GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

15 February 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for February 2018, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” > “Our Publications” menu at www.gfo.org.

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New GFO Website Design Surprise

New GFO Website Design!

You may have noticed some changes to the look of our website (gfo.org) this morning. We have revamped just a bit, but all your favorite links, data, and informational goodies are still in the same places for you.

Some newer features include:
* A top menu that follows you as you scroll up and down the page.
* The GFO logo that can be clicked to get back to the “home” page is now in the top left corner of the screen instead of in the top middle.
* A new “Donate” button/link has been made more accessible, now located at the top right side of the screen.

Let us know, as always, if you have any trouble finding items or if you find things missing. Send us a note HERE, with questions.

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Don’t miss out! GFO’s GPS Group is meeting Saturday!

GPS Finding The Cullens

Genealogical Problem Solvers (GPS), Feb 17th, 9:30 – 11:30am

The keys to breaking through one person’s brick wall might provide YOU with the very clues you need to break through yours.

February’s GPS meeting is all about finding the elusive Irish Cullens, ancestors of GFO member Vince Patton. Vince is searching for his great-great-grandfather Terence Cullen’s origin and family in Ireland before immigrating around 1850 to Massachusetts.

Want to submit your own problem to our experts? Send a brief description of the problem to gps@gfo.org. The team will follow-up with you to start the search!

This meeting is OPEN & FREE TO THE PUBLIC. Held at the GFO Library.

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Click for the Flyer and schedule HERE. Click the picture above for a video.

Complete printed schedules with class descriptions are available at the library’s reception desk by the front door. They are also online on our calendar.

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Hot Links in Genealogy This Week…

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New York Times Article – “Indian Slavery Once Thrived in New Mexico. Latinos Are Finding Family Ties to It.”

Read the full story HERE. Did you know the GFO hosts a Mexican Ancestry Special Interest Group the second Friday of each month, 11:30am – 1:30pm, at the GFO Library? Email Vince at sw@gfo.org for more info about this group. This group’s meetings are free and open to the public.

Oregon Historical Society Event – “Family Saturday: Latino Cultures in Oregon”

Featuring performances by Ballet Papalotl, Atlachinollincan Aztec Dance, and Antonio Huerta. Come join the fun and learn about Oregon’s rich Latino cultural history and present.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb 24th, noon – 4pm
WHERE: Oregon Historical Society (map)

Free Admission. More information found HERE.

Multnomah County Library Event – “How We Got Here: A Family Tree Workshop”

Engage in some genealogical detective work. Learn more about your family’s history and why people emigrate. Come with your questions and we’ll provide one-on-one research help from librarians, the Genealogical Forum of Oregon and the Oregon Genealogical Society.

WHEN:Sunday, March 4th, 1 – 4pm
WHERE:Central Library, U.S. Bank Room, 801 SW 10 Ave, Portland, OR (map)

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It’s Time to Nominate this Year’s Hall of Fame Candidates!

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon has established the Hall of Fame Award as a way to honor members who have performed outstanding service to the Forum.

The award is limited to one person per year, except in the case where a pair of members has worked together. A nomination may be made by any Forum member and the recipient will be selected from the panel of nominations by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

The recipient must have a well-documented history of service, leadership, and accomplishment in more than one facet of the Forum over a significant period of time.

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Procedure:

Any member may nominate another
member for the award in writing. A
nomination must be submitted to the
Forum President and should include:

1) Name and member number;
2) List of services, activities, positions and accomplishments;
3) A narrative describing the nature of their work in terms of its importance to the success of the Forum; and
4) A short biography.

More information is available on PAGE 5 of February’s Insider available HERE.

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This Week at the GFO…

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SATURDAY, February 17th

Genealogy Problem Solvers 9:30 – 11:30am

February’s GPS meeting is all about finding the elusive Irish Cullens, ancestors of GFO member Vince Patton. Vince is searching for his great-great-grandfather Terence Cullen’s origin and family in Ireland before immigrating around 1850 to Massachusetts.

Italian Group noon – 2pm

Websites for Italian Research – Discover useful websites to further the research of your Italian ancestors. Facilitated by Keith Pyeatt.

SUNDAY, February 18th

Library Work Party 9am – 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, and others choose to work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there!

WEDNESDAY, February 21st

Learn & Chat 10am – noon

At Learn & Chat some of the learning comes from speakers with particular expertise but most of it comes from the sharing of experiences and knowledge of attendees who have developed methods that work for them. And if you have been doing genealogy for any length time you have likely experienced the wonderful moments of exhilaration, the successes that you then share with others and that drive you to continue researching. Unfortunately those times can be few and far between. Join us to talk about your genealogy questions and help provide support to others. Facilitated by Jean Quan.

DNA Q&A 1 – 3pm

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.

Irish Group 6 – 8pm

During this meeting, we will determine the group’s needs and desires. We will also appoint volunteers to serve as the recording secretary, the treasurer, and the program chair.

