THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 15 March 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 February 2017, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” –> “Our Publications” menu at our new website (still gfo.org).

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It’s the GFO Annual Open House!! March 18 – 26, 2017

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Volga German Conference in Billings

Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the founding of the Volga German colonies – to be held in Billings, Montana, on April 8.

The venue for the celebration is Pilgrim Congregational Church, 409 South 36th Street in
Billings. Originally called First German Congregational Church, Pilgrim was founded by Volga
Germans arriving in the area to work in the sugar beet industry. Its first building was dedicated
on 11 September 1910. The present facility was constructed in 1936

Brent Mai, Ed.D.

Dean of Libraries & University Librarian

Diector, Volga German Institute

 

Fairfield University

1073 North Benson Road

Fairfield, Connecticut 06824

203-254-4000 x2182

www.fairfield.edu/library

#fairfieldulib

bmai@fairfield.edu

Press Release for Volga German Conference in Billings

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 8 March 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 February 2017, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” –> “Our Publications” menu at our new website (still gfo.org).

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Daylight Savings is this Sunday!
Don’t get stuck behind the times.

Remember to set your clocks back one hour this Saturday night, March 11th.
The official change-over is at 2am on Sunday morning, March 12th.

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 3 March 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 February 2017, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” –> “Our Publications” menu at our new website (still gfo.org).

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GFO’s STAR This Month
Russ is a very valuable member of the team that brought the GFO’s new website live over this past year. Aside from organizing, formatting, and checking all the Useful Links, he added images to the website, tested forms, and entered loads of data for our search engine optimization. Most importantly though, his expertise allowed us to go live effortlessly by transitioning the website server and emails to the new hosting company. He also helped set up the Google Search app and Google Analytics, and he is always willing to work on the more technical challenges of keeping the website running.
We all thank you, Russ!

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Boy oh BOY! Have we got some hot tips in genealogy for you this week!!

Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree
The Southern California Genealogical Society is proud to present the 48th Annual Genealogical Jamboree and the Genetic Genealogy 2017 conferences, as well as their very popular JamboFree and Jamboree Extension Webinars. They are very excited about the outstanding line-up of speaker and events! June 8-11, 2017
Gateway to Germany
Hosted by the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society, this two-day event (April 7-8) will teach you all about how to know where to look among all those dusty old records, what those ancient maps are trying to tell you, and how to read German Gothic handwriting. Sign up HERE.
Classes in Clark County
These upcoming Spring genealogical classes are just a short drive from Portland! Check out the whole line up for the next few months HERE.
2017 International German Genealogy Conference
What better way to celebrate your German roots than to join with other like-minded curious researching souls for this year’s annual international Germanic Genealogy Conference. Don’t forget the Biergarten on Thursday! For more information about how this event works and how you can get involved, check out the details HERE. July 28-30, in Brooklyn Park, MN

Just when you thought you knew all about DNA!
This article from Scientific American’s Michael Balter showcases just how important DNA research and findings can be for unlocking the mysteries of our ancestors, no matter how distant.
U.S. IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION – AND – FRATERNAL ORGANIZATIONS OF THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY
Join the Jewish Genealogical Society on March 12th at 10am, at the Congregation Ahavath Achim in SW Portland, for this wonderful presentation by Hal Bookbinder. More information HERE.
Sherman County, Oregon, A Historical Collection
This brand new local history website has been introduced by Sherry Kaseberg of Wasco, Oregon. Kaseberg’s collection honors the people who lived there, kept the records, preserved the stories and encouraged her interest. It’s truly the work of many, and will appeal to history enthusiasts and genealogists.

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Calling all Research Assistants!!

Bring Your Research Skills to the GFO and Share Your Knowledge With Others!
Can you spare a few hours of your time to help the GFO? We need volunteers to fill spots as Research Assistants (RAs).

Our most current need is for occasional Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Jackie and Judith, some of our most experienced RA’s, have signed on to train all new RA’s. They will give you a tour of our collection, explain the duties of the job, and teach you how to access the databases on our computers.
What better way to enhance your own research skills!
If this sounds like fun to you, please send me a message at volunteer@gfo.org or call the reception desk at 503-963-1932. Or better yet, go to our website, www.gfo.org and check out our volunteer page to sign up online.

Whatever works best for you also works best for us!

