GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition December 6, 2018
For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932. Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
GFO’s Annual Appeal: It’s a Time of Giving!
What do you call a group with no paid staff, the largest genealogy collection in the Pacific Northwest, and a library that’s open daily? You know the answer: Portland’s very own Genealogical Forum of Oregon! Did you also know that member dues cover only 24 percent of our budget? Our rent is going up $1,200 every year. Oh my!
Our database subscriptions now cost almost $5,000 each year. Once a year we ask for your support. Now is that time. During this Annual Appeal we need to raise $25,000.
We’re confident you can help us make it happen. Please make your tax deductible donation to the GFO today.
Give Today
The GFO belongs to the Oregon Cultural Trust. We have a Silver Star rating on GuideStar. Please check with your employer on possible matching donations, especially through Benevity. Thanks for all you do to keep GFO going strong!
Join Library Tour for Hispanic Heritage Resources
Do you have an interest in Hispanic heritage? GFO’s Mexican Ancestry Group invites you to join a tour of the Multnomah County Library’s Hispanic genealogical resources.
The tour begins at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, December 17th at Multnomah County’s Central Library 801 SW 10th Ave. There is paid parking across the street and in the area. PLEASE RSVP by emailing sw@gfo.org.
Don’t Miss It! Free Mac Class for GFO Members next Wednesday
Photos 101 – As genealogists, we do a lot of photo handling. Apple’s free Photos App is a great tool to edit and organize your photos to make them look their best for all archiving purposes. Don’t struggle with tasks like fixing/cropping images from sites like FindAGrave when you can get a solid grasp of the basics in this free class. The Portland Mac Users Group offers this PMUG College class on Wednesday, December 12th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at GFO’s very own library. This class is completely FREE for GFO and PMUG members. $10 for non-members. (Become a GFO member here!) More information is available on the PMUG website.
Boot Camp: No Boots, Tents or Experience Needed!
Join Laurel Smith at the GFO for a day of beginning genealogy on January 8th. 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. Bring a sack lunch so the discussion can continue while we eat. GFO members may attend for free, non-members $20. Here’s what attendees are saying: “Boot Camp was rocking, wow do I regret not having it before I started my work . . . such a good teacher . . . a marathon that was time well-spent . . . informative and motivational . . . with humor and positive energy . . . more than exceeded my expectations” Member or not, please let us know if you plan to attend and REGISTER ONLINE by January 3rd. A link to the class notes will be emailed on Saturday, January 5th.
This week at GFO …
SATURDAY, December 8th Writers’ Forum 1 – 3 p.m. We are currently working on Bruce Tarshis’s How to be Your Own Best Editor, chapters 10 and 11. Everyone is welcome, whether you have participated before or not. This is your chance to get started writing or to improve your writing, whether you are writing for yourself or for others. We learn about good writing techniques — write and read what we write to each other. Without exception, everyone who has participated in this group over the last fourteen years writes better than they did when they started.
Purpose: This is a peer group of genealogists, who meet to learn about writing and to share our writing with each other. Peggy Baldwin facilitates this group and can be reached at writers@gfo.org or 503-916-9410. SUNDAY, December 9th 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, December 12th PMUG – Mac Users’ Class 6 – 8 p.m. Portland Mac Users Group offers its college class at GFO library. The class this time will be about the Photos application, which is included on all current Macintosh systems. Free to GFO and PMUG members. More information available at PMUG’s website.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News Edition

November 29, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider

Giving Tuesday Volunteer Blitz = THANK YOU!

Thank you to 34 marvelous volunteers who donated their time on Giving Tuesday!

They helped to inventory and label thousands of books.

We are thrilled with the number of red “DONE” labels sticking out from so many of our shelves.

No one can remember the last time we methodically took stock of what’s in our collection. Volunteers were able to restore books to the proper order and document a number of them that are missing. It’s not exciting work but its important for a successful library.

We didn’t get through all the inventory that needs to be done. Please come join us for one of our Sunday morning Work Parties so we can finish the job.

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

Annual Appeal: Please Give Now to the GFO

What do you call a group with no paid staff, the largest genealogy collection in the Pacific Northwest and a library that’s open daily?

You know the answer: the Genealogical Forum of Oregon.

But did you know that member dues cover only 24% of our budget?

Our rent is going up $1200 every year.
Our database subscriptions now cost almost $5,000 each year.

Once each year we ask for your support.

Now is that time.

We are already 1/4 of the way to our goal!
During this Annual Appeal we need to raise $25,000.

That’s a big goal. We’re confident you can help us make that happen.

Please make your tax deductible donation to the GFO today.

Give Today
The GFO belongs to the Oregon Cultural Trust. We have a Silver Star rating on GuideStar. Please check with your employer on possible matching donations, especially through Benevity.

Join GFO’s German Special Interest Group! Saturday, December 1st

December’s meeting agenda: Duane Funk and Bonnie Randolph will share the highlights of their recent trips to ancestral towns in Germany.

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

The group meets at the GFO Library on the 1st Saturday of every month. Meetings start at 1:00 p.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.

All GFO’s Special Interest Groups are completely free and open to the public!

GFO’s French Canada Special Interest Group – Holiday Break

Reminder: The French Canada Special Interest Group (SIG) will not meet in December this year.

The group’s leader, Bob LaMarche, invites everyone to join at the SIG’s next meeting in the new year!

The group is hoping to see you again on Sunday, January 20th, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Don’t Miss Portland’s 34th Annual ScanFair!

If you have Scandinavian roots and you’ve never been to this event, well, this weekend is a great time to discover the magic!

This annual event is a two-day Nordic craft fair extravaganza, complete with foods and drinks of the region.

WHEN? Saturday, December 1st, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, December 2nd, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The fair is always held on the first full weekend in December each year and is located at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland’s Rose Quarter area.

See their website for a full list of vendors and other details!

