GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

19 April 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 April 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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Genealogy Problem Solvers are on the case

great grandfather and family

Saturday, April 21st, 9:30 – 11:30am

The challenge this month for our Genealogy Problem Solvers group has been submitted by Julie Ramos, convener of GFO’s Afro-American SIG. Its a classic Black family genealogical problem: identifying ancestral parents and siblings in the period following the Civil War, and then extending the family history back into slavery. Many of the sources are key not just to Black family research, but to any family before and after the US Civil War. As always, those who attend will have an opportunity to ask their own Brick Wall question on any subject, time period, etc., and if the resolution requires an extended response, it could be the challenge for a future meeting

GPS is a monthly support group where we help each other find information about a family line. We will learn to do a reasonably exhaustive search and develop research plans. The focus will shift depending on the needs of the group. Several experienced researchers have volunteered to help. Beginners and intermediate researchers are encouraged to submit problems to work on. For more information contact Katie Daly at GPS@gfo.org.

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Come out to hear professional genealogist Leslie Brinkley Lawson as she discusses best practices in forensic genealogy research.

WHAT? Locating People In The Last Century
WHEN? Saturday, April 21st, 2 – 3pm
WHERE? GFO’s Library in the Multi-Purpose Room
HOW? Free & Open to the Public

Do you find it easier to find a person in 1880 than in 1980? If your answer is “yes,” then this is the presentation for you. Learn the skills you need to find those missing people in the 20th century…how to reassemble their lives; figure out where they went and where their children are today. We’ll touch on databases available on the internet, as well as other reference sources.

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What’s hot in Genealogy this May? Oh, this and that.

Virginia

Virginia Special Interest Group Meeting

Saturday, May 5th, at 10am
Virginia Genealogy Trivia Quiz

Come to our May meeting and test your knowledge of Virginia history and research. See just how much you know and where there are gaps in your knowledge.

We will have a list of questions taken from past meeting presentations. Then we will devote the remainder of our time for sharing and give everyone a chance to talk about their research problems, to ask questions, to share a new discovery, or a research technique or record group.

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Great Lakes Region Special Interest Group

Saturday May 12th, 9:30 am at GFO’s Library

We will look at the Ohio River as a major regional transit corridor, Judi Scott’s recent presentation on orphan trains, a genealogy visit to LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and an ancestor’s puzzling move from Bohemia to Minnesota. You are invited to bring stories about your family and research in the Great Lakes Region. Questions? Contact Lynn at GreatLakes@gfo.org.

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Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza Collection of Cuban Genealogy

New online database!

Florida International University (FIU) has recently made its Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza Collection available online for free.

An article by FIU News calls this database the “Cuban equivalent of Ancestry.com.

The database online includes an extensive set of family trees, civil records, and sacramental documents.

We definitely recommend checking out this resource as you prepare for the May 19th GFO GenTalk, My Cuban Cousins.

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Cuban Cousins GenTalk

GFO’s May GenTalk is coming up!

Saturday, May 19th, 2pm Presenter: Janice Sellers

Janice Sellers says, “I was always told that I had cousins who had immigrated to Cuba, but no one could remember their names or even which branch of the family they were from. And Cuba is a difficult country to research. As more records have become available online, I was able to uncover enough clues to find and contact some of my Cuban cousins. In the summer of 2015, I traveled to Cuba to see what traces I could find of my family there.”

Janice is a professional genealogist who specializes in forensic, Jewish, black and newspaper research. She has presented numerous talks to diverse audiences at local, regional, state, and national events.

Come learn all you ever wanted to know about tracing your Cuban ancestors.

All GFO’s GenTalks are Free and Open to the Public!

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GFO’s DNA Beginners Class

Saturday, May 26th, 9am – noon at GFO’s Library

The class will tackle some major aspects of both AncestryDNA and MyHeritage to help you enhance your testing experience. As MyHeritage accepts autosomal tests from all the major companies, if you have tested, upload your raw data to the company before coming to class. It is always wise to be in more than one company’s database.

Finding common ancestors with your AncestryDNA test results can be difficult with few responses from matches, missing or locked pedigree charts, and no chromosome browser. We will explore a few methods to help you navigate AncestryDNA’s website to work around some of these obstacles.