Focus: Although all of the island of Ireland is included, our primary focus is the genealogical research of the Republic of Ireland, also known as the Irish Free State, Éire, Ireland, and Southern Ireland. Members of the GFO as well as their guests and any interested members of the public are welcomed to attend the Irish Genealogy SIG. One hour of each two-hour meeting will be spent on presentations about Irish history, genealogy, and resources while the second hour will focus on Irish Brick Wall questions.

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

8 February 2018

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for February 2018, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” > “Our Publications” menu at www.gfo.org.

GFO’s 2018 Elections Call for Candidates!

The following positions are available for new candidates this coming fiscal year:

GFO President
Director-at-Large
Secretary

Interested in taking on one of these roles?

Just send an email to president@gfo.org today! We need candidates candidates candidates. And there is on-the-job training available for all of these positions.

These people help keep the GFO going in so many ways. Just curious?? Send a note to Laurel Smith at president@gfo.org for more information!

Insider Editors Needed

We also need two or three people to help take over editing and publication of the Insider this summer.

This is our monthly newsletter and our fearless editor is stepping down this summer. Interested in helping out? Email Jackie Olson at insider@gfo.org.

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Genealogical Forum of Oregon Upcoming Events

Thank you so much for sharing GFO’s events with your patrons!

Below are links to flyers for our upcoming events at GFO.

If your organization has events or news items you’d like GFO to share, please email news@gfo.org.

If you’d like paper copies of any of these flyers, please email publisher@gfo.org. We’ll happily send your organization a color copy and multiple black & white copies.

Saturday, March 3rd thru Sunday, March 11th, at GFO’s Library

GFO’s Annual Open House

Multiple Presenters! Free & Open to the Public!

See the full list of events at our Calendar.

Open House – Flyer

Saturday, March 17th, 2 – 3pm, at GFO’s Library

GFO GenTalk – Finding James

“A World War II Repatriation Project”

Presenter: Kate Eakman, MA

Finding James GenTalk – Flyer

Saturday, April 14th, 10am – 4:30pm, at Oregon Military Museum

GFO’s Spring 2018 Seminar

“Your American Soldier: Then And Now”

Presenter: Michael Strauss, AG

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Sunday, April 15th, 9:30am – noon, at GFO’s Library

GFO’s Spring 2018 Half-Day Workshop

“A House Divided: The Civil War”

Presenter: Michael Strauss, AG

Spring Seminar & Workshop – Flyer

Saturday, May 19th, 2 – 3pm, at GFO’s Library

GFO GenTalk – Finding and Following the Paths of My Cuban Cousins

Presenter: Janice Sellers

My Cuban Cousins – Flyer

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

1 February 2018

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for February 2018, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” > “Our Publications” menu at www.gfo.org.

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

 

Don’t Miss GFO’s Open House, March 3rd – 11th

 

Click for the Flyer and schedule HERE. Click the picture above for a video.

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GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

25 January 2018

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for January 2018, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” > “Our Publications” menu at www.gfo.org.

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

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Smile with us! Donate to GFO while shopping Amazon!

Did you know you can contribute to the success of GFO while SHOPPING on Amazon? WOWZERS!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, remember to lend a helping hand to GFO by shopping as smile.amazon.com.

Don’t want to deal with the hassle of searching for us at Amazon’s Smile website? Simply click our unique AmazonSmile link HERE to go directly to amazon, sign into your account as you normally would, and let the magic take hold!

Once you’re at this link, GFO will receive 0.5% of the price of all your eligible smile.amazon.com purchases, regardless of whether you use the unique AmazonSmile link to return to the site.

Thank you again!

 

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GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Wednesday Evening

E-News, Edition

17 January 2018

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for January 2018, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” > “Our Publications” menu at www.gfo.org.

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

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A big Thank You to everyone who donated to GFO’s Annual Appeal!

Each and every donation matters, and we are very grateful for your support. If you haven’t contributed yet and want to, it’s not too late!

Simply send us a check, or go to our website at http://gfo.org/support-us/annual-appeal.html to give safely and securely.

Thank you again!

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Guten Tag!

Instead of meeting at GFO on Saturday, February 3rd, the German Special Interest Group (SIG) will be at Concordia University to spend the day researching in the German from Volga library section, which is upstairs.

WHERE? NE Liberty St., behind the campus which is at 2811 NE Holman St., Portland.

If you send Mike Fernandez and Tia Cobb general questions, e.g. book on a location/city, time period, map, the volunteers at the library might be able to pull documents, books, etc. beforehand. Contact: tjuana52@yahoo.com.

Mike and Tia are trying to have the library open earlier than our regular 1:00 meeting. We’ll keep you posted!

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Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity!

Come here Kate Eakman as she gives tips on researching African Americans in the Civil War as well as information about the Freedmen’s Bureau!

Did you know the Freedmen’s Bureau was created to provide assistance to both former slaves and impoverished whites in the South?

This half-day workshop is not only for African American researchers, but for all those with family history or interest in the Civil War.

Register HERE today!

WHEN? Sunday, February 25th, 9:30am – noon
WHERE? GFO Library (map)
WHO? Speaker, professional genealogists, and former college history professor, Kate Eakman
HOW? Registration can be accessed HERE!

