GFO’s Grand Idea Needs Your Input

GFO’s Grand Idea Needs Your Input
Hello GFO Supporter, As the Genealogical Forum of Oregon approaches its 75th anniversary in 2021, the Board has a really grand idea. In fact, this is a huge undertaking unlike anything we’ve ever done. It’s time that you are included in the discussion. We think the Genealogical Forum of Oregon should buy its own building. A permanent home would free the GFO of rent increases from a landlord. It would give us stability, a known space, and control of our future. Acting now could guarantee our future 25 years from now. Our current lease allows us to leave only in the summer of 2021, or 2026, or 2031. Next year is too soon to make this happen. But by 2026, our monthly rent will reach about the same level as a mortgage payment. That’s when this makes more financial sense. Why not have all that monthly “rent” go into our very own building? Yes, we realize the timing is not ideal. The pandemic is rocking our economy. We would need to raise $400,000 to $500,000 for a down payment on a mortgage and additional funds to cover required renovations of a new space by early to mid-2025, then find a building, remodel it, and move by late spring 2026. To do this will be a monumental task. We are not suggesting buying a building free and clear. That would require $1.5 to $2 million. (Please share this idea with any philanthropists in your life!) Keep in mind that we would still need to raise money in our Annual Appeal to continue paying for year-to-year operations. A capital campaign would have to be in addition to regular fundraising. That’s a very big request. We’re a small organization. And frankly, we’re not professional fundraisers. We need help. As a GFO member, we’d like your feedback. Should we aim this high? Can you help us do it? Please enter the link below to take a quick survey, or fill out the paper version enclosed and mail it back.
Take the Permanent Home Survey
Thank you,
Vince Patton President, Genealogical Forum of Oregon

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society October Workshop

Saturday, October 3 October Workshop  (EWGS Meetings) 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Meeting via Zoom – REGISTRATION IS FREE The topics and their presenters are:    

Take Advantage of Land Records with Betty Ellis

Probate Records with Susan Beamer

Maximizing the Federal Censuses & exploring “Other” Census Records with Lynda Keenan                        

Forging Ahead – Where the WPA meets the CCC with Donna Potter-Phillips

Registration Required for this FREE event. Registration allows everyone to be sent an EWGS Mask and any OF 7 door prizes you may win when you attend. To register download the form below, open it in a pdf program such as Adobe Reader then fill it out and save it back to your hard drive. Then attach it to an email and send it to the address on the form. We are limited to 100 participants so register as soon as possible. Form to download and email to

Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society October Meeting

Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society October Meeting.
WAGS (Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society) is meeting again–it’s been since March! Our next meeting will be Monday, October 12, at 2:00 p.m. Since October makes us think of Halloween and cemeteries, we’re presenting a couple of videos on cemetery preservation, and are looking forward to hearing your comments and experiences in that area. To receive a Zoom invitation, contact Diane at

Thanks,Susan RumbleWAGS


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition September 24, 2020
Thank you to all who have renewed their membership, especially those who included a donation with their renewal.
We are so grateful for your loyalty and support.
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South King County Genealogical Society Meetings

Monday, September 28, 1 – 3 pm PDT: Genealogy Chat. Meet up and talk genealogy. We have no agenda; we just like one another! Click or paste into your browser or join by phone: ‪(US) +1 406-686-2783 PIN: ‪268 156 108#. Join for invitations, reminders and discussion.

Saturday, October 3, 10 am – noon PDTFamily Tree Maker User Group. We are just starting up online meetings – join us! Join for meeting invitations and discussion.

Monday, October 5, 1 – 3 pm PDT: Persons of Interest #ResearchOpportunity. Our newest online meeting; join us to help tackle the frustrating people in your tree! Join for meeting invitations, to share your #ResearchOpportunity and help others with theirs. 

Monday, October 12, 1 – 3 pm PDT: Genetic Genealogy/DNA Interest Group – When DNA is the Only Option: Hunting for Ann’s Father presented by Janet Stroebel. Please join for meeting invitations and discussion.

Saturday, October 24, 2020, 10 am – 1:30 pm PDT. Seminar: South King County Genealogy Society is pleased to present Diahan Southard, of Your DNA Guide, offering two topics: No Tree? No Problem starting at 10:00 to 11:30 and from noon to 1:30, Connecting your DNA Matches. This is a fundraiser for us, yet only $20! Register: Spread the word on Facebook:

Olympia Genealogical Society October Meeting

October is the month of colder weather, hot cider and Halloween! In preparation for the holiday, we have asked OGS member Jerri McCoy to talk to us about “The Witches of Salem.” We of the twenty-first century are aware that witches do not fly across the sky on brooms, but in 1692 charity and mercy – and plain good sense – were all cast aside in persecution of suspected witches in colonial Massachusetts. The witch hunt would swell and burn through Salem Village and neighboring towns. How were witches identified? What happened to them?  And who were those who were executed that terrible year?  Come learn a little bit about them and their meddling neighbors at our virtual meeting, Thursday, October 8 at 7 p.m.

Joyce T. Ogden

Heritage Quest Research Library Challenge Match

Your Donation will be Matched!

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic we have tried to stay STRONG, but that hasn’t been easy.  We closed the library on Friday, March 13, 2020 right in the middle of the NOURISH OUR ROOTS campaign to replenish our reserves.  We are eternally grateful that you stepped up and helped us in that endeavor.  While we were able to move forward because of your generosity, we find ourselves again behind the 8-ball due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

How can you HELP? What does all this mean?

We have been given a challenge by one of our valued members!

From now until the end of the year, for every $1 pledged to HQRL they will match your donation.  If you give $5, they will give $5.  If you give $100, they will give $100.  Essentially doubling your gift.

