Lower Columbia Genealogical Society November Meeting

Beyond Names and Dates

Filling In The Stories of our Female Ancestors

Pam Vestal is a full-time genealogist and lecturer in Oregon, and will be helping us fill in our stories at the November meeting.





DINING ROOM      7:00 PM

November 14, 2019

Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Seattle Genealogical Society Library Unique Source

The Seattle Genealogical Society Library has over 2,500 Family History Books including Periodicals written by family members documenting the lives of their ancestors. Here is an excerpt from one:

The Carpenter Family News-Journal page 16

Mary Carpenter from a letter written to her cousin on August 18, 1871.

Our cabin has a ground floor and we spread green grass over it for a carpet and change it occasionally. It saves sweeping and mopping… You see we are right in the midst of harvesting, the great drive of the year. Now, for what I did yesterday. I got up before four, got breakfast, skimmed milk, churned, worked over the churning already at hand, did a large washing, baked 6 loaves of bread and seven pumpkin pies, while I was baking put on the irons and did the ironing, got supper etc—besides washing all the dishes, making the beds, (and) sweeping.”

Mary Carpenter had a busy life didn’t she!? There are many more stories like this one in these Family History Books and Periodicals. Come into the Library at 6200 Sand Point Way NE in Seattle to see if any of your ancestors has a history on our shelves.

There are over 1400 Surnames in our Family Book Section so we include only the Surnames for the Periodicals:

Ballew ; Barnard ; Barnes

Bashaw ; Blue ; Bondurant

Boyd ; Brammer ; Bricker

Britain ; Bunnell ; Bush


Calkins ; Calkins ; Calkins

Campbell ; Carpenter ; Castor

Dallas ; Denmark

Eastlick ; Eaton ; Emery

Farr ; Finch

Geer ; Gest ; Goldmann


Harriman ; Hayden ; Haynes

Heady ; Henckel ; Hiatt

Howard ; Hull ; Hunt


McCullough ; McGee ; McKinley

Molyneux ; Moore


Palmer ; Pennington ; Pettit


Rainey ; Rice ; Rogers


Small ; Snodgrass ; Soule

Spenser ; Stewart

Thomas ; Thompson ; Thornburg

Towne ; Townsend

Walker ; Warren ; Williams

Wing ; Wing ; Womelsdorf


Seattle Genealogical Society

6200 Sand Point Way NE

Seattle, WA 98115


Skagit Valley Genealogical Society October Meeting

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society presents:
An Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
by professional genealogist Lily Bogash Kohn

BURLINGTON – Join the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society in exploring how to research your Jewish ancestors on Sat., October 12 from 1-3 pm at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. The featured guest speaker is professional genealogist Lily Bogash Kohn who will present, “An Introduction to Jewish Genealogy.” Ms Kohn will discuss how to get started in researching your Jewish ancestry, explore helpful US and international research resources and websites, consider historical context in your research, and offer other helpful resources specific to Jewish genealogy. Ms. Kohn’s presentation will also include her own personal journey of discovering her Jewish ancestors in Europe through visiting cemeteries and ancestral sites. These educational programs are presented in partnership with the Burlington Public Library. The public is welcome and admission is free. For further details call (360) 757-6224 or (360) 755-0760 or visit www.skagitvalleygenealogy.org or www.burlingtonwa.gov/library.


