Genealogical Forum of Oregon Upcoming Meetings and other News



11 November 2015

What’s Happening this Week at the GFO?

Genealogy Book Group – Saturday, November 14th, 11:45am – 12:45pm

We will be discussing The Parrett Migration: Their Story is America’s Story, by Dawn Parrett Thurston. Come joing the discussion!

Our next meeting will be January 9th. Harold Hinds has offered to discuss (and get extra copies of his book for us to borrow to read ahead of time), Crafting a Personal Family History, A Guide Plus a Case Study: Three Generations of the Hinds Family in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. We also have a copy in the GFO Library.

Writers’ Forum – Saturday, November 14th, 1pm – 3pm

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 or 503-916-9410.

Sunday Work Party – Sunday, November 15th, 9am – Noon

This upcoming work party will be focusing on labeling and stamping. As described above, we need all hands on deck to make sure we aren’t leaving our new books in the dust. Come out this Sunday to help us get these little beauties ready for the researchers’ ball! All are welcome…even evil step-sisters. Interested parties are encouraged to drop into the Library each Sunday anytime between the hours listed above to help out at their convenience.

DNA Q&A – Wednesday, November 18th, 1pm – 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.

Please NOTE: November’s Family Tree Maker Classes have been cancelled.

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

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Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy at

The screening you’ve all been waiting for is here!!


The GFO is partnering with in an upcoming screening of the new movie Ellis, written by award-winning Erik Roth, and produced by artist JR. Starring Robert De Niro, Ellis shows the struggles and triumphs of those who built America.

Ellis, with a group discussion to follow, will be shown at the Ford Gallery, first floor of the Food Building, starting at 7pm on Saturday, November 21st. Come grab a glass of chardonnay, settle in and join the conversation after the show.
Special Announcement – Ellis Screening RSVP’s

Showing at the Ford Building on 21 November 2015

Dear Member and General Friends of the GFO,

The upcoming Ellis event needs an RVPS!! We’re expecting a full house, and if you would like to have a seat saved, please send an email with your name and the number in your party to

Hope to see you all there!


The Genealogical Forum of Oregon


YD@W…What’s happened to all the donation money?

Click me! Click me! To see our New Books list.

Your Donations At Work (YD@W)

This week, we’re featuring the GFO’s NEW BOOKS that was made possible by your donations and ongoing support. •My my, GFO, but what a lot of new books you’ve got! That’s right, and all the better to research with. We’re so thankful to have such a great number of wonderful resources coming into our library. Click on the picture of the books to see a sampling of some of our newest “members” to the GFO Research Library family.

After 3 months in one of the best relationships of your life, might as well keep going…right?

Here’s a shout out to all of our 3-month GFO membership winners from the Tri-Met Orange Line Opening! Have you been into our Library yet? There’s still time to visit. Get a free tour of our Library and an introduction to our powerful online research tools that enable searching well beyond America. With the help of our research assistants, within just a few minutes you can be set up to do some real sleuthing. A few hours could yield fascinating historical facts or perhaps even help solve a lingering family mystery. And just in time to share your discoveries with family and friends over the holidays. Click here for a link to our webpage with Library hours and location. We hope to see you soon!

Just stamp it! Then label it! Call for Volunteers!!

“Come Help!! We’re so lonely for your warm embrace,” said the little vintage stamps.

Can you help? Even for a few hours? Okay, one hour!?

The GFO needs labelers and stampers to help process all of our new and donated books. We want to make sure and get these new resource materials out for patrons’ use asap. Because we’re also reclassifying our entire collection which means books have been pulled off of the shelves and we need help prepping them to go back out there. So what is involved?

New books:

Are stamped twice with a GFO stamp (in specific locations) and reserved books are stamped “Reserved.”

A spine label is applied and covered with tape.

If the book is circulating, a card pocket and card (each with a label) is inserted in the back.

Reclassified books:

Are checked for stamps and they are added if missing.

A new spine label and tape is applied over the old.

If circulating, new labels are applied over the old card and pocket.

If status is changed from circulating to reserved, the old card pocket is removed.

If you can give a little bit of time to this cause, it would be very much appreciated. Send a message to or call the reception desk, 503-963-1932.

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