GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition August 15, 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
Free August GenTalk: Women in your Family Tree
“Why don’t I recognize all those names on my DNA match list?” Half of your ancestry comes from women, yet we tend to focus our genealogical searches on men. No wonder those matches are
mysterious!
Join Barb Schrag at the GFO Library on Saturday, August 17, at 2:00 p.m. for a fascinating talk focused on the comprehensive genealogy of all of the descendants of your third-great-grandparents. Not only will you
begin seeing the relationships, but you’ll be creating the genealogy
that future generations can refer to and build on. Barb is a member of the GFO as well as the Clark County Genealogical Society and has given numerous presentations for both organizations.
As always, GenTalks are free and open to the public, so, member or not, check out our Calendar page and come spend an hour or so with us!
Newspapers Galore: Do You Know What GFO Offers?
GFO President Vince Patton learned a lesson, a bit belatedly, about historic newspapers. He’d combed Newspapers.com at the GFO and found good material on his great-grandfather before he headed to New Mexico for a genealogy research trip. In Santa Fe, he found the ballot results for his great-grandfather’s election as Attorney General, winning by a razor-thin margin. But only after he came back did he check Genealogy Bank at the GFO, where he found hundreds more articles from small town New Mexico newspapers. It turns out that his great-grandfather ran for the state Supreme Court later, but lost that election. Alas, this information came too late to look for details at the state archives. Vince says he’s learned his lesson. “Newspapers end up in many different databases. Now I need to attend Janice Seller’s Half-Day Seminar on September 8 to make sure I’m getting the most out of the GFO’s newspaper subscription services.” He signed up for the seminar.

Have you? The session will be held in the GFO Library, Sunday, September 8, from 9:30 a.m. – Noon. For more detailed information, download the flyer. Registration is $25.00 for GFO members, $30.00 for non-members.
Register Here
GFO Star of the Month: Mark Grafe
The GFO Board unanimously named Mark Grafe as GFO Star of the month! Mark took on the job of layout editor for the Bulletin and has done a wonderful job. Sometimes learning as he goes, Mark has introduced new style to our quarterly journal and new functionality to the electronic version. He works quickly and remains positive even as editors ask repeatedly for revisions.
Mark is a joy to work with. Thank you, Mark, we’re lucky to have you!
The Insider needs you!
We’re looking for stories for the October 2019 Insider issue at this time, and we need your help. Please email insider@gfo.org by September 1st to get your news and items of interest into October’s issue. What we’re looking for: genealogy and history centric articles, tips, resources, ideas, serendipity stories, techniques, events, call for GFO volunteers, etc. Again, submissions are due by September 1st, please. Images and text should please include permissions details so we can publish in good conscience.
Oregon City wants to party like it’s 1844
As the ending point of the Oregon Trail, the Oregon City community is marking this historic year with celebrations and unique activities commemorating the dreamers, risk-takers, and those who gambled everything for a new life. Mark your calendars, this party only happens every 175 years! Saturday August 24th, 10 a.m. – 9:15 p.m.
End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center
1726 Washington St., Oregon City, OR 97045.
You can find more details here.
Shop, Help GFO, Pay Nothing Extra!
Are you doing back to school shopping for kids or grandkids? You can help us a the GFO while you shop at Fred Meyer.
All you have to do is click here and select the Genealogical Forum of Oregon as the charity you’d like to help. Link your Rewards Card to the GFO and then Fred Meyer makes a donation to us based on your shopping. Everything is automatic after you register your card. Best of all, it does not affect the prices you pay. Please register your card today and help us to provide genealogy resources to northern Oregon and southwest Washington.
Surplus Book: Mohawk Valley History
If you have New York roots, our surplus book of the week may be just right to add context to how your ancestors lived.
Mohawk Valley: Its Legends and Its History captures colonial history of the earliest settlers to this region sandwiched between the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains. Our copy is a first edition, hardcover copy from a library, written by W. Max Reid and published in 1901 by G. P. Putnam’s Sons The Knickerbocker Press. It is filled with dozens of marvelous photos of the region.
Overall, the book is in average to good condition. The core is sound, pages bear some library stamps and the spine seems strong. However, some pages at the beginning and end of the book are cracked and a few have separated from the binding. Due to those defects, we are pricing well below the market for a first edition hard cover copy.
Your price to pickup at the GFO Library: $15
Price to mail it: $22 Contact booksales@gfo.org if you’d like to buy it.
(Please don’t just come to the library to get it.)
Survey Results: Extreme Heat and Drought
Responses to last week’s survey were pretty lackluster. Perhaps we can attribute it to our ancestors taking hot spells in stride—not the stuff that family stories are made of. Two people indicate that their parents suffered major difficulties due to hot spells or drought, and two people said that their grandparents were the ones impacted. All other respondents marked that they did not know. And for the first time, no one shared any stories. Undaunted, we move on to our next disaster, and while we hope your family has not suffered, we also hope for more responses.
New Survey: Water, Water Everywhere
This week we’re asking about water-related disasters: floods, tsunamis, and storms at sea. Take our survey and share your family story, if you like.
Take the Survey Now
This week at GFO …
Saturday, August 17th
African American Ancestry Group 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Stephen Hanks, who has spoken to our group previously, will return with new results of his research. The title for his talk is “Tracing Your African American Roots to 1619 and Free Persons of Color.” He will discuss how to trace your roots to free persons of color and to descendants of the Africans in America prior to the establishment of chattel slavery. This talk will be of special interest to those who have taken DNA tests. He will also discuss the work of genealogist Paul Heinigg. Stephen is the author of “Akee Tree: A Descendant’s Search for His Slave Ancestors on the Eskridge Plantations.
For more information, contact us at african_american@gfo.org.
GenTalk: Another Look at the Women in Your Family Tree 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Join GFO’s Barb Schrag for to learn more about the women in your family tree can help you learn how DNA surname matches may fit into your family history. See full description above.
GenTalks are free and open to the public.
Sunday, August 18th
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 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Join other users who want to work through the 2017 Companion Guide to Family TreeMaker.® Bring your laptop with 2017 version of FTM installed and an empty USB thumb drive.
Facilitated by Joyce Grant-Worley. FTM@gfo.org
Tuesday, August 20th
Beginners Boot Camp 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Note: Registration closed – event is full.
Laurel Smith presents a day of beginning genealogy. There will be sessions about the census, vital records, immigration and naturalization, discussions about genealogy software and database use, organizing your research and more — all geared toward beginners. Those registered should bring a sack lunch so the discussion can continue while we eat.
Wednesday, August 21st
Irish Interest Group 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Our first hour will be a presentation by Kate O’Hara titled “Coaxing Info Out of a Victorian Photo Album.
In our second hour we will address members’ brick wall issues. If you would like the group to discuss your brick wall, please bring the following information with you to the meeting:

