GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Wednesday Evening

E-News, Early Edition

6 December 2017

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

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

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

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

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We wanted to say thank you again for helping us get ALL CAUGHT UP on our labeling project this last week.

This project’s success couldn’t have come at a better time, with the holidays around the corner!

We’re happy to announce we have reached our labeling goals for this year.

Now it’s time to go out and play and rest with all our friends and family. We hope you all have a very very merry holiday season!!

Many hands have sure made the recataloging and relabeling much much lighter! Thank you again everyone!

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Genealogical Forum of Oregon Upcoming Events

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

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

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

Saturday, Dec 16th, 2 – 3pm, at GFO’s Library

December GenTalk – Personal Archiving

Presenter: LauraDenise White, GFO’s Resident Archivist

Personal Archiving – Flyer

Wednesday, Jan 31st, 9:30am – 6pm, at GFO’s Library

Winter Workshop – Beginner’s Boot Camp

Presenter: Laurel Smith, GFO’s President

Beginner’s Boot Camp – Flyer

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GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Wednesday Evening

E-News, Early Edition

29 November 2017

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

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

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

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

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Yesterday, on #givingTuesday, we had 55 people come help with our ongoing book labeling project!

Here are the grand totals of what we all accomplished:

230 hours donated
7 pizzas eaten
12 bagels consumed
36 donuts savored

Thank you again for all you do for the GFO! If you’d like to stop by and help again, please please don’t hesitate. There is usually a cart by the Library’s Workroom full of books waiting patiently for their labels as part of this ongoing project.

Many hands have sure made the recataloging and relabeling much much lighter! Thank you again everyone!

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Using Online Newspapers for Genealogical Research

Presenter Janice M. Sellers will be giving tips on the value of newspapers for your genealogical research.

WHEN? December 3rd, 10:30am (doors open at 10am)
WHERE? Congregation Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97239
HOW? This event is free to JGSO members, with a $5 contribution requested from non-members.

“The class provides an overview of what is available online and gives techniques to help improve your chances of finding information about your relatives.”

More Information HERE!!

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Saturday, December 16th, 2 – 3pm

Presenter: LauraDenise White, GFO’s resident archival consultant.

Get ready for the holidays with Personal Papers & Archiving! Learn how to not only preserve some of those family heirloom papers and photographs you know are just sitting in the attic and basement, but also see how you can put together wonderful family history gifts with these fabulous relics of the past. Learn how to weave the fabric of your family history into inspiring and lasting treasures.

Attendees are encouraged to bring in a sample of items of their very own to work on during this interactive session. Photographs and letters and diaries, oh my! Bring them on in! We’ll work on them together while discussing ways to keep them safe AND ways to share them with family and friends both far and near.

Remember! All our GenTalks are FREE events, completely open to the public. Help us get the word out! CLICK HERE for FLYERS

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Don’t let 2017 slip away and miss out on your tax write-off.

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

Give now by visiting our Annual Appeal page HERE.

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

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

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

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

Thank you in advance for your support!

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

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This Week at the GFO…

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SATURDAY, December 2nd

Virginia Group 10am – noon

The Quakers: history, beliefs, and their lives in records – Peggy Baldwin

The early Society of Friends, more informally known as Quakers, had a belief in the equality of all people who called on the Divine within. Their beliefs lead to a unique organizational structure of monthly, quarterly, and yearly meetings that resulted in incredible records. We’ll discuss types of records, record repositories and websites, and how to effectively access the Quaker record holdings on Ancestry.com.

Contact Judi Scott judiscot@gmail.com or Carol Surrency lcsurr@gmail.com for more information.

German Group 1 – 3pm

Speaker: Barbara Forster
Topic: writing family history and storybooks
Plus: time to view some of the books which we purchased, etc.

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, December 3rd

Manuscripts Work Party 9am – noon

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

MONDAY, December 4th

First Free Monday! 9:30am – 5pm

Every first Monday of every month, the GFO library is open to the public for free! Bring your friends and family to explore all the wonderful database subscriptions and analog resources available at our library.

WEDNESDAY, December 6th

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 Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Wednesday Evening

E-News, Early Edition

22 November 2017

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

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

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

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

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Thanksgiving

The GFO Library Closes at 1pm Today!