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition October 3, 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
Seats Available: Last Chance for Fall Seminar
You still have time to sign up for this weekend’s Fall Seminar, Deutsche & Dutch on Oct. 5 & 6. Professional genealogist Fritz Juengling brings us lessons on German genealogy on Saturday and Dutch research on Sunday. He’s an accredited genealogist for Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium and serves as a German, Dutch, and Scandinavian Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. He dazzled us at a previous smaller workshop at the GFO. Now is your chance to benefit from his rich expertise by attending one or both days. Seats are still available, but online registration closes at noon on Friday Oct. 4, and lunch orders closed yesterday (Wednesday). There will be space available for walk-ins both days, so if you miss the Friday noon deadline we’d love to see you anyway on Saturday and/or Sunday morning! Download the flyer for full details.
Register Now
Seminar Bonus: $5 Books and $1900 in Prizes
Here’s another nifty reason to attend this Saturday’s Fall Seminar. We’ll have books discounted to just $5 each. Even better, we have $1900 worth of prizes to raffle, including DNA test kits, subscriptions to pricey genealogy databases, and lunches with guest speaker Fritz Juengling or GFO DNA expert Lisa McCullough.
The book sales will be on the honor system. Please bring exact change as no one will be at the table to make change. Raffle tickets cost $1 for one ticket and $5 for six tickets.
Beware! Marathon Route Skirts GFO on Sunday, Oct. 6
If you’re coming to the GFO on Sunday, Oct. 6, please allow extra time to drive in. The Portland Marathon has changed its route from previous years. For the first time, it’s coming through southeast Portland and will run just blocks from the GFO. This could affect day two of our fall seminar and library researchers in the afternoon.
This map shows the portion of the 2019 Portland Marathon that comes closest to the GFO on Oct. 6.
If coming from the west side of the river, you’ll want to avoid the area near OMSI, or SE Water Ave. near the Morrison and Hawthorne bridges. The Ross Island Bridge and Powell Boulevard will remain open, so that’s a good route to plan on. You can see the course map here. Use that map’s zoom tools to enlarge the area you want to see. Sunday’s Seminar on Dutch genealogy will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. The Library will open for patrons at 12:00 p.m.
Free Monday Reminder
Don’t forget, the GFO Library is free to everyone on the First Monday of each month. That’s next Monday, October 7.
Support the GFO with Amazon Smile in Shopping App
If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support Genealogical Forum Of Oregon Inc. in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device!
Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations. 1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device. 2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile. 3. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, you can update your App. Click here for instructions. AmazonSmile is not currently available for Apple iOS users. Amazon will let us know when it becomes available. If you haven’t yet registered to support the GFO while you shop, click here to get going! And we’d like to say, “Thank you!” to all of you who are already AmazonSmile users.
Two Genealogy TV Series Air Soon
If you enjoy watching genealogy stories unfold, you’ll have two TV shows to choose from this fall. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. returns for its sixth season on PBS. It will feature a wide range of well known people including Terry Gross, Jordan Peele, Nancy Pelosi, Queen Latifah, Jeff Goldblum and Angelica Huston, to name a few. It debuts on OPB on Tuesday, October 8 at 8 p.m.
A brand new program called A New Leaf by Ancestry is coming to NBC. Unlike other genealogy programs, A New Leaf focuses on everyday people, not celebrities finding their roots. If you read online that it’s part of the network’s Saturday morning line-up, that does not hold true in Portland. KGW-TV is airing the first episode on Saturday, October, 5 at 6:30 p.m.
PCS Offers GFO Discount to New Play “Redwood”
We are delighted that Portland Center Stage is offering friends of GFO two special offers for an upcoming play that happens to revolve around genealogy! Redwood is billed as “A beautiful, humor-filled excavation of our shared history. When a hip hop lovin’ uncle obsessed with Ancestry.com starts digging into the past, an interracial couple finds that they have a lot more (and a lot less) in common than they thought. Filled with comedy, wit, and dance, this singular American story is about learning to live and love in a present that’s overpopulated with ghosts.” On October 26, GFO President Vince Patton and Director at Large Julie Ramos, will talk before the performance, at about 6:45 p.m., about all the GFO offers and why we find building personal links to history so valuable. Redwood runs from October 26 through November 17 at Portland Center Stage at the Armory. PCS has two offers for friends of the GFO:
October 26: Use promo code “GFO” for $25 tickets.
October 27-November 17: Use promo code “COMMUNITY” for $10 off tickets. Get tickets here.
Survey Results: Years dedicated to family history
Last week, we asked how many years you’ve been doing genealogy, and at what age you began.
How old were you when you started?
▪ preteen – 4
▪ teens – 7
▪ 20s – 8
▪ 30s – 12
▪ 40s – 17
▪ 50s – 6
▪ 60s – 8
▪ 75 – 1
The average being 38.17 years. Common themes among the comments were the wish to have started sooner and how much fun it is to research. Here are a couple of comments we particularly enjoyed. I was interested, yes, but mainly since my new husband was working an insane number of hours, I just needed something to do. I enrolled in a community education course and have been hooked ever since, much to my husband’s chagrin. All his fault! I still love everything but my piles of paper. If you’d like to see all the comments, you can do so here.
New Survey: Ancestral Education
Many of our ancestors didn’t have the opportunity to get much schooling. There were chores and farming to be done. This week, we’re asking questions about high school and advanced education your ancestors may have received. Take the survey now.
Take the survey now
This week at GFO …
Saturday, October 5th
Fall Seminar with Fritz Juengling: German Research 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Held at Self Enhancement, Inc., 3920 N Kerby Ave, Portland, OR 97227, USA (map)
This event requires registration.
GFO Library Closed all day.
Sunday, October 6th
Fall Half-Day Seminar with Fritz Juengling: Dutch Research
9:30 a.m. – Noon

