GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition June 20, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
gfo.org | 503-963-1932 | info@gfo.org Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Nanci Remington Named to GFO Hall of Fame
This year, the board of directors is proud to name Nanci Remington as the GFO’s 2019 Hall of Fame honoree. We’ve almost lost track of all the hats Nanci Remington has worn during her decade of volunteering at the GFO. Nanci is more than just a Research Assistant. She has her own fan club. Patrons make a point of coming down on days they know she will be at the library.
GFO President Vince Patton presents the Hall of Fame Award to long time volunteer Nanci Remington.
Among her many other hats over the years: ▪ She goes above and behond answering emails sent to info@gfo.org. ▪ Served as Education Chair and headed the Open House for several years. ▪ Filled the gap when the Seminars Committee lost its co-chair and filled that role all on her own for several well-organized years. ▪ She founded the German Special Interest Group. ▪ She was also one of the key players in the predecessor or our current Problem Solvers Special Interest Group—the Hunting and Gathering SIG. ▪ Formed and still co-leads the Manuscripts Committee, helping to make the treasures within available to researchers worldwide. ▪ She’s been writing interesting articles for the Bulletin for ages, and most recently agreed to become its co-editor. ▪ Our good fortune seems to be that if she burns out of one role, she always pops up in another. For her true leadership, service, and accomplishments, we are proud to add the name of Nanci Remington to the GFO Hall of Fame.
Italian Ancestry Group Returns
We are pleased that the Italian Special Interest Group is returning from hiatus! It will meet on a new day, under the leadership of GFO member Nancy Matheny. Nancy has set up a series of topics to fill the rest of the year. ▪ Jul 2 – Lecture #1: Italian-Americans: Find your ancestral home in the old country ▪ Aug 6 – Lecture #2: Italian-Americans: Find your ancestor’s passenger list ▪ Sep 3 – Lecture #3: Italian-Americans: Find your ancestor’s naturalization records ▪ Oct 1 – Lecture #4: Italian-Americans: Find your ancestor’s Italian civil records ▪ Nov 5 – Lecture #5: Italian-Americans: Find your ancestor’s Italian church records ▪ Dec 3 – Lecture #6: Italian-Americans: Find your ancestor’s Italian military records The Italian group will meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to Noon at the GFO Library. All meetings are free and open to the public. Questions? Contact Italian@gfo.org
Half-Day Workshop: Adding Historical Context
Adding Historical Context: A Hands-On Approach Join GFO’s Kate Eakman July 14 from 9:30 a.m. – Noon for a half-day of learning about how to add historical context to your genealogical research to make it richer and more interesting. In this workshop you will: ▪ Practice identifying items, events, and topics ripe for historical research. ▪ Once the questions have been asked, learn how to find the answers. ▪ Discuss how to add this new-found information to one’s family’s history. Take advantage of Early Bird pricing. Register by June 30 and save $5.00!
Register Now
PMUG Clinic Debuts at the GFO
June 26th 6:00 – 7:45 p.m. in the GFO Classroom. If you missed our meeting on June 12th, Portland Macintosh Users Group will be repeating one of our most successful events at the GFO – the PMUG Clinic. The Clinic is a friendly place where you can bring in that Mac/iPad/iPhone that is giving you problem for free diagnostics, as well as help with many other issues. Some examples of how PMUG Clinic can help you include:
• If you have questions on one of the basic Apple software apps, you don’t need to take a whole class to get your questions answered.
• If you are having problems with your Mac/iPhone/iPad, you can bring it in for a free diagnostic.
• If you want to find the best backup system for your genealogy archives, you can get a custom recommendation based your actual needs. No need to register, just show up during clinic hours: Bring your Mac or Apple mobile device. If you would like additional information for attending PMUG Clinic, please email us at college@pmug.org.
Help Us Finish the Year with a Cushion!
In our personal lives, June doesn’t typically trigger us think to think about the money we’re spending. At the GFO, this is the last month of our fiscal year. We see how some expenses rose more than we expected. In fact, we learned recently we must replace three computers which are on death’s door. This is an unexpected expense. We’re all volunteer. No one gets paid. Every dime of your support goes directly into the GFO’s operations. The GFO preserves heritage in our 50,000 holdings, and offers more than 180 classes during the year. Please make a gift today to help us fuel the lifelong learning genealogists enjoy.
Contribute now
FGS Family History Conference Early Registration closing soon
Federation of Genealogical Societies’ FGS 2019 Family History Conference is just two months away (August 21 – 24) in Washington, DC, and now is the time to lock in the advance registration discount rate while it lasts! Five Reasons to attend FGS 2019:
▪ Four full days of inclusive topics presented by the nation’s top family history experts with sessions aimed at strengthening your research skills regardless of your level or area of expertise. ▪ Pre-conference opportunities to visit and research at the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the DAR Library. ▪ A variety of tracks such as American’s Resources, Mid-Atlantic Region, Colonial History and Settlement, Women’s studies, and three DNA tracks to cover DNA foundations, methods, and practice. ▪ Ten luncheons to network with fellow genealogists and enjoy lighter presentations from sponsoring organizations such as Family Search, My Heritage, and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. ▪ An Exhibit Hall featuring the latest software, books, maps, and gadgets for genealogists as well as information about genealogical organizations. When you register by June 30th you save $30 on full conference registration, or $10 on single day registration. Attendees who provide 8 hours or more of volunteer service during the conference are eligible for partial refunds of their registration fee!
Register Here
Surplus Book of the Week: Historical Atlas of Indiana
Here’s a treat for map lovers or anyone with Indiana roots. This week’s surplus book is the Illustrated Historical Atlas of Indiana. The maps are from 1876, depicting every county in the state at that time. It includes the plat of Indianapolis and a sampling of illustrations. This handsome, oversized volume measures 14 inches by 17 1/2 inches and is in perfect condition.
Note: This is a 1968 reproduction by the Indiana Historical Society of the original 1876 publication. We have found this atlas for sale online for $50 to $100. Our price: $30 if you pickup at the GFO. $37 if we mail it to you. Contact booksales@gfo.org if you’d like to buy it. (Please don’t just come to the library first to get it.)
Survey Results: Correcting Errors on Ancestry.com
Well done!
Nearly 76% of our survey respondents know that it is possible to submit corrections to errors on Ancestry and they’ve done just that. 16% didn’t know, but say they’ll send in corrections now. 8% said they did know about the feature but have never submitted a fix.
New Survey:
Davy Crockett, George Washington, Queen Victoria … Do family stories say you are related to a famous person? Take our survey this week to tell us more.
Take the Survey
This week at GFO …
Sunday, June 23rd
Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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, June 19th
PMUG Clinic 6:00 – 7:45 p.m.
For the month of June, the Portland Macintosh Users Group will bring one of our most successful events to the GFO – the PMUG Clinic. The Clinic is a friendly place where you can bring in that Mac/iPad/iPhone that you are having problems with for free diagnostics, as well as many other issues.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition June 13, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
gfo.org | 503-963-1932 | info@gfo.org Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Please Attend Our Member Meeting This Saturday
We encourage all GFO Members to attend our annual membership meeting this Saturday, June 15, at 2 p.m.
(Yes, that’s the correct date. We apologize for the typo last week.)
Richard Crockett will present the budget for the new fiscal year which starts on July 1. You, the members, will be asked to vote to approve the board’s plan. It’s your chance to see our new board members who join the board next month. And, we’ll reveal this year’s Hall of Fame Award winner. This is the GFO’s highest honor, which carries with it lifetime membership in the GFO. The meeting lasts 30 minutes. Then, please stay on for a free GenTalk by Kristin Parks. She’ll talk about land records and how to reach them from our library computers.
Donations Delivered to Paradise Genealogical Society
All 28 boxes fit in the car! President Vince Patton shows every nook and cranny we used to do it.
The Paradise Genealogical Society in northern California hasn’t had much to smile about since a wildfire burned their library to the ground.
Smiles returned today as they received nearly 1,500 books and periodicals. We delivered donations from the GFO and the Clark County Genealogical Society a few hours ago. A team from Paradise drove north, and GFO President Vince Patton drove south. We met halfway in Medford for the transfer of 28 boxes. It’s a great way to jumpstart the rebuilding of their library in a new temporary location in Chico, California.
Joyce Higgins and Carol Sutherland of the Paradise Genealogy Society were thrilled to have a van load of books to drive back home.
Half-Day Workshop: Adding Historical Context
Adding Historical Context: A Hands-On Approach Join GFO’s Kate Eakman July 14 from 9:30 a.m. – Noon for a half-day of learning about how to add historical context to your genealogical research to make it richer and more interesting. In this workshop you will: ▪ Practice identifying items, events, and topics ripe for historical research. ▪ Once the questions have been asked, learn how to find the answers. ▪ Discuss how to add this new-found information to one’s family’s history. Take advantage of Early Bird pricing. Register by June 30 and save $5.00!
Register Now
GenTalk: Locating Land Using the GLO, HistoryGeo & GFO
The website of the Bureau of Land Management’s General Land Office (GLO) is an incredibly valuable resource for researching your Federal Land State ancestors. Even those ancestors who never left the east coast can sometimes be found if you know how to look. Using the GLO, HistoryGeo, and the GFO’s collection of Oregon Donation Land Claim materials can lead you on a rewarding journey of discovery that covers a lot more territory than you might think.
Join GFO Research Assistant and Education Committee Chair Kristin Parks this Saturday, June 15, from 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. to learn more about these helpful resources.
Member Dues Rise July 1 – Renew Early Before the Increase
Anyone may renew early, before July 1, to lock in this year’s lower rates. NOTE: If you are midway into a standard membership and would like to become a Life member, we will credit your life member dues with the unused amount of what you have already paid. Life members can pay everything in one lump sum or spread payments out over three years.
Renew or Join Now
Great Lakes Region Interest Group is looking for your help!
The Great Lakes Region Interest Group is looking for presenters for the coming year! Do you know someone who might be interested? If you send us the person’s name and email address, we’ll do the rest. Contact us at greatlakes@gfo.org. Our next meeting is Saturday, September 14 at 9:30 a.m. Until then, we wish you happy trails and a summer of productive genealogy research!
Surplus Book of the Week: First Hundred Years of Lincoln County
This week’s surplus book is a special commemorative book that beautifully captures the first 100 years of Lincoln County, Oregon, from 1893 to 1993. It was published by the News-Times of Newport in 1993 and includes 192 pages of historic photos and advertisements.
This softcover book captures the fishing, timber, rail, and cultural history of Newport. It’s in very good condition with no marks inside or out. We’ve found it for sale online for $40 plus shipping. Your price:
$30 – pickup at GFO
$35 – we’ll mail it to you If interested, please email booksales@gfo.org. (Please contact them first; don’t just show up at the library to purchase.)
Survey Results: Family Tree Errors
There were 46 responses with lots of “Other” answers.
23 – Try to get the tree owner to correct it
13 – Ignore it To see all the results, click here.
Have you ever looked for trees with errors about your ancestors for the purpose of correcting them?
No 39 (84.8%)
Yes 7 (15.2%) If you tried to correct the errors, how did you do it?
(respondents could select more than one answer.)
We’re glad to see some of you are working hard to get those trees corrected! 37 of you responded.
22 Sent the tree owner corrected information
19 Sent the tree owner documentation (or a link to documentation)
17 Added a comment to their tree
10 Tried to educate the tree owner about the value of reliable sources
New Survey: Correcting Errors on Ancestry.com
Have you ever looked and looked for a record on Ancestry.com, to discover when you find it that it was indexed incorrectly?
It can be frustrating, for sure. And Ancestry will not correct them—but you can. It doesn’t change the incorrect information, but it adds information to help others find the record more easily.
This week we ask if you already know about and/or post corrections.
Please take our survey now.
Take the Survey
This week at GFO …
Friday, June 14th
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.
For questions or comments, please email Vince Ramirez at sw@gfo.org.
Saturday, June 15th
Genealogy Problem Solvers 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
No meeting this month.
African American Ancestry Group 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
This meeting will be our second attempt at a “transcribathon” – we will work together on transcribing Freedmen’s Bureau records for the Smithsonian’s massive undertaking of creating an every-word transcription of every document in the Freedmen’s Bureau collection.
Please plan ahead: Visit The Freedman’s Bureau website before the June 15 meeting and sign up. You will need to bring a laptop to the meeting to work on. If you have an extra laptop, consider bringing it in case someone else doesn’t have one, so that more people can help.
For more information, contact us at african_american@gfo.org.
Annual Membership Meeting 2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Come to see new officers installed, learn who is receiving the Hall of Fame award, and vote to approve the budget for the coming fiscal year.
GenTalk: Using the GLO and HistoryGeo 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Presenter Kristin Parks will show you how using the General Land Office website, HistoryGeo.com and the GFO’s collection of Oregon Donation Land Claim material can help take you on a path of discovery to learn more about your ancestors.
Sunday, June 16th
Father’s Day – GFO Closed.
Wednesday, June 19th
Learn and Chat 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Topic: Census – Part Two. The census is often the first place we search for “instant gratification,” a place to see our people and their community (FAN Club). The 2020 Census is now front-and-center in the news.
Join us for Part Two of a discussion of how this constitutionally-mandated enumeration has changed over time. We share our experiences and are working together on a list of resources useful to all.
A lively discussion and a lot of fun!
Facilitated by Jean Quan and Sandy Alto. Questions? learnandchat@gfo.org
DNA Q&A 1:00 – 3:00 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. Questions? dna_qa@gfo.org
Irish Group 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
In our first hour, we will interactively explore those new and improved Irish genealogy websites, or even a great general genealogy website that you have found useful. Email a couple of your favorite URLs to Irish@gfo.org by June 12th and everyone can have a copy of all the URLs at the meeting! We will be sure the laptop and projector screen are ready! Share what you liked about the site and we will all be a wee bit closer to our next ancestor discovery!
Second hour we will address current challenges/brick walls/research obstacles – bring a concise outline of your challenge, and we will put our heads together to help move you forward.
We’re planning now for August and October meetings. What topics/speakers would you like to hear? Please share at the meeting or email us at Irish@gfo.org with questions and suggestions.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition June 6, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
gfo.org | 503-963-1932 | info@gfo.org Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Half-Day Workshop: Adding Historical Context
Adding Historical Context: A Hands-On Approach Join GFO’s Kate Eakman July 14 from 9:30 a.m. – Noon for a half-day of learning about how to add historical context to your genealogical research to make it richer and more interesting. In this workshop you will: ▪ Practice identifying items, events, and topics ripe for historical research. ▪ Once the questions have been asked, learn how to find the answers. ▪ Discuss how to add this new-found information to one’s family’s history. Take advantage of Early Bird pricing. Register by June 30 and save $5.00!
Register Now
GFO June Star: Remi Newhouse
You could not ask for anyone more organized than Remi Newhouse. Singlehandedly, he has launched our online sales of a variety of donated items. Plus, he’s a data extraction dynamo, indexing Multnomah County Marriage Record books. These are among the GFO’s most valuable, unique resources, and indexes will open them to the wider world. We couldn’t ask for better
help than Remi is giving to the GFO. Thank you, Remi!
Clark County Steps Up With Paradise Donations
The steamroller of generosity continues to roll as we help the Paradise Genealogical Society rebuilding their library that burned last year. Last Sunday, the Clark County Genealogical Society dropped off 13 boxes of books! We’ve added them to the stacks of boxes we’ve already put together with our surplus holdings. This may mean we have more boxes than we can easily carry in early June. Fortunately, another GFO member is driving to Paradise itself in the middle of the month and has offered to take the remainders then. Thank you all for your generosity to assist Paradise in getting back on its feet.
Donations for Paradise at the Clark County Genealogical Society
You’re Invited! – Annual Membership Meeting June 15
Please join us for the annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, July 15 at 2 p.m. at the GFO library. Each year we honor a stellar volunteer with our Hall of Fame Award, ask you to approve our budget by voice vote, and introduce you to the newest board members who will take office next month. The meeting lasts only 30 minutes and we’d love to see you there.
But there’s another great reason to come that afternoon. Right after the meeting, our GenTalk from 2:30-3:30 p.m. presents Using the General Land Office and History Geo. Kristin Parks will show you incredibly useful land records which you can reach from the GFO computers. Using the GLO website, HistoryGeo.com and the GFO’s collection of Oregon Donation Land Claim material can lead you on a rewarding journey of discovery that covers a lot more territory than you might think. See you June 15!
Member Dues Rise July 1 – Renew Early Before the Increase
Each year the GFO has raised its basic, individual member dues by $1, and $2 for joint members. This almost covered the increase in our rent, but nothing more. The board also learned that our Life Memberships had fallen way behind what the board several decades ago intended. Life dues were meant to reflect a cost 20 times that of a one-year membership. Over the years, that information was not passed on to later boards, and the Life Memberships have not been raised in 13 years. Life Member dues are an investment in the GFO, placed in our Endowment Fund to help finance operations in perpetuity.
Given rising expenses, the GFO Board of Directors has approved increases to both of these categories. For one year, effective July 1, 2019, annual Individual and Student memberships will increase $2 while Joint Memberships increase $4. On July 1, 2019, Individual Life Member dues will increase from $750 to $875 and Joint Life Memberships from $1,000 to $1,220. In subsequent fiscal years they will rise again so that by 2022 they will equal 20 times an individual membership. Anyone may renew early, before July 1, to lock in this year’s lower rates. NOTE: If you are mid-way into a standard membership and would like to become a Life member, we will credit your life member dues with the unused amount of what you have already paid. Life members can pay everything in one lump sum, or spread payments out over three years.
Renew or Join Now
PMUG Clinic Debuts at the GFO
June 12th & 26th 6:00 – 7:45 p.m. in the GFO Classroom For the month of June, the Portland Macintosh Users Group will bring one of our most successful events to the GFO – the PMUG Clinic. The Clinic is a friendly place where you can bring in that Mac/iPad/iPhone that you are having problems with for free diagnostics, as well as many other issues. Some examples of how PMUG Clinic can help you include:
• If you have questions on one of the basic Apple software apps, you don’t need to take a whole class to get your questions answered.
• If you are having problems with your Mac/iPhone/iPad, you can bring it in for a free diagnostic.
• If you want to find the best backup system for your genealogy archives, you can get a custom recommendation based your actual needs. No need to register, just show up during clinic hours: Bring your Mac or Apple mobile device. If you would like additional information for attending PMUG Clinic, please email us at college@pmug.org.
(Mug) Book of the Week
This week we’re offering a 1980 reprint of the 1683 History of Duchess [Dutchess] County, New York, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers by James H. Smith. This is a soft-cover version, has library stamps, and notes from a prior owner.
“Mug” books, as they are often called, are great resources for learning about a community around the turn of the century.
Often when they are reprinted, the pages are significantly reduced in size—but not this one! Pages measure 8.25″ by 11″, and there are 562 of them, not counting the introductory material and an appendix naming (and giving particulars about) contributors.
This material is available in digital form online, but if your family is from Dutchess County, wouldn’t it be nice to have this on your bookshelf at home?
Pick it up at the GFO for $18, or we can mail it to you for $26.
Contact booksales@gfo.org to get your hands on this terrific book.
Survey Results: Has DNA helped you solve any brick wall problems?
There were 32 responses to our question, “Has DNA helped you solve any brick-wall problems?” And the answers were split right down the middle, with 16 answering, “Yes,” and 16 answering “No.” There were 19 written responses to our request for more information. You can read all the responses here. And six people gave us some suggestions for future surveys. We thank them and offer one of the suggestions this week.
New Survey: What do you do when you find family trees with errors?
Anyone who’s spent any time looking at online family trees knows they often have inaccuracies. Okay, information that is just plain wrong! An e-news reader wants to know: What do you do when you find a tree that has the wrong information about your ancestor?
Take the Survey
This week at GFO …
Saturday, June 8th
Great Lakes Region SIG 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
We welcome guest speaker Duane Funk who will discuss Quaker records and what we can learn from them. The records of the Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, include births, deaths, marriages, migration certificates, and detailed monthly meeting minutes. Even if you don’t have Quaker ancestors, this promises to be a fascinating look at Quaker history and research methods in general. If your ancestors were in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, or Ontario CANADA, or if you simply want to come hear about this fascinating topic, you are most welcome to attend. Please note that the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade is this same morning – give yourself plenty of travel time! We hope to see you there.
Sunday, June 9th
Library Work Party – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Family Tree Maker Users Group – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Join other users who want to work through the 2017 Companion Guide to Family TreeMaker.
Bring your laptop with 2017 version of FTM installed . If you haven’t been for a number of meetings or are new, please come 30 minutes early so we can provide you a newer version of our fake practice tree. We currently have 34 people in our practice tree..
Facilitated by Joyce Grant-Worley. FTM@gfo.org
French Canada Group 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Sharing stories of our history. Come and join this group to learn more about French Canadian ancestry and Acadia. The group leader is Bob LaMarche.
Monday, June 10th
Beginners Boot Camp 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Laurel Smith will present a day of beginning genealogy. 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. Those registered should bring a sack lunch so the discussion can continue while we eat. This class is currently full. If you wish to put your name on the wait list, click here.
Tuesday, June 11th
Board Meeting 6:10 – 8:10 p.m.
Wednesday, June 12th
PMUG Clinic – 6:00 – 7:45 p.m.
For the month of June, the Portland Macintosh Users Group will bring one of our most successful events to the GFO – the PMUG Clinic. The Clinic is a friendly place where you can bring in that Mac/iPad/iPhone that you are having problems with for free diagnostics, as well as many other issues.
PMUG is a group of users helping each other, which is what user groups are all about. We have been running these clinics for several years and enjoy offering the unique opportunity for people to access free one on one consultations with our knowledgeable experts.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition May 30, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
gfo.org | 503-963-1932 | info@gfo.org Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Late Hours Now Permanent on Free First Mondays!
We began an experiment this spring by offering late hours, until 8:00 p.m., on our first Monday of the month. These are popular days because the GFO is free to everyone; no membership required. Enough of you enjoyed this feature that we’re now making this part of our regular schedule. The library’s next Free First Monday is coming right up on June 3. We hope we’ll see you. Special Note: If you arrive after 7:00 p.m., the door to the Ford Building may be locked. Call us at 503-963-1932 and we’ll come right up to let you in.
Cancellations make 5 seats available for June 10th Beginners’ Boot Camp!
There are 5 seats left for our upcoming Beginners’ Boot Camp on June 10. Just a reminder that Registration closes on June 6 and we won’t be having another Boot Camp until August! This is a great way to get started in your family tree research. GFO members get in free! Join Laurel Smith at the GFO for a day of beginning genealogy.
Register Now
Half-Day Workshop: Adding Historical Context
Registration now Open! Adding Historical Context: A Hands-On Approach Join GFO’s Kate Eakman for a half-day of learning about how to add historical context to your genealogical research to make it richer and more interesting. In this workshop you will: ▪ Practice identifying items, events, and topics ripe for historical research. ▪ Once the questions have been asked, learn how to find the answers. ▪ Discuss how to add this new-found information to one’s family’s history. Take advantage of Early Bird pricing. Register by June 30 and save $5.00!
Register Here
Deadline Looms for Genealogy Scholarship
Have you ever wanted to study at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy? Now is your chance to land a scholarship. The Laura Prescott SLIG Scholarship covers tuition in the course of your choice, plus six nights at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. You can be a beginner or professional, young or old but you must exhibit a passion for genealogy. The deadline is days away: June 1. Click here to learn more if you’d like to apply.
GFO still needs a Webmaster!
If you are looking for a way to volunteer, this may be the job for you! Our volunteer webmaster is leaving, and we are looking for someone to take her place. Web design skills are not needed since our website provider has a template we follow. We offer many indexes and resources and our site needs updating when our volunteers finish each new project. Please contact president@gfo.org if you have any questions or wish to volunteer. Thank you.
Advanced Notice of GSHA Annual Business Meeting and Conference
The Annual Business Meeting and Conference of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic American will be held in Pueblo, Colorado, August 16-18. The host hotel will once again be the Marriott Hotel located about five minutes from the Rawlings Library and El Pueblo Museum where most of our activities are planned. The discounted rate is $119 plus tax. Call (719) 542-3200 and make sure you tell them you are with the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America to get the discounted rate. Please go to our website for updated information .