Sincerely,
Cathy Lauer, GFO Volunteer Coordinator

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Oregon Marriages Available! How’s that!?

The first volume of the State of Oregon Marriage Index has been revised and is available for saleE.

This volume is available in PDF format that you can purchase HERE on CD or on a USB.

They’re priced at $10 each (shipping is $2.00 extra).

Call the library at (503) 963-1932 for any purchasing questions.

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There’s still room for more CANDIDATES for March’s elections at the GFO…

Curious what makes the GFO go?? So curious you want to have a direct impact on the process!? Here’s your chance.
Positions still in need of candidates:
▪ Endowment Committee (two positions)
▪ Vice President (one position)
▪ Treasurer (one position)
▪ Director-At-Large (one position)

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If you have a candidate you’d like to put forward for one of the following Board Member positions, please email president@gfo.org or any of the existing Board or Staff contacts anytime from now until our Membership Meeting scheduled for Sat, March 25, 12:30pm – 1:00pm.

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Book Sales Associates, Incorporate Yourselves!!
As part of the GFO’s Open House Book Sales events, we need the help of someone or some severals who are very keen on books!

We need people for…

Friday, March 17th, preferably in the afternoon, to set up the book sales tables in preparation for the Open House festivities beginning March 18th. Volunteers and willing bookish fiends should make sure they’re ready to move tables, books, and leap small buildings in a single bound.

If you are able and willing to come in for some instructions on Wednesday, March 8th, in the early afternoon that would be oh so appreciated.

Please reply to GFO President, Laurel Smith, by emailing president@gfo.org.

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What’s Happening this Week at the GFO?

SATURDAY, MARCH 4th
Virginia Interest Group 10am – noon

TOPIC: Beyond the Federal Census

Federal censuses are a great place to start when researching your family. You can often discover additional information in the Non-Population Schedules and the State and Territorial censuses. Elsie will cover what information can be found in these documents and how to access them.

SIG LeaderTraining 12:15 – 12:45pm

Evacuation training for Special Interest Group leaders and any other interested parties.

German Interest Group 1 – 3pm

The German Interest Group was formed in the spring of 2011. It is intended to be a source of information and inspiration for anyone with German speaking ancestors. One goal is to provide information on a variety of topics related to Germanic history and migration. We also will provide time for members to share their research journeys and connect with others who may be researching the same region or time period. This week’s focus? How-to German research, eg. Emigration and Immigration Records links to emigration resources might reveal an immigrant’s place of origin for each state in Germany and immigration sources for dozen of US ports: genmanroots.com.
SUNDAY, MARCH 5th
Manuscripts Work Party 9am – Noon

Explore our manuscript, personal papers and Bible collection while we organize, scan and create finding aids. Drop in at the time that works for you. Questions? Send a message to manuscripts@gfo.org.
MONDAY, MARCH 6th
Free First Monday!! 9:30am – 5pm

Have a friend or family member interested in genealogy and other historical topics? Not sure where to start? Be sure to bring them by the GFO Library next Monday, as the first Monday of every month is free access to the “stacks” for non-members. Oh! And don’t forget about all the online subscription-only databases (Newspapers.com, HistoryGeo.com, World Edition of Ancestry.com, Fold3, and much, much more) that you can access on the GFO’s library computers.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8th
Get Acquainted With 6 – 8pm

Get acquainted with what?? Why, the GFO’s fine equipment! That’s what!! The presentation this month will including tips on how to use the library’s scanner, printer, and microfilm reader. Other topics will include connecting to wi-fi, using flash drives and email, and computer helps such as Snip-it. Presented by Nanci Remington.

This new monthly series is designed to help any and every GFO Library researcher become familiar with the resources available and how to use them. This class will be helpful to long-term members, new members, and even to our own research assistants! It will be offered on the second Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. and on the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m.

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

 

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 22 February 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 February 2017, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” –> “Our Publications” menu at our new website (still gfo.org).

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There’s still room for more CANDIDATES for March’s elections at the GFO…

Curious what makes the GFO go?? So curious you want to have a direct impact on the process!? Here’s your chance.
Positions still in need of candidates:

▪ Endowment Committee (two positions)

▪ Vice President (one position)

▪ Treasurer (one position)

▪ Director-At-Large (one position)

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If you have a candidate you’d like to put forward for one of the following Board Member positions, please email president@gfo.org or any of the existing Board or Staff contacts anytime from now until our Membership Meeting scheduled for Sat, March 25, 12:30pm – 1:00pm.

