committee will be available all day on Twitter to lend you advice concerning your personal or professional archives.

We specialize in digitization of manuscript collections, rehousing tips, and more!

Tweet your questions to us at (@GenForumOregon) using the hashtag #AskAnArchivist all day on October 3rd and watch for replies.

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Archives Crawl 2018

GFO will be at this year’s annual Oregon Archives Crawl!

Oregon’s Archives Crawl theme this year is about how archives are “Changing Attitudes” within societies.

Archival representatives from various repositories around Oregon will be at the following locations in downtown Portland, Saturday, October 20th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

City of Portland Archives & Records Center
Oregon Historical Society
Multnomah County Central Library

Our very own Manuscripts Committee from GFO will be at the Multnomah County Central Library. Come see some of our latest and greatest featured items!

This event is totally free and open to the public of all ages.

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The next meeting of the African American Ancestry Special Interest Group (SIG) will be Saturday, October 27th, from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Emily-Jane Dawson, a reference librarian with the Multnomah County Library system, will speak about general genealogical resources available within the library system. One item she will discuss is the three-volume index Blacks in Selected Newspapers, Censuses and Other Sources by James de T. Abajian. The index covers publications from the 1880’s to about the 1950’s.

This meeting will be held at GFO’s library. Please feel free to email Janice Sellers at African_American@gfo.org with questions.

All our Special Interest Groups are free and open to the public!

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We Regret The Error

Recently the GFO thanked its GFO Star volunteers for breaking down a genealogical brick wall for member Charles Morgan.

We mistakenly reported the relationship of the ancestor he was looking for. Mr. Morgan was seeking information about a great-grandfather, not his father.

The GFO remains profoundly grateful to Mr. Morgan for his generous donation for the Genealogy Problem Solvers’ research.

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Share Your Stories! Centennial of Women’s Suffrage Approaches

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Women picket the White House in 1917, demanding full access to voting rights. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

Next year marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteed women the right to vote. We’d like to take a look back at this milestone through the eyes of our ancestors.

The Bulletin, GFO’s quarterly publication, is seeking articles about voting in the U.S. and women’s suffrage.

Do you have an American suffragette in your family tree? Did your ancestor fight for (or against) women’s right to vote?

The Bulletin wants YOU to contribute your story.

Submitted articles will be run beginning in June 2019 and will continue (if we get enough stories) through June 2020.

Let your ancestors’ stories be heard!

Submit stories of any length to bulletin@gfo.org.

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Last week, we noted this upcoming program from the Jewish Genealogical Society, and now we have a confirmed date!

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon is pleased to announce that the speaker for their October meeting will be Avraham Groll, Director of JewishGen.org. The meeting will run from 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 7th.

He has graciously agreed to do a combination of two of his most popular programs: Jewish Life in Poland – Parts 1 and 2. This will be a two hour meeting.

Due to Avraham’s travel schedule this program will start at a later time than our usual programs. The meeting will be held at Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97239.

Please note the 2 p.m. start time.

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MONDAY, October 1st

Free First Monday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Come out each first Monday of every month and splurge on all GFO’s wonderful resources for FREE. Explore our online databases like Fold3, Ancestry World Library Edition, Newspapers.com, and many more. Our analog and microfilm collections total some 49,000 items. Don’t miss out!

WEDNESDAY, October 3rd

Learn & Chat 10:00 a.m. – noon

Gerry Lenzen presents “Selecting Software: Features and Foibles.” What program best suits your needs? How to decide. At Learn & Chat some of the learning comes from speakers with particular expertise but most of it comes from the sharing of experiences and knowledge of attendees who have developed methods that work for them. And if you have been doing genealogy for any length time you have likely experienced the wonderful moments of exhilaration, the successes that you then share with others and that drive you to continue researching. Unfortunately those times can be few and far between. Join us to talk about your genealogy questions and help provide support to others. Facilitated by Jeanne Quan.

DNA Q&A 1 – 3 p.m.

Lisa McCullough will be available to help answer your DNA questions, whether you are new and just getting started or have more involved questions. Questions? Send Lisa McCull a note at dna_qa@gfo.org.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

September 20, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

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

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

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

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Don’t forget to register before October 8th for the Early Bird Prices

WHO? You’ve probably heard of Cyndi Ingle and her invaluable website, Cyndi’s List.