The name of your ancestor,

Dates or time period,

Location,

What resources you have already tried,

What type of information you are seeking.
We will get to as many brick walls as time allows. Contact Irish@gfo.org for more information.
Note: New Program Coordinator Needed for the Irish Interest Group
Current Coordinator, Barbara Schrag, will be stepping down. Barbara has done a wonderful job finding interesting speakers for our meetings and will be missed. We are looking for a volunteer to fill this position staring with our February 2020 meeting. Please contact Karen Hubbard at our August meeting or at irish@gfo.org if you are interested or have questions.
GFO Library Open Late to 8:00 p.m.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition August 8, 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
Free August GenTalk: Women in your Family Tree
“Why don’t I recognize all those names on my DNA match list?”
Half of your ancestry comes from women, yet we tend to focus our
genealogical searches on men. No wonder those matches are
mysterious!
Join Barb Schrag here at the GFO Library on Saturday, August 17, at 2:00 p.m. for a fascinating talk focused on the comprehensive genealogy, of all of the descendants of your third great grandparents. Not only will you
begin seeing the relationships, but you’ll be creating the genealogy
that future generations can refer to and build on. Barb is a member of the GFO as well as the Clark County Genealogical Society and has given numerous presentations for both organizations.
As always, GenTalks are free and open to the public, so, member or not, check out our Calendar page and come spend an hour or so with us!
Register for GFO Fall Seminar!
The 2019 GFO Fall Seminar, featuring Fritz Jeungling, Ph.D., AG, will be an exceptional educational opportunity that we are exited to be bringing to our membership and the community at large. Dr. Juengling is an Accredited Genealogist® (through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists) for Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Sweden, and he is certified by the Verband deutschsprachiger Berufsgenealogen. He is also a German, Dutch, and Scandinavian Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The full-day session on Saturday, October 5th, will be held at the Center for Self Enhancement (3920 N. Kerby Ave., Portland) and will focus on German Research, while the half-day presentation at the GFO Library on Sunday, October 6th, will provide an introduction to Dutch research. Download the flyer for full details. Mark your calendar, spread the word, and register early!
Register Here
Beginners’ Boot Camp is almost here!!
On Tuesday, August 20, join Laurel Smith for a full day of beginning genealogy from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the GFO Library. There will be sessions about the census, vital records, discussions about genealogy software and database use, organizing your research, using Ancestry.com, and more — all geared toward beginners — but basic computer skills are a prerequisite. All communications are done via email, and you must be able to download and print the class notes. Bring a sack lunch, snacks, and a beverage so you can keep going as the class does. Registration closes on August 16.
GFO members may attend for free, non-members $20.
Register Here
Big Donation Will Help All GFO Members
The LDS Stake in Boring, Oregon, donated 15 boxes of books to the GFO this week. We’d like to thank the Mount Hood Family History Center for a sizable donation this week. The LDS Stake brought us 15 boxes of books. Apparently they’re scanning as much as they can and discarding the physical copies. The GFO welcomes donations like these. Our collections committee reviews the genealogical value of all donations. Those that meet our criteria will join the shelves. This is a good time to remind you how we differ from historical societies. We don’t park donations in a back room. Museums often have more than they can display at once. The GFO operates an active research library. Our goal is to get all our holdings out in the library so you’ll have access to everything. Of course, since we’re all-volunteer, it takes time to process all our donations.
But once they’re sorted, cataloged and labeled, you will find them!
Don’t Forget, We’re Cool!
How do I love thee, GFO?

Let me count the ways. Air conditioning, air conditioning, air conditioning.

