GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News


Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

September 6, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

For more information visit, contact us at, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

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Centennial of Women’s Suffrage Approaches: Share Your Stories


Women picket the White House in 1917, demanding full access to voting rights. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

Next year marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteed women the right to vote. We’d like to take a look back at this milestone through the eyes of our ancestors.

The Bulletin, GFO’s quarterly publication, is seeking articles about voting in the U.S. and women’s suffrage.

Do you have an American suffragette in your family tree? Did your ancestor fight for (or against) women’s right to vote?

The Bulletin wants YOU to contribute your story.

Submitted articles will be run beginning in June 2019 and will continue (if we get enough stories) through June 2020.

Let your ancestors’ stories be heard!

Submit stories of any length to

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Kansas City Chiefs Coach Deland McCullough found his biological parents in a place he had never anticipated.

This story goes to show you how having children of one’s own can really inspire exploration into your family history.

Read the jaw dropping story on ESPN’s Website.


Analyze Your Ancestor’s Handwriting

Saturday, September 15 @ 2 p.m.
Presenter: Joyce Brizendine

What personality traits may your ancestor’s handwriting reveal? Do two signature samples belong to the same person? This presentation will use the handwriting of famous people to illustrate principles of handwriting analysis. Attendees are encouraged to bring samples of their own ancestors’ handwriting for our expert’s opinion.

Joyce Brizendine is a professional handwriting analyst, certified by the International Graphoanalysis Society and by the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation. She has taught and lectured about handwriting analysis, and appears periodically on AM Northwest.

Digging for Ancestral Gold

Saturday, October 20 @ 2 p.m.
Presenter: Laurence Overmire

Did you ever have the experience of going on a hunt for buried treasure? Or wish you were an archaeologist digging through the layers of the ancient past? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to be a detective who finds the clues and solves the mystery?

Now’s your chance! Everyone has an amazing family history, but most have no clue how truly remarkable it is, because they have never investigated the generations going far back in time. Author and genealogist Laurence Overmire will inspire you to embark on a quest for your ancestral heritage and will guide you through the steps to get you started.

Laurence Overmire has had a multi-faceted career as a genealogist, poet, actor, director, educator and public speaker. He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), and he graduated summa cum laude from Muskingum University, B.A., B.S., and the University of Minnesota, M.F.A. He now resides in West Linn with his wife Nancy McDonald.


Treasures Raffle Donations Needed for GFO’s Fall Seminar

raffle tickets

As we take registrations for our upcoming Fall Seminar, we’d like to ask you to please search your closet or desk for a gently used item that we can raffle at the seminar.

WHAT? Suggestions include genealogically related books, household decorations, carry bags, certificates toward GFO membership or research costs, and computer items.

HOW? Leave the item(s) at the library reception desk with a note that it’s a donation to the seminar treasures raffle.

IMPACT? Tickets are sold for $1 each or 6 for $5, and they are placed in separate paper sacks for each prize, so you win only something you want.

As always, thank you so much for your continued support!


SATURDAY, September 8th

Great Lakes Region SIG 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Midwest + September = Football. Need we say more? Staying seasonally appropriate, the presentation topic is sports and games that were around when our ancestors arrived in the area, and what they brought with them when they moved there. Any Turnverein or Sokol members in your family? Please bring any stories and pictures of your athletic ancestors with you. We will also look at some of society’s attitudes toward health and fitness, and at the parks movement. It’s a fascinating lens for viewing our ancestors’ lives and experiences. There will also be time for sharing our research. As always, all are welcome. Contact us at with any questions.

The group generally meets on the second Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at the GFO library. No meetings in July, August, December, and always check the GFO calendar for updates to this schedule. Interest in the Great Lakes Region can be broad and diverse, as some ancestors settled and remained there for generations, while others spent a short time there before moving on. The group’s interests include migration, travel, trade, historical events, and research techniques specific to the area. For more information contact Lynn Rossing at

Writers’ Forum 1 – 3 p.m.

Purpose: This is a peer group of genealogists meeting 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.

Meetings: September through May, second Saturday of each month, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the GFO Library.

SUNDAY, September 9th

Library Work Party 9 a.m. – 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. We begin work at 9 a.m. If the front door is not unlocked, please come around to the side door and knock. Work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.

MONDAY, September 3rd

Free First Monday! Come one! Come all! GFO’s research library is free and open to the public for full use of any and all our resources every first Monday of every month. We’re proud to offer you nearly 50,000 holdings (including microfilms of the Oregon Donation Land Claim records, the original Multnomah County marriage registers from the late 1800s and early 1900s, New York passenger lists, and much, much more. This month’s Labor Day holiday pushed our Free First Monday back to this week, so if you thought you missed it, well you’re actually still in luck! Hope to see you there.