Online registration is available thru PayPal here.
Surplus Book of the Week: Guidebook to Historic Germantown
Our featured book this week is The Guidebook to Historic Germantown: Prepared for the Site & Relic Society by Charles F. Jenkins and printed in Germantown (Philadelphia, PA) in 1902. It is inscribed on the flyleaf, “Bought at Relic Show, Germantown Alumni Hall, June 12, 1902.”
There are three news clippings glued to the inside covers and back flyleaf, and one of them is about the Relic Show itself! It’s a sweet little book, filled with illustrations, and there’s even a fold-out map. It has a few little scuffs on the cover—but wouldn’t you, too, if you were born in 1902? Otherwise, it is in absolutely fabulous condition. Pick it up at the GFO for $25 or have it mailed to you for $30. Contact booksales@gfo.org for more information.
Survey Results: Your DNA Experience
We received 82 responses to our survey asking whether your DNA results were surprising or not. There were a lot more surprises than we expected, 35 (42.7%), while 47 (57.3%) reported ho hum results. One participant said, “I was hoping for something more exotic, but no.” The reasons for the surprises were varied and interesting. Respondents could select more than one answer.
▪ Confirming an ancestor in question: 15.8% ▪ Ethnicities you weren’t expecting: 23.7% ▪ Unknown parentage of you or an ancestor: 23.7% ▪ Family members with unexpected parentage: 21.1% ▪ Health issues: 5.2% ▪ Other included Y-DNA matches have not revealed anyone with the same surname; Identified two brick wall great-grandfathers; Descendants of relatives I was not aware of; and What I already knew. We invited participants to tell us more if they wanted to share. Click here to see all the comments.
New Survey: Has DNA testing helped you break through a Brick Wall?
Genealogists often hit “brick walls,” a dead end in their research of a specific ancestor. We’d like to know if DNA has helped you solve any of yours. And for those of you bored with all the DNA questions, we have a query just for you.
Take the Survey
This week at GFO …
Saturday, June 1st
Virginia Group 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Pirates or Privateers – What’s in a Name?
Did your ancestors have contact with pirates or privateers? If they lived anyplace along the Eastern Seaboard, from Canada through New England and the southern colonies, all the way to the Caribbean, their lives were likely affected. Trade routes and the safe exchange of goods was essential for survival, as was security in times of war – Revolutionary, 1812, and the Civil war. Join the Virginia Group to learn a little about this history and its role in the political, social, and economic development of the modern world. Did you know Sir Walter Raleigh was a privateer? Join us to explore this exciting history.
For more information see our blog: Virginia Roots and Vines.
You can also reach this group’s leaders, Judi Scott and Carol Currency, at virginia@gfo.org.
Sunday, June 2nd
Library Work Party – Manuscripts 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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, June 3rd
GFO Free Monday 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
GFO open for free to non-members.
Wednesday, June 5th
Learn and Chat 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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 1:00 – 3:00 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. You may contact Lisa if you want more information. dna_qa@gfo.org

