THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition February 14, 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 During inclement weather this winter, please be sure to check our Facebook Page or website to see if we’re open! Or, call the library at 503-963-1932 to insure someone is here.
GFO’s February GenTalk: Google Searching Computer Lab
When: Saturday, February 16th, at 2 p.m.
Where: GFO Research Library
Presenters: Kristin Parks & Joann Taylor The best way to learn to use a computer is to use a computer. This GenTalk Computer Lab will start from the beginning with Google search engine queries for online genealogy research, by walking you through the process, click by click. Whether you have a Mac or PC, Kristin (Mac) and Joann (PC) will be there to help you. If you have a laptop of your own, please bring it! If you do not, then sign up to use one at the GFO. GenTalks are free and open to everyone, but the number of GFO computers is limited, so please register online to use one. Kristin Parks and Joann Taylor are members of the GFO, and both volunteer as Research Assistants and as researchers for the GPS SIG. Joann is a researcher for the GFO Look-Up Service, and Kristin is the Education Committee Chair. Both attend numerous educational seminars and conferences and are holders of the Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University’s Center for Professional Education. Click here to reserve a GFO computer for this free and public event.
February Brings Faster Internet to GFO!
This month, GFO is upgrading our internet connection to take advantage of the new fiber-optic connection that was installed at the Ford building last fall. Our bandwidth capacity will double to 100 Mbps. Even better, latency decreases–this is the delay time it takes to get a network packet from GFO across the internet to the final server. We are not close to using our current capacity, so the primary benefit is reliability. Patrons using any of the databases that we offer at the library will experience a smoother search experience with fewer hesitations.
NEW! Free First Monday Hours Extended to 8 O’clock! 
We’re making it just a bit easier to see everything the GFO Library has to offer. The First Monday of each month has long been free to everyone. For the next three months, we are extending our hours until 8 p.m. that day so you can come after work or when parking space may be easier to find. So, on March 4th, April 1st, and May 6th, come stay late with us! And please, be sure to share this with friends who are not members of the GFO.
GFO’s Most Valuable Surplus Books Date Back to 1889
Featured Book of the Week: History of Pacific Northwest Oregon and Washington, Volumes One and Two are the GFO Bookstore’s most valuable surplus books. Volume One is in remarkably good condition for a book printed in 1889 with perfectly intact spine, and clean pages which have not faded. Both the front and the back covers have a blemish and worn corners. This copy was a gift to Berte Reeder “Given by his Mama,” November 8th, 1892. “Be sure to read them,” she wrote on the inscription page. See history through the eyes of your ancestors in this book described as “Embracing an account of the original discoveries on the Pacific Coast of North America.” We’ve seen comparable copies of this book for sale online from $500 to $1200.
Our price is $375. Volume Two has pages which are in excellent shape but the spine and binding are severely damaged. It’s available for $50. If you buy the exceptional Volume One, we’ll include Volume Two at half off for a total of $400. BONUS: Guess what? We actually have a second full set of these books; these also have poor spines and binding but the pages are in great shape. This Set #2 is available for $100. To buy these books, contact booksales@gfo.org All book sales support the daily operations, keeping the GFO library open daily.
Our Newest Records: Newspaper Clippings of Marriages & Obituaries
Did you know the GFO is constantly adding new records to our collections and our website to help you with your research? Many volunteers work from home or at the GFO scanning obituaries from newspapers and other newspaper articles which have been donated over the years. They include marriage reports from the 1930s, Oregon obituaries from the 1950s to 1990s, and West Point obituaries from about 1944-1987. You can find indexes on our website. If you locate a person you care about, the website has a form to send us a request for a copy of the actual clipping. Or, come into the library and find it in the books and CDs we have compiled of these clippings.
These are the newest indexes we’ve put online: Newspaper Clippings Oregon Obituaries Oregon Obituaries II West Point Obituaries This is a continuing process as we receive more clipped articles and full newspapers. So, check our website regularly. We’re adding more records all the time!
The Norway Project Calls for Crowdsourced Assistance
The Norway Cemetery Association Board has given its blessing for “The Norway Project.” The project is working to create an online searchable database of those buried at the Norway Cemetery, located at Norway, Coos County, Oregon. There are 5,000 grave sites at the Norway Cemetery; however, Find A Grave has only 3,300 listed. The Norway Project’s goal is to have all 5,000 grave sites listed and available for researchers. Currently, information about those buried at the Norway Cemetery is being housed in a 4×6 notebook. As part of the Norway Project’s effort to make the burial information more accessible, a new website has been made available at the project’s website. The site may be searched without registering, but please note that volunteers must register to help out on the project. Family members may also register to add information about their loved ones buried at Norway Cemetery. The Norway Project needs your help to enter data on the new website. This will be a long-term effort. GFO member Darrell Gulstrom is the project coordinator. To register as a volunteer or as a family member, email Darrell at ddgulstrom@yahoo.com. Gulstrom said he hopes for many volunteers to help in this effort. “It is long overdue,” he says.
This week at GFO …
SATURDAY, February 16th
Genealogy Problem Solvers (GPS)
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. While an ancestor named John Brown may pose obvious challenges, one would think Wiley Wingo was a strictly unique name. This Saturday’s Problem Solvers presentation will demonstrate the value of establishing a Detailed Timeline to tackle the problem of multiple persons with identical names. Join us Saturday at 9:30 AM to learn how this technique can help you in organizing your research. For more information contact Katie Daly at GPS@gfo.org.
GenTalk: Google Searching Computer Lab
2 – 3 p.m. Have you ever watched someone do something amazing on the computer, but when you tried it yourself it somehow just didn’t work? Or maybe you didn’t even try because it seemed like teaching calculus to a panda bear. What we’d like to do at our February GenTalk is practice doing some of those amazing things until you can do it yourself. This GenTalk Computer Lab will teach attendees how to utilize Google searches for online genealogy research. If you have a laptop of your own, please bring it! If you do not, then please sign up to use one at the GFO. GenTalks are free and open to everyone, but the number of GFO computers is limited, so please CLICK HERE to register online to use one.

SUNDAY, February 17th

Library Work Party 9 a.m. – noon
There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.
Family Tree Maker Users’ Group
Join other users who want to work through the 2017 Companion Guide to Family TreeMaker. Please bring your laptop with 2017 version of FTM installed and an empty usb thumb drive. This group is facilitated by Joyce Grant-Worley. Please send questions to FTM@gfo.org.

French Canada Group 3:30 – 5 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 and can be contacted at FrCan@gfo.org.

WEDNESDAY, February 20th
Learn & Chat 10 a.m. – noon The group’s very own Lori Washburn will present her often requested approach to Scanning, Archiving, Photos and Documents. Lori’s work is meticulous and she’s generous to share! 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. Facilitators Jean Quan can be contacted at LearnandChat@gfo.org.

DNA Q&A 1 – 3 p.m. Lisa McCullough leads a discussion on various DNA related subjects, with each meeting focused on a particular subject. General questions are welcome at the end of each planned discussion. Questions? Message Lisa at dna_lm@gfo.org.

Irish Group 6 – 8 p.m. Mike Dalton will share information on the following topics: Tithe Applotments of 1823 to 1837 were the first rateable valuations of Ireland of arable lands that could contribute to support of a minister. Survey of all of Ireland began in 1844 under the leadership of Dublin based Sir Richard Griffith. It is officially named: General Valuation of Rateable Property in Ireland. The Griffith’s Valuations published from 1848 to 1864 for each of the 32 counties are a census substitute of householders who owned or leased homes and lands. They are not a population census count of those who lived in the household. The listed occupier may have been your ancestor or his father, his widowed mother or his father in-law. We shall also dedicate some time to assist members with research questions they may have. If you are struggling with your Irish heritage research please bring what you know and formulate a question regarding what you would like to learn or email in advance to Irish@gfo.org. The Irish group meets on the third Wednesday of the even months February,April, June, August, and October (there will be no meeting in December). Contact Irish@gfo.org for more information.

Genealogical Forum’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition February 7, 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 During inclement weather this winter, lease be sure to check our Facebook Page or website to see if we’re open! Or, call the library at 503-963-1932 to insure someone is here.
GFO is Proud to Offer Black History Resources
This Black History Month, we’d like to remind you that GFO has dozens of books to help with your African American ancestral research. 80% of genealogical information still has not been digitized. It’s always worth exploring what’s on the bookshelves. Our holdings include:
* Black history: a guide to civilian records in the National Archives
* List of free Black heads of families in the first census of the United States, 1790 By National Archives Record Service
* The African-American century: How Black Americans have shaped our country
* An index of African Americans identified in selected records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands We’ve added more African American titles to our collection in just the last year, so if you haven’t been in for awhile, come see what’s new!
Explore Fold3’s Black History Collection for Free this Month
In recognition of Black History Month, Fold3 is making the records in its Black History Collection available for free through the end of February. Whether you’re searching for your ancestors or looking for primary documents to help with other research, the Black History Collection gives you access to more than a million documents, records, and photos that help to capture the African-American experience during five eras of American history: Slavery, The Civil War, Reconstruction & Jim Crow Laws, World War I & II, and the Civil Rights Movement. See all their wonderful resources in this collection here!
Join GFO’s Great Lakes Special Interest Group this Saturday!
“Lockport, Erie Canal” — by W. H. Bartlett, 1838 Erie Canal Opened the West to Settlement We all learned about the Erie Canal back in 6th grade. But what do we know about how it affected the experiences of our Great Lakes Region ancestors? The Canal enticed immigrants, settlers, and workers with the promise of better lives, and interestingly, it transported more than just people and goods. Come join GFO’s Great Lakes Special Interest Group this Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. as they discuss the importance of this historic canal on our ancestors. All Special Interest Group meetings at the GFO Library are free and open to the public.
PMUG College Teaches iOS for iPhone, iPad and iTouch
The Portland Mac Users Group returns to the GFO for another of its college classes on Wednesday, February 13th, 6 to 8 p.m. This class will look at the operating system our popular mobile Apple devices rely upon. • Learn how to arrange and manage your apps on your iPhone and iPad.
• Tour the Settings utility to customize how your device works.
• Learn how debug and reset your device when problems arise.
• Oversee your data usage to control programs that continue GPS tracking in the background.
• Find hidden functions in the iOS system that can enhance your use of these devices. All PMUG classes are free for GFO and PMUG members. To register: call 503-228-1779 or email college@pmug.org.
FTDNA Works With FBI, Apologizes for not Telling Customers
The big news in Genealogy circles last week was Family Tree DNA’s admission to BuzzFeed News that it was working with the FBI to match DNA from crime scenes against its database of more than two million records. BuzzFeed’s article states that “the cooperation with Family Tree DNA and the FBI marks the first time a private firm has agreed to voluntarily allow law enforcement access to its database.” Law enforcement has found genetic genealogy has helped to unlock cold cases which might never have been solved. Blogs, news sites and the GFO’s Facebook page lit up with concerns about privacy and the company’s lack of notification to customers. Bennett Greenspan, founder of FamilyTree DNA, wrote to customers a few days after the first stories hit, stating: “I am genuinely sorry for not having handled our communications with you as we should have. We’ve received an incredible amount of support from those of you who believe this is an opportunity for honest, law-abiding citizens to help catch bad guys and bring closure to devastated families.” The highly respected Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, wrote two blog posts saying she was “gobsmacked” by the revelations and expressed disappointment in the company’s reply. She called out FTDNA for falsely implying that people who care about privacy don’t care about catching criminals. “Honest, law-abiding citizens who want bad guys to be caught can come down on either side of the police-access-to-genealogical-DNA-databases debates — and nobody, but nobody, should try to shame them into going along with something they truly don’t believe in by manipulative name calling. It’s a logical fallacy,” wrote Russell. This is a debate which will continue.
New Norwegian Resource: Folkebladet Newspaper
Augsburg University’s Lindell Library in Minnesota has recently completed a large digitization project of Folkebladet, a Norwegian newspaper that ran from 1877 to 1952. Considered the official newspaper of the Lutheran Free Church, the paper is an unparalleled resource for historians, genealogists, or anyone who is interested in reading Norwegian-American accounts from the past. Access it at their website here! You can search the text of the newspapers or browse by date.
Librarian Stewart Van Cleve is eager to help you if you have questions. You can reach him at vanclev1@augsburg.edu.
This week at GFO …
FRIDAY, February 8th Mexican Ancestry Group Due to illness, this meeting is cancelled this week. For questions about future meetings, please email Vince at sw@gfo.org. SATURDAY, February 9th Great Lakes Region Group 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. We all learned about the Erie Canal back in 6th grade. But what do we know about how it affected the experiences of our Great Lakes Region ancestors? The Canal enticed immigrants, settlers, and workers with the promise of better lives, and interestingly, it transported more than just people and goods. We will also take a quick look at some lesser-known ways to use the Family Search website and have time to share our genealogy 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 just want to hear about this interesting time in US history, you are most welcome. Writers’ Forum 1 – 3 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 peggyrbaldwin@gmail.com or 503-916-9410. SUNDAY, February 10th Library Work Party 9 a.m. – noon There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there. WEDNESDAY, February 13th PMUG College: iOS for iPhone, iPad, iTouch 6 – 8 p.m. • Learn how to arrange and manage your apps on your iPhone and iPad.
• Tour the Settings utility to customize how your device works.
• Learn how debug and reset your device when problems arise.
• Oversee your data usage to control programs that continue GPS tracking in the background.
• Find hidden functions in the iOS system that can enhance your use of these devices. To register: call 503-228-1779 or email: college@pmug.org. Bring your Mac to participate with instruction. If you would like additional information for attending this class, please email the group’s leaders at college@pmug.org. (Note, updates may be sent for interruption of services due to weather etc. Check the GFO Facebook page and the GFO website for weather closure notices.)

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition January 31, 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
What’s New at GFO?
What do Saxe Gotha Neighbors, North Carolina Wills, Lithuanian Jewish Communities, and Mayflower Source Records have in common? They’re all among 21 of our recent acquisitions. Our library committee regularly evaluates donated books, books available for trade, and those we might wish to purchase to enhance certain areas of our collection. Be sure to check out our “New Books” shelves to see the latest additions to the GFO Library.
GFO Stars: Endowment Committee
Marti Dell, Anita Lustenberger, Doug Henne, and Marty Krauter (left to right) Our newest GFO Stars are Marti Dell, Anita Lustenberger, Doug Henne, and Marty Krauter. All of the members of GFO’s Endowment Committee have served multiple terms. As part of their service, the Endowment Committee has done a wonderful job of managing GFO’s assets and growing the investments. For your many years of service and your continued stewardship, we thank you!
Seminar: Genetic Genealogy in Practice
Our friends at the Olympia Genealogical Society invite you to their 2019 Spring Seminar featuring genetic genealogist Blaine Bettinger. The seminar will be held on Saturday, March 30 in Olympia, Washington. Topics include:
* Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries
* Using Third Party Tools to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA
* The Danger of Distant Matches
* Mapping Your Chromosomes Using DNA Painter For more information go to the Olympia Genealogical Society website at https://olygensoc.org.
Only Surviving Arabic Slave Narrative in U.S. Digitized by Library of Congress
We know that a handful of slaves in the 1800s wrote autobiographies of their experience. Only one was written in Arabic in the U.S. and is known to survive to this day. According to Smithsonian Magazine, that Arabic memoir of a slave sold in Charleston, South Carolina, is now fully digitized and available at the Library of Congress. “Omar Ibn Said was leading a prosperous life in West Africa at the turn of the 19th century, devoting himself to scholarly pursuits and the study of Islam, when he was captured, carted across the globe, and sold as a slave in Charleston, South Carolina.” After being in America for 50 years, Said died in 1864, one year before slavery was legally abolished. “To have [the manuscript] preserved at the Library of Congress and made available to everyday people and researchers across the world will make this collection an irreplaceable tool for research on Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries,” says Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, one that she predicts will further “shed light on the history of American slavery.”
Womens’ Hats Could Help You Decipher Old Family Photos
Do any women in your old family photos wear hats? The Minnesota Historical Society has archived 717 hat styles that could help you figure out when the picture was taken. Hat tip to genealogy blogger Gail Dever for writing about this. You can read her full story here. Dever notes, “The hats range from straw hats worn in the 1860s to pink pussy hats women wore during women’s marches in 2017.” The society doesn’t have a page set up to find just hats, but they did provide this link with filters that will take you to a display of this hat collection.
This week at GFO …
SATURDAY, February 2nd Virginia Group 10 a.m. – noon From Institutes to Webinars: Genealogy Education Join us for a discussion of educational opportunities to enhance your genealogical experience. We all know that genealogy is much more than adding names and dates to a list, but organizing, interpreting, and analyzing the information we find can be a challenge. There are educational opportunities to enhance any level of experience, and in all price ranges, including no cost. We’ll explore many of those opportunities, and have people available who have taken advantage of many of them to answer any question you might have.
For more information see our blog: “Virginia Roots and Vines” Questions? Email the facilitators, Judi Scott and Carol Surrency, at Virginia@gfo.org. German Group 1 – 3 p.m. Speaker: Emily Aulicino Topic: How she was able to trace her ancestors back to the 1500s. Index:
A. German 16 states: #2 Bavaria
B. Valentine’s Day German recipes
C. Online heritage books / Ortsfamilienbücher
D. Update on the 2020 census
E. Conferences, etc. SUNDAY, February 3rd Manuscripts Work Party 9 a.m. – noon Explore our manuscript, personal papers, and Bible collection while we organize, scan, and create finding aids. Drop by at the time that works for you. Questions? Send a note to manuscripts@gfo.org. MONDAY, February 4th Free First Monday! 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Come visit our research library each first Monday of every month and splurge on all GFO’s wonderful resources for FREE. Explore our online databases like Fold3, Ancestry World Library Edition, Newspapers.com, and many more. Our analog and microfilm collections total over 50,000 items. Don’t miss out! WEDNESDAY, February 6th Learn & Chat 10 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 Jeanne Quan and Sandy Alto. DNA Q&A 1 – 3 p.m. Lisa McCullough will be available to help answer your DNA questions, whether you are new and just getting started or have more involved questions. Questions? Send a note to the group’s leader at dna_qa@gfo.org.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition January 24, 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
BlackProGen Host Speaks to GFO Saturday, Jan. 26
Genealogist and BlackProGen host Nicka Smith. Photo Courtesy Nicka Smith. The Genealogical Forum of Oregon is pleased to welcome BlackProGen host Nicka Smith to its next African American Ancestry Group meeting on Saturday, January 26 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. She will appear in a remote presentation from her home base of Tennessee, and her topic will be “The Future of African American Genealogy.” Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 20 years of experience as a genealogist. She is the host of BlackProGen Live, a web show focused on people of color genealogy and family history. With rapid digitization of crucial record sets to the explosion of DNA testing, the landscape of African American genealogy and family history research is constantly evolving. Attendees can discover why these advancements are key for all types of genealogy and how they can help break down years-long barriers in personal research efforts. The meeting is free and open to the public at the GFO Library in the basement of the historic Ford Building at S.E. 11th Ave. & Division in Portland.
Golden State Killer Sleuth is Coming to the GFO!
Barbara Rae-Venter. Photo by Brian L. Frank. We have exciting news for this year’s Open House! You have a chance to hear directly from the genetic genealogist who cracked the Golden State Killer case. Barbara Rae-Venter is coming to speak at the GFO during our DNA Days. On Saturday, March 30th, she will talk in the afternoon about DNA genealogy research techniques. On the morning of Sunday, March 31st, she’ll speak about the Golden State Killer case itself. Many thanks to Emily Aulicino for arranging this rare opportunity. Barbara’s sleuthing has been profiled in the New YorkTimes and she was named one of the 10 People Who Mattered most in 2018 by Nature magazine. This will be popular so you must register for these limited seats.
Registration opens on Friday, March 1st at 9:00 a.m., at our website.
GFO Library Remains Free for All Federal Workers
The record setting government shutdown continues, and so does our offer to federal employees who are getting no pay. You are welcome to come and use the GFO Library FREE as long as this shutdown lasts. You may have extra time on your hands; feel free to come tap all the resources the GFO has to offer, including 50,000 holdings and access to subscription databases that would cost you an arm and a leg at home. Please show your government employment I.D. at our reception desk for free admission.
We Love a Success Story
If you know about our Boot Camp for Beginners, you know there are virtually no breaks and only a half hour for lunch at the most. Yet one recent participant managed to parlay that short break into a successful search at the GFO library. Patricia emailed this marvelous note to us: “I decided to do a little research on my 2nd great maternal grandmother. I’ve being focusing on her husband for the last number of months, so I thought I would peek in and see what I could find about her. They were the ones who first immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland. I not only found her baptismal record, which was wonderful, but what we always love to find is bonus information. I now have her parents names! So happy!” You never know what you’ll find tucked away in the GFO’s vast collection!
Fred Meyer/GFO Rewards: A Small Change
We’d like to thank everyone who has registered their Fred Meyer Rewards cards to benefit the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. You generate regular donations without paying any more for groceries. Fred Meyer has made a small change to our account number. If you’d like to do your part, be sure to link your card to Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Account #PB444. Community Rewards is easy to use, The more you shop, the more money the GFO earns!
Library Tours Available in Person … and on Video!
Did you know we offer free group tours of the GFO Library? If you know people who’d like to learn all we have to share, please have them contact tours@gfo.org. Or, if you have 15 free seconds, you can just click over to our YouTube Channel for our Fastest Library Tour Ever! (The personal tour is far better, and your group gets four hours of time to research after the tour!)
This week at GFO …
SATURDAY, January 26th
DNA Advanced Group 9 a.m. – noon
Tim Janzen will speak on merging duplicates in master match list spreadsheets, GEDmatch, and phasing. Each topic will be about 1 hour on each. Jef Treece will do about a half hour on GEDmatch, and Tim will do the other half.
Library Closes Early 12:45 p.m.
(to allow multiple Special Interest Groups)
African American Ancestry Group 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
We will enjoy a remote presentation from Nicka Smith, a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 20 years of experience as a genealogist. She is the host of BlackProGen Live, a Web show focused on people of color genealogy and family history. She will speak on “The Future of African American Genealogy.” (Full note above.)
British Ancestry Group 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
At this meeting we will discuss online sources. Tom O’Brian will explain the ins and outs of the FamilySearch website, and we can help with your brick walls. The focus of this group is on researching in the British Isles: England, Wales, Scotland, and Scots-Irish.
SUNDAY, January 27th
Library Work Party 9 a.m. – noon
There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.
WEDNESDAY, January 30th
Library Open late to 8 p.m.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition January 17, 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
Free GFO Library Use for All Federal Workers
Are you a federal worker getting no pay during the government shutdown? You are welcome to come and use the GFO Library FREE as long as this shutdown lasts. You may have extra time on your hands; feel free to come tap all the resources the GFO has to offer, including 50,000 holdings and access to subscription databases that would cost you an arm and a leg at home. Please show your government employment I.D. at our reception desk for free admission.
Spring Seminar Registration Now Open!
You’ve seen him on TV on Oprah’s Roots and Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates. Now come hear him in person for a day and a half of superb genealogy lessons. We are thrilled to be able to bring professional genealogist and Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association Tony Burroughs to Portland for our Spring Seminar April 26th and 27th. In a special promotion, we have cut the usual seminar price in half. It costs just $25 to attend the first day and $15 the second.
Register Now
Important Reminder about FamilySearch
We’re thrilled to be a FamilySearch Affiliate Library now. However, to be able to use FamilySearch at the GFO, you must bring your own login name and password. It’s free. FamilySearch does not charge for this service, but it does require each researcher to use their own login and password to access these additional resources at its Affiliate Libraries.
Board Fills Vacancy
We are delighted to welcome Joyce Grant-Worley to the GFO Board of Directors and sad to say goodbye to Anne Wheeler. Anne has had to step away from her work on GFO’s board for personal reasons. While she’s not able to serve as Director-at-Large any longer, Anne will continue to help our library team, serving indispensably in GFO’s many ongoing projects. We will miss Anne on the board and want to extend our thanks to her for her dedication and hard work. Joyce attends many of the Special Interest Groups and jumped in to lead the new Family Tree Maker Users’ Group. She’s also involved with the Portland Mac Users Group (PMUG) College which is now holding regular Apple computer classes at the GFO. Welcome to the board, Joyce!
Bookstore Feature of the Week: Teddy Roosevelt’s Series
If these books by Teddy Roosevelt were inscribed by the author, they’d be worth $23,000! Alas, they are not. So this set of five can be yours for just $50! Before he was President of the United States, Roosevelt wrote his The Winning of the West series. These are 1905 reprints of his 1889 books, featuring suede-like spines. This set includes Volumes 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 (4 is missing). Titles include The Spread of English Speaking Peoples, In the Current of the Revolution, The War in the North West, St. Clair and Wayne, and Louisiana and Aaron Burr. To buy these books, contact booksales@gfo.org. There are hundreds more historic volumes available in the GFO Bookstore. Also be sure to check our $2 and $10 surplus book shelves at the front of the library.
Find the Story, Write the Story: Half-Day Seminar Join professional genealogist Pam Vestal for a half-day seminar at the GFO on Sunday, February 24th from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Topics:
Teasing Out the Hidden Story Behind the Genealogical Facts.
Learn to dig deeply into the genealogical details and to breathe life into your ancestors’ stories. How to Write Ancestral Stories Even Your Relatives Will Want to Read.
With good research, thoughtful planning, and a dash of ingenuity, you can create engaging genealogical stories designed to entice even seemingly disinterested readers. Register online now!
Bonus Donations to GFO for Magazines Purchased This Month
We’re excited to announce another bonus donation opportunity for Genealogical Forum Of Oregon Inc. Through January 31, 2019, AmazonSmile will donate 15% the purchase price of new print magazine subscriptions. Click here for details.
You can help us all year long by shopping from smile.amazon.com after you choose the Genealogical Forum of Oregon to benefit from your purchases. Amazon makes a small donation each time but charges you nothing extra.
This week at GFO …
SUNDAY, January 20th
Library Work Party 9 a.m. – noon
There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.