 

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GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Wednesday Evening

E-News, Edition

10 January 2018

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for January 2018, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” > “Our Publications” menu at www.gfo.org.

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

 

GFO’s 2018 Elections Need Some Super Superhero’s!!

The following positions are available for new candidates this coming fiscal year:

GFO President
Director-at-Large
Secretary

Interested in taking on one of these roles! Please email president@gfo.org today! We need candidates candidates candidates. And there is on-the-job training available for all of these positions.

These people help keep the GFO going in so many ways. Just curious?? Send a note to Laurel Smith at president@gfo.org for more information!

Insider Editors Needed

We also need two or three people to help take over editing and publication of the Insider this summer.

This is our monthly newsletter and our fearless editor is stepping down this summer. Interested in helping out? Email Jackie Olson at insider@gfo.org.

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GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Wednesday Evening

E-News, Edition

3 January 2018

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for January 2018, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” > “Our Publications” menu at www.gfo.org.

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

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GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Wednesday Evening

E-News, Edition

27 December 2017

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for November 2017, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” > “Our Publications” menu at www.gfo.org.

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

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It’s almost the new year! Don’t miss out on your tax write-off.

Because GFO is a 501(c)(3) organization, your donations are tax deductible.

Give now by visiting our Annual Appeal page HERE.

Remember GFO is a 100% volunteer-reliant organization. That’s right! We have no paid staff.

So every gift goes directly to keeping the lights on, the doors open, and to providing the best resources possible for family history researchers!

The simple truth is: GFO relies on donations for our continued existence.

If you prefer to send a check or money order, you can use our paper form HERE and mail it with your gift to: Genealogical Forum of Oregon, 2505 S.E. 11th Ave., Suite B-18, Portland, OR 97202.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Psst! GFO belongs to the Oregon Cultural Trust (now easier to find as “Genealogical Forum of Oregon”) and has attained a silver-star rating on GuideStar.

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Save those January 2018 dates! Upcoming GFO Events:

African American Special Interest Group – Jan 27th

Come here Stephen Hanks talk about his book Akee Tree!

Stephen Hanks is a legal process server in the state of Oregon, and a specialist in African American genealogy, volunteering his time in helping to promote African American genealogy through his network, Genealogical Networking Services. In 2006 Hanks was a contributor to the PBS special “African American Lives—Oprah’s Roots” which examined the genealogy of Oprah Winfrey. He lives in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of Akee Tree: A Descendant’s Search for His Slave Ancestors on the Eskridge Plantations. He will discuss – helpful hints to African descent genealogy; overcoming roadblocks in your research; and share his personal family research.

Beginner’s Boot Camp

Come join GFO’s President, Laurel Smith, for a day of beginning your genealogy adventure!

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan 31st, 9:30am – 6pm

WHERE: GFO’s Multipurpose Room (map)

WHAT: 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.

HOW: Bring a sack lunch so the discussion can continue while we eat. GFO members may attend for free, and non-members should please bring $20 to pay at the door. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops, but it is not required.

RSVP: Please let us know if you plan to attend by sending a message to RSVP@gfo.org. Handouts will be emailed in advance.

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Special Saturday Schedules – January, March, May, September 2018

Due to all the wonderful Special Interest Groups (SIG’s) at the GFO that we’ve been trying to squeeze in for the benefit of our patrons, our library will close to researchers at 12:45pm on the last Saturday of the four months listed above. We ask that you kindly plan accordingly.

See our online CALENDAR for more info.

Remember, all our SIG’s are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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The GFO needs help from its members getting ready for 2018 elections!

The following positions are available for new candidates this coming fiscal year, and we need a very special Nominating Committee from our membership to help find people to fill these positions. Interested?? Email president@gfo.org today!

Candidate Proposals Needed For:
* GFO President
* Director-at-Large
* Secretary

Also, if you’re interested in being one of the potential candidates, again email Laurel Smith at president@gfo.org.

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Holiday Schedule this Week:

GFO’s library will be closed Sunday, December 31st, and Monday, January 1st. We reopen at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2nd, in observation of New Years Eve and New Years Day.

Additional Note: Monday, January 8th, is a First Free Monday day!! If you don’t have a regular membership, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the holiday quiet to use the library resources for free on this date!

We sincerely hope you enjoy ringing in the New Year this coming weekend! All the best wishes from your friends at the GFO.

Seasons Greetings from GFO 2017

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon would like to extend our warmest wishes to all our members, patrons and supporters for a safe and lovely holiday season.

GFO’s Research Library will be closed tomorrow, Sunday, December 24th, and Monday, December 25th, until 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 26th.

We will also be observing the world’s most recent revolution around the sun the last week of this month. In other words, the Library will be closed Sunday, December 31st, until 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2nd.

Don’t forget! Monday, January 8th, is a First Free Monday day!! Tell your friends and remind yourself if you don’t have a regular membership to take advantage of the holiday quiet to use the library resources for free that day!

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