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition May 23, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
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Half-Day Workshop: Adding Historical Context
Registration now Open! Adding Historical Context: A Hands-On Approach Join GFO’s Kate Eakman for a half-day of learning about how to add historical context to your genealogical research to make it richer and more interesting. But if you aren’t a historian, how do you know when there is an opportunity for adding history to our research? In this workshop we will: ▪ Practice identifying items, events, and topics ripe for historical research. ▪ Once the questions have been asked, we will learn how to find those answers. ▪ Finally, we will discuss how to add this new-found information to our family’s history. Kate Eakman is a Senior Researcher and Team Lead for Legacy Tree Genealogists and has taught a variety of classes and genealogical presentations across the United States. She holds an MA in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with additional graduate work in history and education from Immaculata University, Lewis and Clark College, and Seattle Pacific University. For additional information, contact seminar@gfo.org. Take advantage of Early Bird pricing. Register by June 30 and pay $20.00 – a $5.00 savings!
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A few seats still available for June 10th Beginners’ Boot Camp!
There are only 5 seats left for our upcoming Beginners’ Boot Camp on June 10. Just a reminder that Registration closes on June 6 and we won’t be having another Boot Camp until August! This is a great way to get started in your family tree research. GFO members get in free! Join Laurel Smith at the GFO for a day of beginning genealogy.
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Research Session with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon invites you, your family, and friends to their upcoming June meeting, which will be a research session providing one-on-one support to all those interested in exploring their Jewish ancestry/family history. Bring your research materials and your personal laptops or tablets to work on your research goals or get help with the endless supply of genealogical websites. Even if you don’t have specific questions, come and exchange knowledge and ideas with others who have similar interests.
Some computers with internet access will be available for those without. The meeting is free to all participants and will be held at the Hillsdale Public Library located at 1525 SW Sunset Boulevard Portland, OR 97239 on Sunday, June 23rd at 10:30 a.m. Doors will be open at 10:00 a.m. with time for conversation and sharing. Public parking is available, and the library is easily accessible via Tri-Met bus. See the Tri-Met Interactive Map for more details. If you want a head start on your issue, please write us at jgsoregon@gmail.com in advance with your research question.
A Brief Update on the Paradise Book Drive
We’ve had a call or two from folks who are concerned that we are gathering books to send to a library that doesn’t want them—or will never be able to use them. We would like to reassure everyone that before we began this project, we were in touch with the Paradise Genealogical Society Board of Directors. The organization has leased a space, and the Board is dedicated to rebuilding the library. GFO would not have undertaken this book drive had we not been certain the books were wanted.
The Paradise Board has been sent the list of the books that have been collected at GFO or pledged by the Douglas County Genealogical Society. Clark County Genealogical Society has packed at least five more boxes full of materials not on our list. The folks in Paradise are thrilled! One person voiced a concern about the cost to GFO and whether we are raiding our library shelves for things to send. The GFO is not spending any cash out of pocket, nor are we pulling books from our library to send. The books that have been gathered are from our sales shelves (which were really overcrowded) and from donations from folks like you. We hope this answers any questions you may have and that you will support us in the effort to help what was, and we hope will be again, a thriving genealogical society. It just seems to us like the right thing to do. And it seems like a lot of you think so too. We love hearing you’re behind us!
Surplus Books of the Week: Mayflower Families
This week’s surplus books are the product of a massive effort from 1959 to the 1970s by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. “Mayflower Families Through Five Generations” traces five generations of Mayflower descendants, both male and female, to Revolutionary times. This book is Volume 2 of a set. It includes descendants of the families of James Chilton, Richard More, and Thomas Rogers.
We happen to have three spare copies of this intensively researched work available.
Pick up at GFO Price: $24
Delivery Price: $30 All three of our copies are in very good condition with only a few minor scratches in the covers and a few marks inside from prior owners. If you’d like to buy one contact booksales@gfo.org
Survey Results: Which tests have you or close relatives taken?
Last week we asked about whether you had taken an mtDNA or Y-DNA test. And we were a little surprised by the results. Fifty-seven people entered responses: 15 of 28 males who responded said they have taken a Y-DNA test;
8 of 26 males report having done an mtDNA test;
22 of 41 females have taken an mtDNA test; and
22 of 37 female respondents replied that a father or brother had taken a Y-DNA test for them.
New Survey: Your DNA Experience
We know many of our members have taken DNA tests. Some of them have had big surprises and some have found their results pretty ho-hum. We’re wondering what your experience has been. Please take this week’s survey to let us know.
Take the Survey
This week at GFO …
Saturday, May 25th
DNA Beginners 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
DNA Led the Way: A Y-DNA Case Study by Emily D. Aulicino
Do you have Y-DNA matches for which you cannot find the common ancestor(s) even though the genealogy time frame is reasonable? Have you hunted all over the web to find the answer, but are still fighting that brick wall? Learn how several Y-DNA matches were able to find their common ancestor(s) in just one day! You can download the handout here.
Lisa McCullough will present information on the new tools at Ancestry, including how to turn on the Beta Profile, how to access and use the new tools such as MyTreeTags and the New & Improved DNA Matches and ThruLines. She will also cover the new tools at MyHeritage, specifically the Chromosome Browser Triangulation, Theory of Relativity, and Auto Cluster Tools.
All are welcome. Questions can be sent before the meeting to: dna@gfo.org
British Interest Group 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Our topic will be Northern Ireland, its history and how that effects genealogical records. We will also plan next year’s meetings. Plus snacks of our ancestors! 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
Sunday, May 26th
Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Of course 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.
Monday, May 27th
GFO Closed for Memorial Day

