Genealogical Forum of Oregon Wednesday News


18 November 2015

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GFO’s November 2015 Volunteer Star: Ray Ashman!!


The GFO would like to honorably recognize Ray Ashman this month for all his work in getting our publications to the public.

Ray Ashmun has provided ‘behind the scenes’ service many members are unaware of. For numerous years, he assisted with mailing the Bulletin and the Forum Insider publications, by attaching mailing labels to the printed publications that were mailed to all members, and sorting them by zip code before the bundled publications were taken to the Post Office.

Today, the majority of GFO members receive their publications electronically and a mail house handles the Insider. But Ray has continued to help with the printed Bulletin, separating by zip code and delivering the sorted trays to the post office.

Thank you, Ray, for your many years of service to the GFO!

More Stars Needed! Several Volunteer Position Openings.

Volunteers are the life-breath of the GFO. Don’t miss out on one of the opportunities below to shine, not to mention to keep this organization going and going. We need help with the following:•Managing emails between the quarterly Bulletin staff, authors and proofreaders, to make sure the workflow is continuous and on time.
•Indexing our archived Bulletin publications from 1974 to current.
•Scanning and extracting data from obits and other newspaper items.

Anyone interested in any the these positions should immediately (no! don’t wait! these are going to go fast!!) send an email to

GFO’s Facebook Page Reaches 500 Likes? Say, what??

Come Like Us!! Won’t you please be our friend?

Three Cheers for our Social Media Master, Marcia Hicks!

The GFO’s Facebook feed gives updates on what’s going on in the world of genealogy, not only at our own library, but all over the globe! Thank you, Marcia for keeping us all current and helping us reach the four-corners!

Come follow us to get all the news. Marcia posted one such piece last week in honour of Veterans Day on requesting family military records.

We’re also on Google+ and if you’re wondering what this means, here’s a blog all about it!

What’s Happening this Week at the GFO?

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

Hunting and Gathering – Saturday, November 21th, 9:30am – 11am

Join us for this monthly support group, were you’ll have the opportunity to share expertise about resources and search strategies. Beginners and intermediate researchers are encouraged to attend and bring specific problems to work on. Free to members. Visitors may request a guest pass at

Monthly Program – Saturday, November 21th, 2pm – 4pm

This week we’ll be hearing from Kristin Winn and Richard Santee as they talk about their efforts to place the cremains of Jennie Fisher in her family plot.

Ellis Film Screening – Saturday, November 21th, 7pm-10pm

Don’t forget to join us for this amazing short film screening, with discussions on genealogy and immigration afterwards. The library will be open downstairs for visitors to browse after the film also. RSVP today by emailing

Sunday Work Party – Sunday, November 22th, 9am – Noon

This upcoming work party will be focusing again 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. Interested parties are encouraged to drop into the Library each Sunday anytime between the hours listed above to help out at their convenience.

Holiday Schedule – Wednesday, November 25th, the Library will close at 1pm (no Wed Eve E-News that day in recgonition of the next day’s holiday). We will also be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26th.

Italian Group – Saturday, November 28th, Noon – 2pm

Ciao to everyone interested in Italian genealogy research. Please come take advantage in this great opportunity to learn, share, and enjoy others with a common interest. Italian genealogy research in the Portland area now has a home. This group is led by Keith Pyeatt.

Learn and Chat – Wednesday, December 2nd, 10am – Noon

Join us to talk about your genealogy questions and help provide support to others. This class is facilitated by our very own Connie Lenzen.

DNA Q&A – 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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