THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 11 January 2017

For more information visit, contact us at, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for January 2017, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy at HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” –> “Our Publications” menu at our new website (still

Don’t forget that January’s GenTalk is around the corner!! In just a couple Saturday’s actually!

WHEN Jan 21, 2017 at 2 pm
WHERE: the GFO Library
WHAT Lone Fir Cemetery

As always this event is free and open to the public, so be sure to let your friends know soon!!

The Lone Fir Cemetery is a rich source of genealogical and historical information about our Portland-area pioneers. Their stories are inspiring, heroic, despicable, heartbreaking, and above all, interesting.

Click HERE for more information.

Free Webinars on North Carolina Research on Jan 20th, Feb 17th, and March 17th. Simply click HERE, HERE, and HERE.

GFO’s Research Practicum on Sat. Feb 25th, for intermediate to advanced researchers. Hurry, hurry!! Space is limited to 20 seats, so click HERE today to sign up.

GFO’s OPEN HOUSE Sat. Mar 18th through Sun. Mar 26th, with each new day bringing you a new variety of subjects! And all the events are free. Wow-wee!! Check our website for daily events and times.

GFO’s Spring Seminar with John Philip Colletta on Sat. Apr 29th and 30th. Signing up early has never been easier! Simply click HERE and then scroll to the second “Register Now” button on the page.



Kate Albertson – Beyond The Trees
At Hillsboro Brookwood Library

The Genealogical Society of Washington County Oregon will hold its monthly meeting from 10a.m. to noon, Saturday, January 14 at the Hillsboro Brookwood Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway. Featured speaker Kate Albertson will talk about “Beyond the Trees-Improving Searches”. She is a Brigham Young University graduate and a family history consultant for her local church. She has found that many people are unaware of the helpful research tools available on Kate’s maternal grandmother, a dedicated genealogist, inspired her love of family history and on visits she would ask for stories about her ancestors. She enjoyed the stories about races won at the 4th of July celebrations, about handcarts pulled across the plains and work in the mills of New Jersey. This event is free and open to the public. Everyone welcome! The Genealogical Society of Washington County, Oregon is not limited to research in Washington County, and promotes the study of genealogy in all parts of the world. For further information, call 503-640-4431.


We’ve got some seats up for election this March, and we need your help!

Curious what makes the GFO go?? So curious you want to have a direct impact on the process!? Here’s your chance.
If you have a candidate you’d like to put forward for one of the following Board Member positions, please email or any of the existing Board or Staff contacts anytime from now until our Membership Meeting scheduled for Sat, March 25, 12:30pm – 1:00pm.

Positions that currently need candidates:

▪ Endowment Committee (two positions)

▪ Vice President (one position)

▪ Treasurer (one position)

▪ Director-At-Large (one position)


Calling for volunteer hours…
If you’re a volunteer with the GFO, we want you to know how very valuable your time is to GFO and we appreciate every bit of time that you have given to us.

We recently noticed that many of our volunteers have not turned in their hours to be counted. Have you worked on projects from home? Do you facilitate a Special Interest Group? Are you a proof reader for the Bulletin or the Insider? Do you attend planning meetings for the GFO? All of these count towards volunteer hours and will help us to plan for the future of our organization.

In short? Please don’t forget to record your volunteer hours! This helps you and the GFO in so many ways.

We have two notebooks for recording your hours. One is at the reception desk and another is in the work room. Either one is okay to use. Or if you would prefer to report your time directly to our fearless Volunteer Coordinator, Cathy Lauer, you may send a note to

Thank you so much for all you do for GFO.


What’s Happening this Week at the GFO?

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

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. 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 peggy@familypas​ or 503-916-9410.
Library Work Party 9am – Noon

We are planning to continue working on labeling and moving our library items around to help with the current revamping of the organization of our resources at the GFO. Come when you can, as we’d love to see you, and as always, THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!!

Family Tree Maker 1pm – 3pm

This is a beginning class for Family Tree Maker users and for those considering a purchase. It will be repeated quarterly.
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 leads a discussion on various DNA related subjects, with each meeting focused on a particular subject. General questions are welcome at the end of each planned discussion.