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition May 16, 2019
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Thank You For Offering Your Genealogy Books & More!
You warmed our hearts here at GFO with your offers of help for the genealogy library in Paradise, California, which burned to the ground last year. Thank you to those who reached out. One GFO member has even offered to drive more materials to Paradise when she goes to visit family the end of June—so please keep those donations coming.
To help with the process, we have developed a list of books that are being donated. Here is a link to them. We would like to try to avoid duplicate books. Many of the books on the list are part of incomplete runs of sets published by societies in Oregon and Washington. Some of the reference books are older editions that have been updated. Perhaps you have something that is newer or better than what we are donating—or something that will add more volumes to a series. We were sadly lacking materials that focus on California, but Douglas County Genealogy Society came to the rescue. The books they have offered are on the list in red. We hope some of the societies located in California will pitch in to help too. Any questions may be directed to library@gfo.org.
Two Guest Speakers Saturday at African American Ancestry Group
At noon this Saturday, May 18, the GFO will host a remote video presentation with two guests speaking from different locations. The focus will introduce us to Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage. The Middle Passage was the stage of the triangular trade route in which millions of Africans were forcibly transported to the New World as part of the Atlantic slave trade. Evelyn Aniton McDowell, Ph.D., CPA, CGMA, is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. She is the founder and president of Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage, a heritage society for descendants of Africans who were enslaved or indentured in colonial America and in the United States of America. Through genealogical research, she has found more than 35 enslaved ancestors. LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, CGL(SM), is the Registrar General of SDUSMP, responsible for reviewing the sufficiency of applications. She is also a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and a frequent speaker at national conferences and Institutes. In 2016 she published a guide for researching African Americans in her home county of Laurens, South Carolina. We hope you’ll join us. All our special interest group meetings are free and open to the public. More information? Email us @ african_american@gfo.org.
GFO’s Connie Lenzen Receives National Award!
Big congratulations to our own Connie Lenzen! Last week, the National Genealogical Society named her as this year’s NGS Fellow. Fellowship in the National Genealogical Society recognizes outstanding work in genealogy or the related fields of history, biography, or heraldry, in addition to outstanding service to the National Genealogical Society. Connie is a highly-regarded, contributing author to national and local genealogical publications. She won the NGS Quarterly’s 1995 Award of Excellence and is a two-time winner of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Award. From 2005 to 2008, she served as president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She joined the NGS Board of Directors in 2004. That year, the Society was facing financial insolvency, and its future was in question. With her fellow board members, Connie worked tirelessly to ensure its survival. She served on the board for six years, 2004–2010. As chair of the Education Committee, she managed and edited the revised Home Study Course, 2005 revision. By the time she retired from the Board, NGS was again on firm ground. Its membership was strong, and its educational programs were flourishing. Connie is a professional, certified genealogist and has been a member of the GFO for 45 years. We couldn’t be more proud of you, Connie! Congratulations!
PMUG College: Learn Reunion Genealogy Software
The Portland Mac Users Group returns to the GFO on Wednesday, May 22, with a lesson many GFO members could use.

