THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 27 July 2016

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Remember the Cuffs of Ms. Violette Pearl?  


You may remember her as the lady with the velvet cuffs…
The cover story of the GFO’s quarterly publication, The Bulletin, from December 2015 told of a Violette Pearl Willcox and her famous velvet cuffs that had disappeared into all but family legend.

This week those cuffs were found and we wanted to make sure to share their loveliness with you all!

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You’ve Done It!! You’ve “got Germans” for the GFO!!!


A very special ‘danke’ goes out to each and every one of our very generous donors! With all of the donations received we are very pleased to report that we have successfully met our goal for the “got Germans” campaign!

The GFO will now be able to advance on their purchase of the entire set of Map Guides to German Parish Registers.

These books are widely considered a definitive reference guide and time-saver for German genealogical research, and who doesn’t love to save time and get results? Now, the GFO can get all 55 volumes for the library’s collection, filling a hole in our German genealogical research section. And, through special arrangement, the publisher has agreed to give GFO a 15% discount on this large purchase when we order them. Look for these guides soon on our Library shelves.

Our sincere thanks again to each and everyone who has donated to make this purchase possible and help improve GFO’s German collection!

Liz Stepp and Laurel Smith
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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.

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What’s Happening this Week at the GFO?

GCO Genealogy Fest 9am – 4pm

THIS ONE’S NOT AT THE GFO!! But we still don’t want you to miss out on the 16 courses being offered at this event to be held Saturday at Lane Community College, Center for Meeting and Learning, 4000 East 30th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon 97405.
Library Opens at 2pm We’ll be closed in the morning and the first two hours of the afternoon for our summer workshop, as noted below.

Half-Day Workshop with Geoff Rasmussen 9:30am – 2pm

From 9:30am until noon, learn best practices for managing, sharing, searching, enhancing, and preserving your digital photos, as well as how to access your collections via your computer, smart phone, or tablet. Then it’s all about Organizing, Researching, and Sharing with Legacy Family Tree Software from 1pm to 2pm. Please note, registration is closed on this event, and this is a public service reminder only.
Free Monday!! 9:30am – 5pm

Come one, come all!! Every first Monday of the month, non-members have free and full access to all the GFO Library resources.