This week at GFO …

SATURDAY, December 1st

Virginia Group 10 a.m. – noon

Land Records, Part One – Virginia, West Virginia, & Kentucky

Land records are some of the most rewarding records for genealogical research. They generally represent the longest time span for records, and are rich in genealogical information. We’ll discuss the laws that were passed to manage land claims as new areas opened for settlement. We will explore the various original land records in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky, where the land is located, and where to find the records. The discussion will include headrights, bounty land, preemption certificates and other methods of claiming land. Part Two of this series will be discussed at the group’s January 2019 meeting.

For more information see our blog: “Virginia Roots and Vines”!

Questions? Email Judi Scott and Carol Surrency at Virginia@gfo.org.

German Group 1 – 3 p.m.

Duane Funk and Bonnie Randolph will share the highlights of their trips to ancestral towns in Germany. Come join the fun!

SUNDAY, December 2nd

Manuscripts Work Party 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Explore our manuscript, personal papers, and family Bibles collection while we organize, scan, and create finding aids. Drop by at the time that works for you. Questions? Send a note to Nanci Remington and LauraDenise White at manuscripts@gfo.org.

MONDAY, December 3rd

Free First Monday! 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Come visit our research library each first Monday of every month and splurge on all GFO’s wonderful resources for FREE. Explore our online databases like Fold3, Ancestry World Library Edition, Newspapers.com, and many more. Our analog and microfilm collections total some 49,000 items. Don’t miss out!

WEDNESDAY, December 5th

Learn & Chat 10 a.m. – noon

Topic: Walking the Shelves: all that GFO has to offer.

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

DNA Q&A 1 – 3 p.m.

Lisa McCullough will be available to help answer your DNA questions, whether you are new and just getting started or have more involved questions. Curious? Send Lisa a message at dna_qa@gfo.org, or feel free to just drop by!

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News Edition

November 23, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider

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Hallman-Widerburg 2

For 14 straight summers, someone has run the same obituary in The Oregonian for three triplets who died the day they were born. Reporter Tom Hallman tracked down the woman responsible.

It was GFO member Bonnie Widerburg, memorializing her grandchildren.
Bonnie didn’t think it was a story, but Tom knew it would strike a chord.

His article “While They Lived All of One Day, They are Not Forgotten” was published on August 11th of this year. Bonnie was grateful and moved by Tom’s writing, but she had only talked to him by phone, never in person.

Last Saturday, Bonnie finally got to meet the reporter who told her family’s story. The Pulitzer winner presented GFO’s latest GenTalk about “Writing Your Own Story” to a crowd of 34 people at GFO’s library. Widerburg called the session “a real highlight for me. We were fortunate to hear from this talented man.”

All of us who were in attendance echoed Widerburg’s comments, as the talk ran 15 minutes long and no one wanted it to end.

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Did you know you can shop for the holidays and help the GFO at the same time?

The best part? Giving won’t cost you anything!

Cyber Monday is around the corner with some super big sales. If you buy on Amazon, please start your online shopping trips here: smile.amazon.com.

Be sure to register with Amazon Smile and choose the Genealogical Forum of Oregon to benefit from your purchases. We get a small donation with every purchase you make.

It’s a great way to preserve and share heritage. Member dues cover less than half of our annual library rent. Donations pay the bulk of GFO’s all-volunteer operation, and this is one more way you can help.

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

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GivingTueday 2018 v2

On #GivingTuesday, most non-profits are asking for monetary donations — and GFO would never turn those down — but this is our annual appeal for your TIME.

This year we’ll be attempting a partial inventory of our books. We want to discover what’s missing AND get the books in the correct order on the shelves. People will work in teams, and there will be some book labeling for those who can’t stand to do shelf reading.

Food, free passes to the library, and a general good time to be had by all! We hope to see you there.

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Virginia SIG Logo

“Land Records: Part 1” – Virginia, West Virginia, & Kentucky

Saturday, December 1st at 10 a.m. in GFO’s Multipurpose Room (at the back of the library)

Land records are some of the most rewarding records for genealogical research. They generally represent the longest time span for records and are rich in genealogical information. We’ll discuss the laws that were passed to manage land claims as new areas opened for settlement. We will explore the various original land records in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky, where the land is located … and where to find the records. The discussion will include headrights, bounty land, preemption certificates, and other methods of claiming land.

Questions? Send them please to the group’s leaders, Judi Scott and Carol Surrency, at Virginia@gfo.org.

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As genealogists, we do a lot of photo handling. Apple’s free Photos App is a great tool to edit and organize your photos to make them look their best for all archiving purposes. Don’t struggle with tasks like fixing/cropping images when you can get a solid grasp of the basics in this free class.

The Portland Mac Users Group offers this PMUG College class on Wednesday, December 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the GFO library. FREE for GFO and PMUG members. $10 for non-members.

More information is available on the PMUG website.

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At this time of year, we are so thankful for all of you who help keep the GFO library open.

Every single person here is a volunteer. We have no paid staff.

But we need two (or three) more people to step up to help us keep the GFO library open.

We have lost our Research Assistant/Receptionists on two vital shifts:

Wednesday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – each week.
Wednesday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.

Can you spare some hours? We must have two people on duty on each shift. For the safety of our volunteers we must close the library if only one person is here.

Please contact Cathy, our volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@gfo.org.

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Visit the Oregon Historical Society On Us

Oregon Historical Society Logo

We’re pleased to offer a new benefit to GFO Members.

You can now check out Cultural Passes from the GFO to visit the Oregon Historical Society.

As an affiliate of OHS, the GFO receives two annual membership cards. We’d like to share this benefit with you.

We’ve turned the cards into Cultural Passes, which you can check out one day and return the next.

HOW?? Just ask at our reception desk if you’d like to visit the Oregon Historical Society. You might like it so much that you choose to become a member there too!