Learn Reunion, the genealogy software written specifically for Macintosh computers.
The class covers:
* Basics of Reunion interface
* Options for printing
* Attaching media files to your family
* Sharing information between Mac and iOS To register: Call 503-228-1779 or email college@pmug.org Bring your Mac to participate with instruction. If you would like additional information about this class, please email us at college@pmug.org. PMUG College is free to GFO and PMUG members, $10 to non-members.
Still time to sign up for June 10th Beginners’ Boot Camp!
Just a reminder that there are only 12 seats left for our upcoming Beginners’ Boot Camp on June 10. It’s a great way to get started in your family tree research. GFO members get in free! Seats are limited so sign up online now. Registration closes June 6. Join Laurel Smith at the GFO for a day of beginning genealogy. 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.
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George Brown, GFO Friend: March 17, 1923–March 31, 2019
We at the GFO have lost a good friend. George Thomas Brown was a longtime member of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. George was inspired to deeply investigate the world of French-Canadian genealogy. His research was amazing—solving 200-year-old mysteries. He would wear his beret and red sash with gusto and pride when making presentations. In 2016, George Thomas Brown generously donated his entire French-Canada collection, 137 boxes of books, to the GFO. It took many months to classify and label everything. These amazing materials made the GFO a primary research facility for French Canada resources. Read more about George’s long, memorable life. https://gfo.org/george-brown
Only 1 Day Left to Save $30 on Family Tree Maker Upgrade!
Judging by the turnout we had at GFO for the Family Tree Maker Roadshow, lots of folks have this software. So we thought we’d better pass on this message about the upgrade: Only one day left to preorder the upgrade for $29.99 (save $30.) You must have FTM 2017 to order this discounted upgrade. Sale was posted May 14, so is scheduled to end May 17. Don’t delay! Check your email or use this link.
Survey Results: DNA #1: Autosomal Testing
Of 102 responses, 93.1% of you report having taken an autosomal DNA test. Of those, 75 report having tested at AncestryDNA, followed by Family Tree DNA (48), 23andme (34), My Heritage (12), and Living DNA (7).
New Survey: DNA #2
Which DNA tests have you or close relatives had done?
Y-DNA is passed from father to son.
mtDNA is passed from mother to a child of either gender. Click to take this week’s survey:
Take the Survey
This week at GFO …

Saturday, May 18th

Genealogy Problem Solvers 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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

African American Ancestry Group 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

We will have a remote presentation with two guests from the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage, the lineage society whose membership is available only to those whose ancestors were forcibly brought to this country during the slave trade. Our speakers will be Evelyn McDowell, Ph.D., the society’s president, and LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, a board member and also a Certified Genealogist(TM). For more information, contact us at african_american@gfo.org.