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Imagine the possibilities! The volunteer possibilities!!

The GFO needs YOUR HELP with….
1. Book Cataloging: Want to learn a new skill while making a huge difference in genealogical research? Well, have we got the gig for you! Training on the job is expected. Basic computer know-how, a willingness to contribute, and an investigative mind are all that’s required! We so need your help, so please send us a note if you’re even the tiniest bit interested!

2. Book Labeling: We need someone to learn the process for creating labels for our books–it’s easy, oh my goodness it’s so way easy! This is the perfect project for someone who can come in once a week for a few hours to do the labeling work (ideally on Wednesdays or Sundays, any time of day).

3. Signs Design: Finally, we need someone to “adopt” our sign outside the GFO library doors. It’s had the same two posters up for a LONG time and it’s boring, boring, boring. We’d love to see the signs updated with our monthly events! Are you feelin’ artsy and craftsy? We know you are!

Email president@gfo.org to sign up today!!
As always, thanks for all you do for the GFO.

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GENEALOGICAL EVENT – It’s a lecture tour!

Sunday, 05 March – Tacoma, WA (1:00pm–5:00pm)
Location: Pierce County Library System, Administrative Center Library, 3005 112th St E, Tacoma, WA 98446

Programme title: Discover Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestry

Host organisation: Lakewood and South Hill Libraries

Tel/e-mail: 253-548-3425 or 316-300-3383 (mobile)

Main contact: Jaime Prothro at jprothro@piercecountylibrary.org

Register online: HERE! OR ON FACEBOOK! (current availability is wait list only)

This presentation is being made in cooperation with the Lakewood and South Hill Friends of the Library.
www.piercecountylibrary.org

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Two GFO Parking Tips & One Major Trimet Tip of the Week Check out all the parking parameters at our Visit Us page.
PARKING TIP #1 Handicap Parking? The lot behind the Ford building has one designated ADA spot. It has a two-hour limit and is also pay-to-park.

Portland has specific rules addressing handicap parking on the street. They are listed HERE.

PARKING TIP #2. All-Day Parking Passes? We know this doesn’t represent everyone’s opinion, but a few researchers have been pleased to find lots of readily available parking in the pay lots. They’ve also indicated that the all-day pass for $7 is truly amenable when weighed against not being able to find parking at all, or the risk of being ticketed and towed if parked on Division after 4 pm.

TRIMET TIP #1. All roads lead to the Lloyd Center! Did you know that you can take 3 (the red, the blue, and the green) of Portland’s 5 Max lines to the Lloyd Center, and from there the GFO is a short and very straight (like an arrow, folks!) ride on bus #70. Check out the Max lines HERE.

In addition, we’re sure you all know about Honored Citizen fares, right!? An all day Honored Citizen bus & Max ticket is $2.50, but getting a monthly pass is only $28. Everyone else has to pay closer to $100, so that’s quite the steal of a deal.

Remember, there are 3 Ford Building parking lots, but only 2 of them have options for parking longer than 2 hours at a time. Psst! The 2-hour only lot is the one immediately behind the Ford Building.

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Don’t miss the boat on GFO’s Spring Seminar, Sat. April 29th!

While Sunday’s Workshop is sold out already, there’s still room at the Saturday Seminar!!
When APRIL 29TH, 10am – 4:30pm

Where THE MILWAUKIE CENTER

Who JOHN PHILIP COLLETTA

What OUR ANCESTORS FROM OVERSEAS

How It’s so simple! Just click HERE to register right now online.
Did you know??
John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining (what a genealogical catch!), he is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. For twenty years, he worked part-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives.

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Ready!? Set! READ & REVIEW!!!

Here’s what’s on deck to be read & reviewed this late winter and early spring season: 1. WHITE PENNSYLVANIA RUNAWAYS, 1763-1768. Compiled by Joseph Lee Boyle
2. THE PEOPLE OF DUBLIN, 1600-1799 by David Dobson
3. THE PEOPLE OF THE SCOTIISH BURGHS, A Genealogical Source Book. The People of Aberdeen, 1600-1799. by David Dobson.
4. THE PEOPLE OF DERRY CITY, 1921. Extracted from the Derry Almanac and Directory by Brian Mitchell.
5. THE PLACE NAMES OF COUNTY DERRY by Brian Mitchell.