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SATURDAY, November 24th

DNA Beginners 9 a.m. – noon

This session will be a discussion of your questions. It would be easier if you submit your questions to Emily Aulicino at least a few days before the class. This way, they will not be overlooked or lack time. We’ll address those first. Even if you are not planning to come, send in your questions.

This is the chance to cover your particular issues which could include what tests work for what problems, exploring how to use spreadsheets to help you organize your data, viewing the company websites, and more. Anyone interested in using DNA for genealogy is welcomed.

Time will be provided for additional questions. You are welcome to send me your questions before the meeting. Feel free to email us at dna@gfo.org.

African American Ancestry Group 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

We realize that for November’s meeting will be on Thanksgiving weekend. Because many people will be spending time with family instead of other family historians, rather than have a speaker and program, we will be holding an open-ended help session for the meeting. If you’re stuck in your research, want some advice, or just want to brainstorm, come on by. SIG coordinator Janice Sellers will be there for the entire time and will be happy to talk with you.

If you know of any other people interested in African American genealogy, tell them about the group. You do not have to be a GFO member to participate! For more information, contact us at African_American@gfo.org.

SUNDAY, November 25th

Library Work 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, November 26th

Library Closed to prep for #GivingTuesday.

TUESDAY, November 27th

#GivingTuesday!! 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Come join the fun and give of your time at GFO’s library this Giving Tuesday! We need able-minds and able-bodies.

Don’t forget! Non-members who come to volunteer can earn a free pass to the library so they can research on another day.

We will bring in food to fortify us, so please give a few hours or make a day of it!

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News Edition

November 15, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider

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On #GivingTuesday, most non-profits are asking for monetary donations — and GFO would never turn those down — but this is our annual appeal for your TIME.

This year we’ll be attempting a partial inventory of our books. We want to discover what’s missing AND get the books in the correct order on the shelves. People will work in teams, and there will be some book labeling for those who can’t stand to do shelf reading.

Non-members can earn a free pass to the library so they can research on another day.

We will bring in food to fortify us, so please give a few hours or make a day of it!

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The job of the journalist and that of the genealogist are surprisingly similar: we both research the facts and the context of people. And then we tell their stories!

Genealogists tend to focus more on the research. So what do journalists bring to the table?? Journalists add the reporting element that can help genealogist share their stories with others.

Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Hallman, Jr., of The Oregonian knows a thing or two about journalism, and he is coming to the GFO to share his insights with us this weekend!

Join us for this amazing GenTalk at the GFO this Saturday, November 17th at 2 p.m.

All our GenTalks are free and open to the public.

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Would you like to be a part of GFO’s Open House?

Open House Ford Building

GFO’s 2019 Open House is right around the corner. Mark you calendars for March 23rd through 31st!

We are looking for presenters to give 50-minute sessions on any topic that may be of interest to beginning genealogists.

Opening weekend: Saturday will be devoted to Irish research and is being planned by the Irish Special Interest Group. Sunday will be a Beginners’ Boot Camp.

The closing Saturday and Sunday will be DNA Days planned by Emily Aulicino and team and will feature a very special guest. Stay tuned for more information.

The theme on Wednesday will be finding biological family and additional participants are being sought. There will be panel discussions and presentations relating to questions about whether to search for biological family. There will also be resources available on topics such as how to make first contact. If you are an adoptee, a biological parent, or someone seeking a biological relation and would like to share your views or provide a presentation, please contact laurel.smith@gfo.org.

There are lots of presentation spots open on Monday and Tuesday, as well as some on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Again, if you can participate by leading a session at GFO’s 2019 Open House, please send a message to laurel.smith@gfo.org.

Presenters will be compensated with profuse gratitude! GFO will print and provide any handouts for attendees.

We don’t know of any other genealogical organization that provides a 9-day event, packed with content, absolutely FREE to all attendees. But we need your help to make it happen!

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Link up with these great Rewards Programs to donate to GFO when you shop!

Through a one-time link, you can trigger an automatic donation to GFO every time you make purchases through the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program, AmazonSmile, and Family Tree DNA.

The best part is that linking your Rewards Programs will not diminish any benefits or rewards you already receive.

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

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SATURDAY, November 17th

Genealogical Problem Solvers 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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.

GenTalk 2 – 3 p.m.

Presenter: Tom Hallman, senior reporter for The Oregonian

On March 4, 2018, you may have read “Della’s Lost Letter,” and wondered about the methods Tom used to locate her, and the other principals in the story. Learn how reporters find people for their stories (sound familiar, genealogists?) and get some writing/storytelling tips from a Pulitzer Prize winner.

Tom Hallman Jr., a senior reporter for The Oregonian, was born and raised in Portland and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1977. He’s worked at a car wash, a grocery store, a greyhound race track and was a volunteer at a VA hospital. He won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

SUNDAY, November 18th

Library Work 9:00 a.m. – Noon

There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.

Family Tree Maker Users’ Group 1 – 3 p.m.

Join other users who want to work through the 2017 Companion Guide to Family TreeMaker. Bring your laptop with 2017 version of FTM installed – build 1-480 of FTM installed. Facilitated by Joyce Grant-Worley. Questions? Email FTM@gfo.org.

French Canada Group 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Sharing stories of our history. Come and join this group to learn more about French Canadian ancestry and Acadia. This group leader is Bob LaMarche. Send him a note at FrCan@gfo.org.

WEDNESDAY, November 21st

Library Closes at 1 p.m.

THURSDAY, November 22nd

Library Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Please note, our Thursday Evening E-News will be sent out on Friday.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News Edition

November 8, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider

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Cyndi Ingle Rocks, Attracts Record GFO Audience!

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Wow! That’s the easiest way to say it. We can’t thank you enough for making the GFO Fall Seminar a record-setter.

More than 200 people came on Saturday and more than 100 on Sunday to hear Cyndi Ingle, the creator of the comprehensive genealogy website, Cyndi’s List.

We also sold a record number of raffle tickets, a great way to help us pay our rising bills. Special thanks to these sponsors for donating valuable prizes: Southern California Genealogical Society, Find my past, Fold3, Family Tree DNA, History Geo, and Newspapers.com.

