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Wednesday Evening E-News

28 October 2015

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YD@W…What’s Happening to My Donation Money?

Your Donations At Work (YD@W)

This week, we’re featuring the following accessibility and preservation tools that were made possible by your donations and ongoing support: •Microfilm and Microfiche Scanner! Finally. A way to not only search through and view the GFO’s massive microfilm and microfiche collections (see our Oregon Donation Land Claims, for example), but to save scanned copies of the records. Thanks to the generosity of our members and others, we were able to purchase this wonderful tool. Come give it a spin! But please beware, the GFO cannot be held responsible for any addictive or compulsory microfilm researching you may experience as a result.
•Flatbed Patron’s Scanner! What a wonderful way to scan and share some of those family photos and letters that you know are not being seen or even remembered among the dusts of your attic. The flatbed scanner is located in the Research Area, and is free for members and guests to scan and save and/or email copies of their personal family history treasures. For more information about preserving family photos and manuscripts, the GFO encourages you to visit  the Library of Congress and the National Archives websites on these topics!

Presenting GFO “STAR” – Loretta Welsh!

The Friday Morning Work Crew currently includes Eileen Chamberlin, Roger Edwards, Diane O’Dell, and Diana Smith and is headed by Loretta Welsh. The group has been quietly compiling information from the Oregon Vital Records that all researchers look for (birth, marriage, death, and divorce). The information is checked, indexed and made available to GFO members. Thanks to all the current and former members who have been involved in this data extraction project since 2002!

What’s Happening this Week at the GFO? Besides Halloween??

DNA Group – Saturday, October 31st, 9am – 12pm

The DNA Interest Group is facilitated by Emily Aulicino (e-mail: Presentations cover all aspects of Genetic Genealogy and provide a forum for discussion as well as time for answering any related questions.

MSS Workparty – Sunday, November 1st, 9am – 12pm

Come help organize and scan our manuscript collections materials this coming Sunday. Training provided if this is your first time. We digitizing as fast as possible to help preserve and create better accessibility for these valuable historical records, but we always need additional assistance. Please email for more information, or just come out to see what all the fuss is about this next Sunday!

Free First Monday! – November 2nd, 9:30am – 1pm

That’s right, you heard it correctly. Every first Monday of every single month of every year, the Library is open to guests free of charge. Come use our multiple online database subscriptions, such as and, the scanners that were mentioned above, or just take the day to soak in the glory of our many-volumed analog collection shelves.

Learn and Chat – Wednesday, November 4th, 10am – 12pm

Join us to talk about your genealogy questions and help provide support to others. Facilitated by Connie Lenzen.

DNA Q&A – Wednesday, November 4th, 1pm – 2pm

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

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