GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News


Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

September 20, 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.

Be sure to check our complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider


Don’t forget to register before October 8th for the Early Bird Prices

WHO? You’ve probably heard of Cyndi Ingle and her invaluable website, Cyndi’s List.

WHAT? Internet Genealogy. Come hear from the guru behind one of the most online comprehensive reference lists genealogical research has ever seen!

WHEN? Saturday, November 3rd, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 4th, 9:30 a.m. to noon.

WHERE? Milwaukie Center, 440 SE Kellogg Creek Dr, Milwaukie, OR 97222

Topics will include: Ten Resources I Use Every Day, Advanced Googling for Grandma, Unappreciated Treasures, Digital Research Plans, Google Maps & Google Earth and Online Resources for the Western U.S.

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GFO’s September Stars – Kristin Parks & Lisa McCullough

Despite short notice, Kristin Parks and Lisa McCullough did a superb job of researching the fate of Charles Morgan’s father, David Morgan, at this summer’s May Genealogy Problem Solvers session.

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Kristin and Lisa developed a plausible hypothesis for the South Wales origin of David Morgan, building on DNA data to find probable descendants of David Morgan. Charles was so pleased with their assistance that he awarded a generous donation to GFO.

We’re so glad to have Kristin and Lisa’s ongoing assistance with all things GFO!


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon is pleased to announce that the speaker for their October meeting will be Avraham Groll, Director of

He has graciously agreed to do a combination of two of his most popular programs: Jewish Life in Poland – Parts 1 and 2. This will be a two hour meeting.

Due to Avraham’s travel schedule this program will start at a later time than our usual programs. The meeting will be held at Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97239.

Please note the 2 p.m. start time.


We Might Be Slow To Respond To Emails Next Week

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The GFO is making a switch next week to a cheaper, more versatile email service.

Nobody outside the GFO should notice a thing — unless we hit a glitch. If we do run into a snag, we thank you in advance for your understanding as it may take us a little bit longer response to emails.

Your patience is greatly appreciated. Feel free to also call our reception desk at 503-963-1932 if you need additional assistance.


Save these dates for some exciting GFO events!

Doing research in Pennsylvania?

Researcher Elsie Deatherage will be the guest speaker for the Great Lakes Region group’s meeting on Saturday, October 13th at 9:30 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room at GFO. Pennsylvania has several distinct ethnic and religious groups that kept different records than we may be accustomed to, but that are really helpful. Learn how to overcome the challenges of state boundary issues, the shifting borders of counties and townships and the difficulties in locating churches and cemeteries. We will look at the on and offline resources that are unique to the Keystone State. There will also be time to share our research quandaries and discoveries. Feel free to contact us at We look forward to seeing you.

Are you one of over 30 million Americans who have Irish ancestors?

Join GFO’s Irish Special Interest Group on Wednesday, October 17th, 6 – 8 p.m., as Karen Hubbard will present a timeline of Irish history. This will help group members put their Irish ancestors in context with their times, and better understand how to research them. We’ll also try to help with “brick walls” in Ireland, or answer other questions about Ireland and Irish research. If you’d like to submit a brick wall question for us to address, email, at least one week in advance.

GFO DNA Advanced Meeting – October 27th, 9 a.m. to noon

Tim Janzen will give a presentation on DNA Painter and creating network diagrams. Anyone interested in using DNA for genealogy is welcomed. Time will be provided for questions.

GFO DNA Beginner’s Meeting – November 24th, 9 a.m. to noon

Emily Aulicino will lead the group in a discussion regarding any questions on the basic DNA tests and the major testing companies. Please submit your questions to her at up to one week prior to the class. This is the chance to cover your particular issues which could include what tests work for what problems, exploring how to use spreadsheets to help you organize your data, viewing the company websites, and more. Anyone interested in using DNA for genealogy is welcomed. Time will be provided for additional questions.


SATURDAY, September 22nd

African American Ancestry Group 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Julie Ramos facilitates this group, which focuses on researching African American ancestry. Meetings take place on the 4th Saturday of the month at 12:30 p.m.

If you know of any other people interested in African American genealogy, please tell them about the group. You do not have to be a GFO member to participate, as all our Special Interest Groups are free and completely open to the public!

British Interest Group 1 – 3 p.m.

The group will discuss online sources for news. Frances Hart will report on her trip to the UK. There will also be time for open discussions about your recent successes and brick walls. This group focuses on research in the British Isles, i.e. England, Wales, Scotland, and Scots-Irish. 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. Anyone with an interest in English/Welsh/Scottish research is welcome to join us. Questions may be directed to Duane Funk at Website: Library Catalog:

GFO’s Research Library will close at 12:45 p.m. on this date, Saturday, September 22nd, to allow room for the two above-noted fantastic Special Interest Groups.

SUNDAY, September 23rd

Beginners’ Boot Camp 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Class Full: Registration Closed

Laurel Smith leads a full day of beginning genealogy lessons at the GFO. There will be sessions about the census, vital records, immigration and naturalization, discussions about genealogy software and database use, organizing your research and more — all geared toward beginners. Bring a sack lunch so the discussion can continue while we eat.

Here’s what attendees are saying: “Boot Camp was rocking, wow do I regret not having it before I started my work…such a good teacher…a marathon that was time well-spent…informative and motivational…with humor and positive energy…more than exceeded my expectations!”

Contact Information: Laurel Smith at or at 503-963-1932 if you have questions about your registration.

If you missed registering for this class, it happens again Tuesday, January 8, followed by one on Sunday, March 24 during the annual GFO Open House.