GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News


Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

September 27, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

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October is Archives Month!

Personal Archiving Dec 2017

#AskAnArchivist is October 3rd – Let GFO know how we can help!

Got questions? Well, we’ve got answers!

Our Manuscripts Committee will be available all day on Twitter to lend you advice concerning your personal or professional archives.

We specialize in digitization of manuscript collections, rehousing tips, and more!

Tweet your questions to us at (@GenForumOregon) using the hashtag #AskAnArchivist all day on October 3rd and watch for replies.


Archives Crawl 2018

GFO will be at this year’s annual Oregon Archives Crawl!

Oregon’s Archives Crawl theme this year is about how archives are “Changing Attitudes” within societies.

Archival representatives from various repositories around Oregon will be at the following locations in downtown Portland, Saturday, October 20th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

City of Portland Archives & Records Center
Oregon Historical Society
Multnomah County Central Library

Our very own Manuscripts Committee from GFO will be at the Multnomah County Central Library. Come see some of our latest and greatest featured items!

This event is totally free and open to the public of all ages.


The next meeting of the African American Ancestry Special Interest Group (SIG) will be Saturday, October 27th, from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Emily-Jane Dawson, a reference librarian with the Multnomah County Library system, will speak about general genealogical resources available within the library system. One item she will discuss is the three-volume index Blacks in Selected Newspapers, Censuses and Other Sources by James de T. Abajian. The index covers publications from the 1880’s to about the 1950’s.

This meeting will be held at GFO’s library. Please feel free to email Janice Sellers at with questions.

All our Special Interest Groups are free and open to the public!


We Regret The Error

Recently the GFO thanked its GFO Star volunteers for breaking down a genealogical brick wall for member Charles Morgan.

We mistakenly reported the relationship of the ancestor he was looking for. Mr. Morgan was seeking information about a great-grandfather, not his father.

The GFO remains profoundly grateful to Mr. Morgan for his generous donation for the Genealogy Problem Solvers’ research.


Share Your Stories! Centennial of Women’s Suffrage Approaches


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


Last week, we noted this upcoming program from the Jewish Genealogical Society, and now we have a confirmed date!

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon is pleased to announce that the speaker for their October meeting will be Avraham Groll, Director of The meeting will run from 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 7th.

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.


MONDAY, October 1st

Free First Monday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Come out each first Monday of every month and splurge on all GFO’s wonderful resources for FREE. Explore our online databases like Fold3, Ancestry World Library Edition,, and many more. Our analog and microfilm collections total some 49,000 items. Don’t miss out!

WEDNESDAY, October 3rd

Learn & Chat 10:00 a.m. – noon

Gerry Lenzen presents “Selecting Software: Features and Foibles.” What program best suits your needs? How to decide. At Learn & Chat some of the learning comes from speakers with particular expertise but most of it comes from the sharing of experiences and knowledge of attendees who have developed methods that work for them. And if you have been doing genealogy for any length time you have likely experienced the wonderful moments of exhilaration, the successes that you then share with others and that drive you to continue researching. Unfortunately those times can be few and far between. Join us to talk about your genealogy questions and help provide support to others. Facilitated by Jeanne Quan.

DNA Q&A 1 – 3 p.m.

Lisa McCullough will be available to help answer your DNA questions, whether you are new and just getting started or have more involved questions. Questions? Send Lisa McCull a note at