We hope this will allow more time for you to go be festive with your friends and family.

The library will also be closed all day tomorrow, Thursday, November 23th to observe Thanksgiving.

We wish you a very merry holiday with lots of food and fun this season!

We look forward to seeing you again at 9:30am on Friday, November 24th.

 

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GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Wednesday Evening

E-News

15 November 2017

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

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

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

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

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GFO’s GPS Group Has A Treat For You This Saturday!! Nov 18th, 9:30 – 11:30am

GFO’s Genealogy Problem Solvers

FINDING VITAL STATISTIC DATA

At this meeting, come learn about research tools that can help you locate obscure documentation of life’s major events.

While many vital statistic records are open to the public, others have restricted access under state law. Share in the GPS’s research tips about searching for one particularly elusive divorce document.

Genealogy Problem Solvers is led by Harold Hinds Jr., Duane Funk, and Tom O’Brien.

All of our special interest groups are free and open to the public. Bring a friend, or seven of them!

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Unravel the mysteries of DNA research with presenter and author Don Anderson.

Come out to the GFO Library this Saturday, Nov 18th, at 2pm, to hear author Don Anderson discuss his new book, Paper and Spit.

Don, like many adoptees, wanted to know where he came from. His presentation at this month’s GenTalk will help you figure out what to say when making first contact with newly discovered relatives.

Remember! GFO’s Monthly GenTalks are Always Free and Open to the Public!!

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“So, why forty-four dollars?” – GFO Membership

Ever wonder at GFO’s membership fee? $44 per year seems like it may be more than other similar societies ask, but here’s how GFO stands out:

We maintain a large genealogical library with over 45,000 holdings.
We offer new computers.
We offer high-speed Wi-Fi.
We offer access in the library to Ancestry.com, Fold3, Newspapers.com, GenealogyBank, FindMyPast, American Ancestors, and HistoryGeo.
Each of our calendar months is jam packed with a variety of FREE educational programming opportunities.
Our library is open seven days a week including one evening until 8 o’clock (Wednesdays! Wednesdays!).
We support a variety of special interest groups that meet in our library.

Maybe you’d like to learn more? Give our new promotional video a spin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80c8hIMQtuA.

We hope you’ll consider becoming a member if you aren’t already or if you’ve been on the fence about it. It’s our membership support that has kept us going strong for 71 years!

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Thank you, as always, for all you do for the GFO!

We’re very excited about this event every year!

No need to sign up! No requirement to stay the whole day. Come when you can, eat some delicious food, learn some new skills, and chat with some truly amazing people!

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MSS Features Aunt Jane House Jesuale 2014-12 Box 3 File 6 Page 38

Click the image for a preview of the Jesuale Collection!

We’re putting ’em online for you to research from home!

Did you know the GFO has a digital manuscripts collection? Do you know what type of material it contains? It contains some very exciting genealogical gems, my darlings!

Jesuale Collection (2014-12)

This week we found that this collection’s creator was connected to the author of Aunt Jane of Kentucky, a book written in 1907. The documentation in this manuscript collection shows that Aunt Jane’s author, Lydia/Lida/Liza Obenchain, pen name Elizabeth Calvert Hall (also Liza Calvert Hall), was the wife of William Obenchain.

The first chapter of Ms. Obenchain’s book, titled “Sally Ann’s Experience,” was recommended by Theodore Roosevelt during his speech “Industrial Training and National Development,” delivered on May 31, 1907 at the semi-centennial celebration of the founding of agricultural colleges in the U.S. in Lansing, Michigan.

This collection is currently being indexed, but click HERE for a preview or email manuscripts@gfo.org to order a copy of the complete manuscript.

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Ford Building Parking Updates

We recently learned about the following changes and wanted to give you all a heads-up:

The parking lot on SE 11th Ave, across from the Ford Building, no longer offers pay-to-park, but is still available for permit holders.
The parking lot directly behind the Ford Building is now offering up to 3 hours parking instead of just 2 hours.
The parking lot on SE 10th Ave, across Division St from the Ford Building, is still offering pay-to-park options.