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Anyone interest in reviewing any of these flyin’ little beauties, please pick them up from the book shelf between the two offices and fill out the clipboard form. There is also a book review form on the shelf that can be used. For further information, please contact Joan Galles at bulletin@gfo.com.

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What’s Happening this Week at the GFO?

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th
GFO’s Research Practicum 9:30am – 4pm

Full Day Research Practicum (Workshop) – Sorry! This one’s all sold out. But the library will still be open for general research, so don’t be shy if you have big plans for your family history hunting!
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26th
Library Work Party 9am – 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 and you’re welcome to do the same. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there!!
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1st
Learn & Chat 10am – noon

Join us to talk about your genealogy questions and help provide support to others. Facilitated by Connie Lenzen.

DNA Q&A 1 – 2pm

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

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Special Parking E-News
a recap from GFO’s Parking Forum GenTalk yesterday

THE PARKING SCOOP
As many of you have already heard, the three Ford Building parking lots (see map below for locations of the East, West, and South Lots) became PAY-TO-PARK on Monday, February 13th.

Since our GFO members, patrons, and volunteers have enjoyed a significantly long history (since 2011) of free parking, this change has been met with much interest and a little anxiety. To give everyone an opportunity to present their concerns and ideas in a safe and cooperative environment, the GFO’s monthly GenTalk was set aside as an open Parking Forum for our members and other interested parties.

We’d like to let you know what was presented and discussed at yesterday’s meeting.
A few great ideas presented at yesterday’s GenTalk…
Since so many of you already skip the many woes of parking by utilizing public transportation to get to the GFO, we thought it might be time to do a good ole fashioned knowledge-share!

ONE. If you use Trimet to get to the GFO and have tips for the rest of us, we’d like to post them to the GFO website if you can send your “Route Tips” to info@gfo.org.

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Family Search British Isles Research Seminar

 

British Isles Research Seminar

 

British Isles Research Seminar
In order to attend these classes you must register. To attend in person click here. If you are going to attend online click here. When registering please check ALL of the days that you wish to attend. We will use Eventbrite to process your registration. Your information will be processed in accordance with their privacy policy located at Eventbrite’s privacy policy.   IN PERSON CLASSES ARE GOING TO BE HELD IN MAIN FLOOR CLASSROOMS B & C.
TIME Monday, 13 March Tuesday, 14 March Wednesday, 15 March Thursday, 16 March Friday, 17 March
9:00-9:50 AM MDT NO CLASSES THIS HOUR Tracing Irish Roman Catholic Ancestry
10:00-10:50 AM MDT NO CLASSES THIS HOUR Finding Ancestry in Ireland Civil Registration Records
11:00 – 11:50 AM MDT NO CLASSES THIS HOUR Ireland Census & Census Substitutes
1:00-1:50 PM MDT Blessings and Curses of Tracing Welsh Ancestry How to Trace England Ancestry Online Scotland’s ‘Lost’ Other Half: Tracing Difficult Ancestral Lines in Scotland’s Non-Parochial (Church) Registers Turning the Tables on Tracing Elusive Ancestry in England/Wales Civil Registration Records: How to Trace Ancestry Using Online BMD Indexes The Scots-Irish: Plantation and Settlement of Ulster in the 17th Century
2:00-2:50 PM MDT Welsh Naming Patterns and Customs Tracing Non-Church of England Ancestry Using Church of Scotland Parochial Registers to Trace Scots Ancestry England Resources for Family History at findmypast Key Websites for Tracing Ancestry in Ireland

Class Descriptions

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 15 February 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 February 2017, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” –> “Our Publications” menu at our new website (still gfo.org).

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TAKE US TO YOUR CANDIDATES! We still NEED YOUR HELP for candidate suggestions for March’s elections!

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 8 February 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 February 2017, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” –> “Our Publications” menu at our new website (still gfo.org).

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GFO’s February 18th GenTalk – Parking Forum

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 2 February 2017

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for February 2017, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” –> “Our Publications” menu at our new website (still gfo.org).

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It’s never too early to save a seat! GFO spring events are around the corner…

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