And our biggest thanks go to Cyndi herself. If you made it to the seminar you know how engaging, informative, entertaining, and funny she can be.

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GFO Becomes FamilySearch Affiliate Library

FamilySearch Logo Affiliate

We’ve got great news! The GFO is now an official FamilySearch Affiliate Library. This grants you access to many FamilySearch records not available when you search their site from home. FamilySearch has billions of records online and adds another 300 million free genealogical records and images online every year.

Access to FamilySearch computers at the GFO will be free to anyone.

GFO membership or payment of day-use fees will be required to use the other resources in our library.

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The job of the journalist and that of the genealogist are surprisingly similar: we both research the facts and the context of people to tell their stories.

Genealogists tend to focus more on the research, but journalists must do both.

Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Hallman, Jr., of The Oregonian knows a thing or two about journalism, and he is coming to the GFO to share his insights with us.

Join us for our next GenTalk at the GFO Saturday, November 17 at 2 p.m.

This talk is free and open to the public.

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The next meeting of the African American Special Interest Group (SIG) is scheduled for Saturday, November 24, from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Our meetings are regularly held on the fourth Saturday of the month. We recently realized that for November this is the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend.

Because we figure many people will be spending time with family instead of other family historians, rather than have a speaker and program, we will be holding an open-ended Help Session for this month’s meeting.

If you’re stuck in your research, want some advice, or just want to share your family history stories with fellow researchers, come on by! SIG coordinator Janice Sellers will be there for the entire time and will be happy to talk with you.

Questions? Comments? Send Janice a note at African_American@gfo.org.

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Ever wondered what it would be like to have New York’s State Archives at your finger tips?

Well, wonder no more! The National Park Service and the Institute of Museum and Library Services granted $125,000 last month to the New York State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust to allow them to digitize and post historical documents from the Revolutionary War era to the State Archives’ website.

The archivists began their work on November 1st, so keep an eye out for updates as they make progress on this amazing accessibility project.

Access to our history is always a revolution in and of itself!

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FRIDAY, November 9th

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.

If you know of any other people interested in Hispanic genealogy tell them about the up and coming group. They don’t have to be a GFO member to participate.
For questions or comments, please email Vince at sw@gfo.org.

SATURDAY, November 10th

Great Lakes Region 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Duane Funk will talk about the War of 1812, and in particular its effects on the Great Lakes region and our research there. Also, we will check in with our database. After that we will have time for sharing research and brainstorming some possible solutions to your genealogy questions.

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. For more information contact Lynn Rossing at GreatLakes@gfo.org.

Writers’ Forum 1 – 3 p.m.

Purpose: This is a peer group of genealogists, who meet to learn about writing and to share our writing with each other. Peggy Baldwin facilitates this group and can be reached at writers@gfo.org or 503-916-9410.

Book we are using: Roy Peter Clark’s Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer published by Little, Brown and Company in 2006. Each month we cover a tool. To see what tool we are covering at a particular meeting, please visit our web page here.

SUNDAY, November 11th

Library Work 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.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News Edition

November 1, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider

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Don’t Forget to Fall Back This Saturday Night!

daylight savings public domain image

This is an image from the Nationaal Archief, the Dutch National Archives, donated in the context of a partnership program.

Daylight Saving time ends this weekend, which means an extra hour of sleep, huzzah! Be sure to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night, November 3rd, before you go to sleep.

This means, 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 4th, will magically become 1 a.m. all over again. Isn’t time travel wonderful?

We want to make sure you arrive on time at our Sunday Seminar with Internet genealogy guru Cyndi Ingle.

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The syllabus for both days of the Fall Seminar with Cyndi Ingle was emailed out on Tuesday, October 30th.

If you registered for the seminar but did not receive your electronic copy, please check your junk mail folder. If you still can’t find your syllabus copy, please email education@gfo.org.

If you paid for a paper copy of the syllabus, it will be waiting for you at the check-in table the morning of the event.

If you previously canceled your registration but still received an emailed syllabus, don’t worry. As long as you received a reply from us confirming your cancellation, or if you already have your money refunded, then you know your cancellation has been processed.

Check-in both Saturday and Sunday will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the Milwaukie Center.

Remember to bring cash for our raffle of great prizes. We also have many books for sale.

Our volunteers are scheduled to arrive by 8:30, and they will need a few minutes to get situated before opening up their tables. Please be patient, because this weekend will be our largest event ever at the Milwaukie Center, and we’re so excited!

Haven’t registered yet?

Please do so by Friday, November 2nd, at noon. That’s tomorrow! Due to the number of people already registered, there will be no walk-ins allowed on either Saturday or Sunday. Please be sure to register online here by tomorrow, Friday, at noon.

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GFO’s Open House

March 23rd – 31st

We’ve got a great line-up of presenting professionals and genealogist specialists this year! For our DNA Days on the closing Saturday and Sunday, March 30th and 31st, we’ll be welcoming Barbara Rae-Venter as our key-note speaker. Rae-Venter is a retired patent lawyer and volunteers with the nonprofit DNAadoption.com. She’s the genetic genealogist who helped crack the Golden State Killer case and was recently featured in this New York Times article helping adoptee Lisa Jensen find her true identity. All our events and access to our research library are complete FREE the entire Open House week. Keep an eye on GFO’s online calendar and E-News over the coming months for updates to make sure you don’t miss a moment!

GFO’s Spring Seminar

April 27th & 28th

Our Education Committee is already hard at work preparing our Spring 2019 Seminar. The guest speaker this coming April will be none other than international genealogist Tony Burroughs, FUGA (Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association). Check out his website here for his globetrotting and genealogical work. Burroughs is the author of
****Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree. Be sure to watch our Seminar & Classes webpage for registration coming early in 2019!

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Registration Opened Today, November 1st!