Please note, these changes have been implemented by the Ford Building Management.

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This Week at the GFO…

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18th

Genealogical Problem Solvers Group 9:30 – 11:30am

FINDING VITAL STATISTIC DATA – Join us as Harold, Duane, and Tom share research tips about their search for an elusive divorce document.

GenTalk 2 – 3pm

This GenTalk will focus on using Don’s story to illustrate “What to say when making contact with new matches.” This can be one of the most delicate and challenging aspects of finding close relatives, or wanting to create a positive experience with new cousins. Discovering a new match is much like finding a fish at the end of your pole, and now you need to reel in the fish. There is a method – what you say and how you say it is important.

BOTH THESE EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19th

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 you’€™re welcome to do the same. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.

Beginner DNA 1 – 3pm

Topic: Triangulation!
Have you not located your common ancestor for the Y and autosomal DNA? Have you proven your Y-lineage through DNA back to your oldest known ancestor? Emily will cover how to triangulate for Y-DNA (basically works for mitochondrial DNA as well) and autosomal DNA testing. Learn why it is important to do so.

While waiting for this class, research your genealogy deep and wide (as far back as you can, bringing down all the ancestors you can to the 1900s, and download your matches’ segments into a spreadsheet. Also, test any 2-4th cousins you can. Do as much as you can, but know that all of these help you determine your common ancestor(s) more easily.

There are two handouts. Click here to download. Please bring a copy of the evaluation form which can be found here. Questions? Ask Emily at aulicino@hevanet.com.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Wednesday, November 23nd GFO’s library will close at 1pm. Researcher early this day!

Thursday, November 24th GFO’s library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. See you again at 9:30am on Friday, November 25th!

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Wednesday Evening

E-News

8 November 2017

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

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

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

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

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Brought to you by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon

“At some point, almost every genealogy researcher will hit the proverbial brick wall or dead end with one or many of their ancestors. Records appear to be missing, a maiden name seems impossible to find or you need to find ancestors in another country but don’t know where to look. The resources out there are many and varied. Sometimes all the options available can be downright overwhelming.”

JGSO’s meeting will be a helping hands workshop. You’re encouraged to bring a list of 3 or 5 of your most difficult brick-wall family history questions to the meeting on Sunday, Nov 12th at 10:30am at Congregation Ahavath Achim.

“Take advantage of this golden opportunity to get some one-on-one help, or make use of this groups’ collective knowledge to smash some of your brick walls to smithereens! Bring your research and family tree on a flash drive or on a laptop or tablet. Internet access will be available.”

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GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Wednesday Evening

E-News

1 November 2017

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

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

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

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

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Library Work Party, Sunday, Nov 5th, 9am – noon

Our fearless leader, Laurel Smith, has been working hard with our Library Committee to produce new labels for our books as part of the GFO’s recataloging project.

Now all we need is people to help stick the labels on the books! We have several boxes of books that aren’t currently on the shelves because they need their new labels. Come out this Sunday to help Laurel in this effort so we can get the books back where they belong, back on the shelves!!

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“At some point, almost every genealogy researcher will hit the proverbial brick wall or dead end with one or many of their ancestors. Records appear to be missing, a maiden name seems impossible to find or you need to find ancestors in another country but don’t know where to look. The resources out there are many and varied. Sometimes all the options available can be downright overwhelming.”

JGSO’s meeting will be a helping hands workshop. You’re encouraged to bring a list of 3 or 5 of your most difficult brick-wall family history questions to the meeting on Sunday, Nov 12th at 10:30am at Congregation Ahavath Achim.

“Take advantage of this golden opportunity to get some one-on-one help, or make use of this groups’ collective knowledge to smash some of your brick walls to smithereens! Bring your research and family tree on a flash drive or on a laptop or tablet. Internet access will be available.”

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Tell your friends! Tell your family! Tell the queen, for goodness sake!!

We’re so close to hitting 1000 Likes on Facebook! Just four more to go.

Will you help us hit that magic mark?

But don’t stop there! A “Like” doesn’t guarantee you’ll see all our useful posts. Be sure to go to our page and click both “Follow” and “Like” to make sure you see us in your Facebook feed.

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Click the image for a great flyer to share with family and friends!

Saturday, November 18th, 2 – 3pm

Speaker: Don Anderson

Paper & Spit: DNA + Genealogy, and How to Make That First Contact. Like many adoptees, Don Anderson wanted to know where he came from. His new book, Paper and Spit, chronicles his journey. Using both DNA and genealogy, Don finds not only the identity of his birth parents but also his true ethnic heritage.

This GenTalk will focus on using Don’s story to illustrate “What to say when making contact with new matches.” This can be one of the most delicate and challenging aspects of finding close relatives, or wanting to create a positive experience with new cousins. Discovering a new match is much like finding a fish at the end of your pole, and now you need to reel in the fish. There is a method – what you say and how you say it is important.

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Click the image for a colorful flyer to share. Invite your friends!

Saturday, December 16th, 2 – 3pm

Presenter: LauraDenise White, GFO’s resident archival consultant.

Get ready for the holidays with Personal Papers & Archiving! Learn how to not only preserve some of those family heirloom papers and photographs you know are just sitting in the attic and basement, but also see how you can put together wonderful family history gifts with these fabulous relics of the past. Learn how to weave the fabric of your family history into inspiring and lasting treasures.

Attendees are encouraged to bring in a sample of items of their very own to work on during this interactive session. Photographs and letters and diaries, oh my! Bring them on in! We’ll work on them together while discussing ways to keep them safe AND ways to share them with family and friends both far and near.

Interested? Well, you should be! These are all FREE events, completely open to the public. Help us get the word out! CLICK HERE for FLYERS

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This Week at the GFO…

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4th

Virginia Group 10am – noon

The Quakers – history, beliefs, and their lives in records
Presenter: Peggy Baldwin

The early Society of Friends, more informally known as Quakers, had a belief in the equality of all people who called on the Divine within. Their beliefs lead to a unique organizational structure of monthly, quarterly, and yearly meetings that resulted in incredible records. We’ll discuss types of records, record repositories and websites, and how to effectively access the Quaker record holdings on Ancestry.com.

German Group 1 – 3pm

Speaker: Barbara Forster
Topic: writing family history and storybooks
Plus: time to view some of the books which we purchased, etc.

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, NOVEMBER 5th

Manuscripts Work Party 9am – 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.

LABELS WORK PARTY!! 9am – noon

Come help the Library Committee put labels on books so we can get them back out to the shelves for our researchers! Come for as long or short as you can. We need all the hands and wonderful attentive minds and eyes we can get!

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6th

Free First Monday 9:30am – 5pm

That’s right! It’s the first Monday of the month again, and YOU know what THAT means!! The GFO Library is open and free to the public every first Monday of every month of every year (excepting major holidays, but then the library is usually free the next Monday). Come on by and bring a friend!

All of these events are FREE and open to the public.

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s
Wednesday Evening
E-News
25 October 2017

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

 

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for October 2017, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” > “Our Publications” menu at www.gfo.org.
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
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Have a very Nordic Christmas with SCANFAIR this year!

WHAT? SCANFAIR
WHEN? December 2nd – 3rd (Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm & Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm)
WHERE? Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum
HOW? Adults $8 / Seniors & Students $7 / Families $17

Check out the Scandinavian Genealogical Society (SGS) booth at the ScanFAIR this year!

The SGS is a group of people researching their Scandinavian roots. The group has folks researching Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. They meet once a month from Fall to Spring and discuss a variety of subjects, all related to their Nordic genealogical pursuits.

At ScanFAIR, SGS will have a booth where they will help people with some of the basics of Nordic research. While they don’t research for people (except to show what they can find), they do offer support and lots of helpful tips!
More Info Here!
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Free Community History Fair at Lone Fir Cemetery – Come visit GFO’s booth! Saturday, Oct 28th

Tour of Untimely Departures & the Lone Fir Community History Fair, 5 – 9pm

Celebrate Halloween at the historic Lone Fir Cemetery. Ghostly guides will escort visitors to meet some of the cemetery’s residents and hear the unusual circumstances surrounding their untimely departures. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and costumes are encouraged. All ages are welcome, though some material might not be suitable for children 12 and under.