MyHeritage might be the “new kid on the block”, but they are moving quickly to become a front runner in the autosomal DNA testing field. We will explore the new features that make it a company worth using.

All classes are free and anyone is welcomed. Please download the handouts and the evaluation feedback for class (available on the GFO calendar).

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CCG Spring Sem 2018

Clark County Spring Seminar

Friday – Sunday, May 25th – 27th
Registration Form

During an event-filled weekend, the Saturday seminar key speaker will be David Allen Lambert. Serving as chief genealogist for the venerable New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), David’s seminar topics include:
1) World War I Military;
2) Great Migration Era settler research; and
3) Probate & Deed Records research.

As an honored guest at the Seminar’s Hudson Bay Company Gala Reception Friday evening, David will share his genealogical gems, including some seemingly small finds that led to amazing stories. Clark County Genealogical Society is collaborating with Friends of Fort Vancouver to bring some of the wonderful Fort interpreters as guests.

Seminar seating is limited to 150 people.

Don’t delay! Sign up today!

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SATURDAY, April 21st

Genealogy Problem Solvers 9:30 – 11:30am

The GPS group tackles a classic Black family genealogy problem. See the full description at the top of this E-News.

Italian Interest Group Noon – 2pm

Resources When You Need Help – When you need research assistance, where can you turn? Learn useful resources to further your research, whether in the United States or in Italy. Facilitated by Keith Pyeatt.

Mission Statement – The Italian Special Interest Group is dedicated to promoting Italian family history and genealogy through education of members and the public in methodologies of sound genealogical research and providing the necessary tools and expertise to be successful.

GenTalk – Getting from “Then” to “Now”: Locating People in the Last Century 2 – 3pm

Presenter: Leslie Brinkley Lawson, FGC

Do you find it easier to find a person in 1880 than in 1980? If your answer is “yes,” then this is the presentation for you. Learn the skills you need to find those missing people in the 20th century…how to reassemble their lives; figure out where they went and where their children are today. We’ll touch on databases available on the internet, as well as other reference sources.

SUNDAY, April 22nd

Library Work Party 9am – Noon
Please Volunteer Some of Your Time!

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.

Heraldry/Coats of Arms Workshop 1 – 3pm

Sponsored by the Willamette Chapter Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century.

Free and Open to the Public. Click here for flyer.

Join us to explore Heraldry and the proper use of British Coats of Arms.

How are they regulated? Who is eligible for a Coat of Arms?

Learn how to locate your Gateway ancestor, the key to connecting with your ancestors in the nobility in Europe. What are the most accepted sources of lineage information.

The GFO has many great sources!

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

12 April 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 April 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!

Spring Seminar is this weekend. Hope to see you there!

 

SEMINAR TOPIC: How can you prove your ancestors fought in the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War or World War I?

There’s still plenty of room in all those cushioned seats at Camp Withycombe! Walk-Ins this Saturday are welcome also.

Come hear one of the most engaging national experts in military records at the GFO’s Spring Seminar, Saturday, April 14th.

We’re bringing the renowned Michael Strauss in for two great days of lessons.

Location: Oregon Military Museum @ Camp Withycombe, Details Here!

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GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

5 April 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 April 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 Spring Seminar is Around the Corner! Register Now

How can you prove your ancestors fought in the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War or World War I?

Come hear one of the most engaging national experts in military records at the GFO’s Spring Seminar April 14 & 15.

We’re bringing Michael Strauss in for two great days of lessons.

Location: Oregon Military Museum @ Camp Withycombe, Details Here!

Sign Me Up

Volunteer Raffle Tablers Needed

 

GFO needs just a couple more superhero volunteers at the Spring Seminar.

Contact GFO’s Vice President, Sharyle Kingston, at vicepresident@gfo.org asap if you’re even the least bit interested!
Duties include staffing our raffle table during the Saturday Seminar on April 14th.

Location: Oregon Military Museum @ Camp Withycombe, 15300 SE Minuteman Way, Clackamas, Oregon
Time: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Note: Photo ID required by venue.

