Grays Harbor Fundraiser Workshop Set for Saturday

Photo by Eric Timmons; published in The Vidette, Montesano.

The Grays Harbor Genealogical Society is sponsoring a fundraiser workshop on Saturday, 13 Oct 2018 with Portland area professional genealogist Pam Vestal. The workshop will be 1:00 – 3:15 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 112 W. First St., Aberdeen. Cost is $25/person. ***Check out the special deal at the end of this post!***

Pam has donated her time and talent to help the society recover from the massive fire at the Aberdeen Armory on June 9 that destroyed their research library. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be dedicated to rebuilding the research library’s genealogical collections. Pam will be presenting (1) “Voting Records” and (2) “Finding What You Need & Making the Most of What You Find.”

*** If you sign up in advance, you’re eligible to attend a FREE morning session (10:00) with Pam called “Beyond Obituaries: Discovering Your Ancestor’s Life in Records of Death.” Just send an email to

Wednesday Nostalgia

Remember the awful-terrible-horrendous fires near Manson and Chelan a couple of years ago? My long-time friend Maureen White accomplished something too many of us only think about or maybe talk about. She went about interviewing her Manson-Chelan neighbors, collecting their memories of that memorable day and had them all published in a book.

Titled Burned Out,  Maureen created a tangible memory-artifact for those who lost their homes or just lived through that awful-terrible day. Big Special Kudos, Maureen (proud member of the Chelan Valley Genealogical Society)!!

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, November 2, 2018, from 1 to 3 pm in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20thSt, Bellevue, WA 98004 with doors opening at 12:45 pm for networking. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.

Topic: German Traditions from Advent Through Epiphany – Ever wondered how your ancestors celebrated holidays or where some of your family traditions came from?   Paula will present information on these German traditions, whether they were evolved from superstition or on the faith of our forefathers or mothers based on a compilation of research and journal articles written by experts in the field.

Presenter: Paula Seeger has been a member of EGS and the German Special Interest Group for a couple of years.  She’s been involved in researching the German ancestors for her family and that of her husband’s family.

For more information, kindly visit our website at  .

Tuesday Trivia

Winter is approaching and travel across I-90 will be more limited but you might want to add a visit to Roslyn to your next year’s Must-Do List…….. if you’re a genealogist,t that is.

Roslyn was a booming coal-mining town about the turn of the century and men from all over the world came for the work. These men belonged to various ethnic and social clubs and as they died, they were buried in “their” portion of the cemetery. There are 26 such divisions in the Roslyn cemeteries and it is SO INTERESTING to walk among the various ethnic artwork and way of placing grave markers. There is even a Druid section! Better plan a stop and see for yourself. Google “Roslyn cemeteries.”

Monday Mystery

These are not Washington-related mysteries but are certainly genealogical mysteries. Ever heard of burials in Iron Coffins or Quaker guns??

A Quaker gun is a deception tactic that was commonly used in warfare during the 18th and 19th centuries. Although resembling an actual cannon, the Quaker gun was simply a wooden log, usually painted black, used to deceive an enemy. And I guess they worked!

Watched a fab show on PBS called “The Iron Coffin Woman” about a mid-1800s burial in Queens, New York. Yes, such vessels were used for a short time before the Civil War when there was no embalming. Here’s a link to more about the show which delved into the history of such coffins and researched the probable history of the long-deceased lady.

Death, Burial and Iron Coffins

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News


Thursday Evening

E-News Edition

October 4, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

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

For more information visit, contact us at, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

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


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

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

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


Descendants to Mark Graves of Early Portlanders 113 Years Later

lonefir cemetery fall

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

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

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

They will be anonymous no more.

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

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

The public is invited to attend.

Long Fir Cemetery

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

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

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


If You’re Down by Salem This Weekend…

State Archives Open House 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Secret Library

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

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

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

Cookies and water will also be available throughout the conference.


SATURDAY, October 6th

Virginia Group 10 a.m. – noon

October Meeting Topic: Exploring the Library of Congress Website

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

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

German Group Noon – 3 p.m.

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

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

SUNDAY, October 7th

Manuscripts Work Party 9 a.m. – noon

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

TUESDAY, October 9th

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

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

Friday Serendipity

This is not to herald National Donut Day (which is on June 1st, did you know?) but to share with you some donut history.

“Since the early 20th century, doughnuts have been a popular treat in the U.S. More than 10 billion doughnuts are consumed annually in the U.S. due in part to the large-scale expansion of corporations like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts.”

Did you know that the origin of these sugary treats was at least partially in Germany? A cookbook from 1485, published in Germany, refers to a Gefullte Krapfen or jelly donut. In Germany, donuts have been referred to as Berliners for over 200 years. As they have evolved and spread throughout the world they’ve been given a variety of names. Traditional European donuts have a filling; American ones include a hole.

Have you have your donut or doughnut today? Since they say Americans are, on the whole,of  one-quarter German ancestry, that explains our delight in a fresh donut, right?

(Thanks to the German Genealogy Group Newsletter, Sept 2018, quoting Nicole Glass, Editor of The Week in Germany.)

Lower Columbia Genealogical Society October Meeting

To help us learn how homesteading affects our research, we look forward to the program upcoming at our October meeting. Long-time member LOLA WEBER will share her knowledge and experiences with this topic to help us celebrate FAMILY HISTORY MONTH. DON’T MISS IT!!!





OCTOBER 11, 2018

Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend.