GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News


Thursday Evening

E-News Edition

November 15, 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


On #GivingTuesday, most non-profits are asking for monetary donations — and GFO would never turn those down — but this is our annual appeal for your TIME.

This year we’ll be attempting a partial inventory of our books. We want to discover what’s missing AND get the books in the correct order on the shelves. People will work in teams, and there will be some book labeling for those who can’t stand to do shelf reading.

Non-members can earn a free pass to the library so they can research on another day.

We will bring in food to fortify us, so please give a few hours or make a day of it!


The job of the journalist and that of the genealogist are surprisingly similar: we both research the facts and the context of people. And then we tell their stories!

Genealogists tend to focus more on the research. So what do journalists bring to the table?? Journalists add the reporting element that can help genealogist share their stories with others.

Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Hallman, Jr., of The Oregonian knows a thing or two about journalism, and he is coming to the GFO to share his insights with us this weekend!

Join us for this amazing GenTalk at the GFO this Saturday, November 17th at 2 p.m.

All our GenTalks are free and open to the public.


Would you like to be a part of GFO’s Open House?

Open House Ford Building

GFO’s 2019 Open House is right around the corner. Mark you calendars 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 Beginners’ 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.

The theme on Wednesday will be finding biological family 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!


Link up with these great Rewards Programs to donate to GFO when you shop!

Through a one-time link, you can trigger an automatic donation to GFO every time you make purchases through the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program, AmazonSmile, and Family Tree DNA.

The best part is that linking your Rewards Programs will not diminish any benefits or rewards you already receive.

As always, thank you for all you do for GFO!


SATURDAY, November 17th

Genealogical Problem Solvers 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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. For more information contact Katie Daly at

GenTalk 2 – 3 p.m.

Presenter: Tom Hallman, senior reporter for The Oregonian

On March 4, 2018, you may have read “Della’s Lost Letter,” and wondered about the methods Tom used to locate her, and the other principals in the story. Learn how reporters find people for their stories (sound familiar, genealogists?) and get some writing/storytelling tips from a Pulitzer Prize winner.

Tom Hallman Jr., a senior reporter for The Oregonian, was born and raised in Portland and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1977. He’s worked at a car wash, a grocery store, a greyhound race track and was a volunteer at a VA hospital. He won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

SUNDAY, November 18th

Library Work 9:00 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.

Family Tree Maker Users’ Group 1 – 3 p.m.

Join other users who want to work through the 2017 Companion Guide to Family TreeMaker. Bring your laptop with 2017 version of FTM installed – build 1-480 of FTM installed. Facilitated by Joyce Grant-Worley. Questions? Email

French Canada Group 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Sharing stories of our history. Come and join this group to learn more about French Canadian ancestry and Acadia. This group leader is Bob LaMarche. Send him a note at

WEDNESDAY, November 21st

Library Closes at 1 p.m.

THURSDAY, November 22nd

Library Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Please note, our Thursday Evening E-News will be sent out on Friday.