As always, thank you for all you do for GFO.

Calling all Editor-Wanna-Be’s!

 

Our fearless co-editor, Marti Dell, needs your help to keep our quarterly publication alive and well!

We have an opening for another co-editor for The Bulletin. This exciting position includes:

Soliciting interesting articles.
Managing the editing process between our copy editors and proofreaders and authors.
Coordinating the layout process.
Ensuring electronic and mail delivery of the finished product four times a year.

Interested? Please contact Marti at bulletin@gfo.org.

Are you up for the challenge??

Challenge Topic: Where’s your favorite place to do genealogical or local history research in Oregon?

A huge thank you to all who responded to our recent call for great locations for genealogical research in Oregon!

We’re busy compiling the list from all of your suggestions, but we need more help.

Our deadline is April 10th. Are you up for the challenge??

Can you help? If so, please email Laurel at president@gfo.org to give her your ideas. Please email Laurel before beginning your work on this project, as she’ll be able to let you know whether a location is already on our list.

WHAT? Research some details on your favorite research facility or location. We have a list of places, and now we’d like to collect addresses, phone numbers, and web addresses.

HOW? All the work can be done online or via telephone.

THERE’S MORE? Finally, we need to contact some of the locations (if we can’t find the information online) to find out what genealogy gems they have available—what sets them apart from other libraries or research facilities.

As always, thank you for helping to make and keep GFO a great place for genealogy!

Clatsop County Historical Society’s Archives

 

Did you know about the Clatsop County Historical Society’s online resources??

There website has lists that might be of interest to anyone researching in Clatsop County.

One list in particular is of the members of the Oregon Pioneer Society that started in 1870 and includes not only Clatsop County people but many people from other places in Oregon.

Check out their super amazing website HERE!

At the GFO This Week…

SATURDAY, April 7th

Virginia Group 10am – noon

Explore The Draper Manuscripts

Lyman Draper devoted much of his life to collecting and preserving records and information of the “Trans-Alleghen​y West,” including Virginia, Kentucky, the Carolinas, the Ohio River Valley, and parts of Georgia and Alabama, and the Mississippi River valley. The collection covers the time period 1755-1815, with emphasis on the Revolutionar​y War. We will learn about the collection and how to use it at our April meeting, with examples of the documents and stories it contains. Visit this SIG’s website HERE for more information on all things Virginia ancestry research. Leaders of this group include Judi Scott (judiscot@gmail.​com) and Carol Surrency (lcsurr@gmail.co​m).

German Group 1 – 3pm

Our April 7th meeting is a workshop. Bring questions, problems, brick walls, DNA info, research books to share, family tree. We will also have a session by Barbara Forster about “How to make a family web page”.

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

SUNDAY, April 8th

Library Work Party 9:30am – 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.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

29 March 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 April 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!

Easter Day GFO Closure

GFO’s Library will be closed this coming Sunday, April 1st, for the Easter Holiday.

We hope to see you again bright and early on Monday, April 2nd, at 9:30am!

As always, thanks for all you do for GFO.

Call for Raffle Tablers

 

GFO needs several superhero volunteers at the Spring Seminar.

Contact GFO’s Vice President, Sharyle Kingston, at vicepresident@gfo.org asap if you’re even the least bit interested!
Duties include staffing our raffle table during the Saturday Seminar on April 14th.

Location: Oregon Military Museum @ Camp Withycombe, 15300 SE Minuteman Way, Clackamas, Oregon
Time: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Note: Photo ID required by venue.

As always, thank you for all you do for GFO.

GFO’s Spring Seminar is Around the Corner! Register Now

 

How can you prove your ancestors fought in the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War or World War I?

Come hear one of the most engaging national experts in military records at the GFO’s Spring Seminar April 14 & 15.

We’re bringing Michael Strauss in for two great days of lessons.

Location: Oregon Military Museum @ Camp Withycombe, Details Here!

Sign Me Up

Call for Bulletin Co-Editors!

 

Our fearless co-editor, Marti Dell, needs your help to keep our quarterly publication alive and well!