Tickets for the TOURS this year are sold out, BUT you can still enjoy the FREE community history fair complete with interactive displays, snacks, and information about Portland’s unique history.
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Free Online Genealogical Seminar – October 29th

MyHeritage is holding their first One-Day Genealogy Seminar, to be held on October 29, 2017 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Learn from experts in the fields of DNA, Jewish genealogy, general research techniques, and technological trends in genealogy.

MyHeritage will broadcast the lectures from our headquarters in Israel, and the public is invited to participate via Legacy Family Tree Webinars from anywhere in the world for FREE. Recordings of the lectures will later be available to view on demand for free.
To register, click here.
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This Week at the GFO…

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26th

Portland Area Archivists Meeting noon – 1:30pm

If you’re an emerging archivist in the Portland area, PAA is going to be meeting this Thursday for a lunch meet and greet at the GFO. More info on this group HERE.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th

Advanced DNA 9am – noon

The DNA Interest Group is facilitated by Emily Aulicino (e-mail: Aulicino@hevanet.com). Presentations cover all aspects of Genetic Genealogy beyond the basic levels. Please download, print and bring to class any handouts linked to the GFO calendar event for that meeting, along with the evaluation form which can be found here.

African American Ancestry Group 12:30 – 2:30pm

Come learn how to research your African American ancestry each month with the GFO’s newest Special Interest Group (SIG). Julie Ramos will facilitate the group.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1st

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.
All of these events are FREE and open to the public.

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

 

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s
Wednesday Evening
E-News
18 October 2017

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

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for October 2017, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” > “Our Publications” menu at www.gfo.org.
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
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Saturday, Oct 21st at 2pm

You’ve been meaning to write up your family history stories and findings, but with several thousand people on your tree, the task is overwhelming. Never fear, though, because help is here! The GFO’s own Marti Dell, Co-Editor of The Bulletin, can help you identify just one thing you really need to share with others, then write it up! Does anyone else know how your grandma and grandpa met? Why are so many of your female relatives named “Oney”? Some day your 9-year-old grandson will want to know about your family history trip to Sweden. You won’t get everything written until you get one thing written.

And since you’re writing up just one thing anyway, consider sending a copy to The Bulletin for publication. We have editors and proofreaders who will make sure your commas are in the right place and your source citations are formatted properly. What we don’t have, but need, is your story.

This event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. So really, there’s no excuse.
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Lineage Societies List – Shout out if you know any!

Find GFO’s current list HERE. But do you know others??

Our Research Assistants (RA’s) are compiling a list of various Lineage Societies to have available for our researchers both online and at the GFO’s front desk.

Colonial Dames, Children of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Colonists, and more!

If you have suggestions of other societies that should go on our current list, please email volunteer@gfo.org now…right now!
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Genealogical Problem Solvers to the Rescue…

Saturday, Oct 21st, 9:30 – 11:30am

SPECIAL TREAT THIS WEEK: The group will spend the first five minutes or so of the meeting brainstorming about a problem presented by an attendee chosen at random. So come on by and bring a puzzle for our problem masters!

This week’s GPS problem: To find any additional information on the subject’s siblings or ancestors in central New York or Iowa.

The research team of Harold Hinds, Tom O’Brien, and/or Duane Funk will review basic resources that are available for the subject’s two main research locations. They will also reveal the significant differences between the two locations for the benefit of the group.

Don’t miss this session, even if you don’t have ancestors in Iowa or New York. Many of the techniques used are completely applicable wherever you may be doing research.
This meeting (like all our interest groups) is free and open to the public!
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Goin’ for the Gold! Help us reach 1,000 Likes on Facebook…

We need your input and we need your love!

And it only takes a couple of clicks…honest.
To like us:

Step One Log into your Facebook page.
Step Two Go to the GFO’s Facebook page from your Facebook page.
Step Three Click the thumbs-up “Like” button in the top left hand corner of the page.
To write us a review:

Step One Log into your Facebook page.
Step Two Go to the GFO’s Facebook page from your Facebook page.
Step Three Click Reviews on the left vertical menu, then click the “Tell People What You Think” link at the top of the feed.
Step Four Click on the star rating of your choice (five! oh please pick five stars!!).
Step Five Type a review in the pop-up box.