WHAT? Internet Genealogy. Come hear from the guru behind one of the most online comprehensive reference lists genealogical research has ever seen!

WHEN? Saturday, November 3rd, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 4th, 9:30 a.m. to noon.

WHERE? Milwaukie Center, 440 SE Kellogg Creek Dr, Milwaukie, OR 97222

Topics will include: Ten Resources I Use Every Day, Advanced Googling for Grandma, Unappreciated Treasures, Digital Research Plans, Google Maps & Google Earth and Online Resources for the Western U.S.

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GFO’s September Stars – Kristin Parks & Lisa McCullough

Despite short notice, Kristin Parks and Lisa McCullough did a superb job of researching the fate of Charles Morgan’s father, David Morgan, at this summer’s May Genealogy Problem Solvers session.

Kristin Parks

Kristin and Lisa developed a plausible hypothesis for the South Wales origin of David Morgan, building on DNA data to find probable descendants of David Morgan. Charles was so pleased with their assistance that he awarded a generous donation to GFO.

We’re so glad to have Kristin and Lisa’s ongoing assistance with all things GFO!

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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon is pleased to announce that the speaker for their October meeting will be Avraham Groll, Director of JewishGen.org.

He has graciously agreed to do a combination of two of his most popular programs: Jewish Life in Poland – Parts 1 and 2. This will be a two hour meeting.

Due to Avraham’s travel schedule this program will start at a later time than our usual programs. The meeting will be held at Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97239.

Please note the 2 p.m. start time.

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We Might Be Slow To Respond To Emails Next Week

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The GFO is making a switch next week to a cheaper, more versatile email service.

Nobody outside the GFO should notice a thing — unless we hit a glitch. If we do run into a snag, we thank you in advance for your understanding as it may take us a little bit longer response to emails.

Your patience is greatly appreciated. Feel free to also call our reception desk at 503-963-1932 if you need additional assistance.

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Save these dates for some exciting GFO events!

Doing research in Pennsylvania?

Researcher Elsie Deatherage will be the guest speaker for the Great Lakes Region group’s meeting on Saturday, October 13th at 9:30 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room at GFO. Pennsylvania has several distinct ethnic and religious groups that kept different records than we may be accustomed to, but that are really helpful. Learn how to overcome the challenges of state boundary issues, the shifting borders of counties and townships and the difficulties in locating churches and cemeteries. We will look at the on and offline resources that are unique to the Keystone State. There will also be time to share our research quandaries and discoveries. Feel free to contact us at GreatLakes@gfo.org. We look forward to seeing you.

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

Join GFO’s Irish Special Interest Group on Wednesday, October 17th, 6 – 8 p.m., as Karen Hubbard will present a timeline of Irish history. This will help group members put their Irish ancestors in context with their times, and better understand how to research them. We’ll also try to help with “brick walls” in Ireland, or answer other questions about Ireland and Irish research. If you’d like to submit a brick wall question for us to address, email Irish@gfo.org, at least one week in advance.

GFO DNA Advanced Meeting – October 27th, 9 a.m. to noon

Tim Janzen will give a presentation on DNA Painter and creating network diagrams. Anyone interested in using DNA for genealogy is welcomed. Time will be provided for questions.

GFO DNA Beginner’s Meeting – November 24th, 9 a.m. to noon

Emily Aulicino will lead the group in a discussion regarding any questions on the basic DNA tests and the major testing companies. Please submit your questions to her at dna_ea@gfo.org up to one week prior to the class. This is the chance to cover your particular issues which could include what tests work for what problems, exploring how to use spreadsheets to help you organize your data, viewing the company websites, and more. Anyone interested in using DNA for genealogy is welcomed. Time will be provided for additional questions.

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SATURDAY, September 22nd

African American Ancestry Group 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Julie Ramos facilitates this group, which focuses on researching African American ancestry. Meetings take place on the 4th Saturday of the month at 12:30 p.m.

If you know of any other people interested in African American genealogy, please tell them about the group. You do not have to be a GFO member to participate, as all our Special Interest Groups are free and completely open to the public!

British Interest Group 1 – 3 p.m.

The group will discuss online sources for news. Frances Hart will report on her trip to the UK. There will also be time for open discussions about your recent successes and brick walls. This group focuses on research in the British Isles, i.e. England, Wales, Scotland, and Scots-Irish. 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. Anyone with an interest in English/Welsh/Scottish research is welcome to join us. Questions may be directed to Duane Funk at UK@gfo.org. Website: http://gfo.org/intgrp/british.htm. Library Catalog: http://www.gfo.org/library/uki/eng.htm.