We have an opening for another co-editor for The Bulletin. This exciting position includes:

Soliciting interesting articles.
Managing the editing process between our copy editors and proofreaders and authors.
Coordinating the layout process.
Ensuring electronic and mail delivery of the finished product four times a year.

Interested? Please contact Marti at bulletin@gfo.org.

Greek, Not German Please

 

Online Greek Dictionary

We apologize for the incorrect link to a German online dictionary in last week’s E-News.

The intended Greek dictionary website, linked HERE, is not only a “modern Greek dictionary” but also has many additional resources for your research and cultural curiosities.

Illinois Annexes Other States (Well, Our Interest Group Does)

 

The Illinois Special Interest Group has officially become: The Great Lakes Region Special Interest Group.

This group generally meets on the second Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at the GFO library. No meetings in July, August, December, and always check the GFO calendar for updates to this schedule.

Interest in the Great Lakes Region can be broad and diverse, as some ancestors settled and remained there for generations, while others spent a short time there before moving on. The group’s interests include migration, travel, trade, historical events, and research techniques specific to the area.

If you would like more information about this group or have questions, you may contact Lynn Rossing via email at GreatLakes@gfo.org.

Do you have Cuban ancestors?

 

Database of Officers of the Ten Years War 1868-1878! Click HERE for all the info on this expansive project.

The database is published on CubaGenWeb and is the compilation work of Eugenio de J. Perez Ferrer and Jose de Santa Cruz Pacheco Rivery.

Don’t forget the May 19th GenTalk at GFO (free event…oh so very free) all about Cuban ancestry!

At the GFO This Week…

SUNDAY, April 1st

The GFO Library will be closed this Sunday for the Easter holiday.

MONDAY, April 2nd

First Free Monday!! 9:30am – 5pm

Not a member of the GFO, but desperate to find out what’s in our holdings and to use all our wonderful online database subscriptions (Newspapers.com, World Library Ancestry.com, HistoryGeo, and more)? No problem! Every first Monday of every month GFO’s library is absolutely free and open to the public! Hope to see you there.

WEDNESDAY, April 4th

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 will be available to help answer your DNA questions, whether you are new and just getting started or have more involved questions.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

22 March 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!

GFO Star – Nanci Remington

 

Nanci deserves recognition for again doing a splendid job of organizing GFO’s Open House.

She arranged the speakers, kept the calendar, managed the handouts, taught classes, and this year, she filled in for speakers who had to cancel – one at the last minute.

She is a Research Assistant, co-chairs the Manuscript Committee, writes many articles for the Bulletin, and she is the one to answer most of the messages sent to info@gfo.org.

Thank you, Nanci, for all you do for the GFO!

Don’t Miss GFO’s Spring Seminar!

 

How can you prove your ancestors fought in the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War or World War I?

Come hear one of the most engaging national experts in military records at the GFO’s Spring Seminar April 14 & 15.

We’re bringing Michael Strauss in for two great days of lessons.

Sign Me Up

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GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

15 March 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!

GFO’s Open House – A Success Story

Welcome and Many Thanks!!

Another GFO Open House has come and gone. Classes were attended by 652 people–this includes a lot of people counted more than once as many attended multiple classes.

We’d like to extend our warmest WELCOME to all our newest members who signed up for GFO Membership at last week’s Open House. All your membership benefits can be viewed HERE on our website!

A very special THANK YOU to everyone who played a part in our biggest educational event of the year:

Nanci Remington, who arranged all the speakers, collected all the information, posted the schedule online, and kept us all updated as things evolved.

Judith Leppert, who served as hostess all nine days, baking and making coffee and cleaning up afterward every day.

Thank you also to everyone who brought in goodies and treats to share at our coffee corner tables.

Early Bird Registration Ends Tomorrow!

How can you prove your ancestors fought in the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War or World War I? Come hear one of the most engaging national experts in military records at the GFO’s Spring Seminar April 14 & 15!
We’re bringing Michael Strauss in for two great days of lessons. Sign up now. Early registration discount runs through March 16.
Sign Me Up

Feeling Lost? Join Genealogy Problem Solvers (GPS) this Saturday, March 17th

This month’s Genealogy Problem Solvers (GPS) meets Saturday, March 17th, 9:30 – 11:30am

Location: GFO’s Multipurpose Room

This month’s brick wall is the 3rd great grandmother, Anna Rosetta (Halverson) French of one of our members.