Sunday, May 19th

Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Of course 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.

Family Tree Maker User’s Group 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Paula is providing the group a show and tell of the separate program “Charting Companion” that works with FTM. It is for users of Windows but may give Mac users some ideas of alternate possibilities.
With any remaining time, we’ll be looking at: media categories and notes in chapter 6, basic viewing of the mapping function from chapter 7, and finding duplicate people covered in chapter 14. Join other users who want to work through the 2017 Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker.

Bring your laptop. Come 30 minutes earlier if you’ve never been or have skipped sessions. You might need an update of the “fake” practice tree we are using. Facilitated by Joyce Grant-Worley.FTM@gfo.org

French Canada Group 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Sharing stories of our history. Come and join this group to learn more about French Canadian ancestry and Acadia. The group leader is Bob LaMarche. FrCan@gfo.org

Wednesday, May 22nd

PMUG College 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Portland Mac Users Group College: Reunion genealogy software on the Mac.
* Basics of the Reunion interface
* Options for printing
* Attaching media files to y our family
* Sharing information between Mac and iOS

Free for GFO and PMUG members. For more info, see: https://www.pmug.org/blog/.

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition May 9, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
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Donations Stack Up! Now, A Challenge
Big thanks to Susie and Chris for coming in last Sunday to help us sort and box hundreds of books to donate to the Paradise Genealogical Society in northern California. Paradise lost their entire library to wildfires last year. They’ve found a new building to rent and have decided they’d like to rebuild their collection. It’s a daunting task; they lost everything. The GFO is in a good position to help. Here’s what we’re doing. We spent the weekend culling out more than 550 surplus books which we’re donating to them. Plus, we’re giving them brand new copies of all of the GFO’s 55 publications which we print. We’d like to challenge all the other genealogical societies on the west coast: If you’re in a similar position to be able to help, we urge you to do the same.
If you know someone in another genealogical society, please share this with them.
Portland Probate Records Now Available: 1852-1901
The GFO is pleased to unveil a new index to Early Oregon Wills, Probate Intestate Estates, and Oregon Guardianship records from the first half-century of Multnomah County, Oregon. These records were compiled as abstracts back in the 1930s and 40s by local members of the Daughters of the American Revolution. They had never been indexed until GFO volunteers Eileen Chamberlin and Loretta Welsh began the task several months ago.
Many contain important information about relatives in other states and countries, and a few give small family charts. These indexes to Multnomah County Estates, Wills, and Guardianship Abstracts 1852-1901, 1904, & 1908 are available to search on the GFO website. Included in the index are names of the deceased and their heirs, and indicates if the heir was out of the state or country. If you find a record you want, you can order a copy.
Beginners’ Boot Camp Returns June 10!
Have you signed up for our next Beginners’ Boot Camp on June 10? It’s a great way to get started in your family tree research. GFO members get in free! Seats are limited so sign up online now. Registration closes June 6. Join Laurel Smith at the GFO for a day of beginning genealogy. 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.
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Free Webinar: Introducing the GU272
In 1838, Georgetown University sold 272 enslaved men, women, and children to plantations in Louisiana. Thousands of descendants are alive today. American Ancestors has partnered with the GU272 Memory Project, which seeks to document the stories, family history, and legacy of these individuals and their descendants. Learn about GU272 genealogical research and American Ancestors’ new website, which features a searchable database of descendants, oral histories of descendants, and research tools for GU272 descendants and their families. Presented by Meaghan E. H. Siekman, Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press. Thursday, May 23rd, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT
Register Here
2019 International German Genealogy Conference
The International German Genealogy Partnership is sending out a reminder that Friday May 10th 2019 is the deadline for registering, updating registration and paying for their upcoming 2019 multi-track Conference, Strike it Rich! With Connections to Discoveries, being held Saturday – Monday June 15th – 17th, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sacramento, CA. The conference schedule provides a full description of events. Additional information and registration information can be found on their online registration page.
Survey: Recent Immigrants Arrived a Century Ago
Last week a large majority of you told us your first immigrant ancestors arrived in the 1600s. This week, we asked when your most recent immigrants arrived in North America. 53.8 % say they came between 1850 & 1899
31.6 % say they came between 1900 & 1949
1.7 % say 1950 or after
New Survey: DNA #1
Autosomal DNA is inherited from both parents. Therefore, an autosomal DNA test may be taken by either a male or a female.
Have you had this test done? Click to take this week’s survey:

This week at GFO …

Saturday, May 11th
Great Lakes Region SIG 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Our topic is maps! Historic maps and modern mapping tools can be great ways to learn more about your family’s story. We will look at how the land in the region was divided and sold, the township system, how a map often reflects the particular culture or agenda of its creator, and the amazing Google Earth. Then be prepared for a quick Great Lakes Region trivia game before we look at our brick walls and success stories.
If your ancestors were in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, or Ontario CANADA, or if you simply want to come hear about this fascinating topic, you are most welcome.
For more information contact Lynn Rossing at GreatLakes@gfo.org
Writers’ Forum 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
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, May 12th
Library Closed.
We will be closed all day in celebration of Mother’s Day. We will open at our regular time on Monday, May 13th.
Wednesday, May 15th
Learn and Chat 10:00 a.m. – noon
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 Jean Quan and Sandy Alto. Questions? learnandchat@gfo.org.
DNA Q&A 1:00 – 3:00 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. Questions? dna_qa@gfo.org