GFO’s Research Library will close at 12:45 p.m. on this date, Saturday, September 22nd, to allow room for the two above-noted fantastic Special Interest Groups.

SUNDAY, September 23rd

Beginners’ Boot Camp 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Class Full: Registration Closed

Laurel Smith leads a full day of beginning genealogy lessons at the GFO. There will be sessions 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.

Here’s what attendees are saying: “Boot Camp was rocking, wow do I regret not having it before I started my work…such a good teacher…a marathon that was time well-spent…informative and motivational…with humor and positive energy…more than exceeded my expectations!”

Contact Information: Laurel Smith at info@gfo.org or at 503-963-1932 if you have questions about your registration.

If you missed registering for this class, it happens again Tuesday, January 8, followed by one on Sunday, March 24 during the annual GFO Open House.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

September 13, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

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

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

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

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Personal Archiving Dec 2017

October is National Archives Month!

Got questions? Well, we’ve got answers!

Our Manuscripts Committee will be available all day on Twitter to lend you advice concerning your personal or professional archives.

We specialize in digitization of manuscript collections, rehousing tips, and more!

Tweet your questions to us at (@GenForumOregon) using the hashtag #AskAnArchivist all day on October 3rd and watch for replies.

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Archives Crawl 2018

Oregon’s Archives Crawl theme this year is about how archives are “Changing Attitudes” within societies.

Archival representatives from various repositories around Oregon will be at the following locations in downtown Portland, Saturday, October 20th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

City of Portland Archives & Records Center
Oregon Historical Society
Multnomah County Central Library

Our very own Manuscripts Committee from GFO will be at the Multnomah County Central Library. Come see some of our latest and greatest featured items!

This event is totally free and open to the public of all ages.

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Lessen Your Parking Woes While at GFO

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Did you know GFO has Daily Scratch-Off Zone G Parking Permits available for $1 each at our reception desk?

Can you imagine!? All-day parking for less than the cost of a cup of coffee! That’s a pretty sweat deal.

So come on down, and don’t let the pressures of paid parking keep you from the biggest genealogical library collection in the Pacific Northwest!

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Water Leak Spurs Fast Action at GFO Library

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It’s a good thing we are open until 8pm on Wednesdays. Torrential rains overwhelmed the Ford Building’s pipes after 6pm last night. Water started gushing out of a pipe in the ceiling, hitting the floor, but not our equipment or valuable collection. Fast action by Judith, Laurel, and Barbara helped protect our microfilm scanner from splashing. Special thanks to Jane, our Disaster Preparedness chair, for having plastic sheeting in the emergency supply kit!

Planning matters!

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Board Member Recruitment Committee Needed by October 9th

GFO’s Board of Directors needs your help!

To help us prepare for new terms starting next July, we need to have a dedicated Recruitment Committee to help us find the best candidates for the upcoming available seats. Our bylaws require non-board members to serve in this role.

Seats coming available: Vice President, Director-At-Large, and Treasurer.

We also have need for one, maybe even two, new Endowment Committee members.

Actual board member nominations are due by the March 2019 All Members Meeting. As part of the Recruitment Committee, you’ll help find just the right candidate nominations to fill these positions.

Interested? Inspired? Know you can find the absolute greatest people to fill these rolls? Email president@gfo.org today!

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New GFO Website Design Surprise

Publication Printing Cost To Raise Some Membership Dues

GFO’s Board of Directors recently learned that we are losing money on members who elect to receive our publications in print. While they pay more for their annual dues, it’s still not enough to cover the cost of publishing and postage.

GFO individual digital membership currently costs $45 per year, which includes emailed copies of the GFO’s monthly publications.

Until now, print members have paid an additional $12.

The Board has voted to increase the extra fee for print members to $20 starting January 1, 2019.

This will allow us to break even on those who receive print copies of The Forum Insider and the Bulletin.

If you’re a print member and you’d like to avoid that price hike, we encourage you to renew early, before January 1, 2019. After that date, individual print member dues that will rise from $57 per year to $65 per year.

In another vote, the Board has decided that all Student Members may now receive all our digital publications with their memberships.