The only documented fact is her death at age 36, and her marriage to William French in 1812 in Philadelphia. Only her mothers’ first name and married surname are known, and her sea captain father is said to be anything from a Slave Trader to a shipper of Catholics to the Colonies. He is dead before 1800.

GPS is a monthly support group where we help each other find information about a family line. We will learn to do a reasonably exhaustive search and develop research plans. The focus will shift depending on the needs of the group. Several experienced researchers have volunteered to help. Beginners and intermediate researchers are encouraged to submit problems to work on. For more information contact Katie Daly at GPS@gfo.org.

All of the GFO’s Special Interest Groups are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.

Finding James, GenTalk – Saturday, March 17th

Presenter: Kate Eakman

GFO’s Multipurpose Room, 2pm

Join us after the GPS meeting this Saturday to uncover as much information as possible about a U.S. serviceman who died on Utah Beach on D-Day during WWII. What followed was a study in dead ends, perseverance, and one of the most meaningful projects it has ever been Kate’s privilege to work on!

Kate Eakman holds an M.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to her career as a professional genealogist, Kate spent 20 years as a college history professor. Today she is a Senior Researcher for Legacy Tree Genealogists. Kate’s article “Writing the Professional Research Report: Style and Format” was awarded the APGQ Excellence Award for 2016.

All of the GFO’s GenTalks are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.

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Don’t Forget the Annual Member Meeting at 2 – 2:15pm

Find out who’s running for our various open offices, nominate someone (with their prior permission), or even throw your own hat in the ring.

Did someone say “French Canada”? Join Our Newest SIG this Sunday!

The French Canada Special Interest Group (SIG) will have its FIRST MEETING on Sunday, March 18th, 3:30 – 5pm.

Location: GFO’s Multipurpose Room

Bob LaMarche will be our fearless facilitator.

Please check the GFO CALENDAR for updates and class details.

The group will be discussing topics of interest in French Canada as well as Acadian genealogy and history.

Did you know the GFO has the 2nd largest French Canada collection outside of Canada?

Lost and Found Items

We found these poor abandoned coats, hats, and this single lonely, albeit lovely, earring after last week’s Open House.

Please call the GFO’s reception desk at 503-963-1932 to claim any of these items that may have wondered off your person last week.

We’ll hold these items until the end of March.

Sizzlin’ Hot Tips in Genealogy this Month…

Portland’s 77th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Aquinas Hall, 340 NE Clackamas St in Portland, 3:30 – 8pm, and doors open at 3 p.m.

Don’t miss out on this fun afternoon and evening filled with all things Irish! Authentic Irish music, song, and dance. Penny’s Puppet show for the children. Food and beverages available for purchase. More info HERE.

Overlooked – NYTimes Women’s Obituaries

This recent NYTimes article, accessible HERE, tells all about how the shape of history is often made without our awareness. The article also discusses how we choose to remember and who our documentation often allows us to remember.

Featured in these Obituaries…

Marsha P. Johnson
Sylvia Plath
Henrietta Lacks
Diane Arbus
Mary Ewing Outerbridge
Qiu Jin
Ida B. Wells
Madhubala
Emily Warren Roebling
Nella Larsen
Ada Lovelace
Margaret Abbott

Roots Tech 2018

Saturday, March 17th, 9am – 4:00pm
To see this year’s line up for classes and the teacher bios, visit roots.fgos.org. This is a free community event. All are welcome. Registration is to give us a count for the free lunch only. We look forward to seeing you!

At the GFO This Week…

SATURDAY, March 17th

Genealogy Problem Solvers (GPS) 9:30 – 11:30am

This is a free event designed to help attendees gather research tips from the best in the field! Join the fun every third Saturday of the month. If you’re a GFO member and have a genealogy problem for our experts to solve, email GPS@gfo.org today!