It’s that easy. This is a great way to help others find out about the GFO, which will let us continue providing all the great genealogical programs and services you already enjoy so much!
Thank you, as always, for all you do for the GFO.
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Are you ready for the Columbia Gorge Jamboree??
Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Logo

The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Jamboree, will be this Saturday,
Oct 21st, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 10am – 4pm.
The Jamboree takes place in the downstairs conference room.

The GFO will have an interactive info table with our website and some of our manuscripts material to peruse.

If you can spare a couple hours to visit, we’d be oh so happy to see you at this special event!
More info at the Society’s blog (scroll down to the 3rd entry) HERE.
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What’s hot in genealogy, archives, and beyond all October?? Get involved, learn stuff, and do better!

Multnomah County Properties Resource

Interested in the history of properties in the area?

Be sure to visit this website, presented by Restore Oregon.
National Archives Hosts Virtual Free Genealogy Fair Oct 25th, 10am – 4pm EST

The National Archives will host a live, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube. Participate in our biggest genealogy event of the year! Sessions offer advice on family history research for all skill levels. See the full schedule and get ready to click the play button on Oct 25th at 10am HERE.
Lend a helping “hand”…with your voice!

The Pacific International Academy needs English speaking volunteers! The GFO periodically has international interns helping out at our library from this organization. Check out how an hour of your week can make all the difference! Get more info and sign-up HERE.
Jewish Genealogical Society Meeting, Nov 13th

You are invited to attend our upcoming free genealogy event, on Monday evening, Nov 13th. Hear all about the new records access activist group, Reclaim the Records! Doors at 6:30pm, presentation starts at 7:15pm. Located at the LDS Factoria Building, 4200 124th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98006.
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This Week at the GFO…

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21st

Genealogical Problem Solvers, GPS 9:30 – 11:30am

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.

Italian Interest Group Noon – 2pm

Tips for Determining Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Place of Origin – Learn what records are available in the United States that can provide you with the place of nativity of your immigrant ancestor. This will be interactive, learn by doing. Bring your laptop computer. Facilitated by Keith Pyeatt.

GenTalk: Write It Up! 2 – 3pm

Presenter: Marti Dell, Co-Editor of the GFO Bulletin

Come learn how YOU can write and submit an article to be published in GFO’s quarterly publication The Bulletin. We have editors and proofreaders who will make sure your commas are in the right place and your source citations are formatted properly. What we don’t have, but need, is your story!
All of these events are FREE and open to the public.

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

 

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s
Wednesday Evening
E-News
11 October 2017

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

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for October 2017, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” > “Our Publications” menu at our new website (still gfo.org).
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
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Call for a Book Sales Table-Manager Volunteer for the Fall Seminar, Saturday, October 14th

One last task we need help with at the Fall Seminar this weekend!
Love books? Love attending super awesome seminars for free??

Well then, what are you waiting for!?
We need someone to manage the book sales table at the Seminar on Saturday, Oct 14th.

This special volunteer will get to listen and sit in for FREE at the Seminar. This person will need to sit at the book table during the sessions, but they’ll have a wonderful view of the seminar and will be able to listen in on all the information. Think of it! That’s a $50-55 value for so little effort.
Interested? Email seminar@gfo.org now! No, right now!! Why are you still waiting?
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Fall Seminar is this weekend and we’re so excited!

Don’t miss out! We’ve moved the Fall Workshop to the Milwaukie Center!

Oct 14th, 10am to 4:30pm, AND Oct 15th 9:30am – noon at the Milwaukie Center

Those already on the Workshop’s Wait-List will be contacted directly. If you’re not on the wait-list for the Workshop, you better act fast!! Click the Register link below before it’s too late, again!

Did you know genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the United States? Have you also noticed how much hubbub there has been lately about DNA and how DNA can help find missing links, missing parentage, and more?

The GFO’s Fall Seminar has all of these hot topics and more! Registration for Saturday’s Seminar AND for Sunday’s Workshop is open open open. Click HERE to register now.
Download a flyer to share with family, friends, and coworkers.
REGISTER
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