THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News


Wednesday Evening
13 September 2017

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Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for August 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
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Calling all Members – Bulletin Editorial Group Meeting

Interested in helping to make sure the Bulletin can continue to thrive??

All GFO members interested in keeping the life-blood of the Bulletin pumping, are invited to attend next week’s BEG (Bulletin Editorial Group) meeting.

WHEN? Wed, Sept 20th, 3:30pm
WHERE? GFO Library
WHY? To discuss the current status of the Bulletin, especially its publishing and content needs.
WHO? Why the BEG and all interested GFO members of course!
Bottom-line is we need content content content, which means we need YOU, YOUR STORIES, YOUR INSIGHTS, YOUR PERSPECTIVES! Hope to see you there.

More CeCe Moore Please! The Fall Seminar Is Coming!!

Help spread the word! GFO’s Fall Seminar is around the corner.

Oct 14th, 10am to 4:30pm, at the Milwaukie Center

Did you know genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the United States? Have you also noticed how much hubbub there has been lately about DNA and how DNA can help find missing links, missing parentage, and more?

The GFO’s Fall Seminar has all of these hot topics and more! Registration for Saturday’s Seminar is still open open open. Click HERE to register now.
Download a flyer to share with family, friends, and coworkers.
Click Here for the Seminar’s Color Flyer!
GFO at the Lone Fir Cemetery this All Hallow’s Eve?

Tour of Untimely Departures October 28th

GFO will have an interactive booth as part of the fun.

Read all about it and keep an eye out for tickets!

WHEN: Saturday, Oct 28th
WHERE: Lone Fir Cemetery (Entrance on Southeast 26th Avenue between Southeast Stark Street and Morrison Street. Please allow extra time to park. Wheelchair accessible.)
WHAT IN THE WORLD? “Celebrate Halloween at historic Lone Fir Cemetery. Ghostly guides will escort visitors to meet some of the cemetery’s residents and hear the unusual circumstances surrounding their untimely departures. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and costumes are encouraged. All ages are welcome, though some material might not be suitable for children 12 and under. Ticket sales will help restore the tomb of pioneering brewer brothers George Frederic Bottler and George Michael Bottler.” website
Genealogical Hot Links This Week…

Free Webinar by NEHGS, Sept 28th

Introduction to Heraldry in America

“Heraldic symbols are all around us, from state seals to institutional emblems to family heirlooms. Yet the significance behind these cultural and familial symbols is often misunderstood. Discover the history of heraldry in America from colonial times to present day. Join esteemed Vice Chairman of the NEHGS Committee on Heraldry Nathaniel Lane Taylor, PhD, FASG to learn how heraldry can enrich your family history research.” Register’s “Sounds Like” Feature

There is now a “Sounds Like” Search feature at Fancy that?! Can’t find what you’re looking for? Trying viewing “sounds like” search results. When you click on this feature after typing in your best guess (is it Doosberg or Duisburg or something else??), you will see a list of places that have similar spellings to even your best-est best guesses. You can still filter the results by region for added help. This will also help with places in German documents that are somewhat (or maybe even impossibly) difficult to read.
This Week at the GFO…


Genealogical Problem Solvers, GPS 9:30am – 11:30am

GPS is a monthly support group where we help each other find information about a family line. We will learn to do a reasonably exhaustive search and develop research plans. The focus will shift depending on the needs of the group. Several experienced researchers have volunteered to help. Beginners and intermediate researchers are encouraged to submit problems to work on. You must be a GFO member to submit a GPS problem, but the group meetings and presentations are free and open to the public. Don’t miss out on this amazing resource that is the experience of watching master researchers at work! For more information contact Katie Daly at

Italian Interest Group noon – 2pm

Introduction to Indexing Italian Records – Digitized records must first be indexed, to make them searchable online. Learn how to index Italian records on the website. It’s a great opportunity to learn in a small group setting, and be able to ask questions or get assistance as you go. This is also a great opportunity to give back to the genealogical community. Facilitated by Keith Pyeatt.

GenTalk – Switched at Birth 2 – 4pm

Come hear presenter Alice Collins Plebuch’s full story this Saturday! “[A few] years ago I blithely took a DNA test at AncestryDNA. At the time, the fact that it was in beta, somewhat alleviated my concern when I first saw my results. I was three quarters Irish with the remainder being a English/Scottish mix, but the test claimed I was half Jewish. It was as if half my ancestry was wrong. The results had to be wrong! I was expecting to see Mc and Mac relatives, but the names were overwhelming Eastern European, Russian, and Jewish. I can assure you, they weren’t any of my relatives, or were they?” This is a free event, open to the public!

Library Work Party 9am – noon

There’s another 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.

Learn & Chat 10am – noon

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

DNA Q&A 1 – 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.