This year’s theme is Strike It Rich! With Connections 2 Discoveries, set for June 15th – 17th, in Sacramento, California.

See the full line-up at the International German Genealogy Partnership here. They’ve got a great schedule of speakers and classes.

To register, visit their website here. Looks like there may be volunteer opportunities also!

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Heading up to Seattle after the New Year?

Japanese family meal in 1950s

The Seattle Genealogical Society is sponsoring a Japanese Genealogy Seminar, February 2rd and 3rd.

Registration will open December 1st. Registration is free, but the Seminar and the Train the Trainer sessions are limited to 40 individuals. The registration for the One-on-One sessions will open January 1st. Lunch will be provided for a fee on the first day only.

For more information, please contact Jill Morelli, President of SGS, at president@seagensoc.org.

This program is generously funded under the Heritage Grant program by 4Culture, a King County arts support agency.

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SATURDAY, November 3rd

Fall Seminar 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Dr, Milwaukie, OR 97222 (map)

Presenter: Cyndi Ingle

Registration: By Friday, November 2nd, at noon please, here.

SUNDAY, November 4th

Manuscripts Work Party 9:30 a.m. – noon

Explore our manuscript, personal papers and Bible collection while we organize, scan and create finding aids. Drop by at the time that works for you. Questions? Send a note to manuscripts@gfo.org.

Half-Day Seminar 9:30 a.m. – noon

Where: Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Dr, Milwaukie, OR 97222 (map)

Presenter: Cyndi Ingle

Library Opens at 1 p.m. due to the Sunday Half-Day Seminar session at the Milwaukie Center.

MONDAY, November 5th

Free First Monday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Come visit our research library each first Monday of every month and splurge on all GFO’s wonderful resources for FREE. Explore our online databases like Fold3, Ancestry World Library Edition, Newspapers.com, and many more. Our analog and microfilm collections total some 49,000 items. Don’t miss out!

WEDNESDAY, November 7th

Learn & Chat 10 a.m. – noon

Legalities of Emigration: Revisit What you Have

Why Did They Leave? Where Did They Go and Why? Historical Context and Timelines.

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

DNA Q& A 1 – 3 p.m.

Lisa McCullough will be available to help answer your DNA questions, whether you are new and just getting started or have more involved questions. Curious? Send Lisa a message at dna_qa@gfo.org, or feel free to just drop by!

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News Edition

October 25, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider

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African American SIG

Join us this Saturday, October 27th, at 12:30 p.m. at GFO’s Library

GFO’s African American Ancestry Special Interest Group (SIG) this month will feature guest Emily-Jane Dawson, a reference librarian with the Multnomah County Library system.

Dawson will speak about genealogical resources available within the library system for African American genealogy. She will highlight the three-volume index “Blacks in Selected Newspapers, Censuses and Other Sources” by James de T. Abajian. The index covers publications from the 1880s to about the 1950s.

Please join us! All our SIGs are free and open to the public.

Our African American Ancestry SIG meets the 4th Saturday of each month.

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raffle tickets

The raffle prizes this year are out of this world!

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Fall Seminar for $1 each or six for $5.

Please remember to bring cash to buy both raffle tickets and books at the seminar.

Here are a few of the great items being raffled:

Southern California Jamboree 2019 admission – Approx $195 value
FTDNA kit – $89
Newspapers.com subscription – $90
Fold3 subscription – $79.95
History Geo 3 month subscription – $20
Diahann Southard Tutorial Series 1 year subscription – $50
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Buy yourself some history!

The GFO has hundreds of surplus books for sale. Some of the historic volumes are extremely valuable and date back to the 1880s.

We also have a bevy of affordable $10 books in the front of the library and bargain books for $2 outside our front door. Many of our bargain books will be available at the Fall Seminar.

See what’s available here.

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Open House Presenters Needed

Open House Ford Building

GFO’s 2019 Open House is right around the corner. Mark you calendar now for March 23rd through 31st.

We are looking for presenters to give 50-minute sessions on any topic that may be of interest to beginning genealogists.

Opening weekend: Saturday will be devoted to Irish research and is being planned by the Irish Special Interest Group. Sunday will be a Beginner’s Boot Camp.

The closing Saturday and Sunday will be DNA Days planned by Emily Aulicino and team and will feature a very special guest. Stay tuned for more information.

There is an “adoption” theme on Wednesday and additional participants are being sought. There will be panel discussions and presentations relating to questions about whether to search for biological family. There will also be resources available on topics such as how to make first contact.
If you are an adoptee, a biological parent, or someone seeking a biological relation and would like to share your views or provide a presentation, please contact laurel.smith@gfo.org.

There are lots of presentation spots open on Monday and Tuesday, as well as some on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Again, if you can participate by leading a session at GFO’s 2019 Open House, please send a message to laurel.smith@gfo.org.

Presenters will be compensated with profuse gratitude! GFO will print and provide any handouts for attendees.

We don’t know of any other genealogical organization that provides a 9-day event, packed with content, absolutely FREE to all attendees. But we need your help to make it happen!

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Click the image for the full “how-to” story about using Yelp, posted on Legacy Family Tree’s News page earlier this week.

Thanks for the wonderful shout-out, Legacy!

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SATURDAY, October 27th

DNA Advanced 9 a.m. – noon

Tim Janzen will give a presentation on DNA Painter and creating network diagrams.
Anyone interested in using DNA for genealogy is welcomed. Time will be provided for questions. Download the handout here.

Meetings are held at the GFO Library on the 4th Saturday of January, April, July, and October unless there is a GFO seminar or other scheduling conflict. Remember to ALWAYS check the calendar. Please download, print and bring to class the evaluation form which can be found here.

African American Ancestry Group 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Emily-Jane Dawson, a reference librarian with the Multnomah County Library system, will speak about general genealogical resources available within the library system. One item she will discuss is the three-volume index “Blacks in Selected Newspapers, Censuses and Other Sources” by James de T. Abajian. The index covers publications from the 1880s to about the 1950s.