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Spring Seminar Attracts Many New Faces
We were positively thrilled to see so many new faces at our Spring Seminar last weekend. Thank you all for coming to hear Tony Burroughs speak about African American genealogy. Attendees liked Tony’s lessons so much, they didn’t want him to leave. And Tony was happy to stay to answer their questions, long after the lectures were done. Many people liked the new venue at the Center for Self Enhancement too. With tiered seating, there wasn’t a bad view in the house. We’d like to extend a special thanks to those who drove down from Seattle to attend both Saturday and Sunday’s seminars. Thank you for making the trip!
Top: Seattle attendees meet Tony. Bottom: Tony Burroughs signs copies of his book.
Call for Help for a Burned Genealogy Library
Last fall, the “Camp Fire” wildfire swept through Northern California, burning the Paradise Genealogical Society‘s library to the ground. Look at the photo. There’s nothing left.
The Paradise Genealogical Society Library on 14 November 2018. Photo: CalFire.
We’re trying to help them get back on their feet, and we need your help to do it. The GFO is pulling surplus books galore off our sales shelves, to send to Paradise to help them reboot their library. We need to sort them to make sure we’re not sending them a bunch of duplicates. Please help us this Sunday morning, May 5, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the GFO Library. Our weekly work party will tackle this project first, before we address any of our ongoing activities.
Free First Monday Coming … with Late Hours!
Remember, next Monday, May 6th, the GFO Library is free to everyone. No day use fees. Plus, this month we’re staying open late until 8:00 p.m. Come see what we have to help you find your ancestors.
Reminder: Keep Your Private Data Private at the Library
If you use your own personal login to access a website at the GFO Library, please be sure to log off when you are done. We don’t want someone coming to the same computer after you and accidentally messing up your family tree information stored on a site like Ancestry. Just today, we found three people signed in an hour after they left the library. Since the reminder stickers on each computer may not stand out enough, we’re offering this reminder here as well.
Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Spring Workshop
The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society 2019 Spring Workshop will feature Pam Vestal on Saturday, May 18th, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Sign-in begins at 10:00 a.m. and workshop lectures begin at 11:00 a.m. Cost of the workshop is $40.00 without lunch and $52.50 with lunch (soup, salad, roll, cookie, and beverage). Pam’s topics: ▪ Finding What You Need and Using What You FindFilling in the Stories of Our Female AncestorsWhy They Left, Where They Went, Journey Tales For more information, see the full seminar description. You can also download a registration form. Or contact Georga at 541-296-2882 or georga.foster@gmail.com
Survey Results: Many Long-Ago Immigrants
Last week we asked you when your first known immigrant ancestor arrived in North America. A large majority have deep roots extending back to colonial times. ▪ 71.5 % answered 1600s. ▪ 2.8 % said they came even earlier, pre-1600. ▪ 9% said the 1700s. ▪ 15.3% said the 1800s. ▪ 1.4% said the 1900s.
New Survey: Recent Immigrant Ancestors
Last week we asked about your first ancestor to arrive in the U.S.
This week we ask about your most recent immigrants.
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Support the GFO When You Shop Amazon!
When you shop Mother’s Day gifts at smile.amazon.com/ch/93-6026015, AmazonSmile donates to Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Inc. In fact, you can support us all year long by using that link to shop!
GFO’s Surplus Book of the Week: Kegley’s Virginia Frontier
This week we’re featuring a 786-page tome documenting the early history of Colonial Virginia. If you have Virginia roots, you may well find your ancestors named here. This is not merely a historical description of the times, it includes many lists of original Land Grant landowners and plantation owners, deed by deed, complete with locations. Kegley’s Virginia Frontier, The Beginning of the Southwest, The Roanoke of Colonial Days, 1740-1783 includes maps and illustrations.
Published by The Southwest Virginia Historical Society and written by F. B. Kegley, this is “Copy #1203 of the Second Printing of 1938.” This book is in good condition with immaculate pages, no marks of any kind inside. There are a few spots on the cover and a small separation between the back cover and the spine. Price with pick-up at GFO: $40.
Price with shipping: $50. Contact booksales@gfo.org if you’d like to buy it.
Please Help! We Need a Webmaster
Do you have any background in website management? Our talented volunteer webmaster is leaving, and we need someone to take her place. Web design skills are not needed since our website provider has a template we follow. But we do have hundreds of pages on our site since we offer so many indexes and resources. These need updating when our volunteers finish each project. Please contact president@gfo.org if you have any questions or wish to volunteer. Thank you.
This week at GFO …

Saturday, May 4th
Virginia Group 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This month, we will begin with a discussion of Native American history in North Carolina, with an emphasis on Cherokee genealogy. Then, we will move on to general research in North Carolina using resources beyond census and vital records. We’ll use examples from personal research to look at a variety of records and where to find them.

For additional information, check out the group’s blog: Virginia Roots and Vines. You can also contact group leaders Judi Scott and Carol Currency at virginia@gfo.org
German Group 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The speaker / die Sprecherin: Mary Ebner
The topic / das Thema: “How to interpret DNA”
Bring in your chart(s) to share. You might even find a relative in the group!
Sunday, May 5th
Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
As mentioned above, we’d love to have you help us sort surplus books we plan to donate to the Paradise Genealogical Society after their devastating fire.
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.
Monday, May 6th
GFO Free Monday 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
GFO open for free to non-members.
Wednesday, May 8th
PMUG College: Safe and Healthy Macs 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Essential strategies to keep your Mac safe and healthy. Free for GFO and PMUG members. For more info, see: https://www.pmug.org/blog/ /

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition April 25, 2019
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 503-963-1932.
Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
GFO Library Closed Saturday, April 27th
Please remember that we will be closed all day as we host the GFO’s Spring Seminar offsite. We will reopen for our regular hours on Sunday, April 28th, from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Seats Available for this Weekend’s Spring Seminar
Tony Burroughs’ Lessons Can Apply to Everyone Tony Burroughs is one of the top experts in African American genealogy, but everyone, regardless of ethnic heritage, will find valuable lessons in his seminars. Do you have southern roots? Your ancestors may well have interacted with African Americans and landed in records detailing both.
Do you have early colonial roots? Slavery existed in the north on a wider scale than many realize. This weekend, April 27 and 28, the GFO is proud to bring Tony Burroughs to town.
Register Now
Burroughs is bringing six lessons to the GFO Spring Seminar from which anyone can learn. Burroughs told Portland’s The Skanner newspaper, “People need to understand, ‘What is fundamental genealogy? What are the methods of genealogical research?'” Come learn from the founder and CEO of the Center for Black Genealogy. We have cut our usual seminar price in half for this event, thanks to generous support from The Skanner Foundation. Sign up now!
More Great Reasons to Attend Spring Seminar!
If great genealogy lessons are not enough incentive, here are more benefits you can get from attending this weekend’s Spring Seminar: New Members Special: 1-year membership gets 2 extra months free. 2-year membership gets 4 extra months free. Available only to attendees. Our Raffle has GREAT prizes! Here’s just some of what we have:
* Roots Magic software – 2 copies
* Family Tree Maker software – 2 copies
* Free One-on-One Lesson in Family Tree Maker with Laurel Smith
* History Geo – 3 months access – 2 subscriptions
* Newspapers.com – 1 Year Access
* Fold 3 – 1 Year Access
* Virtual Genealogical Association – 1 Year Membership – 2 copies
* GFO Membership – 1 Year
* GFO Fall Seminar with Fritz Juengling – 1 Free Registration
* Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers – 1 Free Membership Raffle tickets cost $1 for 1 ticket or $5 for 6 tickets. Books for Sale! The GFO will have surplus books on deep discount. Heritage Quest will bring their large library of genealogy books for sale, too. Bring a little extra cash and see what you go home with!
Just For Fun Survey Results: You’ve Got Deep Oregon Roots!
We had a great response to last week’s survey and boy were we suprised! 64.3% had ancestors who arrived in Oregon before 1899.
33.3% had 4th or 5th great-grandparents who were the first to come to the state. See the breakdowns below.
New Survey: Your Immigrants
This week’s survey asks: When did your first known immigrant ancestor arrive in North America?**
Take Survey
Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Spring Workshop
The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society is sponsoring a Spring Workshop with Pam Vestal on Saturday, May 18th, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Sign-in is at 10:00 a.m., and the workshop lectures begin at 11:00 a.m. The workshop is $40.00 without lunch and $52.50 with lunch (soup, salad, roll, cookie, and beverage). Pam’s topics: ▪ Finding What You Need and Using What You FindFilling in the Stories of Our Female AncestorsWhy They Left, Where They Went, Journey Tales For more information, see the full seminar description. You can also download a registration form. Or contact Georga at 541-296-2882 or georga.foster@gmail.com
GFO’s Book of the Week: First 300 Years of Trinity College, Dublin
Feature of the Week: The Book of Trinity College, Dublin, 1591-1891 Irish researchers take heed! This surplus book was printed in 1892 in Belfast, Ireland, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Trinity College in Dublin. It includes illustrations of Queen Elizabeth, buildings on campus, and even a fold-out map of the college. Overall, this book is in average condition. Its pages are in fine shape, text and illustrations are immaculate, and are all still bound together securely. However, the cover is attached at the back, but not on the spine. The edges of the cover also show wear. This is a former library book which shows stamps inside and a library label on its spine.
The Book of Trinity College, Dublin, 1591-1891 was published by Marcus Ward & Co., Limited, Royal Ulster Works, London and New York. Our price:
$25 – Pick up at GFO
$35 – Shipped to you Contact booksales@gfo.org if you’d like to buy this piece of Irish history.
Please Help! We Need a Webmaster
Do you have any background in website management? Our talented volunteer webmaster is leaving, and we need someone to take her place. Web design skills are not needed since our website provider has a template we follow. But we do have hundreds of pages on our site since we offer so many indexes and resources. These need updating when our volunteers finish each project. Please contact president@gfo.org if you have any questions or wish to volunteer. Thank you.
This week at GFO …