Another great reason to visit our research library this summer!
Does Your Family Have a Story About Women Fighting to Vote?
Photo: Library of Congress Next year marks the 100th anniversary of a watershed year in women’s rights in the U.S. On August 18, 1920, Congress ratified the 19th amendment to the U.S. constitution, finally giving women a right to vote. Did your ancestors play a role in the suffrage movement? Did any of your ancestors fight against giving women a voice? We’d like to hear from you. The Bulletin would like to publish stories next year about suffrage and we’d welcome your submissions. Please contact bulletin@gfo.org.
Family Pictures USA Explores Our Shared History
HOST THOMAS ALLEN HARRIS IN DETROIT WITH PAUL WASSERMAN Digital Diaspora Family Reunion LLC
There’s a good chance you have saved family photos. Do you know the stories behind the relatives pictured? Here’s a program on PBS you might find interesting. Family Pictures, USA is a new PBS series exploring American cities, towns and rural communities through the lens of the family photo album. “Family photos of everyday milestones — marriage, childhood, a new car, a growing business — provide a visual portal through which to examine the roots, surprising connections and provocative parallels that shed light on our collective past and our shared future.” It airs on OPB Tuesday, August 13 at 8 p.m. Watch the trailer here.
Rare Books Reminder: Oregon Masonic Lodge to 1851
Did you know that the GFO holds 170 original Oregon Masonic Lodge books? They contain the Mason’s proceedings of their annual conventions from 1851 to 1998. If one of your ancestors served in this fraternal organization, their names may well appear in one of these many compilations.
The Masons diligently tracked and published the names of people who joined, left, and died. Sometimes elaborate memorial tributes appeared for certain members. These Masonic books are in the rare books section of the GFO Library. Ask an RA to show you. We have indexed the following information contained in the proceedings: a biography, a portrait/phototype, the death of a member since the last convention, and memorial plates. A member’s name may have variations within the same book and have been noted.
Survey Results: Extreme Cold and Winter Weather
The survey results are in. Blizzards won out as the most reported cold weather disaster with 48%. Here are a few of the comments.
▪ Two little girls, Eda and Mathilda Westphalen, died on 12 January 1888 on their way home from school during an unexpected snowstorm in Dodge County, Nebraska. They have a large cemetery monument erected after children collected money to remember the sisters. Thirteen-year-old Eda had wrapped her own coat around her eight-year-old sister to no avail. The local paper published a poem. ▪ My grandfather went bankrupt when he lost an entire herd of cattle in a blizzard. ▪ My 4G-grandmother, Marie Dorion, escaped the war party of Indians who killed her husband and some other members of the Hunt expedition on the Snake River in 1813. She took her two young boys into the Blue Mts., built a snow cave and smoked horse meat to survive. They crawled down the mountains and were taken in by friendly Walla Wallas two months later. ▪ My great-great-grandfather died of complications from pneumonia in 1884. He was called to jury duty in Marion County in February when it was very cold and there was deep snow. He developed a severe cold in the first week. Rather than seeking an excuse, he continued to serve and developed severe pneumonia which led to his death in March. He was only 59 years old.
New Survey: Hot as Blue Blazes
We continue our theme of disastrous events and how they affected our ancestors. This week, we’re inquiring about hot weather and drought.
Take the Survey Now
This week at GFO …
Sunday, August 11th
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.
Tuesday, August 13th
GFO Board Meeting 6:10 – 8:10 p.m.
Wednesday, August 14th
Open Late to 8:00 p.m.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition July 25, 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
Beginners’ Boot Camp is back!
On Tuesday, August 20, join Laurel Smith for a full day of beginning genealogy from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the GFO Library. There will be sessions about the census, vital records, discussions about genealogy software and database use, organizing your research, using Ancestry.com, and more — all geared toward beginners — but basic computer skills are a prerequisite. All communications are done via email, and you must be able to download and print the class notes. Bring a sack lunch, snacks, and a beverage so you can keep going as the class does. GFO members may attend for free, non-members $20.
Register Here
September Half-Day Seminar Registration Now Open!
Newspapers can provide information about births, deaths, marriages, moves, business, naturalizations, court cases, and more. The GFO provides access to several newspaper subscription sites, plus additional databases. Join GFO’s Janice Sellers for a half-day workshop to get an overview of what is available and techniques to help improve your chances of finding information about your relatives. Janice is a professional genealogist who specializes in forensic, Jewish, Black, and newspaper research. The session will be held in the GFO Library, Sunday, September 8, from 9:30 a.m. – Noon. For more detailed information, download the flyer. Registration is $25.00 for GFO members, $30.00 for non-members. Register before August 12 and save $5.00!
Register Here
Where Are You? We Took a Look
To all of you E-News readers who are members of the GFO, thank you for your support! We were curious where all our members live. Google Maps made it easy see at a glance. We enjoyed seeing the results and thought you might too. The big picture: you’re all over the U.S.!
Naturally, at lot more of you live in the Portland area. We zoomed in and found a pretty even distribution around the metro area.
Freebie Reminder!
Don’t forget, the GFO Library is free to everyone on the First Monday of each month. That’s next Monday, August 5. Plus, we’re now open late until 8pm that day. Please tell your friends.
The Virtual Genealogical Association is announcing open registration for its upcoming 2019 Virtual Genealogy Conference being held online Friday, November 1 – Sunday November 3. The cost is $59 USD for VGA members and $79 USD for non-members. You also have an option to join the VGA for $20 USD/year to get member benefits along with the discounted conference registration.
▪ Registrants will have access to the recordings and handouts for all sessions until May 3, 2020. Watch any time, any place, on any device. ▪ Socialize and network with fellow attendees during the conference via a private Facebook group. ▪ Conference is held via GoToWebinar. All registrants will receive an emailed link. ▪ Closed captioning via Rev.com will be added to recordings of all sessions and will be made available to registrants within 7 days of the live broadcast. ▪ Full refund if cancellation request is received before October 18; no refund after October 18, 2019. There are a number of well-known speakers this year, including Judy G. Russell, Blaine Bettinger, Nicka Smith, and many others – refer to the conference schedule for more details. This is a great way to attend a genealogy conference without any expensive travel!
Surplus Book: Own History Printed When President Lincoln Was Still Alive
Here’s your chance to own some rare history: a first edition book that lists President Abraham Lincoln, and former presidents Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan as still alive. The United States Register, or Blue Book for 1864, was printed one year before Lincoln’s assassination.
It includes lists of federal officials, military leaders, the U.S. Census of 1860 in city populations, and many more statistics of the era.
You’ll find lists of the sitting members of Congress feature large gaps. Every southern state is shown without any representatives or senators at all. They were part of the Confederacy and this was the height of the Civil War. In the census pages, you’ll find Oregon included once, but not Portland. It lists Eugene City having a population of 2,500. This was five years after Oregon’s statehood.
This surplus book shows wear. It’s spine is damaged and frayed. Yet none of the pages are loose and all are crisp and clear. A few library stamps are found inside, but no other markings. Also, an originally enclosed map is missing. Due to its rarity, the price is higher than many of our surplus books, but not exorbitant, due to the condition of its cover. We’re selling this book on eBay with a starting price of $99. If you’re interested, click here to bid before the auction expires in one week.
Survey Results: The Impact of Storms
The survey results are in, and the results are pretty evenly split as to whether respondents’ ancestors were affected by a hurricane, cyclone, or tornado:
Yes 39.4% No 27.3% Don’t know 33.3% Here are a few of the stories we received:
▪ My great-great-grandparents married in Boston, then moved to Le Mars, Iowa, in 1882. On June 14, 1885, a tornado struck the town and their house was moved “5 feet off the foundation.” It was said to be the main reason that they moved to Los Angeles in 1889, where I was born many years later! ▪ A cyclone on 21 Sep 1894 ripped through Cylinder, Iowa, killing my great-great-grandmother’s brother Alex, plus his wife and one child. Alex had actually purchased tornado insurance two years before. Court documents show total losses at $1210. One young son, Owen, survived. My great-great-grandmother, Bridget, then took in Owen and became his guardian, 20 years after she gave birth to her last child. Bridget had to file court reports adding up everything she spent on Owen each year until he became an adult. ▪ No, but the relatives back in Wisconsin thought the whole family had died in the Galveston Hurricane.
New Survey: Surviving the Cold
Among the replies to last week’s survey were several that encouraged us to ask about other disasters—and so we will. This week, we’re asking about disasters related to the cold—snow, ice, and hail.
Take the Survey Now
This week at GFO …
Saturday, August 3rd
German Ancestry Group 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
DNA – presenter Heidi Mathis
– How is ethnicity determined from DNA
– How reliable are ethnicity results (“Recall vs Precision”)
– Brief History of Population Dynamics in “Germany”
– How well do these tests work for German-Americans
– Best Tests for German-Americans
– Case Studies
For more information or questions about this group, please contact the facilitators, Mike Fernandez and Tia Cobb at German@gfo.org.
Sunday, August 4th
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, August 5th
Free First Monday 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
GFO Library open to non-members for free, come early–stay late.
Tuesday, August 6th
Italian Ancestry Group 10:00 a.m. – Noon
This month’s topic: How to find your immigrant ancestor’s ship!
Your immigrant ancestor’s ship and the passenger list it created usher in a new wealth of information from which to uncover more great puzzle pieces about your Italian family heritage. In this lecture, we’ll focus on the Great Migration of paesani from Italy 1880 – 1924, when 4 million Italians immigrated to the United States, leaving us the 5th largest ethnic group in America.
We’ll review a brief history of Italian migration and relevant U.S. immigration laws, dissect components of the U. S. passenger list to help you better understand the magnificent clues awaiting you, and learn valuable tools for locating and searching them.
Instructor: Nancy Bronte Matheny, MLIS, MBA.
If you have questions or want more information, email italian@gfo.org.
Wednesday, August 7th
Open Late to 8:00 p.m.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition July 25, 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
September Half-Day Seminar Registration Now Open!
Newspapers can provide information about births, deaths, marriages, moves, business, naturalizations, court cases, and more. The GFO provides access to several newspaper subscription sites, plus additional databases.
Join GFO’s Janice Selllers for a half-day workshop for an overview of what is available and techniques to help improve your chances of finding information about your relatives. Janice is a professional genealogist who specializes in forensic, Jewish, Black, and newspaper research. The session will be held in the GFO Library, Sunday, Sept. 8, from 9:30 a.m. – Noon. For more detailed information, download the flyer. Registration is $25.00 for GFO members, $30.00 for non-members. Register before Aug. 12 and save $5.00!
Register Here
Mark your Calendar for the GFO Fall Seminar!
The 2019 GFO Fall Seminar, featuring Fritz Jeungling, Ph.D., AG, will be an exceptional educational opportunity that we are exited to be bringing to our membership and the community at large. Dr. Juengling is an Accredited Genealogist® (through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists) for Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Sweden, and he is certified by the Verband deutschsprachiger Berufsgenealogen. He is also a German, Dutch, and Scandinavian Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The full-day session on Saturday, October 5th, will be held at the Center for Self Enhancement (3920 N. Kerby Ave., Portland) and will focus on German Research, while the half-day presentation at the GFO Library on Sunday, October 6th, will provide an introduction to Dutch research. Download the flyer for full details. Mark your calendar, spread the word, and register early!
Register Here
Beginners’ Boot Camp Returns
On Tuesday, August 20, join Laurel Smith for a full day of beginning genealogy from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the GFO Library. There will be sessions about the census, vital records, discussions about genealogy software and database use, organizing your research, using Ancestry.com, and more — all geared toward beginners — but basic computer skills are a prerequisite. All communications are done via email, and you must be able to download and print the class notes. Bring a sack lunch, snacks, and a beverage so you can keep going as the class does. GFO members may attend for free, non-members $20.
Register Here
Summer DNA eConference
Join the GFO’s own DNA group leader, Emily Aulicino, one of the featured speakers at Family History Fanatics’ second annual Summer of DNA eConference coming up on Friday, August 9th.
Featured this year:
Daniel Horowitz – Theory of Family Relativity and Other MyHeritage Tools
Donna Rutherford – Testing Family Members: Why and Who to Choose
Emily Aulicino – atDNA: Verify, Correct, Expand
Leah Larkin – When Your Tree Is a Banyan: Working with Endogamy and DNA The live online sessions will begin at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, August 9th. Live Chat will permit questions during the presentations as well as participation in a fifth-hour panel discussion where questions about any of the topics or anything else related to DNA and genetic genealogy may be asked. Sessions will be recorded and available to all registered attendees for 30 days after the eConference. Early bird registration is only $19.99 until July 31st. Regular registration price is $24.99 after July 31st. Learn more at the website and register today.
Online Registration Deadline approaching for 2019 FGS Conference
The Federation of Genealogical Societies 2019 FGS National Family History Conference is coming up soon at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, August 21-24. In cooperation with sponsoring local societies, corporate sponsors, and partner organizations, the FGS 2019 conference program offers a new full four-day format jam-packed with topics of interest to every genealogist from beginner to expert. If you are making last minute plans to attend, note that Online Conference Registration for this event closes on August 2, 2019. Mailed in registrations must be postmarked by July 29, 2019. Registrations will be accepted on-site at the Omni Shoreham Hotel starting Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at 3:00 p.m.
Surplus Book: Let Portland History Rub You the Right Way
Here’s a fun piece of Portland History that most people walk right over. In 1983, C.A. Gossett traveled Portland, knelt on corner after corner and made rubbings of the builders names and construction dates stamped into Portland’s sidewalks between 1900 and 1930. He writes, “These “sidewalk signatures” are part of the historic character of many neighborhoods and business districts in Portland.”
Portland’s Historic Sidewalk Signatures” is a 79 page paperback book. Our surplus copy is in excellent condition, with a previous owner’s book plate on a front page. There are no other markings in the book. Our price: $10 if you pickup at the GFO. $14 if we mail it to you. Contact booksales@gfo.org if you’d like to buy it. (Please don’t just come to the library first to get it.)
Survey Results: Genealogy Myths
Wrapping up our series on genealogical myths, 62.5% of respondents reported believing, at one time or another, that the courthouse burned, and all the records are gone. “All” is where this belief turns to myth. The internet has many sites that refute common myths. We even have a page on the GFO website, courtesy of Dick Eastman. Genealogy Myths: Real, Fool’s Gold, or Both?
In our survey, more than one answer could be selected. 62.5% The courthouse burned (or flooded, was destroyed) and all the records are gone.
18.8% Hey look, it’s our family crest!
14.6% Our ancestors came over on the Mayflower.
10.4% Our family always spelled the name as …
10.4% Source citations are just for professionals.
10.4% Three brothers came to America. One went north, one went south and the third went west …
6.3% A town in England, (or Norway, Germany, etc.) is named for our family.
6.3% All the records you need to do your family history are online.
4.2% It’s in print. It must be true!
4.2% Our ancestor was a stowaway on a ship.
4.2% Our ancestor was burned at the stake as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts.
4.2% We have the same surname—so we have to be related.
New Survey: The Impact of Storms
This week, we’re asking about a specific type of natural disaster. Were your ancestors ever affected by a tornado, cyclone, or hurricane? Take the survey now.
Take the Survey Now
This week at GFO …


Saturday, July 27th
DNA Advanced Group 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tim Janzen’s topic: “Auto-clustering Autosomal DNA Tools used for Genealogical Research”. The handout can be downloaded here.
Emily Aulicino’s topic: a discussion among attendees on various aspects of law enforcement using DNA. This will include the views of various people affected by major crimes, the ethics, the law, what your choices are regarding your test, etc. We welcome your opinion in an orderly discussion. Hopefully, for those of you who are on the fence about the topic or are concerned regarding your DNA test, this will help you realize what is happening and what you can and cannot do about your DNA.
If you would like more information about this group or have questions, please contact the facilitators at dna@gfo.org.
Sunday, July 28th
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.
Wednesday, July 31st
Open Late to 8:00 p.m.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition July 18, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
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Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
GFO Fall Seminar Registration Now Open!
GFO is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2019 GFO Fall Seminar, featuring Fritz Jeungling, Ph.D., AG. He is an Accredited Genealogist® (through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists) for Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Sweden, and he is certified by the Verband deutschsprachiger Berufsgenealogen. The full-day session on Saturday, October 5th, will be held at the Center for Self Enhancement (3920 N. Kerby Ave., Portland) and will focus on German Research, while the half-day presentation at the GFO Library on Sunday, October 6th, will provide an introduction to Dutch research. Download the flyer for full details. Dr. Juengling is also a German, Dutch, and Scandinavian Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and GFO is excited to bring this exceptional educational opportunity to our members and the community at large. Mark your calendar, spread the word, and register early!
Register Here
Beginners’ Boot Camp Returns
On Tuesday, August 20, join Laurel Smith for a full day of beginning genealogy from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the GFO Library. There will be sessions about the census, vital records, discussions about genealogy software and database use, organizing your research, using Ancestry.com, and more — all geared toward beginners — but basic computer skills are a prerequisite. All communications are done via email, and you must be able to download and print the class notes. Bring a sack lunch, snacks, and a beverage so you can keep going as the class does. GFO members may attend for free, non-members $20.
Register Here
GFO Star: Joann Taylor
Hi there, President Vince Patton here.
I’m hijacking this section of the E-News from regular editor Joann Taylor so we can shine the spotlight on her. The Board of Directors has selected Joann as our GFO Star of the Month! You may have seen her at our reception desk or in the research area helping patrons with their searches. Recently she came to the rescue when all our computers ground to a halt. She rebooted our network and the computers, getting the library back in action. Joann wears many hats for the GFO. She compiles this weekly E-News you receive. She has dived in to help with research for our Genealogy Problem Solvers group, particularly with her deep knowledge of Irish genealogy. Joann also volunteers on our Research Team, finding answers to questions sent in from people around the world. Plus, she co-taught a recent Gen-Talk on getting the most from Google Searching. A fellow research assistant nominated her saying, “Joann is amazing!” We agree!
Fall Seminar Needs Raffle Donations
We’re getting ready for the Fall Seminar on German and Dutch research. Can you help? We need items for our raffle. Do you have anything to donate? If your item is not new, it must be in exceptionally good condition for us to be able to offer it. Suggestions include genealogically related books, household decorations, carry bags, certificates toward GFO membership or research costs, and computer items. Leave the item(s) at the library reception desk with a donation form noting that it’s a donation for the seminar treasures raffle. At the seminar, tickets are sold for $1 each or 6 for $5, and they are placed in separate paper sacks for each prize, so you win only something you want. Thanks so much!
The GFO’s own DNA group leader Emily Aulicino is one of the featured speakers at Family History Fanatics’ second annual A Summer of DNA eConference coming up on Friday, August 9th. Last year’s eConference was very successful and had great attendance. This year’s speakers will be talking about the following:
Daniel Horowitz – Theory of Family Relativity and Other MyHeritage Tools
Donna Rutherford – Testing Family Members: Why and Who to Choose
Emily Aulicino – atDNA: Verify, Correct, Expand
Leah Larkin – When Your Tree Is a Banyan: Working with Endogamy and DNA The live online sessions will begin at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, August 9th. This event is sponsored by MyHeritage who will be giving away 4 DNA kits during the presentations. It will be possible to ask questions during the presentations using live chat. For those who can’t watch the live sessions, they will be recorded and available to all registered attendees for 30 days after the eConference. As with past events there will be a fifth-hour panel discussion where you can ask questions about any of the topics or anything else related to DNA and genetic genealogy. Early bird registration is only $19.99 until July 31st. Regular registration price is $24.99 after July 31st. Learn more at the website and register today.
Get Some Beaver History: OSU Yearbooks From ’20s to ’50s
The GFO has an extensive collection of Pacific Northwest yearbooks. Did you know we sometimes have more than one copy? That’s why we have nine copies of the The Beaver from Oregon State University available on our surplus book shelves. We have yearbooks from the following years: 1920, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1927, 1949, 1953, 1954 and 1958. Each yearbook costs only $10. If you’re interested in buying one or more, come in to the GFO and check out our $10 shelves at the front of the library.
GFO Supports Moving Trains
What’s the second worst part of coming to the GFO? (We know parking is number one.) The trains!

Those freight trains can inch back and forth or even just park on the tracks for an hour. This blocks traffic and traps anyone who’s parked in the lot behind the Ford Building where our library sits. The Albina Rail Relocation Project is picking up steam in its efforts to fund a study on how to get Union Pacific to move rail yards out of Portland’s Albina and Brooklyn neighborhoods. Studies are expensive: $25,000. The effort has received endorsements for its efforts from Metro and the mayor of Portland. To pay for the needed study, nearly $8,000 has been raised so far, and neighborhood associations nearby have chipped in. The tracks or the roads need to be raised or lowered, or the rail yards need to be moved out of the area entirely. The GFO Board shares your frustration about the impact of the trains near our library, so we’re going to lend our support too. We have donated $200 to the study and sent a letter expressing our emphatic support.
Survey Results: Ellis Island Name Change Myth
One of the most prevalent myths in genealogy is the tale of names being changed by immigration agents at Ellis Island. Last week our survey asked if your family had a story of a name change at Ellis Island. 87% of you said No.
13% said Yes.
A few replies:
“Not only do I not have that myth in my family (thank goodness!), my maternal grandmother actually knew and told me her father’s original name from when he immigrated.” “Spelling of names changed but due to phonics and ancestors unable to write.” “Actually, it is true. Mr & Mrs Kjemphol of Sykkelven in Norway became Mr & Mrs Pederson early in the 20th century.” If you want to learn more about the myth, here’s a terrific article, Debunking the Ellis Island Myth. But wait! Here’s a story about a name that was changed (but it really wasn’t!) Why Your Family Name Was Not Changed at Ellis Island (and One That Was).
New Survey: Genealogy Myths
Our surveys have examined two of the most widespread genealogy myths in the last two weeks. This week’s survey lists some additional genealogy myths. We’d like you know if you were ever a believer.
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This week at GFO …
Saturday, July 20th
African American Group 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
“Bring Your Own Brick Wall.”
Bring your problems, questions, and documents (copies, please, no originals), and we will brainstorm to come up with information and suggestions that can direct your next steps and may help you solve some of your family mysteries.
For more information, contact us at african_american@gfo.org.
Sunday, July 21st
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 for Beginners 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
This is a beginning class for Family Tree Maker users and for those considering a purchase. It will be repeated quarterly.
Questions? Or if you have Family Tree Maker topics you’d like covered, email Joyce and Laurel at FTM@gfo.org.
Wednesday, July 24th
Open Late to 8:00 p.m.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition July 11, 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
Meet Your Board for 2019-2020
The new members of the GFO Board of Directors took office this month and held their first meeting this week. Our board functions differently from most non-profits. Since we don’t have a single paid employee, many of these board members chair the departments that keep the library open and operating. They coordinate volunteers, process memberships, schedule classes and seminars and get the physical work done of collecting, numbering and labeling books. If you see them, please give them a thank you!
Front Row: Director-at-Large Julie Ramos, Treasurer Erin Randall, Purchasing, Research, Data Extraction, and Publishing Chair Loretta Welsh, Director at-Large Joyce Grant-Worley, Education Chair Kristin Parks, and Membership Chair Jane McGarvin. Back Row: President Vince Patton, Vice President Marti Dell, Library Chair Laurel Smith, Secretary Geoff Smith, Technology Chair Richard Crockett, and Manuscripts and Insider Co-Chair LauraDenise White.
Last Chance to Register for Half-Day Workshop This Sunday
Adding Historical Context: A Hands-On Approach “The census says my ancestor was a floor welfare worker. I guess he had some sort of welfare-related job.” “How odd – my Ukrainian family immigrated directly from Europe to Saskatchewan. I thought they arrived in New York City and eventually moved west.” Adding historical context to our genealogical research makes it richer, more interesting, and helps to explain some of the changes in our families. Join GFO’s Kate Eakman, Sunday, July 14 from 9:30 a.m. – Noon for a half-day of learning about how to add historical context to your genealogical research to make it richer and more interesting. In this workshop you will: ▪ Practice identifying items, events, and topics ripe for historical research. ▪ Once the questions have been asked, learn how to find the answers. ▪ Discuss how to add this new-found information to one’s family’s history.
Register Now
Amazon Prime Days Draw Near: Remember to Support GFO!
You can help the GFO financially every time you shop on Amazon, especially during the upcoming Prime Days sales on July 15 and 16! Simply register the Genealogical Forum of Oregon as your non-profit of choice. We’ll then get a small donation for every purchase you make! It does not raise the price you pay.
Be sure to use smile.amazon.com/ch/93-6026015 each time you start shopping. Save that bookmark!
A Summer of DNA eConference
The GFO’s own DNA group leader Emily Aulicino is one of the featured speakers at Family History Fanatics’ 2nd annual A Summer of DNA eConference coming up on Friday, August 9th. Last year’s eConference was very successful and had great attendance. This year’s speakers will be talking about the following:
Daniel Horowitz – Theory of Family Relativity and Other MyHeritage Tools
Donna Rutherford – Testing Family Members: Why and Who to Choose
Emily Aulicino – atDNA: Verify, Correct, Expand
Leah Larkin – When Your Tree Is a Banyan: Working with Endogamy and DNA The live online sessions will begin at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, August 9th. It will be possible to ask questions during the presentations using live chat. This event is sponsored by MyHeritage who will be giving away 4 DNA kits during the presentations. For those who can’t watch the live sessions, they will be recorded and available to all registered attendees for 30 days after the eConference. As with past events there will be a 5th hour panel discussion where you can ask questions about any of the topics or anything else related to DNA and genetic genealogy. Early bird registration is only $19.99 until July 31st. Regular registration price is $24.99 after July 31st. Learn more at the website and register today.
Local Seminar This Week: Finding Your Ancestral Gold
Author Laurence Overmire will present a 2-hour genealogy workshop, entitled, “Finding Your Ancestral Gold,” on Saturday, July 13, from 10:00 a.m. – Noon at Lake Oswego’s Lakewood Center for the Arts. This presentation is based on Laurence’s latest book, Digging for Ancestral Gold and will focus on the steps to get you started on searching for your ancestral heritage. Cost is $40 and a few seats are still available. Call ahead 503-635-3901 to register. If you miss the event this weekend, Overmire returns to give the same workshop at the same location on September 14.
SLIG Registration Time is Here!
The Utah Genealogical Association will open registration on July 13 for both of its premiere educational events for 2020 which feature high-intermediate to advanced education for genealogists. The 25th Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) will be held January 12-17, 2020, featuring 16 in-depth, week-long classes, including courses on methodology, standards, regional or ethnic group research, and research tools like DNA. All courses assume a working knowledge at an intermediate level or above. Registration for this event opens at 8:00 a.m. PDT The SLIG Academy for Professionals, held January 20-24, 2020, will feature 7 professional-level topical classes in the areas of business, speaking, writing, forensics, and project management. All courses are designed for professionals working in the genealogical industry or those who are seeking to become professionals. Registration for this event opens at 1:00 p.m. PDT. Classes fill up fast. To learn more about how to register, consult the SLIG Registration FAQ.
Surplus Books of the Week: 12th to 16th Century Irish Pedigrees
In 1892 John O’Hart published his Fifth Edition of Irish Pedigrees; or, The Origin and Stem of The Irish Nation. In it, he compiled so many Irish genealogies, the publisher had to break it into two volumes. The first volume covers Irish family genealogies in the 12th century, including chapters on “English Invasion,” and “Cromwellian Devastation.” The second covers families in Ireland from the 12th to the end of the 16the centuries. This set was reprinted in 1989 with 896 pages in Volume I and 948 pages in Volume II.
John O’Hart is described as, “Associate in Arts, Queens’ University in Ireland; Fellow of the Royal Historical and Archaeological Association of Ireland; Member of the Harleian Society, London; Author of ‘Irish Landed Gentry When Cromwell Came to Ireland,’ etc.” The pages in both books are in fine shape, with no marks and a sturdy binding. The back cover of Volume I has water damage. Volume II is fine. Prices online for these books range from $76 to $144 a piece. Our price for this set two:
$86 if you pick up at the GFO.
$98 if we mail it to you. If interested, please email booksales@gfo.org. (Please contact them first; don’t just show up at the library to purchase.)
Survey Results: Majority Say Tales of Native American Ancestors Not True
One of the most enduring myths in genealogy are family stories claiming prior Native American Ancestry. 77% of last week’s respondents said their families had such a story. Nearly 53% say their research showed those tales were not true. 29% say it is true. About 18% say they still don’t know.
Responses included:
“My grandmother always claimed we had a Cherokee ancestor. Family tree research and DNA tests prove it was a myth.” “I knew I had Indian ancestry on my mom’s side, but was surprised to find that I’m equally as Indian from my dad’s side!” “All the descendants of the ancestor in question had blue eyes, for one thing, and the DNA results for me and nieces show no hint of such ancestry. It’s always possible that somebody had a brother who married an Indian woman, but I’ve found no evidence. Sigh.” You can read all our respondents’ comments here.
As the myth of being descended from a Cherokee princess persists, many of us do have Native American heritage. Many do not. Here’s a video from Ancestry Academy with some sound advice.

In addition, this article contains some good ideas for running down any of your family stories.
New Survey: Ellis Island
One of genealogy’s most prevalent myths is that of immigrant names being changed at Ellis Island. We’re curious if this fable is part of your family story.
Take the Survey Now
This week at GFO …
Sunday, July 14th
Half-Day Workshop: Adding Historical Context 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Kate Eakman will present her half-day seminar, “Adding Historical Context to Your Genealogy Research – A Hands-on Approach.” Registration required.
Wednesday, July 17th
Open Late to 8:00 p.m.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition June 27, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
gfo.org | 503-963-1932 | info@gfo.org Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Half-Day Workshop: Adding Historical Context
Adding Historical Context: A Hands-On Approach Join GFO’s Kate Eakman July 14 from 9:30 a.m. – Noon for a half-day of learning about how to add historical context to your genealogical research to make it richer and more interesting. In this workshop you will: ▪ Practice identifying items, events, and topics ripe for historical research. ▪ Once the questions have been asked, learn how to find the answers. ▪ Discuss how to add this new-found information to one’s family’s history. Take advantage of Early Bird pricing. Register by June 30 and save $5.00!
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Local Screening of Film of Genealogical Interest
Peace of the City Film series in partnership with Northwest Film Center and NW Documentary, are extending an invitation to the staff, board, and any patrons of the GFO to the season opener of their summer documentary series. The film, entitled Thank You for Coming will be screened on Tuesday, July 9th from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. at Whitsell Auditorium in the Portland Art Museum. This film documents filmmaker Sara Lamm’s personal journey to find her biological father after learning, as an adult, that she was donor-conceived. The film prominently features the deep and rewarding genealogical work that ultimately leads Sara to her sperm donor. Sara herself will be coming from LA to Portland to present the film on the evening of July 9. If you’re interested in learning more, check out the film’s trailer here.
Surplus Book of the Week: Sons of the American Revolution Register
On this July 4th, here’s how you can own some history of American independence. A National Register of the Society Sons of the American Revolution was published 117 years ago. This 1902 volume compiles information from state SAR societies which could not afford to publish on their own. As the forward states, “While it is no wise a complete history of the Society or its aims, it does contain the entire list of the membership of the National Society to December 31, 1901, including deceased members, with their line of descent from their Revolutionary ancestors. This alone will make this work a valuable one, and it will be used as a standard book of reference for many years to come.”
This surplus book feels like history in your hands. It features a single gilt edge on the top in gold, ragged page edges and a damaged cover which has been taped back together. The pages themselves are as dark, crisp and readable as the day they were printed. Photos intersperse this 1035 page tome. A previous owner’s bookplate and a few library stamps on pages in the front and back. All other pages are free of any markings. Our price:
$30 if you pick up at the GFO
$40 if we mail it to you If interested, please email booksales@gfo.org. (Please contact them first; don’t just show up at the library to purchase.)
Survey Results: Family Scandals are Often True
Last week we asked if you had a family story about a scandal or black sheep. 3/4 of you say, “Yes!” And of those, nearly 83% say your research proved the scandal really did happen!
You shared stories of cattle thieves, domestic abusers, two murderers, several bigamists, and out of wedlock births (a scandal by the standards of a century ago.) One reader’s great uncle killed two people on Pikes Peak in 1892; he later died in prison. We received more replies than we can include here. Read them all here.
If you haven’t found a scandal, black sheep, or skeleton lurking in your family closet yet, you haven’t been researching long enough. We’re all descended from people and none of us are perfect. If you are having trouble embracing your less-than-perfect ancestors and worry about balancing historical truth with sensitivity, here are a couple of articles that you may find helpful: Scandal! Dealing With Skeletons In Your Family Tree and
Keeping It Secret: Revealing the Secrets in Your Family History.
New Survey: Native American Heritage
One of the most common family stories is that of having Native American heritage. If this story runs in your family, please take our survey now.
Take the Survey
Support the GFO when you Shop Amazon Prime Days!
Did you know you can help the GFO financially every time you shop on Amazon, especially during the upcoming Prime Days sales on July 15 and 16?
Be sure to use smile.amazon.com/ch/93-6026015 each time you start shopping. Save that bookmark! Register the Genealogical Forum of Oregon as your non-profit of choice. We’ll then get a small donation for every purchase you make! It does not raise the price you pay.
This week at GFO …
Saturday, July 6th
German Interest Group 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The topic / das Thema: feed back from the international German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP) conference in Sacramento last month.

Five members attended the week long conference. Some of them will share their experiences, what they learned at some of the lectures, and more.
Questions may be sent to German@gfo.org.
Sunday, July 7th
Library Work Party 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Explore our manuscript, personal papers and Bible collection while we organize, scan and create finding aids. Drop by at the time that works for you. Questions? Send a note to manuscripts@gfo.org.
Tuesday, July 9th
Board Meeting 6:10 – 8:10 p.m.
Wednesday, July 10th
Open Late to 8:00 p.m.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition June 27, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
gfo.org | 503-963-1932 | info@gfo.org Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Half-Day Workshop: Adding Historical Context
Adding Historical Context: A Hands-On Approach Join GFO’s Kate Eakman July 14 from 9:30 a.m. – Noon for a half-day of learning about how to add historical context to your genealogical research to make it richer and more interesting. In this workshop you will: ▪ Practice identifying items, events, and topics ripe for historical research. ▪ Once the questions have been asked, learn how to find the answers. ▪ Discuss how to add this new-found information to one’s family’s history. Take advantage of Early Bird pricing. Register by June 30 and save $5.00!
Register Now
3 Days Left to Beat Dues Increase!
You have until Sunday night to join or renew your GFO membership before the price of dues goes up. Our fiscal year begins July 1, along with a new budget which takes into account our increasing costs, especially our rent.