Held at the GFO Library. This event requires registration.
GFO Library opens to patrons at 12:00 p.m. See above for information regarding traffic impacts due to the Portland Marathon.
Monday, October 7th
Free First Monday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
GFO Library open to non-members for free.
Tuesday, October 8th
Board Meeting 6:10 – 8:10 p.m.
Wednesday, October 2nd
PMUG College 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Join us for Mac Photos 101.

Make your photos look their best

Learn how to retrieve photos from other sources

…. and much more!
To register: Call 503-228-1779; Email: college@pmug.org. Bring your Mac/iPad to participate with instruction. If you would like additional info for attending this class, please email us.
GFO Library Open Late to 8:00 p.m.

Twin Rivers Genealogical Society October Meeting

We are having Garry Bush at our regular Genealogy meeting Oct 10 as the program.  Our meeting start at 7:00pm at the Orchard’s Methodist Church 1213 Burrell Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501.  We have a Coffee time at 6:30pm and will follow up with business meeting after the presentation. 

“The Lewis & Clark Expedition: Made in China?

China, Sea Otters and Thomas Jefferson

Experience the unfamiliar story of how Chinese voyages and legends influenced men to explore and perish searching for the mythical River of the West and the Northwest Passage.  Eventually this saga compelled Thomas Jefferson to send Lewis & Clark to the Pacific Ocean.

Presented by Garry Bush”

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War – Fall meeting

Meeting with Jo N. Miles

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War – Fall meeting of Fort Walla Walla Camp 3

~ October 19, 2019 at 1:00 to 3:00; Guest speaker at 1:15 pm (sack lunch-social @ 12-1:00)

~ At Yakima Valley Genealogical Library, 1901 S. 12 th Ave., Union Gap WA 98903

All public invited. Mr. Jo N. Miles’ program will be on Kamiakin Country. The stories of the Yakima Valley in the mid 1850 s about hostilities between the Chiefs and Tribes and the US Army. From his book, Kamiakin Country. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Mr. Miles is from Richland, WA and now Yakima. He holds a degree from the University of Arizona and is a US Army veteran. He held a career in public administration, including 17 years on the Yakima Reservation. He is an expert researcher and writer on the early history of Washington Territory.

Questions can direct to Don Jameson (Camp Commander) 509 965 1390

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

  This edition’s tip comes from Sue Jensen, Library Director at SGS, in the form of a Q&A session. 

Question: “My great-grandparents lived in Orange County, New York. How do I find information on Orange County, New York in Seattle Genealogical Society’s Library?”

Answer: “First, go to the New York section of our bookshelves and look for this manila colored “county card” shown in the left photo below. Look down the list for Orange County and see that it has the #36. All our books are numbered with the state first, then the county # and finally the sequence # of the book in that County’s collection. So, NY 36-1 would be the first book cataloged in Orange County in our collection in New York.  NY 36-1 is the “call number” for that book. The “county card” (left)  and book “call number”(right) are shown in these photos: 


You may also find a book and its call number in our library by using the Library Catalog you can find on our website: www.seagensoc.org  

Seattle Genealogical Society News

SGS is pleased to have Tom Jones, renowned genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator, for our Fall Seminar on October 5th. His presentation this year will be Creating Credible Conclusions While Circumnavigating Walls. Come learn how to forge innovative paths around research brick walls with confidence and ethics. 