Also, come meet the group’s new leader, Janice Sellers: “I’ve been researching my family for more than 40 years. I started doing black genealogy research about 15 years ago for extended family members. I have traced three of those family lines back to 1870 censuses and some individuals to 1867 in tax lists, but I have not yet been able to break through the 1865 Emancipation barrier. Since then, I have discovered my own African roots through DNA testing. I haven’t found my own black ancestors yet, but I never give up. I’m in this for the long haul, and I hope to help you advance your research too.”

SUNDAY, October 28th

Library Work Party 9:30 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, October 31st

Early Library Closure!

GFO’s research library will close at 5 p.m. in honor of All Hallows’ Eve. We wish you a very happy and safe Halloween!

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News Edition

October 18, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider

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Historic Columbian Cemetery’s Fall Harvest Festival this Saturday

Fall Festival 2018

Come on out and show your support. Visit GFO’s table at Historic Columbian Cemetery’s Fall Harvest Festival!

The GFO will join community groups attending along with local vendors. The cemetery will also have presentations starting at 11 a.m., including a historical cemetery tour, local authors, a presentation about the mural wall project, as well as a mock natural burial to introduce the community to this new burial option in the urban Portland area.

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Archives Crawl 2018

Oregon’s Archives Crawl theme this year is about how archives are “Changing Attitudes” within societies.

Archival representatives from various repositories around Oregon will be at the following locations in downtown Portland, Saturday, October 20th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

City of Portland Archives & Records Center
Oregon Historical Society
Multnomah County Central Library

GFO’s very own Manuscripts Committee will be showing off treasures from our collection at the Multnomah County Central Library.

It’s free, open to the public, & all ages are welcome.

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Raffle Table Volunteers Needed!

Fall Seminar 2018 v2

GFO needs volunteers to help staff the Fall Seminar Raffle Table

HOW? Email Sharyle Kingston at vicepresident@gfo.org

WHEN? Saturday, November 3rd,
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WHY? Because we need you!

BONUS: Sneak snippets of Cyndi Ingle’s presentations between breaks!

Thanks for all you do to support the GFO.

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Great Lakes Region Meeting November 10th

The next Great Lakes Region Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting is coming up.

Saturday, November 10th,
9:30 a.m. at the GFO,
hear Duane Funk speak about the War of 1812 and, in particular, its effects on the Great Lakes region and our research focused there.

Also, we will check in with our database (find it here).

After that, we’ll make time for sharing research and developing some solutions to your genealogy conundrums.

Questions about the meeting or the group? Email Lynn at greatlakes@gfo.org. We hope to see YOU on November 10th at GFO.

All GFO’s SIG meetings are FREE & open to the public.

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GFO Needs You!

Please Run for a Board Position to Help Keep Us Going Strong!

The GFO is an ALL-volunteer organization. No paid staff. No paid director.

Yet we keep our library open every day of the week, publish weekly news updates, monthly newsletters, quarterly magazines and continue growing our fabulous collection.

GFO’s Board of Directors guides how we get all this done. We’re asking you to join our board!

Terms run for two years and won’t begin until July 1, 2019, but now is when we need to know if you are willing to help.

Three positions are opening up:
* Vice President
* Director at Large
* Treasurer

Sharing your skills could be a real benefit to the organization. Please consider serving on GFO’s board!

Please reply to president@gfo.org if you are interested or would like to know more.

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The Lost & Found Corner …

Flash Drive 1

Flash Drive #1

Do you recognize this furry little fella? If you do, we’ve got your flash drive. It’s got a lot of great images we’re sure you’re missing. If this is yours, please ask for Flash Drive #1 at GFO’s reception desk.

Flash Drive 2

Flash Drive #2

Are you searching for JANET DUFFY or ELMER CUMMINGS? If these names sound familiar, we’ve got your flash drive. If this is yours, please ask for Flash Drive #2 at GFO’s reception desk the next time you’re in the library.

Ring

Claddagh Ring

The Claddagh ring (Irish: fáinne Chladaigh) is a traditional Irish ring which represents love, loyalty, and friendship (the hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty). Are you missing your ring? We have one at the reception desk, but just like Cinderella, if you want to claim it, it’s got to fit.

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Visit the Oregon Historical Society on Us

Oregon Historical Society Logo

GFO Members … We’re pleased to offer you another NEW benefit.

You can now check out Cultural Passes from the GFO to visit the Oregon Historical Society (OHS).

As an affiliate of OHS, the GFO receives two annual membership cards. We’d like to share this benefit with you.

We’ve turned the cards into Cultural Passes which you can check out one day and return the next.

Just ask at our reception desk if you’d like to visit the Oregon Historical Society.

And please remember, if you want to join OHS, as a GFO member, you are entitled to $10 off OHS annual membership dues.

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SATURDAY, October 20th

Genealogy Problem Solvers 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

This month, the Genealogy Problem Solvers (GPS) will attempt to unravel a complicated series of relationships and dramas in order to learn the parents of Harry E. Mitchell. The GPS team will review records from 1880 to 1930 in locations across the United States, including West Virginia, Kentucky, Iowa, Minnesota, and Washington, in an effort to solve a brick wall that has puzzled a GFO member, searching for any information about her grandfather, for over five years!

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 their problems for consideration. For more information contact Katie Daly at GPS@gfo.org.

Italian Group noon – 2 p.m.

The Italian Special Interest Group is dedicated to promoting Italian family history and genealogy through education of attendees in methodologies of sound genealogical research and by providing the necessary tools and expertise to be successful. Facilitated by Keith Pyeatt.

GenTalk – Digging for Ancestral Gold 2 – 3 p.m.