Annual Membership Meeting 2 – 2:15pm

Find out who’s running for office, nominate someone (with their prior permission), throw your hat in the ring, and be on hand for the GenTalk to immediately to follow.

GenTalk – Finding James 2pm

Presentation will start after the Membership Meeting.

Presenter Kate Eakman, MA

It sounded like an average assignment for professional genealogist Kate Eakman: uncover as much information as possible about a U.S. serviceman who died on Utah Beach on D-Day during WWII. What followed was a study in dead ends, perseverance, and one of the most meaningful projects it has ever been her privilege to work on.

SUNDAY, March 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; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there!

French Canada Ancestry Group 3:30 – 5pm

Sharing stories of our history. Come and join this new group to learn more about French Canadian ancestry and Acadia. The group leader is Bob LaMarche.

WEDNESDAY, March 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.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

8 March 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!

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Clocks go one hour forward on Saturday night…

DaylightSavingTime
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Only Three Days Left of GFO’s Open House!

Be sure you don’t miss out on all the fun that’s left through this weekend at GFO’s Open House this year.

A full schedule with detailed class descriptions is located HERE, or you can also view our online CALENDAR for all the events.

FRIDAY, March 9th

Intro to Researching your Mexican Ancestors • Google for Genealogists • Making the Most of Your Time (10am – 3:30pm)

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, March 10th & 11th

DNA! DNA! DNA! DNA! Come on out to learn all you could ever want and more about this amazingly hot topic in genealogy.

Saturday: Comparing Three Testing Companies • Y-DNA & mtDNA Basics • atDNA Basics • Organizing Data & Contacting Matches • Dealing with NPEs • Q & A (9am – 5pm)

Sunday: Convincing People to Test and Why • Four Autosomal Testing Companies • Case Study Using atDNA • GEDmatch • DNAGEDCOM • Q & A (9am – 5pm)

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Due to the Open House this week, the GFO Writers’ Forum will meet in a conference room on the main floor of the Ford Building, Room 136.

The meeting time is Saturday, March 10th, 1 – 3pm.

This is a peer group of genealogists, who meet to learn about writing and to share their writing with each other.

Peggy Baldwin facilitates this group and can be reached at peggyrbaldwin@gmail.com.

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Newest SIG at the GFO – French Canada

The French Canadian Special Interest Group (SIG) will have its first meeting on Sunday, March 18th, 3:30 – 5pm.

Bob LaMarche will be our fearless facilitator.

Please check the GFO CALENDAR for updates and more information.

We will discuss topics of interest in French Canada as well as Acadian genealogy and history.

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Join this month’s Genealogy Problem Solvers (GPS) on Saturday, March 17th, 9:30 – 11:30am

This month’s brick wall is the 3rd great grandmother, Anna Rosetta (Halverson) French of one of our members.

The only documented fact is her death at age 36, and her marriage to William French in 1812 in Philadelphia. Only her mothers’ first name and married surname are known, and her sea captain father is said to be anything from a Slave Trader to a shipper of Catholics to the Colonies. He is dead before 1800.

GPS is a monthly support group where we help each other find information about a family line. We will learn to do a reasonably exhaustive search and develop research plans. The focus will shift depending on the needs of the group. Several experienced researchers have volunteered to help. Beginners and intermediate researchers are encouraged to submit problems to work on. For more information contact Katie Daly at GPS@gfo.org.

All of the GFO’s Special Interest Groups are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

1 March 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 forget your Boots!

Beginning Genealogy Boot Camp

Laurel Smith and Barbara Schrag
from 9am – 5pm

Join Laurel Smith and Barbara Schrag for 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.

Only a half hour will be set aside for lunch so we suggest you bring a sack lunch. Limited to the first 50 to register by sending a message to RSVP@gfo.org.

A link to the class notes and a first assignment will be sent out beforehand.

RSVP

It’s Open House Week at the GFO Our Biggest Event of the Year!

 

Click HERE for the full detailed class schedule. Click the here for a quick video.