Family Tree Maker for Beginners 1 – 3 p.m. This is a beginners’ class for Family Tree Maker users and for those considering a purchase. It will be repeated on a quarterly basis.

French Canada Group 3:30 – 5 p.m. This month’s topic will be our “gateway” ancestor or ancestors, those who were the first to arrive in New France and/or Acadia, and whose ancestral line has come down to us. Also, members will discuss family associations and organizations as reunion and genealogical resources. Come and join this group to learn more about French Canadian ancestry and Acadia. The group leader is Bob LaMarche. Send questions to FrCan@gfo.org.

WEDNESDAY, January 23rd
Library Open late to 8 p.m.

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition January 10, 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
We Don’t Look a Day Over 50, Wouldn’t You Say?
The GFO Turns 73 Years Old This Month! Thank you Dorothy Van Pelt, Caroline Higley, and Daisy Smith. On January 22, 1946, these three women created the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. They were members of the Daughters of the American Revolution but wanted to belong to a genealogy group. Miss Higley served as GFO’s very first Chair. That year, they met at the Central Library and dues were $2 per year. We’ve come a long way since then! The library, which started in a member’s home, finally found an independent space in 1968. It moved four more times, in 1974, 1994, 1999, and 2011. Now, with 50,000 holdings, the GFO has grown to become the largest genealogy library in the Pacific Northwest. There’s a great retrospective of our history in the September 2016 edition of The Bulletin. It’s now available online to everyone.
Stump Your Friends with Portland History
Trivia Time: On January 11, 1855, history was made right here in Portland. What happened that day? The answer rests in the rare books section of the GFO Library. That was the day Perry Baker married Maria Ward. What made this wedding so special? It was the first marriage ever recorded in Multnomah County. Even better, one of their direct descendants is a valued volunteer at the GFO today! Our library holds dozens of the county’s original marriage record books and we’re still in the process of indexing them. If you know anyone looking for marriage records, send them to the Marriage Indexes on our website.
We Need You to Run for the GFO Board
When I first attended classes at the GFO I wondered why I’d never heard of this place before. “It’s a hidden gem,” people would say. I knew it shouldn’t stay hidden! So I volunteered to boost the GFO’s Facebook page and later was recruited to be a Research Assistant.
A year later I was asked to join the board. It has felt great to contribute in a meaningful way to what we do. The GFO Board has three seats opening this year: Vice President, Treasurer, and Director at Large. Would you consider running for one of them? The GFO is an all-volunteer organization, and we could not function without the people who step up to serve. Some positions require more time, like the Treasurer, which requires bookkeeping experience with QuickBooks.
Others take only a few hours a month like the The Vice President and the Director at Large (who functions as a liaison with our Special Interest Groups). Board members are expected to attend a minimum of nine of the monthly board meetings which are held in the evening of the 2nd Tuesday of each month, and to actively participate in one or more of our significant events. Candidates must file by our annual membership meeting on March 16 at 2 p.m. New board members will take office in July when our new fiscal year begins.
We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment and encourage anyone to apply. If you have questions please email president@gfo.org. Or, if you’re ready to run, send in your bio and a brief statement of candidacy. Vince Patton
President, GFO
Own This History
Forget Portlandia. Would you like a copy of Portania? That’s the yearbook from 1910 for Washington High School in Portland. We have a copy for sale at the GFO, along with The Beaver yearbooks of the 1920s from Oregon Agricultural College, now O.S.U. Find them all on our $10 shelves at the front of the library.
Share the Word – It’ll Help Us
Can you lend us a hand?
We’re not asking for money.
All we need is for you to share our news. Too many people refer to the GFO as a “hidden gem.” We’ve got to take “hidden” out of that equation.
Please tell others about all we offer: 50,000 holdings, access to expensive databases, and 180 free classes every year. Here’s a really easy way to do it: Please share our posts on Facebook and. Twitter to your circle of friends. It’ll help us reach a whole new community!
SCGS Jamboree 2019 Registration Now Open
The Southern California Genealogical Society has a big conference planned May 30 – June 2 to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Registration is now open. SGGS says, “If your members are thinking of coming and want any of the limited supply events – Workshops, Meals, Marriott reservations — please consider registering this week.” The Jamboree features more than 70 speakers, including the GFO’s own Emily Aulicino and Pam Vestal.
Update to Last Week’s German Guidebook Tip
Last week we passed on a handy tip about a great German guidebook called Where does my family come from? It turns out this guide is not just in German. They have an English version of their guidebook too!
This week at GFO …
FRIDAY, January 11th Mexican Ancestry Group 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. This Special Interest Group (SIG) pertains specifically to Mexican ancestors from Mexico and the American Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California). Beginning and intermediate researchers are welcome. Some subjects will include online parish records, Hispanic genealogy societies, Family History Library/FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, solving genealogical problems, methodology of organizing your research, etc. Of course this group will also be about sharing our research experiences, and having fun. If you know of any other people interested in Hispanic genealogy tell them about the up and coming group. They don’t have to be a GFO member to participate.
For questions or comments, please email Vince at sw@gfo.org.

SATURDAY, January 12th Great Lakes Region 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Have you ever wondered if your ancestor was a Mason or Elk or Odd Fellow? Our first hour features guest speakers Dale and Elsie Deatherage who will discuss techniques for researching the records of fraternal organizations. It is an interesting topic that might shed some light on your family’s history. In the second hour we will share our genealogy brick walls and success stories. Feel free to bring your research questions to share. If your ancestors were in the area of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, or Ontario CANADA, this is the SIG for you! Contact the group leaders at greatlakes@gfo.org.