We have added a DONATION button to the HQRL webpage at:  for your convenience. 

We want to be here for you.  We want to share our knowledge and expertise with you.  We want HQRL to be a premier place to research, learn and share genealogy, but we cannot do it alone. We know that COVID-19 has affected each of us in a variety of ways.  We hope for a healthier future and the ability to gather and share our stories.

MyHeritage Theory of Family Relativity

I’m delighted to share that we’ve just refreshed the data for the Theory of Family Relativity™! 

This update has added millions of new and improved theories that explain how you and your DNA Matches might be related, and can enlighten you about family relationships that may have been complete mysteries until now. Please take a moment to share this exciting update with your audiences.

Since the last update, the number of theories on MyHeritage has grown by 64%, from 20,330,031 to 33,373,070! The number of MyHeritage users who now have at least one Theory of Family Relativity™ for their DNA Matches has increased by 28%. This time I even got a few theories of my own!


The Theory of Family Relativity™ harnesses the billions of family tree profiles and historical records on MyHeritage to suggest relationship paths between you and your DNA Matches, potentially saving you dozens of hours of research. 

As our users create new family tree profiles and as we add new collections of historical records, we’ll be able to deliver more insights and suggest new theories to help our users further their genealogical research.

Read more about the update to the Theory of Family Relativity™ on our blog.

Keep safe and healthy,

Daniel Horowitz Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage Ltd.,
P.O.Box 50, 3 Ariel Sharon Blvd.,
Or Yehuda 60250, Israel

Clark County Genealogical Society Fall Classes

Clark County Genealogical Society (CCGS)
3205 NE 52nd St
Vancouver, WA 98663


All Classes Online: live from the Clark County Genealogical Society Library from 10am to Noon
Tuition for each class is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.
Registration may be made using PayPal or mailed with a check.  Registration information is available from:

Researching Your Family in Maryland: Elsie Deatherage – Tuesday October 13, 2020
Maryland is where many of our ancestors arrived before heading west. Learn how to find their records in the “Old Line State”. Join Elsie as she shares more of her many genealogical gems to locating your family.

Secrets of Wiki in Alice Allen – Tuesday October 20, 2020 is an easy-to-access online research database, just enter your ancestor’s name and information appears! But you may be missing great family clues searching only a family name. Alice will share how to make the most of your research time using the Wiki.

Scottish Ancestors’ Emigration History: Marcia Grubb – Tuesday, November 3, 2020

When and why our Scottish ancestors departed their homeland often offers clues to where they next landed. Scottish history is complex and full of reasons sons left and families resettled in new lands.

Internet Security Tips: Stephen Young – Tuesday, November 10, 2020

With Steve’s Intel career experience, he brings to this class practical and on-point internet security tips to assist your family history searches. The www is a vast helpful resource which may include some mysterious pitfalls.

Come join the CCGS Research Book Club as we start a new book “The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox 3rd edition” by Lisa Louise Cooke. We meet on the first Monday of each month at Noon and will analyze this book one to two chapters at a time. For now, we are conducting our meetings virtually until we are able to meet in the library. Focus groups are free and open to CCGS members and non-members. If you would like more information or are interested in joining this group please contact Paula (facilitator) at


Deadline for the October newsletter is Wednesday, September 23rd. Soliciting genealogy-related articles for possible use in the newsletter, such as interesting and little known genealogy websites; how have you coped during our quarantine and did you find any new info on your ancestors, etc.

Alice Allen
allen.alice @

Saturday, October 24, 2020
South King County
Two virtual sessions on DNA
If you are feeling that your DNA data is not fully working for you, join us Saturday, October 24 for two sessions with Diahan Southard, a pioneer in the field. She will help you analyze and connect the data the companies give you with your family tree.

Roots Tech for 2021 will be a virtual convention, and FREE. More information and registration form is available here:

It is a 32 inch, 720 DPI monitor, with built in audio, built in stand and solid as a rock.  Any reasonable offer will be considered.  



The CCGS Craft Clan started meeting just before Covid 19 closed everything down, and have had some virtual meetings in the meantime. They meet the 4th Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. Contact Marcia Grubb for more information, as well as log-in information. Her email is mlouise421 @


Registration Now Open For National Nordic Museum’s Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference
Participants Can Delve Into Family History Online

SEATTLE, WA—The National Nordic Museum’s Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference opens in September. The first genealogy conference ever offered by the Museum, it provides resources about family history and lineage to a wide global audience with internationally-renowned experts. Participants can choose from variety of live broadcasts and pre-recorded courses designed to be taken at their own pace. Registration is now open at

Photos and other resources can be downloaded at

September 26-27, 2020


Many thanks to our members who renew their membership promptly.  Double thanks to those who include a donation along with their renewal.  We do have ongoing expenses even though the building is closed to the public (rent, water, electricity, etc).  Thank you for your patience and loyalty.

Eric Jordahl, President

If you would like to renew your membership or make a donation, please email

The CCGS building is currently closed to the public. All previously scheduled meetings and activities are cancelled or postponed. More detailed information will be forthcoming and available on the CCGS calendar as conditions change.

Your CCGS Board is working to share the Library with you without you leaving home!  

Clark County Genealogy on YouTube – Our content currently includes past classes and speakers that you might have missed.  We are developing new content and hope to post regularly on topics such as “What’s that Library Resource?”  “Memorable Family Stories”. “Spotlight on Focus Groups”.  

ZOOM makes Face to Face meetings come together from remote locations via your cell phone, iPad or Computer.  Presenting meetings virtually with Zoom will be an effective “social distancing” way for more members to enjoy our great CCGS programs.