Saturday, April, 27th
The GFO will be closed all day.
GFO Saturday Full-Day Spring Seminar 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Featuring Tony Burroughs. Join us at the Center for Self Enhancement (SEI), 3920 N Kerby Ave, Portland, OR 97227, USA. Registration Required.
Sunday, April, 28th
GFO Sunday Half-Day Spring Seminar 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Featuring Tony Burroughs. This half-day will be held at the GFO. Registration Required.
The GFO will be open for it’s regular hours 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May, 1st
Learn and Chat 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Lisa McCullough will be available to help answer your DNA questions, whether you are new and just getting started or have more complicated inquiries. Questions? dna_qa@gfo.org
Open Late until 8:00 p.m.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition April 18, 2019
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 503-963-1932.
Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Happy Easter!
Please remember that we are giving our volunteers a break to spend time with their families this coming Sunday. The library will be closed April 21st.
Spring Seminar Features Tony Burroughs
Register Now
Have You Signed Up Yet? You’ve seen him on TV tracking the ancestors of Oprah and Smokey Robinson. Now come hear Tony Burroughs the founder and CEO of the Center for Black Genealogy. Come learn from the master himself. He’s won multiple honors over the years and has been featured on national and international television programs. Burroughs is bringing six lessons to the GFO Spring Seminar from which anyone can learn, regardless of ethnic heritage. Burroughs told Portland’s The Skanner newspaper, “People need to understand, ‘What is fundamental genealogy? What are the methods of genealogical research?'” We have cut our usual seminar price in half for this event, thanks to generous support from The Skanner Foundation.
Volunteers Still Needed for Spring Seminar!
Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered for our Spring Seminar! We still could use another person or two, so if you’re thinking about helping out, we’d love to hear from you.
Date: Saturday, April 27th ▪ Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ▪ Place: Center for Self Enhancement (SEI), 3920 N. Kerby Ave., Portland


Help Needed:
Raffle Table Helpers

Stand at the raffle table during breaks and part of lunch, selling tickets

Help count/sort tickets

All day or during lunch (10:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.)

Raffle tables will be set up so volunteers can see and hear the speaker/screen.
Raffle Ticket Sellers/Ambassadors

Arrive 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27th

Circulate among attendees chatting up the GFO before the seminar starts

During lunch & breaks, mingle with attendees, esp. those who look bored/confused
Book Seller (1 person)

Sell books in afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Morning is covered)

Book sales tables will be set up so volunteers can see and hear the speaker/screen.
Friday Set-up @ SEI (the more the merrier!)

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. @ SEI on Friday, April 26th

Help arrange tables, hang signs, load/unload stuff

You don’t have to attend on Saturday to help on Friday
To volunteer, please email seminar@gfo.org. Thanks!
GFO Becomes Reserve-Only Library

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon has a significant change to announce, one we do not take lightly.
The GFO Library is now a non-circulating research library. We will no longer check out materials.
We need to protect our valuable holdings, and to ensure that all of our materials are available at all times, in the library, for researchers. There has been an increase in patrons from out of the area who visit us on a research trip. It’s a shame if the item they came in to use is not available.
It also turned out we were out of step with most other genealogy libraries, which hold everything in reserve. In the grand scheme, only 10% of our holdings were available to be checked out, so this change will not affect the vast majority of the research materials you rely on.
Any materials currently checked out must be returned by their due date. No renewals or extensions will be granted.
The Library Committee deliberated this carefully, over many months, before recommending this change, and the Board of Directors has unanimously approved it.
GenTalk this Saturday, April 20th!
Please join us for our free, monthly GenTalk Saturday, April 20th 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. where presenter Jay Fraser, Retired Layout Editor of the GFO Bulletin, will discuss Adobe InDesign®️ Basics.
Genealogy research isn’t just about finding the answer, it’s also about communicating the answer to others. From writing a book or assembling a photo album with stories, Adobe InDesign®️ can help make the look of your project more professional. InDesign®️ gives you excellent control of typography, page design, and book organization. It also has dynamic tools like indexing, cross-referencing, and table of contents. Begin to learn the basics of this powerful program in this special, two-hour GenTalk. If you own InDesign®️, please bring your laptop with the program loaded. Otherwise, you may follow along with the demonstration.
Book of the Week: Oregon Burial Site Guide
The mammoth Oregon Burial Site Guide is probably the most comprehensive compilation ever made of burial sites in our state. The work put into it reflects a truly astounding effort. This 1180 page tome includes county-by-county compilations of cemetery locations at sites public, private, and otherwise, even some on family farms. Cemeteries owned by fraternal orders like the Masons, Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, and Noble Order of Redmen are revealed. Names of the buried have been gleaned from signs and cemetery records, compiled by Dean H. Byrd with the help of Stanley R. Clarke and Janice M. Healy and published in 2001. This 7-pound encyclopedia can be yours for: $ 5 if you pick it up in person at the GFO.
$15 if we ship it to you. Contact booksales@gfo.org if you’d like your very own copy.
Survey: How Deep Are Your Oregon Roots?
Many Oregonians have deep multi-generational roots here. Others are recent transplants. How long ago did your kin arrive in Oregon?
Who was the first of your ancestors to arrive?
Take Our Survey
Last Week’s Results: 45% of you attend one of our Full-day Seminars.
35% of you attend both! And our Special Interest Groups appear popular.
57% say they attend 1 to 3 groups.

This week at GFO

Saturday, April 20th
Genealogy Problem Solvers 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Another Brick Wall comes tumbling down!
Finding the Irish Townland, Ancestors, and Kin of Patrick Powers
Military documents reported Patrick Powers as a native of Ireland who came to the U,S, and then became a U,S, citizen in 1892 by virtue of his U.S. military service. His descendants knew nothing of his Irish roots or his family connections as his early death resulted in almost no verbal history for him.
April’s Genealogy Problem Solvers presentation will demonstrate the use of a wide range of records in both the U.S. and Ireland, including detailed examination of Catholic Parish records, Civil records, and Valuation Renewal Books. Utilizing these records, we will pinpoint Patrick’s birthplace and identify some of his ancestors as well as additional kin. We will focus on how detailed examination of many records, the use of spreadsheets, a timeline, and even a distant DNA connection can contribute to finding the story of an elusive ancestor. Join us to learn how these techniques can help you in organizing your research.
For more information or to inquire about how the group might help with your brick wall, contact Katie Daly at GPS@gfo.org.
African American Ancestry Group 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
The focus of this group is researching African American ancestry. If you know of any other people interested in African American genealogy, tell them about the group. You do not have to be a GFO member to participate! For more information, contact us at african_american@gfo.org.
GenTalk 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Please join us for our free, monthly GenTalk where presenter Jay Fraser, Retired Layout Editor of the GFO Bulletin, will discuss Adobe InDesign®️ Basics. Learn how to make your projects more professional using the dynamic tools in this program.
If you own InDesign®️, please bring your laptop with the program loaded. Otherwise, you may follow along with the demonstration.
WEDNESDAY, April 24th
PMUG College 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Portland Mac Users Group College: Traversing the web on browsers and email.
This class is free for GFO and PMUG members.