THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 3 August 2016

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To Those Who Drive Automobiles…



Beware!!! Beeeewwwwaaaaaarrrree…..
But seriously, the west parking lot for the Ford Building (on the corner of 10th and Division) will be closed for clean up and paving from Thursday, August 4th, through Sunday, August 7th.

Please feel free to come on down for a $1 parking pass if you would like to park in any of the zoned street parking areas, or you may still utilize the parking lot southeast of the Ford Building on 11th.



For All Those Photoshop Element Lovers Out There…
Just for the month of August we will meet on the THIRD Wednesday, August 17th, at 1:30pm at the GFO due to vacation schedules. Feel free to send any questions you have or topics you would like to cover for this upcoming meeting to Sarah Holmes.


Call to Volunteers – Let the Book Labeling Live On!


Remember all those wonderful French-Canadian genealogy books we brought down from a very generous donor in North Portland? Well, we’re currently getting them ready for general research consumption, but WE NEED YOUR HELP again!!
We’re looking for a very special volunteer, or couple of volunteers, to help with creating and binding spine labels to a cart-full of the smaller items that came with the French-Canadian resource collection.
The tasks this project involves are especially for those who enjoy taking pride in detail-oriented, and sometimes repetitive, work that has a huge impact as to encouraging visibility and overall use of priceless resource materials.

If you’re interested in this short-term project, please contact our wonderful and lovely president, Laurel Smith, at
Roddy in September


We’d like humbly point to this riveting article from Friday’s Portland Tribune, by Kevin Harden, regarding a local genealogical hunt. There are truly some great researching tips in this story, my friends!

May Maine Civil War veteran Jewett B. Williams have a safe ride home.


Fall Seminar & Workshop Are Almost Full!!


It’s still not too late to sign up to hear D. Joshua Taylor!
October 15th at the TaborSpace, and October 16th at the GFO

Don’t get left behind on this one!! Click HERE to reserve your registration today.

Mr. Taylor is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author and lecturer. He will be presenting on a plethora of topics such as:

▪ The Web, the World and YOU!

▪ Evaluating & Documenting Online Sources

▪ Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the U.S. between 1780 & 1830

▪ Online Resources for Colonial America

▪ Colonial American Legal Traditions


What’s Happening this Week at the GFO?

Manuscripts Work Party 9am – noon

We’re always glad to see you, and so are the manuscripts! Come help us save the GFO manuscript collections from the threat of disuse and obscurity with our monthly efforts in organizing and prepping files for scanning as part of the GFO’s Digital Manuscript Collection project. Hope to see you there, as any time you can give is so appreciated!!
Board Meeting 6 – 8pm

The monthly GFO Board Meetings are open to the public and to all members who are interested in witnessing what makes this place great!