Presenter: Laurence Overmire, author

Digging for Ancestral Gold: The Fun and Easy Way to Get Started on Your Genealogy Quest

Discovering your family’s unique story is like solving a puzzle. You’ll fit together bits and pieces from relatives’ memories, old records, and photographs to create a picture of the past. When you’re a beginning researcher, the prospect of diving into your roots can seem overwhelming. Laurence will walk you through the basics of genealogy research: what records to look for, how to organize, and more. Before you know it, you’ll be well on your way on the fun and rewarding journey of discovering your roots.

SUNDAY, October 21st

Library Work Party 9:30 a.m. – noon

Hey there volunteers – we need you this Sunday!

We’ve fallen behind on labels again, and need YOUR help to catch up.

There’s another work party at the GFO library for those who can come.

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. Come and pitch in, then stay for one of the afternoon presentations.

P.S. There will be donuts!

Family Tree Maker for Beginners 1 – 3 p.m.

This is a beginning class for Family Tree Maker users and for those considering a purchase. It will be repeated quarterly.

French Canada Group 3:30 – 5 p.m.

The topic will be research and social media tools we are all using. Feel free to bring in the names of resources you use – websites, social media groups, books, etc.

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.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News Edition

October 11, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider

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Pardon the Interruption Oct. 17 – OPB is Coming to the GFO

OPBlogo

A quick note to let you know that we will close to research at the GFO library next Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to Noon.

OPB-TV’s Oregon Experience will be recording an interview for an upcoming history documentary. This will require silence in the library while they film. OPB does great work and we’ll let you know when their program is due to air.

The Learn and Chat group will still meet in the back, very quietly.

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Cyndi Ingle’s Internet Genealogy seminar is so popular that her Sunday session is sold out. Anyone trying to sign up for Sunday will be added to a wait list.

The full-day seminar on Saturday, November 3rd, still has seats available.

Register now while we still have room for you!

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Join the discussion on Saturday, October 27th, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., at GFO’s library!

Our next meeting of the African American Ancestry Group will feature guest Emily-Jane Dawson, a reference librarian with the Multnomah County Library system.

She will speak about genealogical resources available within the library system for African American genealogy. One item she will discuss is the three-volume index Blacks in Selected Newspapers, Censues and Other Sources by James de T. Abajian. The index covers publications from the 1880s to about the 1950s.

Please join us, and bring a few friends with you too!
This event is free and open to the public.

More information is available here, or by emailing the group’s facilitator, Janice Sellers, at African_American@gfo.org.

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GFO’s October Star – Joann Taylor

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A visitor on our Free Monday sent a comment about her experience at GFO’s library recently:

“I wanted to tell you that I had a wonderful experience on Monday with Joann Taylor when I came to do some research on my family.

“She was so helpful and took extra time to help me, and I learned of places to look that I would never have thought of! She deserves a GOLD STAR!”

The visitor also noted that our organization is really great, and that she found all the volunteers she met so helpful.

Joann, in addition to volunteering as a research assistant at our library, also serves on our Research Team to look up historical information that people request from us via our website.

Thank you, Joann, for your tremendous volunteering at GFO!

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Volunteers Needed! Help Keep the Library Open!

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The GFO accomplishes a really remarkable achievement every single week. We keep the library open every single day entirely with volunteers.
We’d like to continue this, especially on Wednesdays when we stay open late for those who work during the day.

We Need You!

The GFO has a specific need for volunteers to staff our front desk each Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. We offer training! Two volunteers per shift are required. We had a great response a couple of months ago when we needed some other shifts filled. Now some of our regular volunteers have moved away and we’re asking for you to help us either once a month or more often as you can fit it in.

Please contact volunteer@gfo.org.

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Scratch Your Way to Easier Parking!

Zone G Parking

Did you know GFO has Zone G parking permits for sale!?

We know parking is difficult around the Ford Building where the GFO library is located.

These hang tags cost just $1 a piece. They allow you to park all day in any spot with a sign requiring a Zone G Parking permit.

The tags can be used only one time. Scratch off the month and day you use it and hang it on your car mirror.

Permits can be purchased at the GFO reception desk. Cash please. We do not accept credit cards.

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Will the real Harry Ernest Mitchell, please stand up!?

Join GFO’s Genealogical Problem Solvers, Saturday, October 20th, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Life can be very complicated, but researching ancestors with fairly common names, who marry, divorce, remarry the same person, divorce again, move across country, and work with a traveling circus, can be very difficult to trace.

This month’s Genealogy Problem Solvers (GPS) will attempt to unravel a complicated series of relationships and drama in order to learn the parents of Harry E Mitchell. The GPS team will review 1880 to 1930 records across the United States, including West Virginia, Kentucky, Iowa, Minnesota and Seattle, Washington, in an effort to solve a brick wall that has puzzled a GFO member, searching for any information about her grandfather for over five years!

Come join the fun! This event is free and open to the public.

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FRIDAY, October 12th

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.

If you know of any other people interested in Hispanic genealogy tell them about the up and coming group. They don’t have to be a GFO member to participate.
For questions or comments, please email Vince at sw@gfo.org.

SATURDAY, October 13th

Great Lakes Region 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Doing research in PA? Researcher Elsie Deatherage will be the guest speaker. Pennsylvania has several distinct ethnic and religious groups that kept different records than we may be accustomed to, but that are really helpful. Learn how to overcome the challenges of state boundary issues, the shifting borders of counties and townships and the difficulties in locating churches and cemeteries. We will look at the on and offline resources that are unique to the Keystone State. There will also be time to share our research quandaries and discoveries.

The 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. For more information, please contact Lynn Rossing at GreatLakes@gfo.org.

Writers’ Forum 1 – 3 p.m.

At our last meeting we discussed what keeps us from writing and how we can make writing a regular part of our lives. We looked a web page from the Writing Cooperative, “30 Little Ways to Motivate Yourself to Write, RIGHT NOW.”

Take a look at this page if you haven’t already. The assignment we gave ourselves was to:

1. Make a plan (schedule and mechanisms) for making writing a regular part of your life.
2. Better yet, institute that plan and report how it’s working for you.