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FRIDAY, September 14th

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

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

Beginning and intermediate researchers are welcome. Some subjects will include online parish records, Hispanic genealogy societies, Family History Library/FamilySearch.org. Ancestry.com, solving genealogical problems, methodology for 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. For questions or comments, please email Vince at sw@gfo.org.

SATURDAY, September 15th

Analyze Your Ancestor’s Handwriting 2 – 3 p.m.
Presenter: Joyce Brizendine

What personality traits may your ancestor’s handwriting reveal? Do two signature samples belong to the same person? This presentation will use the handwriting of famous people to illustrate principles of handwriting analysis. Attendees are encouraged to bring samples of their own ancestors’ handwriting for our expert’s opinion.

Joyce Brizendine is a professional handwriting analyst, certified by the International Graphoanalysis Society and by the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation. She has taught and lectured about handwriting analysis, and appears periodically on AM Northwest.

SUNDAY, September 16th

Library Work Party 9 a.m. – noon

There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. We begin work at 9 a.m. If the front door is not unlocked, please come around to the side door and knock. 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.

Family Tree Maker Users’ Group 1 – 3 p.m.

This month, Geoff Smith leads our lesson in how to use FTM sources and citations.

Join other users who want to work through the 2017 Companion Guide to Family TreeMaker. Bring your laptop with 2017 version of FTM installed or build 1-480 of FTM installed.

Questions? Please email Joyce Grant-Worley at FTM@gfo.org.

French Canada Group 3:30 – 5 p.m.

We will share our major ancestral lines and also play “Saints and Sinners,” discussing some of our more colorful and noteworthy ancestors. If you have French Canadian and/or Acadian roots please join us! You are likely to meet some cousins there. The group leader is Bob LaMarche.

WEDNESDAY, September 19th

Learn & Chat 10 a.m. – noon

Lori Washburn presents: “Know Before You Go: Bring Cash!” Changes in access to public records, the effect of digitalization and budgets. What’s available and where? Are there fees?

At Learn & Chat some of the learning comes from speakers with particular expertise, but most of it comes from the sharing of experiences and knowledge of attendees who have developed methods that work for them. And if you have been doing genealogy for any length time you have likely experienced the wonderful moments of exhilaration, the successes that you then share with others and that drive you to continue researching. Unfortunately those times can be few and far between. Join us to talk about your genealogy questions and help provide support to others. Facilitated by Jeanne Quan.

DNA Q&A 1 – 3 p.m.

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. Send questions or comments to Lisa at dna_lm@gfo.org.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

September 6, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

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

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

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

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Centennial of Women’s Suffrage Approaches: Share Your Stories

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Women picket the White House in 1917, demanding full access to voting rights. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

Next year marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteed women the right to vote. We’d like to take a look back at this milestone through the eyes of our ancestors.

The Bulletin, GFO’s quarterly publication, is seeking articles about voting in the U.S. and women’s suffrage.

Do you have an American suffragette in your family tree? Did your ancestor fight for (or against) women’s right to vote?

The Bulletin wants YOU to contribute your story.

Submitted articles will be run beginning in June 2019 and will continue (if we get enough stories) through June 2020.

Let your ancestors’ stories be heard!

Submit stories of any length to bulletin@gfo.org.

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Kansas City Chiefs Coach Deland McCullough found his biological parents in a place he had never anticipated.

This story goes to show you how having children of one’s own can really inspire exploration into your family history.

Read the jaw dropping story on ESPN’s Website.

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Analyze Your Ancestor’s Handwriting

Saturday, September 15 @ 2 p.m.
Presenter: Joyce Brizendine

What personality traits may your ancestor’s handwriting reveal? Do two signature samples belong to the same person? This presentation will use the handwriting of famous people to illustrate principles of handwriting analysis. Attendees are encouraged to bring samples of their own ancestors’ handwriting for our expert’s opinion.

Joyce Brizendine is a professional handwriting analyst, certified by the International Graphoanalysis Society and by the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation. She has taught and lectured about handwriting analysis, and appears periodically on AM Northwest.

Digging for Ancestral Gold

Saturday, October 20 @ 2 p.m.
Presenter: Laurence Overmire

Did you ever have the experience of going on a hunt for buried treasure? Or wish you were an archaeologist digging through the layers of the ancient past? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to be a detective who finds the clues and solves the mystery?

