THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition April 25, 2019
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GFO Library Closed Saturday, April 27th
Please remember that we will be closed all day as we host the GFO’s Spring Seminar offsite. We will reopen for our regular hours on Sunday, April 28th, from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Seats Available for this Weekend’s Spring Seminar
Tony Burroughs’ Lessons Can Apply to Everyone Tony Burroughs is one of the top experts in African American genealogy, but everyone, regardless of ethnic heritage, will find valuable lessons in his seminars. Do you have southern roots? Your ancestors may well have interacted with African Americans and landed in records detailing both.
Do you have early colonial roots? Slavery existed in the north on a wider scale than many realize. This weekend, April 27 and 28, the GFO is proud to bring Tony Burroughs to town.
Register Now
Burroughs is bringing six lessons to the GFO Spring Seminar from which anyone can learn. Burroughs told Portland’s The Skanner newspaper, “People need to understand, ‘What is fundamental genealogy? What are the methods of genealogical research?'” Come learn from the founder and CEO of the Center for Black Genealogy. We have cut our usual seminar price in half for this event, thanks to generous support from The Skanner Foundation. Sign up now!
More Great Reasons to Attend Spring Seminar!
If great genealogy lessons are not enough incentive, here are more benefits you can get from attending this weekend’s Spring Seminar: New Members Special: 1-year membership gets 2 extra months free. 2-year membership gets 4 extra months free. Available only to attendees. Our Raffle has GREAT prizes! Here’s just some of what we have:
* Roots Magic software – 2 copies
* Family Tree Maker software – 2 copies
* Free One-on-One Lesson in Family Tree Maker with Laurel Smith
* History Geo – 3 months access – 2 subscriptions
* – 1 Year Access
* Fold 3 – 1 Year Access
* Virtual Genealogical Association – 1 Year Membership – 2 copies
* GFO Membership – 1 Year
* GFO Fall Seminar with Fritz Juengling – 1 Free Registration
* Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers – 1 Free Membership Raffle tickets cost $1 for 1 ticket or $5 for 6 tickets. Books for Sale! The GFO will have surplus books on deep discount. Heritage Quest will bring their large library of genealogy books for sale, too. Bring a little extra cash and see what you go home with!
Just For Fun Survey Results: You’ve Got Deep Oregon Roots!
We had a great response to last week’s survey and boy were we suprised! 64.3% had ancestors who arrived in Oregon before 1899.
33.3% had 4th or 5th great-grandparents who were the first to come to the state. See the breakdowns below.
New Survey: Your Immigrants
This week’s survey asks: When did your first known immigrant ancestor arrive in North America?**
Take Survey
Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Spring Workshop
The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society is sponsoring a Spring Workshop with Pam Vestal on Saturday, May 18th, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Sign-in is at 10:00 a.m., and the workshop lectures begin at 11:00 a.m. The workshop is $40.00 without lunch and $52.50 with lunch (soup, salad, roll, cookie, and beverage). Pam’s topics: ▪ Finding What You Need and Using What You FindFilling in the Stories of Our Female AncestorsWhy They Left, Where They Went, Journey Tales For more information, see the full seminar description. You can also download a registration form. Or contact Georga at 541-296-2882 or
GFO’s Book of the Week: First 300 Years of Trinity College, Dublin
Feature of the Week: The Book of Trinity College, Dublin, 1591-1891 Irish researchers take heed! This surplus book was printed in 1892 in Belfast, Ireland, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Trinity College in Dublin. It includes illustrations of Queen Elizabeth, buildings on campus, and even a fold-out map of the college. Overall, this book is in average condition. Its pages are in fine shape, text and illustrations are immaculate, and are all still bound together securely. However, the cover is attached at the back, but not on the spine. The edges of the cover also show wear. This is a former library book which shows stamps inside and a library label on its spine.
The Book of Trinity College, Dublin, 1591-1891 was published by Marcus Ward & Co., Limited, Royal Ulster Works, London and New York. Our price:
$25 – Pick up at GFO
$35 – Shipped to you Contact if you’d like to buy this piece of Irish history.
Please Help! We Need a Webmaster
Do you have any background in website management? Our talented volunteer webmaster is leaving, and we need someone to take her place. Web design skills are not needed since our website provider has a template we follow. But we do have hundreds of pages on our site since we offer so many indexes and resources. These need updating when our volunteers finish each project. Please contact if you have any questions or wish to volunteer. Thank you.
This week at GFO …

Saturday, April, 27th
The GFO will be closed all day.
GFO Saturday Full-Day Spring Seminar 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Featuring Tony Burroughs. Join us at the Center for Self Enhancement (SEI), 3920 N Kerby Ave, Portland, OR 97227, USA. Registration Required.
Sunday, April, 28th
GFO Sunday Half-Day Spring Seminar 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Featuring Tony Burroughs. This half-day will be held at the GFO. Registration Required.
The GFO will be open for it’s regular hours 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May, 1st
Learn and Chat 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Lisa McCullough will be available to help answer your DNA questions, whether you are new and just getting started or have more complicated inquiries. Questions?
Open Late until 8:00 p.m.