Most dues go up only $2 to $4.
Eight people have taken the plunge this month to become life members. They’re saving $125! Our Life dues had not risen in 13 years and fell far below the board’s original goal of keeping them at 20 times an annual membership. Becoming a life membership truly invests in the future of the GFO; these dues are placed in our endowment to fund the GFO for years to come.
Renew or Join Now
Volunteer Coordinator Needed
Our Volunteer Coordinator, Cathy Lauer, has selflessly given the GFO her time for a full decade. “Now, it’s time to step down,” Cathy says. We need someone to coordinate our volunteers, mostly the Research Assistants who keep the library open. RAs act as both receptionists and as helpers to assist people in their research. The Volunteer Coordinator makes sure we have two RAs scheduled on duty for each shift.
Without RAs, we cannot open the library. ▪ We’d provide the list of research assistants. ▪ Computer literacy is a must. ▪ You’d need to be comfortable with email and willing to fill in a spreadsheet and a chart on the computer each month. This might even be a perfect job for a couple of friends to share. We’d love someone willing to recruit and do training, too, but that’s not a prerequisite. A few others share those duties now. If you’re an organized type and could help us keep the library functioning, please contact president@gfo.org. Remember, we’re all-volunteer. Thank them next time you’re in, and please join our ranks!
Get in Free to the Oregon Historical Society!
Here’s an extra benefit of being a GFO member: you can get in free to the Oregon Historical Society. This includes access to the new permanent Experience Oregon exhibit, and the special Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles! exhibit from May 10 to November 12. The GFO is pleased to be an affiliate of OHS, which grants us two OHS Member passes. We are happy to share these with you as Cultural Passes. Just come in to the library and check them out at the reception desk. You must be an active GFO member to use these. Check out the pass one day and return it the next. One member may check out two passes, so you can take someone with you.
Upcoming SDOP Annual Picnic
Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers (SDOP) will be holding their Annual Picnic at Champoeg State Park near St. Paul, Oregon, on July 13th. Members, family, and friends come together each year to celebrate the founding of Oregon Territorial government, at the very spot where the actual vote took place 176 years ago. Find us at the Champoeg Pavilion, beginning at noon, for food and activities. The event is pot luck, so bring your favorite dish to share, and SDOP provides the beverages. Reservations are not required.
Surplus Book of the Week: Atlas of Ray County, Missouri
This week’s surplus book is another oversized atlas book, focused on Ray County, Missouri. The maps of all the townships, and illustrations of citizens and buildings, were done in 1877. This book is a 1971 reprint by The Richmond News, published for the Ray County sesquicentennial. This book is in good condition physically with intact pages and spine. However, it does have marks in red pen on some pages where a previous researcher highlighted properties of interest.
If you’d like to buy this atlas, contact booksales@gfo.org. (Please don’t come to the library first.) Our Price: $18 if you pick up at the GFO.
$24 if we mail it to you.
Survey Results: Famous Ancestors?
Last week we asked if your family claimed to have famous ancestors. 58% said yes.
42% said no. Do those tales prove true? No, say many of you. Even more say you just don’t know yet. ▪ “2 Signers of the Declaration of Independence: Both cases, total baloney.” ▪ “Actor Peter Sellers: Peter Sellers was from an English line of Sellerses, and our Sellers family came from a German line that was originally Söller.” ▪ “Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor – It’d be fun to believe, but I need to see more proof.” ▪ “George Washington – It’s true!” ▪ “Carl Christian Bruhns, 19th c German astronomer – I’ve since met the website owner and that ultimately led to a connection with CCB’s great grandson in Germany who had taken the family back four more generations. We met in 2013 in the ancestral village and I stood on the steps of the family home.” ▪ “Andrew Jackson – So untrue that his Hermitage Library has denied it many times. But some still try to say it is true.”
There are sites that will give you information about famous people, such as FamousKin.com or predict your relationship to the famous like Relative Finder, and there are many others. While these are easy and fun, the best answer is, do the research. These tools rely on the accuracy of your research and that of others—and we all know to be careful when looking at online trees. So, start with yourself to build an accurate family tree. Then, you’ll be better prepared to try some of these tools for hints to your famous relations. Get more advice from this article on Thoughtco.com.
New Survey: Scandal!
Last week we asked about your relation to the famous. This week, we ask if you have a family story about a scandal.
Take the Survey
This week at GFO …
Sunday, June 30th
Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can attend. There’s always 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, July 1st
First Monday 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
GFO Library open to non-members for free, open late.
Tuesday, July 2nd
Italian Ancestry Group 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This month’s topic: Italian-Americans: How to find your ancestor’s village in the Old Country!
Your ancestor’s Italian village in the Old Country is the key to opening the bounty of records waiting for you, to help you trace your Italian family heritage. Come join other Italian-American genealogists and learn to begin building your family tree, define what it is that you wish to learn, excavate old documents at home, build a framework with U.S. censuses, and understand cultural clues that might tip off the name of the ancestral village. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but at this lecture you may learn some valuable pointers to launch your campaign to find la famiglia! Ci vediamo! Instructor: Nancy Bronte Matheny.
If you have questions or want more information, email italian@gfo.org.
Wednesday, July 3rd
Open Late to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 4th
GFO closed in observance of Independence Day.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

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

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

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