Now’s your chance! Everyone has an amazing family history, but most have no clue how truly remarkable it is, because they have never investigated the generations going far back in time. Author and genealogist Laurence Overmire will inspire you to embark on a quest for your ancestral heritage and will guide you through the steps to get you started.

Laurence Overmire has had a multi-faceted career as a genealogist, poet, actor, director, educator and public speaker. He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), and he graduated summa cum laude from Muskingum University, B.A., B.S., and the University of Minnesota, M.F.A. He now resides in West Linn with his wife Nancy McDonald.

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Treasures Raffle Donations Needed for GFO’s Fall Seminar

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As we take registrations for our upcoming Fall Seminar, we’d like to ask you to please search your closet or desk for a gently used item that we can raffle at the seminar.

WHAT? Suggestions include genealogically related books, household decorations, carry bags, certificates toward GFO membership or research costs, and computer items.

HOW? Leave the item(s) at the library reception desk with a note that it’s a donation to the seminar treasures raffle.

IMPACT? Tickets are sold for $1 each or 6 for $5, and they are placed in separate paper sacks for each prize, so you win only something you want.

As always, thank you so much for your continued support!

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SATURDAY, September 8th

Great Lakes Region SIG 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Midwest + September = Football. Need we say more? Staying seasonally appropriate, the presentation topic is sports and games that were around when our ancestors arrived in the area, and what they brought with them when they moved there. Any Turnverein or Sokol members in your family? Please bring any stories and pictures of your athletic ancestors with you. We will also look at some of society’s attitudes toward health and fitness, and at the parks movement. It’s a fascinating lens for viewing our ancestors’ lives and experiences. There will also be time for sharing our research. As always, all are welcome. Contact us at greatlakes@gfo.org with any questions.

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

Writers’ Forum 1 – 3 p.m.

Purpose: This is a peer group of genealogists meeting 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.

Meetings: September through May, second Saturday of each month, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the GFO Library.

SUNDAY, September 9th

Library Work Party 9 a.m. – noon

There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. We begin work at 9 a.m. If the front door is not unlocked, please come around to the side door and knock. 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.

MONDAY, September 3rd

Free First Monday! Come one! Come all! GFO’s research library is free and open to the public for full use of any and all our resources every first Monday of every month. We’re proud to offer you nearly 50,000 holdings (including microfilms of the Oregon Donation Land Claim records, the original Multnomah County marriage registers from the late 1800s and early 1900s, New York passenger lists, and much, much more. This month’s Labor Day holiday pushed our Free First Monday back to this week, so if you thought you missed it, well you’re actually still in luck! Hope to see you there.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

August 30, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

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

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here. The current Insider newsletter awaits you HERE.

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You’ve probably heard of Cyndi Ingle and her invaluable website, Cyndi’s List.

Now come hear from the guru behind one of the most comprehensive reference lists there is online! GFO is proud to bring Cyndi Ingle in for our Fall Seminar November 3rd and 4th.

Topics include: Ten Resources I Use Every Day, Advanced Googling for Grandma, Unappreciated Treasures, Digital Research Plans, Google Maps & Google Earth and Online Resources for the Western U.S.

Register HERE now!

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August’s GFO Star – Steve Turner

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We’d like to offer deep gratitude to this month’s GFO Star, Steve Turner.
Steve came to the GFO’s rescue when the previous library chair resigned. Since then, he has been a regular at the library on Tuesdays, assigning call numbers to any new books received during the week. He led the Library Committee in the development of a collection development policy and selection guidelines.
Steve was instrumental in establishing a new system to renumber our entire collection, to help make things easier to find. He has assigned new numbers to about 80% of the collection. He also arranges trades of our surplus books with Wilsonville Public Library and several local booksellers—enabling the GFO to get some wonderful new selections without any cash out of pocket.

Thank you, Steve, for your hard work and dedication!

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History Humor – As Seen On Twitter

Just because we knew your week needed this!

