THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’S Wednesday Evening E-News 05 October 2016

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GFO SIGHTING AT THE 2016 OREGON 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.

The GFO’s table has been moved to the downtown Multnomah County Public Library, in the US Bank Room. Click HERE for more information.



It’s just our way of saying we love you!!
The GFO is offering another free Monday on Oct 10th, from 9:30 AM to 5 PM.

This is Columbus Day, so if you are one of those lucky people who have the day off, you should take advantage and come check us out!



Notice: Fall Seminar has a WAITING LIST

Thank you all for your registrations. We have reached capacity. BUT!! If you’d like to be put on the waiting list, please email today!

Hope to see you at the The Milwaukie Center on Saturday, Oct 15th, 10am – 4:30pm.

And if you’ve missed this one and don’t get a call back on the waiting list, see below for another great event the same day.


That’s Brewtastic!! Open House at the State Archives


Explore Oregon’s brewing history at the State Archives annual Open House on Saturday, October 15th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As part of a national month long recognition of archival programs, the State Archives will feature records from their holdings that showcase Oregon’s rich brewing heritage. Visitors can participate in activities that feature colorful trademarks of early Oregon breweries, hops production, the prohibition era, “Beer Wars” and laws that helped usher in Oregon’s booming brew pub industry.

Archives staff will be available for tours of our recently updated, climate-controlled records storage area. Visitors can also enjoy a gallery exhibit highlighting the centennial of the Historic Columbia River Highway.

This is being advertised as an interactive, family friendly event, so bring the whole gang!!



Did you say GenTalk? November 19th – It’s Free!!
Always wondered whether your ancestors might have Native American roots? Not sure how to find out??

Come on out on Saturday, November 19th, to hear Kate Eakman’s talk on how to understand information about your Native American ancestors through census records!

Find out more HERE today!!


The GFO helps bring ghost stories to life in the October 2016 Northwest Examiner


Real live archaeologist exploring Hoyt Arboretum.

Forgotten Cemeteries Tell Story…
This month’s NW Examiner features a story all about the unmarked burial grounds underneath Montgomery Park, the Portland Zoo, and the Hoyt Arboretum.

Steel your stomach and, more importantly, your hearts, for this one’s a real story of those forgotten and discarded by society, even in death.

The article gives credit to the GFO for helping in the research for the story. Also, the article ends on a note that Metro is working to provide education regarding the history of these newly rediscovered cemeteries.

Psst. The story’s on page 9.


What’s Happening this Week at the GFO?

Illinois Group 9:30am – 11:30am

The Illinois Interest Group meets on the second Saturday of each month at 9:30am (except Jul/Aug/Dec) in the GFO Library. All interested researchers are welcome to join us. Just drop in and share the workshop when you can and when you are interested.

At all the meeting times you will receive handouts and/or work sheets for each topic we cover. We focus on the state of Illinois, but the research techniques can be used on all states.

This is the thirteenth year that this group has been meeting. The group leaders are Kristy Gravlin, call 630-621-5166 or email, and Harlene Patterson.

Oregon Archives Crawl 11am – 3pm

Come see the GFO’s table at the Multnomah County Central Library this Saturday for Portland’s annual Archives Crawl!!

Writers’ Forum 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 503-916-9410.
Library Work Party

There’s another work party at the GFO library this Sunday and the LIBRARY COMMITTEE again needs ALL HANDS ON DECK!! There’s lots of labeling to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9am and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so and you’re welcome to do the same. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there, and as always, thank you for all you do to keep our volunteer-run organization alive!!
EXTRA FREE MONDAY, did you say?? 9:30am – 5pm

As usual, the GFO will be waiving it’s $7 day-pass fee for non-members this Columbus Day. You should really come on by and check out the online subscriptions available on the library computers! There’s Fold3,, Family Tree Maker, HistoryGeo, and oh so much more. And remember, it’s all free!! Every first Monday of every month!
Photoshop Elements Group 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. Taught by Sarah Holmes.