GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News


Thursday Evening

E-News Edition

October 25, 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 the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider

African American SIG

Join us this Saturday, October 27th, at 12:30 p.m. at GFO’s Library

GFO’s African American Ancestry Special Interest Group (SIG) this month will feature guest Emily-Jane Dawson, a reference librarian with the Multnomah County Library system.

Dawson will speak about genealogical resources available within the library system for African American genealogy. She will highlight the three-volume index “Blacks in Selected Newspapers, Censuses and Other Sources” by James de T. Abajian. The index covers publications from the 1880s to about the 1950s.

Please join us! All our SIGs are free and open to the public.

Our African American Ancestry SIG meets the 4th Saturday of each month.

raffle tickets

The raffle prizes this year are out of this world!

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Fall Seminar for $1 each or six for $5.

Please remember to bring cash to buy both raffle tickets and books at the seminar.

Here are a few of the great items being raffled:

Southern California Jamboree 2019 admission – Approx $195 value
FTDNA kit – $89 subscription – $90
Fold3 subscription – $79.95
History Geo 3 month subscription – $20
Diahann Southard Tutorial Series 1 year subscription – $50

Buy yourself some history!

The GFO has hundreds of surplus books for sale. Some of the historic volumes are extremely valuable and date back to the 1880s.

We also have a bevy of affordable $10 books in the front of the library and bargain books for $2 outside our front door. Many of our bargain books will be available at the Fall Seminar.

See what’s available here.


Open House Presenters Needed

Open House Ford Building

GFO’s 2019 Open House is right around the corner. Mark you calendar now for March 23rd through 31st.

We are looking for presenters to give 50-minute sessions on any topic that may be of interest to beginning genealogists.

Opening weekend: Saturday will be devoted to Irish research and is being planned by the Irish Special Interest Group. Sunday will be a Beginner’s Boot Camp.

The closing Saturday and Sunday will be DNA Days planned by Emily Aulicino and team and will feature a very special guest. Stay tuned for more information.

There is an “adoption” theme on Wednesday and additional participants are being sought. There will be panel discussions and presentations relating to questions about whether to search for biological family. There will also be resources available on topics such as how to make first contact.
If you are an adoptee, a biological parent, or someone seeking a biological relation and would like to share your views or provide a presentation, please contact

There are lots of presentation spots open on Monday and Tuesday, as well as some on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Again, if you can participate by leading a session at GFO’s 2019 Open House, please send a message to

Presenters will be compensated with profuse gratitude! GFO will print and provide any handouts for attendees.

We don’t know of any other genealogical organization that provides a 9-day event, packed with content, absolutely FREE to all attendees. But we need your help to make it happen!


Click the image for the full “how-to” story about using Yelp, posted on Legacy Family Tree’s News page earlier this week.

Thanks for the wonderful shout-out, Legacy!


SATURDAY, October 27th

DNA Advanced 9 a.m. – 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. Download the handout here.

Meetings are held at the GFO Library on the 4th Saturday of January, April, July, and October unless there is a GFO seminar or other scheduling conflict. Remember to ALWAYS check the calendar. Please download, print and bring to class the evaluation form which can be found here.

African American Ancestry Group 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 1880s to about the 1950s.

Also, come meet the group’s new leader, Janice Sellers: “I’ve been researching my family for more than 40 years. I started doing black genealogy research about 15 years ago for extended family members. I have traced three of those family lines back to 1870 censuses and some individuals to 1867 in tax lists, but I have not yet been able to break through the 1865 Emancipation barrier. Since then, I have discovered my own African roots through DNA testing. I haven’t found my own black ancestors yet, but I never give up. I’m in this for the long haul, and I hope to help you advance your research too.”

SUNDAY, October 28th

Library Work Party 9:30 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. Doors open at 9 and 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.

WEDNESDAY, October 31st

Early Library Closure!

GFO’s research library will close at 5 p.m. in honor of All Hallows’ Eve. We wish you a very happy and safe Halloween!