Writers’ Forum 1 – 3 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, January 13th Library Work Party Yes, of course there’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s always lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 a.m. 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, January 16th Learn & Chat 10 a.m. – noon “Maps: A Rich Resource – How and Where to Find, How They Change Over Time, Follow Your Ancestors Path.” 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. Send questions to learnandchat@gfo.org. Open Late to 8 p.m.

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition January 3, 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
You’re Amazing!
We Made Our Fundraising Goal! We can’t thank you enough. The GFO needed big support, and you came through! We needed to raise $25,000, and you made it happen before the turn of the new year. Our costs continue to rise yet member dues cover only 24% of our budget. Donations literally make the difference in whether we can keep going.
Thank you! Preserving and Sharing Heritage since 1946.
We Got the Gold!
We are pleased to report that the GFO has now achieved the Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. We are committed to transparency. By adding information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, achievements, and progress indicators, we are highlighting the difference we help to make in the world.
Mac Users Learn Your Apple Apps
The Portland Macintosh Users Group is excited to meet at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon LIbrary. Join us on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. The class will be about the trio of applications (Pages, Numbers, & Keynote) which are included on all current Apple operating systems.
This class is FREE for PMUG members and GFO members who use Macintosh computers.
• Learn how to use Apple’s free apps for creating written documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
• The Pages App is an easy-to- use word processor and comes with great-looking templates for creating business cards, flyers and newsletters.
• Use the Numbers App to manage your information and perform automatic numeric calculations.
• The Keynote App makes beautiful slideshows and many other kinds of presentations.
• These apps also make it easy to export and share with others who use the Microsoft Office family of applications. To register: Call 503-228-1779 or email: college@pmug.org.
4 Speakers, 1 Conference, No Travel Needed
Would you like to attend a DNA Genealogy conference without the expense of travel? Family History Fanatics are offering a full-day Winter DNA eConference available online, including Tim Janzen, a familiar speaker at our GFO DNA Special Interest Groups. You’ll SEE the difference in this conference as your presenters will open the live chat throughout their sessions and turn on their cameras. Register by Jan. 18th for a discount.
Strike it Rich with Connections 2 Discoveries
The 2019 International German Genealogy Conference is a unique three-day event June 15-17 in Sacramento. Discounted conference registration ends in two weeks, after January 15, 2019. Details on the conference, online registration, and hotel accommodations are on the International German Genealogy Partnership website. An all-star cast of presenters from the United States, Germany, Austria, Australia, Israel, and Brazil will share their expertise in German genealogical research techniques, tools and more. This conference is hosted by the Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS) and supported by a consortium of Germanic Genealogy Societies across the Golden State. The International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP) comprises more than 100 organizations around the world. IGGP’s mission is “… to facilitate German genealogy research globally as the internationally-recognized federation of German genealogy organizations.”
A “living” German Guidebook
Here’s a great resource for German research. Under the title “Woher stammt meine Familie?” (English: Where does my family come from?) the Foundation Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung in Berlin has published a German language PDF document as a guide to research that can be downloaded at their website. This “living” guidebook is in German, but it provides so many links to online sources, hints, current addresses, and so on—it should be on people’s radar. While the focus is on Germans displaced in the 1940s, the archives and resources provided may be useful to many.
This week at GFO …
SATURDAY, January 5th Virginia Group 10 a.m. – noon Land Records – Part II For this session, we will focus on deeds records and the benefits of using them for genealogy. We will discuss the types of deeds and the language of deeds. Over time, laws were enacted pertaining to real property and inheritance; knowing about those laws will help to interpret the deeds we find. We will discuss the value of using land records, and have many examples of how to use them for your research. For more information see our blog: “Virginia Roots and Vines”. Research in Virginia can be difficult, with the complication of burned counties, as well as the ordinary difficulties of using historical documents. But it is not impossible. We discuss the history of Virginia and explore various methods to do sound genealogy research. We hope to foster collaboration among our many Virginia researchers and work on our varied research problems, our brick walls, together. Each month we will have a discussion or presentation on a topic related to our research. There will also be time each meeting for discussion, suggestions, and perhaps research on individual research. We’ll also explore the settlement of Kentucky, the Carolinas and Tennessee. Facilitators: Judi Scott and Carol Surrency can be reached at Virginia@gfo.org. German Group 1 – 3 p.m. Topic: #1. Lew Ebner has a wonderful German video to show us along the Rhine River.
Topic #2. It’s a new year. Think of one place you are researching, and let’s all help each other fill in the pieces or at least a piece of the puzzle. Hoffentlich! / Hopefully! 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. The group meets at the GFO Library on the 1st Saturday of every month. Questions? Email the group facilitators at German@gfo.org. SUNDAY, January 6th Manuscripts Work Party 9 a.m. – noon Explore our manuscript, personal papers, and Bible collection while we organize, scan, and create finding aids. Drop by at the time that works for you. Questions? Send a note to manuscripts@gfo.org. MONDAY, January 7th Free First Monday! 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Come visit our research library each first Monday of every month and splurge on all GFO’s wonderful resources for FREE. Explore our online databases like Fold3, Ancestry World Library Edition, Newspapers.com, and many more. Our analog and microfilm collections total some 49,000 items. Don’t miss out! TUESDAY, January 8th Beginners’ Boot Camp 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Registration is now closed.) Laurel Smith leads 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. WEDNESDAY, January 9th PMUG College 6 – 8 p.m. Apple Apps: Pages, Numbers & Keynote See all the details above for this week’s class! To register: Call 503-228-1779 or email: college@pmug.org. Bring your Mac to participate with instruction. If you would like additional information for attending this class, please email us at college@pmug.org.
(Note, updates may be sent for interruption of services due to weather, etc.)

