THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 9 November 2016

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You didn’t forget, did you!? GFO’s November GENTalk is next Saturday!!
WHERE? At the GFO Library
WHEN? Sat., Nov. 19th, 2pm
HOW? Just come, silly! 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!!


It’s a party, and you can cry if you want to? There’s no need because the GFO will be providing the refreshments!


Alcoholic beverages not included.

Join us for #givingTuesday!
Tuesday, Nov 29th, 9:30 AM – 5 PM

Come give some, or all for the really ambitious, of your day on Giving Tuesday at the GFO! Why?? Because it’s good for the soul, good for the library, and a good way to keep a sound body and mind! We swear and promise sincerely. Mostly it’s good for helping to make sure our resources at the GFO are being made accessible as quickly as possible for all our patrons.
We’re having a full day Work Party on Nov 29th, with coffee, tea and pastries in the morning, followed by pizza and beverages in the afternoon.
No sign-up needed, just please come on by as and when you can! Every little bit helps, and as always, THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!!! Remember to use the hashtag on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or other social media to tell your friends on social media what you’re going to be up to.

Available Assignments:
* Photocopying
* Labeling
* Moving boxes
* Eating pastries and pizza
* Cutting
* Drinking coffee and chatting with friends
* Data entry


Some Sizzlin’ Hot Links This Week in Genealogy…


The Quaker Family Tree
The Washington County Genealogical Society will be holding its next meeting on Sat, Nov 12th, 10am – noon. Come out to the Brookwood Library (2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy, in Hillsboro across from the airport) to hear about traces and influences of Quakers from early colonies to westward migration as presented by professor Paul Anderson.
Wake of Vanport Series – Nov 20th, 4:30pm, at the Hollywood Theatre
You’re invited to a screening and discussion of 10 stories about this historic event as told by the survivors. Click HERE for more info.
Oregon Migrations Symposium, Wed, Nov 16, 6-8pm
The Oregon Historical Society has a new Oregon Migrations Symposium that will bring together scholars and holders of community history to investigate the various ways that Oregon inhabitants and newcomers have shaped each other through time. Click HERE for more details.
Deciphering Jewish Tombstones
Join the The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State on Nov 14th, starting at 6:30pm, for a presentation by Madeleine Isenberg at the LDS Factoria Building (4200 124th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98006).

This is a free event.


It’s never too early to save the date…


GFO’s Spring Seminar
April 29th & April 30th
Featuring John Philip Colletta, with a full-day seminar on Saturday, and a half-day workshop on Sunday.

Saturday’s seminar, at the Milwaukie Center, will focus on immigration and naturalization records research.

Sunday’s workshop, at the GFO Library, will focus on writing your family history in a narrative format.


What’s Happening this Week at the GFO?

SATURDAY, November 12th
Illinois Group 9:30am – 11:30am

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 hannah, and Harlene Patterson.

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.
SUNDAY, November 13th
Library Work Party 9am – noon

As usual, Sunday morning is Work Party morning! Come on out to help us continue our efforts to get all our newest books labeled and ready for circulation! Any time you can give is greatly appreciated. We’re continuing to make really great progress. Please help us keep up the momentum!!
Learn & Chat 10am – noon

Join us to talk about your genealogy questions and help provide support to others. Facilitated by Connie Lenzen.

DNA Q&A 1pm – 3pm

Lisa McCullough will be available to help answer your DNA questions, whether you are new and just getting started or have more involved questions.