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New Books Bolster GFO’s Southern and African American Resources

Books Purchased Black History

Purchased, thanks to your support, from the GFO Library budget:

White Slave Children of Charles County, Maryland: the search for survivors
“Lazy, loves strong Drink, and is a Glutton” White Pennsylvania Runaways, 1720-1749
“Sly and artful rogues” Maryland Runaways, 1775-1781
“Given to drinking and whoring” White Maryland Runaways, 1720-1762
The Dawes Commission: Citizens and Intruders in Indian Territory 1901-1909
Books-Donated-Hinds Black History

Donations from Harold Hinds:

Black Southerners in Confederate Armies: a collection of historical accounts
The Southern Debate over Slavery, volume 2
Runaway Slaves: rebels on the plantation
Presidential Executive Orders: Numbered Series 1862-1938, 2 volumes
Tennessee Colored Confederate Veteran Pension Applications
Getting it Right: the definitive guide to recording family history accurately
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Volunteer Opportunities at GFO

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Library Committee

Your Library Could Really Use Your Help!

We’re constantly adding more to our collection of nearly 50,000 holdings.

Our overworked library team needs your help with these assignments:
Evaluating, cataloging, labeling and filing books. Ongoing volunteers needed.
Assistant to the Library Chair on Wednesdays, various tasks. Ongoing volunteers needed.
Shelf reading: Review shelves using a printed list to insure books are shelved in correct order or identify missing items. Ongoing Volunteers needed.
Special review: Review items on office reserve. Use online tools to determine whether backup copies should be retained or sold. Add the keepers to the catalog. This project will NOT be long term. When the books in the workroom have been reviewed, the job will end.

Have an hour to spare two or three times a month?
Time to take on a short term project?

Remember, the GFO is an all-volunteer organization. No one’s ever been paid in 72 years. Our members keep the rent paid with their dues and donations; it’s our volunteers who keep the library operating.

Please join the team to keep the largest genealogy library in the Pacific Northwest a thriving place.

Please contact library@gfo.org to volunteer. (Please do not hit reply to this email.)

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Grants Committee

Do You Have Experience Seeking Grants?

For 72 years the GFO has relied only on membership dues and donations to fund our services.

We’d like to increase what we offer and who we reach. That takes money. We’d like to apply for some grants.

If you have experience pursuing grants, we’d love your help!

Please contact president@gfo.org if you can assist us. (Please do not hit reply to this email.)

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GFO Lands Hard-To-Find German Books! Can You Help Us Pay For Them?

German Books Donation Call

An expert tells us you’ll have the highest probability of finding German ancestors in church records.
We were thrilled to see Volumes 8, 20, 21, 22, and 23 of German Immigrants in American Church Records become available at a reasonable price.
The German Immigrant series of books has a history of selling out quickly when it becomes available. These are very hard if not impossible to locate, or priced outrageously when we find them.
We already have many volumes in this series and this will fill substantial gaps.

But how to pay for this sudden acquisition opportunity?

Two generous GFO members happened to be here. On the spot they gave us the money. One donated $100 outright, and the other donated $350 with the hope we can reimburse him.

These books would have been snapped up if we had not ordered them promptly, so we jumped at the chance.

Will you help us reimburse this magnanimous donor who helped us snag the books while they were available?

Please donate HERE: and specify “German Books” in the Comments field.
If you have questions, please write to library@gfo.org.

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SATURDAY, September 1st

Virginia Group 10 a.m. – noon

This meeting will include reports on our genealogy experiences over the summer, and discussion of our plans for this year. One often-requested topic is the history and genealogy research information for North Carolina. To start this topic, we will have some discussion of the very early exploration and settlement attempts’ of North Carolina.

For more information see our blog: “Virginia Roots and Vines.”

Research in Virginia can be difficult, with the complication of burned counties, as well as the ordinary difficulties of using historical documents. But it is not impossible. We discuss the history of Virginia and explore various methods to do sound genealogy research. We hope to foster collaboration among our many Virginia researchers and work on our varied research problems, our brick walls, together. Each month we will have a discussion or presentation on a topic related to our research. There will also be time each meeting for discussion, suggestions, and perhaps research on individual research. We’ll also explore the settlement of Kentucky, the Carolinas and Tennessee. Group leaders include Judi Scott and Carol Surrency.

German Group 1 – 3 p.m.

Christine Rainer will talk about visits to several ancestral villages on a trip to her native country, Germany. 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. Mike Fernandez and Tia Cobb facilitate this group.

SUNDAY, September 2nd

Manuscripts Work Party 9 a.m. – noon

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

MONDAY, September 3rd

Labor Day Library Closure Free First Monday will be observed on September 10th. Come on out and give us a visit.

