THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 2 November 2016

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They’re FLYIN’ off the shelves!! Book Review Updates:


There’s still some titles left for you, but you better be quick!!
Lovers of genealogy and the written word, We humbly ask for your help with reviewing the following books: 1. THE PEOPLE OF DERRY CITY, 1921. Extracted from the Derry Almanac and Directory by Brian Mitchell.
3. THE PEOPLE OF DUBLIN, 1600-1799. by David Dobson.
5. WHITE PENNSYLANIA RUNAWAYS, 1763-1768 (“much given to Liquor, and chewing Tobacco”)Compiled by Joseph Lee Boyle

Anyone interest in reviewing any of these books, please pick them up from the book shelf between the two offices and fill out the clipboard form. There is also a book review form on the shelf that can be used. For further information, please contact Joan Galles at


HOLD THE PHONE AND SAVE THE DATE! Click HERE for all the info on this “must-attend” presentation!


Hot Links in Genealogy this Week…


Oregon Trail

Historic Oregon City’s Got A New ‘Do!
In cooperation with their partners at the National Parks Service sites along the Oregon Trail, the new exhibits throughout the interpretive center now feature a 1,000 square foot mural of the artwork of William Henry Jackson – a nineteenth-century artist who documented the west as he traveled the Oregon Trail.

More information is available HERE.
Oregon Historical Society’s History Hub
This is a new permanent exhibit down at OHS. Geared toward 4th – 8th graders, with activities for all ages as well, this is a learning center experience you definitely shouldn’t miss.

An unveiling ceremony will be held this Sunday, Nov 6th, from noon to 4pm.


Before you begin your holiday shopping, don’t forget to Smile!!


If you’re shopping at Fred Meyer, Amazon, Office Depot or OfficeMax, you can make a donation to the GFO each time you shop.

Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the GFO here:
Everyone had to reenroll after July 1—and to all those who have, Thank you to the 41 who have! Last quarter, GFO received $172 as a result of those 41 shoppers who have their cards linked to GFO. Our goal is to get 100 GFO supporters to sign up, generating potentially $400 in donations per quarter, or well over $1,600 per year! All without diminishing your personal rewards.

Shop through AmazonSmile here:
Just like Fred Meyer, Amazon offers rewards to GFO when you shop through AmazonSmile. Our quarterly reward received in August 2016 was only $13.43. We’ll get another check from Amazon in November, but we’re hoping your enrollment now will make for a significant increase in February. Won’t you please help?

Office Depot and OfficeMax
If you shop with these retailers would you consider giving GFO’s phone number instead of yours when purchasing? If you typically spend less than $100 per quarter, then your rewards are forfeit when they may have been pooled with others to benefit the GFO. Carry a GFO business card with you so you’ll remember the number: 503-963-1932.



What’s Happening this Week at the GFO?

Virginia Group 10am – noon

Research in Virginia can be difficult, with the complication of “burned counties”, as well as the ordinary difficulties of using historical documents. But it is not impossible.

At this group, we discuss the history of Virginia and explore various methods to do sound genealogy research. Each month we will have a discussion or have a presentation on a topic related to our research. There will also be time each meeting for discussion, suggestions, and perhaps help for your individual research.

Contact Judi Scott ( and/or Carol Surrency (, or visit our blog at Virginia Roots and Vines.

German Group 1 – 3pm

The German Interest Group was formed in the spring of 2011. It is intended to be a source of information and inspiration for anyone with German speaking ancestors. One goal is to provide information on a variety of topics related to Germanic history and migration. We also will provide time for members to share their research journeys and connect with others who may be researching the same region or time period.
Double Work Party!! 9am – noon

Both the Library and the Manuscripts Committees will be working this Sunday morning. Come on out to help us continue our efforts with everything from scanning and sorting for the Manuscripts, and labelling and catalog work for the Library! Any time you can give is greatly appreciated.
First Mondays Are Always Free!! 9:30am – 5pm

Come check out the library to see all the marvels you’ve been missing! Every first Monday of each month we waive our regular $7 guest pass so that you can explore the bounty of resources here at the GFO. From online database subscriptions like,, the world library edition of, Fold3, and don’t even get me started on the analog resources like the City Polk directories for various Northwestern cities running from the mid-1800’s through the mid-1900’s, international resources like immigration records and our new Canadian collection, microfilmed foreign voter records for Multnomah County, and Oregon Donation Land Claims.

Phew! You get the idea, now get on out here this coming Monday!!

November’s Board Meeting 6 – 7pm

Open to the public. See what makes all the magic happen and find out how you might be a part of it. (These meetings are normally on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.)
Photoshop Elements 1:30 – 2:30pm

Come join us this next week as we continue working on repairing old photographs, including how to use blending modes to improve faded photos. We will go through an exercise on using the elliptical marquee tool for turning a square photo into an oval for when that will fit or look better on your scrapbook page. We will also begin the basics of creating a digital scrapbook page.

Join us most months 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, learn, and share your ideas and questions. Taught by Sarah Holmes.