In addition to the all-day seminar on Saturday, Oct 5th, Tom Jones will present two sessions of “Planning an Exhaustive Search” on Sunday, Oct 6th, at the SGS Library. The Sunday sessions are limited to 30 attendees each and the seats are nearly full. Hurry!
Click here to Register Online Now
or Print a Brochure to Register by Mail

  Seattle Genealogical Society would like to offer our extra microfilm reader to the first person, or Society, to come retrieve it. It is located in our library at 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA. If you are interested, please contact SGS at: operations@seagensoc.org with “Microfilm Reader” in the Subject Line.

The Puget Sound Regional Branch of the Washington State Archives, in Bellevue, WA, is offering the class Digging Deep from 11:00 am- 2:00 pm on October 19, 2019. Designed for teachers, students, beginning genealogists, local heritage volunteers and others interested in exploring the past, you’ll get practical advice and learn the basic steps for gathering the information that you will need to investigate and interpret a historical topic. In this class, discover:

·       What historical sources are & how to use them
·       What primary sources are & aren’t
·       What secondary sources are & why they’re useful
·       How to use the library system in your research
·       How to use archival collections
·       How to find and use reliable online resources
.       How to properly cite your sources
·       How to use information from different sources  

The class is free. Seating is limited and registration is required. Register now at https://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/recordsmanagement/trainingsignup.aspx
Scroll down to “Public Events” and click on the “Register” button for “Digging Deep: Doing Historical Research”

For additional information, contact Mike Saunders, Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch at mike.saunders@sos.wa.gov or 425-564-3950.   DO NOT FORGET 

Remember the SGS Membership Meeting is Saturday, October 12, from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm, followed by a Second Saturday Series presentation. The topic will be The New SGS Website. 

Tom Jones – Guest Speaker, 
SGS 2019 Fall Seminar,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA 
October 5-6, 2019 

  Back by popular demand! We are delighted to have Dr. Tom Jones visit Seattle once again. Tom is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and he is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation
Click here to Register Online Now
or Print a Brochure to Register by Mail

CGSI Genealogical & Cultural Conference, 
Lincoln, NE
October 15-19, 2019 
  The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) is the leader in genealogy and family history in the geographical areas now known as the Czech and Slovak Republics. Their 2019 conference is the premier event to learn about techniques for genealogical research in those areas. 

For additional information and registration, visit the website: 


Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather.


Saturday, October 5, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, SGS Fall Seminar with Tom Jones, at Fairview Christian School.  The SGS Library will be closed so our volunteers may attend the seminar.  

Sunday, October 6, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, DNA Workshop,  with Cary Bright. Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro. 

Saturday, October 12, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree for Family Search Interest Group, with leader Lou Daly. Rescheduled date & time due to the seminar on October 5.  

Saturday, October 12, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm, SGS Fall Membership Meeting

Saturday, October 12, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series – The New SGS Website , Learn how to log into the new web site and to use the new features; stay current with our events; access our research resources and add your family’s name to our surname registry. Facilitators: David Rimmer, Ann Wright, Christine Schomaker and Heidi Mair   Sunday, October 13, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Scandinavian Special Interest Group – meets quarterly with Karen Knudson. Share info and discuss researching your Scandinavian ancestors.   

Monday, October 14, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, WAY To Go! Workshop: A Methodology for Efficient Report Writing  (Classes and Workshops) Online only; with Jill Morelli, CG. Session 1 (Pre Registration is Required). Write as you go is a method of writing reports
efficiently and accurately. By focusing your attention on a single research question coupled with other techniques learned in the program, this two session course will improve the efficiency of your product. Brick wall problems, client, and research reports benefit from this approach. There will be assignments. Maximum class size is 30 members, with priority given to SGS members. $40 for members, $50 for non-members

Learn more at http://sgsWAYtoGo.wordpress.com
Sign up for WAYtoGO!

Tuesday, October 15, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Family History Writers’ Group,  contact Gail Stevens for more info at  stevens_gail@hotmail.com