WEDNESDAY, September 5th

Learn & Chat 10 a.m. – noon

Learn and Chat reconvenes following its summer hiatus welcoming your voice as we plan our 2018-2019 calendar, structure with lots of room for spontaneity.

As a group we support one another sharing skills and resources. As we parted company in June thoughts included “Back to the Basics: Walking the Shelves” and “Selecting a Software Program: Featured and Foibles.” What do you need? What can you contribute? Facilitated by Jean Quan.

DNA Q&A 1 – 3 p.m.

Lisa McCullough will be available to help answer your DNA questions, whether you are new and just getting started or have more involved questions. Questions? Write to Lisa.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

August 23, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

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

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here. The current Insider newsletter awaits you HERE.

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DNA Interest Groups

As a beginner or intermediate level DNA tester, are you struggling with finding common ancestors for your autosomal DNA matches? Are your matches not responding to your emails? Do your find it difficult to organize your DNA data to keep track of your connections? Then this class is for you!

WHERE? GFO’s Multipurpose Room
HOW? This class is completely FREE and open to the public!
WHEN? Saturday, August 25th, 9 a.m. – noon

Emily’s presentation “From atDNA Testing to Connecting the Family Dots: A beginner’s guide to autosomal testing and finding your common ancestors” will review autosomal DNA briefly, highlight the advantages and disadvantages for the five DNA testing companies, and focus on five steps to help discover your common ancestors, establish good communication with matches, and organize the information.

As a side bar, Emily will cover some tips on using AncestryDNA’s website to help you locate pedigree charts, matches’ emails, and getting around the lack of a chromosome browser.

Download the handout HERE and please bring it to class. You’ll also want to please review it before attending.

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Microfilm Is Back In Style!

Microfilm Reader Digital at GFO

Think microfilm is too outdated to be useful? Think again!

According to a recent article from The Atlantic, “digital documents usually omit the context. The surrounding pages in the morning paper or the rest of the issue of a magazine or journal vanish when a single, specific article can be retrieved directly.”

Such easy, but limited access to research content can be detrimental to family history investigators who want more than the simple facts to post on their latest and greatest family trees.

We’re pleased to offer hundreds of microfilms at the GFO library, including Oregon land claim records from the earliest days of the state, foreign voter registration records, Native American records, and much more.

Read all about how microfilmed research is making a comeback in this article from The Atlantic HERE.

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Thank you, donors! GFO’s Acquisitions Corner this week includes…

Book Donations

Donations to the library from Harold Hinds:

Bounty and Donation Land Grants in British Colonial America
The War if 1812: An annotated bibliography
Mastering Immigration and Naturalization Records
Tracing Your Civil Was Ancestor
First Guide to Civil War Genealogy and Research
Civil War Research Guide: A guide for researching your Civil War ancestor
The Roster of the General Society of the War of 1812: 1989
And the NGS Research in the States volumes for Massachusetts, Michigan, and Rhode Island
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$10 Off OHS Membership for GFO Members

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Did you know your GFO membership is worth $10 off when you join the Oregon Historical Society?
We’re pleased to be an affiliate of OHS and provide you this benefit.

When you sign up at the OHS all you need to do is note your membership on the application. (Including your GFO member number would be beneficial). If you’re joining in person or by phone, let the person you’re talking to know you are an affiliate member.

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SATURDAY, August 25th

DNA Beginners Group 9 a.m. – noon

This Special Interest Group (SIG) will be led by the ever-knowledgable Emily Aulicino, whose presentation “From atDNA Testing to Connecting the Family Dots: A beginner’s guide to autosomal testing and finding your common ancestors” will review autosomal DNA briefly, highlight the advantages and disadvantages for the five DNA testing companies, and focus on five steps to help discover your common ancestors, establish good communication with matches, and organize the information.

Download the handout HERE and please review before class.

SUNDAY, August 26th

Library Work Party 9 a.m. – noon

There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.

WEDNESDAY, August 29th

Bulletin Editorial Group (BEG) 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

First meeting of the new Bulletin Editorial Group (BEG). To all lovers of GFO’s quarterly publication, The Bulletin: Committee members help keep The Bulletin going strong by seeking articles and authors, keeping tabs on volunteer needs, and helping to recruit more participants.

If you’re interested in helping support The Bulletin, please plan to attend. If you have questions, please send them to Bulletin@gfo.org.