In addition to the above-noted assignment, please also do the following from Barry Tarshis’ book How to Be Your Own Best Editor:

1. Read: Chapter 9, “Zero In on the Subjects and Their Verbs,”
2. Do: Chapter 8, p. 71-78, edit a piece of your own work and be prepared to discuss at our next meeting.

Purpose: This is a peer group of genealogists, who meet to learn about writing and to share our writing with each other. Peggy Baldwin facilitates this group and can be reached at writers@gfo.org.

SUNDAY, October 14th

Library Work Party 9 a.m. – noon

There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.

WEDNESDAY, October 17th

Library Closed to Research 11 a.m. – noon

OPB records interview for historical documentary. We’ll re-open for research as soon as the interview concludes.

Learn & Chat 10 a.m. – noon

Topic: “Surnames, Linguistic Groups, Disasporas.”

It is always fascinating to watch how this subject evolves from beginning at just one surname. 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. If you have been doing genealogy for any length time, you have likely experienced the wonderful moments of exhilaration, the successes that you then share with others and that drive you to continue researching. Unfortunately those times can be few and far between. Join us to talk about your genealogy questions and help provide support to others. Facilitated by Jeanne Quan and Sandy Alto. Questions, email learnandchat@gfo.org.

DNA Q&A

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? Email Lisa at dna_qa@gfo.org.

Irish Group 6 – 8 p.m.

Are you one of over 30 million Americans who have Irish ancestors?

At this meeting, Karen Hubbard will present a timeline of Irish history, so we can put our Irish ancestors in context with their times, and better understand how to research them. We’ll also try to help with “brick walls” in Ireland, or answer other general questions about Ireland’s history and Irish research. If you’d like to submit a brick wall question for us to address, please email Irish@gfo.org, at least one week in advance.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News Edition

October 4, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

Be sure to check our complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider

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Cyndi Ingle is so popular we are moving the Sunday half-day seminar! More people have registered than will fit at the GFO library, so Sunday’s Internet Genealogy seminar will be at the Milwaukie Center where Saturday’s full-day seminar happens.

Be sure to register while the early bird discount applies! This discount expires after October 8.

Did you know Cyndi Ingle received the Prince Michael of Kent Award last month? Read the full story on Dick Eastman’s blog!

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Descendants to Mark Graves of Early Portlanders 113 Years Later

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We received a touching notice from Kerry Anderson in California last week.

Her great-great-grandparents lived in Portland in the late 1800s. Henry Wilson died in 1905 and his wife Hannah died in 1909.

During her genealogy research, Ms. Anderson learned her great-great-grandparents were buried in Portland’s historic Lone Fir Cemetery in unmarked graves.

They will be anonymous no more.

113 years after Henry’s passing, his descendants will place a proper headstone.

The ceremony will occur Saturday, October 6th, at noon in the company of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. The Lone Fir Cemetery is at SE 26th Ave & Stark Street, Portland.

The public is invited to attend.

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Long Fir Cemetery

Historic Columbian Cemetery, Portland’s newest green burial ground would like to cordially invite you to attend their Fall Harvest Festival, which will be held Saturday, October 20th at the cemetery, located at 1151 N. Columbia Boulevard in Portland.

The event runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The GFO will join community groups attending along with local vendors. The cemetery will also have presentations starting at 11 a.m. including a historical cemetery tour, local authors, a presentation on the art project as well as a mock natural burial to introduce the community to this wonderful addition to the urban Portland area.

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If You’re Down by Salem This Weekend…

State Archives Open House 2018

Oregon’s State Archives is hosting their annual open house again!

WHEN? Saturday, October 6th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHAT? The State Fair, The Wacky, Weird and Wonderful. Come also see their gallery exhibit that showcases some of the oddities and interesting State Fair materials. There will games, prizes, tours, and more!

HOW? Just come on down! This event is free and open to the public.

WHERE? Oregon’s State Archives are located at 800 Summer Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97310.

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Secret Library

The topic this year is “All Things Relative” with the conference being held at 8331 Cason Road, Gladstone, Oregon.

The Milwaukie Stake Family History Center is pleased to have keynote speaker, Karen Clifford from Provo, Utah. Karen is an Accredited Genealogist® researcher and teacher. Her specialty is “Shining Light on DNA Results.” A syllabus of her talking points for the conference is available here for printing.

The Conference is FREE and all are welcome, but the planning committee would like to feed you! Register here to ensure a free lunch will be available for you between the sessions. Please know all walk-ins are welcome!

Cookies and water will also be available throughout the conference.

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SATURDAY, October 6th

Virginia Group 10 a.m. – noon

October Meeting Topic: Exploring the Library of Congress Website

The Library of Congress website is a valuable resource for U.S. genealogical and historical research, but it is one of the most under-utilized. According to professional genealogist J. Mark Lowe it is only used about 15% of the expected amount. Perhaps many researchers are not familiar with the large amount of material available, and do not understand that one can actually find not only general historical information, but specific information about your family.

For our October meeting we will explore the LOC website and give numerous examples of its benefits to our research. Please send inquires to Virginia@gfo.org. For more information, please also see our “Virginia Roots and Vines” blog.

German Group Noon – 3 p.m.

First, some food! Come at noon and bring a tasty German treat to share with the group to celebrate Oktoberfest. The potluck will run from noon to 1 p.m. Then stay for a demonstration of GFO’s links, plus see a list of the surnames and locations that are being researched by our members and learn how to add yours.

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, October 7th

Manuscripts Work Party 9 a.m. – noon

Explore our manuscript, personal papers and Bible collection while we organize, scan and create finding aids. Drop by at the time that works for you. Questions? Send a note to manuscripts@gfo.org.

TUESDAY, October 9th

GFO Board of Directors Meeting 6:10 – 8:10 p.m.

Come join GFO’s Board of Directors and see the magic that keeps our research library and its plethora of community-focused activities going! These meetings are open to the public.