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

Open House Lineup:

Saturday March 3: Virginia Group (pensions), German Group (Recent research trip to Germany.)
Sunday March 4: All Day Boot Camp. (see above.)
Monday March 5: Irish Day (3 classes), Are You Stuck? (Harold Hinds says Probably Not!)
Tuesday March 6: Land Records Day (3 classes), Case of the Mystery Dad (Keith & Darlene Pyeatt solve a case.)
Wednesday March 7: Learn & Chat, Write it Up!, Good Writing & Personal Archiving.
Thursday March 8: Heritage Quest, PERSI (the mostextensive genealogy and local history subject index on the planet), Timelines, Sharing Your Genealogy.
Friday March 9: Google for Genealogy, Mexican Ancestry, Make the Most of Your Time
Saturday/Sunday March 10-11: DNA Days. 6 Sessions each day!

Please Arrive Early! Allow extra time to find parking in the area and to sign in at the door.
All sessions are free and open to the public. Please share this with your friends and family.

NGS Conference Ticket Discount

Help represent GFO at this year’s National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2018 Family History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 2nd – 5th.

If you’re headed to the conference, we have a discount that could help reduce the cost of admission. NGS is offering two discount tickets for GFO to utilize!

Contact Laurel Smith at president@gfo.org to learn more.

Thanks for all you do for the GFO!

GFO’s Diversity & Inclusivity Statement

Adopted by the Board of Directors on February 13, 2018

The primary purposes of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Inc. (GFO) are to promote interest in genealogy and to preserve and provide genealogical and historical records and information. GFO strives to fulfill this mission by offering educational classes and materials, by compiling, preserving and publishing genealogical and historical records, and by providing access to abundant resources.

GFO is committed to supporting every individual’s genealogical research. Insights gained through…read full text HERE.

Hot Tips in Genealogy this Spring…

Blake Little’s Photographs from the Gay Rodeo – High Desert Museum, Bend, OR

Through April 30th
Consisting of 41 black-and-white photographs taken between 1988 and 1992, Blake Little: Photographs of the Gay Rodeo documents the gay rodeo circuit and the lives of many of its participants during those years. The collected body of work not only serves as a stunning example of black-and-white portraiture and rodeo photography, it also explores the diverse and complex natures of individual and community identity in the West.

Where We All Came From – Multnomah County Library

March 4th, 1 – 4pm
Exploring your family’s history can provide personal insight and a larger historical perspective about what motivates people to migrate. But where to start? Join us for an afternoon of genealogical detective work. We’ll provide access to research tools as well as one-on-one help with experts from the Oregon Genealogical Society, Genealogical Forum of Oregon and Multnomah County Library research librarians.

Swedish National Archives Now Free

Have Swedish roots? You’ll like this news: access is free to the Swedish National Archives. Now all you need into be able to read Swedish.

Ulster Historical Foundation Lecture Tour comes to Seattle
Join Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Foundation during their annual North American lecture tour on Sunday, March 18th, in Seattle, hosted by the Irish Heritage Club.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

22 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!

What’s on Feb 25th? GFO’s Civil War Era Workshop!

Register HERE Today!

TOPIC: African American Civil War Military and Pension Files

This coming Sunday, 9:30am to noon, at the GFO.

Presenter: Kate Eakman, M.A.

Come learn all about using the Freedmen’s Bureau Records and other Reconstruction Era documents to trace your African American Ancestors.

After the Civil War’s end in April of 1865 the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (the Freedmen’s Bureau) was created to provide assistance to former slaves (and impoverished whites) in the South. The war had resulted in the liberation of about 4 million enslaved people, but it also destroyed many of the southern cities and towns as well as the plantation-based economy. Former slaves were free, but they had been dislocated from their homes and they faced starvation and powerful racial biases and inequalities.

The records from the Freedmen’s Bureau and other records of 1865-1872 include local censuses, marriage records, medical records, bank account records, and voting registers. These, in turn, can provide the names of spouses, children, siblings, parents, and former slave-owners as well as places of birth and locations where an individual lived between birth and freedom. This class will focus on the contents of these documents, where to locate them, and how to use them to add details to, and possibly extend your family tree.

Don’t forget to REGISTER HERE!

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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.

a GFO Member!

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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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Go on! Click the calendar. I dare ya!!

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.