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition December 27, 2018
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
For more information visit www.gfo.org.
Contact us at info@gfo.org or 503-963-1932.
Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Best Wishes for 2019!
Please Act Before the Year Ends
We Need YOU to Help Us Reach Our Goal! The new year is just days away and the GFO needs your help! We are just $2094 away from reaching our year-end fundraising goal. The GFO asks for your financial support only once a year. Donations fuel our very operations.
Member dues don’t come close to covering our budget.
This once-a-year appeal for contributions makes all the difference in our being able to keep the library open every day. The amount you spend to buy lunch out could make the difference. Even small gifts help us tremendously when many people come together. You can make it happen! Please make your tax deductible donation to the GFO today! Thank you for your continued support. Preserving and Sharing Heritage since 1946.
Give Today
The GFO belongs to the Oregon Cultural Trust.
We have a Gold rating for transparency on GuideStar.
Please check with your employer on possible matching donations, especially through Benevity. Thanks for all you do to keep GFO going strong!
A Serendipity Moment
The Oregon State Regent for DAR, Rebecca Taylor, came into the GFO recently to pick up some books that we were clearing from our shelves. She is not a genealogist.

Rebecca told us of a book about her family, Lafollette, and that she had not been able to locate a copy anywhere. Just for fun, our Research Assistant on duty checked the GFO catalog and found L’histoire de la familie LaFollette en Amerique. This was the exact book she was looking for! Rebecca was ecstatic, thrilled to find the book and will be back one day soon to sit and browse through it. Check our catalog. You may find your family on our shelves, too.
Own This Piece of History
During our recent inventory, we discovered we had two books about a piece of American history many have forgotten. On Dec. 30, 1903, fire swept through the Iroquois Theatre in Chicago. More than 600 perished, making it the deadliest fire in a single building in U.S. history. Since we don’t need two copies, we are selling “The Great Chicago Theater Disaster, The Complete Story Told by the Survivors.” If you know a theater or Chicago history buff, get this book for just $25. Contact booksales@gfo.org if you’d like to buy it. As you can see from the photo above, the binding is damaged and has been repaired but all the pages inside appear fine. This this 114-year-old “Memorial Edition” was published in 1904. Don’t forget to check out all the hundreds of surplus historic books we have for sale online.
Deadline Soon to Register for Boot Camp
Our popular quarterly class is filling up!
Registration closes January 3rd for Beginners’ Boot Camp on January 8th. Join Laurel Smith to learn how to get your research organized and the best techniques for finding family records. This is an all day lesson, even during lunch! Beginners’ Boot Camp is FREE for GFO members, $20 for non-members.
Sign Up Now!
GFO Volunteers: Please Report Your Hours
We’re all volunteer. That means we don’t have to track payroll. But we do need to track how many hours people contribute to keep the GFO running. If you volunteer during the month, please remember to tell us how many hours you generously give us.
We’ve made it easy to report on this handy online form.
This week at GFO …
MONDAY, December 31
Library Closed
TUESDAY, January 1
Library Closed
WEDNESDAY, January 2
Learn & Chat 10 a.m. – noon Jan. 16. It will not meet next week.
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. Join us to talk about your genealogy questions and help provide support to others. Facilitated by Jeanne Quan.
DNA Q&A 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Lisa McCullough will be available to help answer your DNA questions, whether you are new and just getting started or have more involved questions. Questions? Email her ahead of time.
Library Open late to 8 p.m.

