THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 25 January 2017

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

Missed today’s “Get Acquainted With…” session??

No problem. Just catch the duplicate one on Sunday, Jan 29th!!
Here’s the how this works:

GFO President Laurel Smith and Manuscripts Chair Nanci Remington are giving duplicate presentations one Sunday and Wednesday each month (check the calendar for these moving dates) about what’s in the GFO library and how to utilize its extraordinary resources.
And remember, these are DUPLICATE PRESENTATIONS so that if you can’t come on a Sunday, then maybe, hopefully, if the world’s not yet ended by then, you can come to the Wednesday session.
This month, this very next Wednesday and the following Sunday in fact, Laurel and Nanci will be giving tips on the new organization of the books in the library, along with an explanation of what all those pesky call numbers mean and how to find them using our online library catalog. Did you know we have an online catalog? Totally accessible from your own home? Well, if you didn’t, then you better plan on coming this Sunday from 1-3pm, or this next Wednesday from 6-8pm so you can learn all about it!!
The GFO online library catalog is under Resources at our new website HERE.


TAKE US TO YOUR CANDIDATES! We still NEED YOUR HELP for candidate suggestions for March’s elections!

Curious what makes the GFO go?? So curious you want to have a direct impact on the process!? Here’s your chance.
Positions that currently need candidates:

▪ Endowment Committee (two positions)

▪ Vice President (one position)

▪ Treasurer (one position)

▪ Director-At-Large (one position)


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.


Some Sizzling Hot Links in Genealogy…

Jan 31th, did you say?? “Gender and Justice at the End of the Oregon Trail”
WHAT? Free talk by local history authors Ken and Kris Bilderback!
WHEN? Tues. Jan 31st, 5 – 6:30pm
WHERE? Wilsonville Old Town Square, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Wilsonville, OR
TOPIC? Were the “good old days” really “good”?
“Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods”
WHAT? Free history event!
WHEN? Tues. Jan 31st, 5 – 6:30pm
WHERE? Edgefield Blackberry Hall, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale, OR
TOPIC?Have you every wondered how the Columbia River Basin was formed?


Winter Light Festival in Southeast Portland??
We just wanted to give you a heads-up about this literally dazzling event, happening FEB 1st ~ 4th!
Check out the schedule and routes HERE, as some streets near the GFO may be congested or closed to motorized vehicles.

A Gentle Public Service Announcement

There are rumored upcoming adjustments to the parking situation around the Ford Building. We’ve been told these changes will likely begin next Wednesday, Feb 1st.

We will let you know more information just as soon as we have been given the details.

Thanks as always for all you do to continue to support the GFO.


What’s Happening this Week at the GFO?

Advanced DNA 9am – noon

How to interpret autosomal DNA, Y chromosome, and mitochondrial DNA test results. Tim Janzen will present some suggested guidelines on interpreting all three types of DNA results and will provide some examples that could be used to generate additional discussion. There will also be plenty of time for questions.

The DNA Interest Group is facilitated by Emily Aulicino (e-mail: Please be sure to download and bring the class handouts HERE.

British Interest Group 1 – 3pm

Researching in the British Isles, especially England, Wales, Scotland, and Scots-Irish—no Ireland, as a strong GFO interest group for that heritage already exists. We try to have speakers who provide interesting experiences or online databases for research in these countries. One hour of the two hour meeting is devoted to Brick Wall questions. Questions may be directed to: Duane Funk at
Library Work Party 9am – Noon

There’s another good ole fashioned work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 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.

Get Acquainted With… 1 – 3pm

As mentioned above, this is a repeat session of the one presented on Wednesday (today, Jan 25th). Topic to be covered?? Why the very organization of the library itself! As well as tips on how to make the most out of using the GFO’s online catalog!
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 1 – 2pm

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