THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 07 December 2016

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The weather outside might be frightful…

We’re in for some possible / probable snow and ice on the roads tomorrow, Thurs, Dec 8th.
Just a friendly public service reminder to please please call before coming to the library if there is snow or ice in the area. Even if schools are open, some of our Research Assistants, despite their other multi-faceted talents and superpowers, can’t get out even if the east side has thawed.
Call us at 503-963-1932 to double-check the GFO Library is open!


It’s Never Too Late To Plan WAY Ahead!

Mark your calendars, folks, for one of the best Spring Seminars and Workshops the GFO has ever seen!!
John Philip Colletta will be presenting April 29-30, 2017
WHAT Immigration and Naturalization Research Topics

WHERE Saturday at the Milwaukie Center and Sunday at the GFO Library

HOW Why, just click HERE to for all the details and to register before all the seats get gobbled up!




Please Pardon Our Dust

Picture from our #givingTuesday event. Work it, book-cart, work it!!

If you haven’t yet heard, the GFO’s getting a bit of a makeover, and we’re so excited about it!

Don’t let the changes take you by surprise, though! We have oh so many tireless volunteers working day by day by day by day to complete the makeover changes.
And why? Why go to all this trouble? Glad you asked!
We’re redesigning the library to make sure all its resources function better, have a more logical and efficient layout, and to provide for more meeting space in the back area. That’s right, it’s all for YOU!! That’s how much we love you.

We have our fingers crossed and our muscles and brains strained with the goal of being completely done with all the moving and shuffling things around by the GFO Open House in mid-March.

Can’t find your favorite section where it usually resides at the library? Be sure to ask one of our Research Assistants! Finding stuff is what they do best.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding! If you’d like to have a hand in helping to hurry the process along, please let us know by emailing


What’s Happening this Week at the GFO?

Illinois Interest Group 9:30am – 11:30am

The Illinois Interest Group meets on the second Saturday of each month (except Jul/Aug/Dec) in the GFO Library. All interested researchers are welcome to join! 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.

The group leaders are Kristy Gravlin, call 630-621-5166 or email, 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.
Library & Maps Work Parties 9am – noon

We are planning to continue working on this project on the second Sunday of the month from 9:00 am until noon or whenever. Come when you can. Doris Cruickshank is our wonderful map project coordinator. As always, thanks 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. Taught by the stunningly knowledgeable Sarah Holmes.