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition December 20, 2018
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
For more information visit www.gfo.org.
Contact us at info@gfo.org or 503-963-1932.
Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Happy Holidays from the GFO
So Close…
The Finish Line is in Sight! We are so grateful for your support. Donations fuel our very operations.
Member dues don’t come close to covering our budget.
This once-a-year appeal for contributions makes all the difference in our being able to keep the library open every day. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our Annual Appeal!
We need to raise $25,000 and we are 85% of the way there! We’re confident you can help us make it to the finish line. Please make your tax deductible donation to the GFO today!
Give Today
The GFO belongs to the Oregon Cultural Trust.
We have a Silver Star rating on GuideStar.
Please check with your employer on possible matching donations, especially through Benevity. Thanks for all you do to keep GFO going strong!
A Serendipity Moment!
Recently, the Oregon State Regent for Daughters of the American Revolution, Rebecca Taylor, came into the GFO to pick up some books that we were clearing from our shelves. She is not a genealogist.

Rebecca told us of a book about her family, LaFollette, and that she had not been able to locate a copy anywhere. Just for fun, our Research Assistant on duty checked the GFO Catalog and found L’histoire de la familie LaFollette en Amerique. This was the exact book she was looking for! Rebecca was ecstatic, thrilled to find the book and will be back one day soon to sit and browse through it. Check our catalog. You may find your family on our shelves, too.
We Smile When You smile.amazon.com
We’re smiling! Big thanks to all of you who do your online shopping through smile.amazon.com.
Each time you shop, we get a small donation – and it does not increase the prices you pay.
All you have to do is choose the Genealogical Forum of Oregon as your non-profit of choice to receive your benefits.
This week at GFO …
SUNDAY, December 23rd Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. – Noon There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.
MONDAY, December 24th Library Closed
TUESDAY, December 25th Library Closed
WEDNESDAY, December 26th Library Open late to 8 p.m.

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition December 13, 2018
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
For more information visit www.gfo.org.
Contact us at info@gfo.org or 503-963-1932.
Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Have you answered GFO’s Annual Appeal yet?
You Rock! Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our Annual Appeal!
We are 2/3 of the way to our grand goal of $25,000! We’re confident you can help us make it to the finish line. Please make your tax deductible donation to the GFO today! Member dues cover only 24% of our budget. Your donations are vital to GFO’s basic operations.
Give Today
The GFO belongs to the Oregon Cultural Trust. We have a Silver Star rating on GuideStar. Please check with your employer on possible matching donations, especially through Benevity. Thanks for all you do to keep GFO going strong!
Oregon Cultural Trust Offers Tax Credits
GFO is proud to be part of the Oregon Cultural Trust. Any donation you make to GFO could lead to a state tax credit (not just a deduction) if you give the same amount to the Oregon Cultural Trust. “Make your donation to the Cultural Trust by December 31st to earn the tax credit on your entire Cultural Trust donation. That’s right – you get your entire matching donation to the Cultural Trust back. Double your impact for free.” Learn more here!
Join Library Tour for Hispanic Heritage Resources
Do you have an interest in Hispanic heritage? GFO’s Mexican Ancestry Group invites you to join a tour of the Multnomah County Library’s Hispanic genealogical resources.
The tour begins at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, December 17th at Multnomah County’s Central Library 801 SW 10th Ave. There is paid parking across the street and in the area. PLEASE RSVP by emailing sw@gfo.org.
We’d Like YOU to be a part of GFO’s Open House
GFO’s 2019 Open House is right around the corner. Mark you calendars for March 23rd through 31st! We are looking for presenters to give 50-minute sessions on any topic that may be of interest to beginning genealogists. Opening weekend: Saturday will be devoted to Irish research and is being planned by the Irish Special Interest Group. Sunday will be a Beginners’ Boot Camp. The closing Saturday and Sunday will be DNA Days planned by Emily Aulicino and team and will feature a very special guest. Stay tuned for more information. The theme on Wednesday will be finding biological family and additional participants are being sought. There will be panel discussions and presentations relating to questions about whether to search for biological family. There will also be resources available on topics such as how to make first contact. If you are an adoptee, a biological parent, or someone seeking a biological relation and would like to share your views or provide a presentation, please contact laurel.smith@gfo.org. There are still a few presentation spots open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Check out the open slots at our website calendar. Again, if you can participate by leading a session at GFO’s 2019 Open House, please send a message to laurel.smith@gfo.org. Presenters will be compensated with profuse gratitude! GFO will print and provide any handouts for attendees. We don’t know of any other genealogical organization that provides a 9-day event, packed with content, absolutely FREE to all attendees. But we need your help to make it happen!
This week at GFO …
Friday, December 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). This will be our last meeting of the year. Lets share our successes and discoveries for this past year and what you are hoping to accomplish for 2019. I will share a few successes in my research and how I obtained records online. Also want to talk about our upcoming library tour for Monday December 17, 12:30-1:30 at Central Library downtown Portland. This will be Hispanic genealogical resources available through the library. Bring your questions for our tour guides, Enrique and Kim. They are willing to answer any additional questions and assist you in find genealogical resources after the tour. If you know of any other people interested in Hispanic genealogy tell them about the group. They don’t have to be a GFO member to participate. For questions or comments, please email Vince at sw@gfo.org. SUNDAY, December 16th Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. – Noon There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there. Family Tree Maker Users’ Group 1 – 3 p.m. Join other users who want to work through the 2017 Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker. Bring your laptop with 2017 version of FTM installed and an empty USB thumb drive. Facilitated by Joyce Grant-Worley, who can be contacted at FTM@gfo.org. WEDNESDAY, December 19th DNA Q&A 1 – 3 p.m. Lisa McCullough leads a discussion on various DNA related subjects, with each meeting focused on a particular subject. General questions are welcome at the end of each planned discussion. Questions? Send Lisa a note at dna_lm@gfo.org.