THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 13 July 2016

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Transcriptions now! July 15th-17th


FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event Announcement
From July 15-17, FamilySearch International and supporting organizations are coordinating the single largest gathering of volunteers online from around the world to help in the noble effort to save, and increase access to, the world’s genealogically significant historical records. With a target of 75,000 online volunteers for the weekend event and a stretch goal of more than 200,000, you and your network of friends and colleagues can make a real difference. Remember, every historic record tells the unique story of someone’s ancestor and helps make a personal connection. Until that record is easily discoverable online, that ancestor’s story and their place in the family tree, remains untold.

Please visit for information on the world indexing event and how you can participate this weekend.

Digital Photos Workshop is officially SOLD OUT
Thank you all who signed up to see and hear Geoffrey Rasmussen this time around!

We have met capacity for this event. Please see below for more information about your chance to join in the next GFO-hosted event coming up in September!!


Extra, extra! Read all about it!! Coming this September!


Newspaper Sleuthing Workshop
September 11, 2016, 10 a.m. to noon

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to learn some of the secrets of the trade. Mary Kircher Roddy will be giving a workshop on best practices for newspaper research to help solve some of your genealogical mysteries.

Click HERE to reserve your spot today!


Sign Up Soon for the GFO’s Annual Membership Picnic!!


It’s never too early to save the date.
September 18, 2016, ’til the swans kick us out

The picnic will be a potluck at Mt. Scott Park. Bring hot dishes, salads, desserts or other food. Sadly, we will not be able to cook hamburgers or hot dogs at the site this year, so please bring lots of dishes to share if you could! The GFO will provide lemonade and iced tea, and we plan to eat around 1 pm.

Things to know: No smoking or use of tobacco in any form, or alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park.

More information will be provided closer to the event. Dancers in tutus are still being negotiated.

Address: SE 72nd Ave & Harold St. in Portland.
RVSP by emailing


It’s the “got Germans?” Campaign…


Maybe you’ve heard the news?? The GFO needs YOUR HELP in our efforts to purchase the entire set of Map Guides to German Parish Registers.
Currently the GFO holds 8 volumes of this wonderful 55-volume resource, and we’ve already received nearly 70% of the $1,400.00 needed to make the full purchase.

If you’d like to assist in helping us gather the last 30% of the funds for this invaluable collection, please send your contributions to:

GFO – Got Germans?
2505 SE 11th Ave, Ste. B-18
Portland, OR 97202-1061

OR…you can make a donation via PayPal by selecting “Send money to friends and family” and using the email address: In the note field, please add: “got Germans?” so we’ll know where to apply the donation.



The GFO proudly presents…
Fall Seminar & Workshop D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
The Seminar will be held in two sessions:

Saturday Seminar October 15, 2016, 10 am–4:30 pm
* The Web, the World and YOU!
* Evaluating and Documenting Online Sources
* Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the United States between 1780 and 1830
* Putting it Together: A Case Study

Sunday Workshop October 16 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

▪ Online Resources for Colonial America

▪ Trial by Community: Colonial American Legal Traditions


What’s Happening this Week at the GFO?

Library Work Party 9am – noon

We are planning to continue working on the re-cataloging project at the GFO’s Library this Sunday! Come when you can to lend a hand in this tremendous effort to relabel and re-catalog the entire GFO collection, all 39,000 items. All hands and minds are welcome!!
DNA Q&A 1pm – 3pm

Lisa McCullough leads a discussion on various DNA related subjects, with each meeting focused on a particular subject. General questions are welcome at the end of each planned discussion.