THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News



THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 17 August 2016

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Save the Date for a Big Day in Genealogy! Sept 17th is the GFO’s 70th Birthday Celebration!! Please join us!


BOOK BONANZA!! 10am – 4pm
All GFO’s clearance books are $1 each, or purchase a GFO tote bag for $5 and fill it with as many books as you dare at no extra charge!! Wow! Wadda deal!! On the main floor of the Ford Building.
HUNTING AND GATHERING, 9:30am – 11:30am
Join us for a monthly support group where we help each other find information about a family line. We will learn to do a reasonably exhaustive search and develop research plans. The focus will shift depending on the needs of the group. Several experienced researchers have volunteered to help. Beginners and intermediate researchers are encouraged to submit problems to work on. For more information contact Nanci Remington at
Get 2 or 4 extra months of GFO membership when you pay for only 12 or 25 months respectively. If you would like to take advantage of the deal but are in the middle of your current membership, well that’s no problem!! Just sign up at the GFO on Saturday, Sept 17th, and we’ll tack the same deal on to your membership when it next comes up for renewal.
GEN Talks, 2pm – 4pm
The GFO proudly presents Keith and Darlene Pyeatt as they will be imparting their wealth of knowledge about the German Parish Map Guides. If you remember, the GFO was recently able to purchase this entire collection with the support of people like you! Or maybe that was you who helped us reach our purchasing goal last month!! We’d like to say “Thanks Very Much” by sponsoring this free talk all about how to utilize these map guides as they are making their way to our library shelves now!
Please contact to inquire about what you can do to get this group back!! (Looking for leaders!!! Please help.)



We would love to see you at the membership picnic this year!! Just think of it: Old friends, new friends, possible wild animal sightings, food, ice cold lemonade in the shade of grand Pacific NW trees, and all the genealogical gossip you could ever wish for!

WHEN Sunday, Sept 18th, from noon until whenever you’re sick of it all!

WHERE Mt. Scott Park, Picnic Area B at SE 72nd Ave & Harold St in Portland.

HOW RSVP to, then just put one foot in front of the other on Sept 18th, and come on out! YOU CAN ALSO PUSH THE SUPER-FUN BLUE BUTTON ABOVE OR BELOW!!

WHAT Iced tea, lemonade, and all the necessary paper and plastic products (plates, utensils, napkins, etc.) will be provided by the GFO. Please bring dishes to share, preferably filled with additional, more food-like items!!

NOTE No alcohol or smoking of any kind is permitted on the park grounds…city rules say so regarding all public parks.


Newspaper Sleuths! Boy, do we have a headline for you!! Click the poster below to register before the seats are all gone!



Don’t miss out on Saturday’s SEMINAR! October 15th


Bigger venue equals more spots are available for YOU!! Saturday, Oct 15th
GFO’s Fall Seminar is being held this year at TaborSpace, which affords us the luxury of having much more space available for attendees to come hear the wonderful D. Joshua Taylor.

The Seminar, featuring a plethora of topics, tips, fun and laughter, will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 15th, and will run until 4:30 p.m.

REGISTER HERE for the Seminar…not the Workshop…did we mention that the Workshop’s full, so don’t miss out on the Seminar!!



What’s It Worth?
The Oregon Historical Society is hosting a special event this weekend that you definitely won’t want to miss! Join the OHS for “What’s It Worth?,” an annual event where local experts estimate the value of your collectibles. Regular OHS admission + $10 per evaluation ticket / Admission is free for members.

Sunday, August 21, 2016
12PM – 4PM
Papers Past – New Zealand’s Digital Library
They’ve gone and done it! The National Library of New Zealand’s amazing collection of newspapers, magazines and journals, letters and diaries, along with Parliamentary papers, have been made available on its “Papers Past” website. Wow-wee!! What a resource if your ancestors were directly from or even travelled through and maybe made a name for themselves in New Zealand!
Archives Crawl – Saturday, Oct 8th, 11am – 3pm
Portland-Area Archives and Historical Repositories, Unite!! Come meander between to this year’s 3 downtown hosting repositories (stop by at the GFO’s table to see how we’re doing with our Digital Manuscript Collection), the City of Portland Archives & Records Center, the Oregon Historical Society and the Multnomah County Library. What a lovely day this will be! Lots of historical and archival talks, with lovely short jaunts through Portland’s beautiful and mysterious downtown. Hope to see you there at GFO’s table too!!


What’s Happening this Week at the GFO?

Library Work Party 9am – noon

We would still love to see you this coming Sunday for more of our relabeling and re-cataloging project at the GFO Library! Any time you can spare is of immense value to keeping the life-breath moving through the GFO’s all-volunteer organization. Thank you for all you do!
PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Join us for a discussion of how to use Photoshop Elements to present your family history research, pictures and stories. We discuss scanning techniques, photo restoration, creating pages for presentation, resources and anything else participants want to know related to this topic. All are welcome, from beginners to more advanced users. Come and learn and share your ideas and questions. Please email Sarah Holmes at for questions.