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9 December 2015

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Suplus Books are 50% off now through December 24th! Did someone say Holiday shopping?

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? All of our Surplus books are 50% off now through December 24th.

Search our available titles on our website here!

To find just the item you’re looking for, please remember that our Surplus Books List is organized by geographical location. For faster searching, however, users may want to try holding down the “Ctrl” key on their keyboards and tapping the “F” key and then type in a search term, such as “England”, “Soldiers”, “Passengers” or “Dutch”.

To order books from the list, please email, and include the ID, title and price. Payments may be made on PayPal or by check.


What’s Happening this Week at the GFO?

Illinois Group – Saturday, December 12th, 9:30am – 11:30am

All interested researchers are welcome to join the discussion. Drop-in’s are encouraged for the more curious of heart. At the meetings, attendees will receive handouts and/or worksheets for each topic covered. Feel free to contact Kristy Gravlin at 630-621-5166 or at

Writers’ Forum – Saturday, December 12th, 1pm – 3pm

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 at 503-916-9410. Check out additional resources related to this group at

Don’t forget: GFO Book Group to meet Saturday, January 9th, at 11:45am – Author Harold Hinds will lead the discussion about his book Crafting a Personal Family History. A Guide Plus a Case Study: Three Generations of the Hinds Family in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. There are 3 copies of the book available at the library. Please call the front desk (503-963-1932) to ask if any are still available, as they’re goin’ fast!

Library Work Party – Sunday, December 13th, 9am – Noon
We are planning to continue working on this project on the second Sunday of the month from 9:00 am until noon or whenever. Come when you can. Doris Cruickshank, our resident map project coordinator, will be leading the charge.

Learn & Chat – WednesdayDecember 16th, 10am – Noon
Join us to talk about your genealogy questions and help provide support to others. Facilitated by Connie Lenzen.

DNA Q&A – Wednesday, December 16th, 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.


We humbly invite you to partake this year’s Annual Appeal at the GFO.

Dear Members and Supporters:

Did you know that in 2016 we will celebrate our 70th anniversary?

From a small beginning, GFO has grown to become Oregon’s largest genealogy library. But one thing has remained constant: our mission to bring value to our membership by providing quality resources, valuable education, and an environment of community.

All of us at GFO love to break through those pesky brick walls whether our own, those of our members, or the ones brought to us by our library visitors. It’s the reason we devote our time and expertise to our organization; use the generous gifts you provide to make thoughtful purchases of resources, technology, and equipment; and strive to offer outstanding educational opportunities. We do it so you can achieve your family history goals.

We work hard for you, and we’d love to have your support. Please join us in our quest to make targeted improvements, large and small. Your generous participation in our annual appeal is instrumental in our efforts to further our mission, and to help keep GFO strong and vital for years to come.

Please visit our website in the “Announcements” box at the top right for a look at what we’ve accomplished in 2015 and for a glimpse at our plans for the coming year.

Warm regards,

Laurel Smith, President


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