Genealogical Forum of Oregon Zoomboree

APRIL 16-18 Genealogy Zoomboree – Making the Invisible Visible

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon celebrates its 75th Anniversary with a multicultural Genealogy Zoomboree, April 16-18.

Four nationally known experts bring us 8 lessons to help you tap online resources from home as you trace your family roots. 

Registration for one, two, three or all four speakers is online at

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL, Board for Certification of Genealogists – 

  • Courthouse Research & Indexes – Find critical genealogical information from your local courthouse.
  • Land Records: Rich Sources for Your Research – Even non-landowners can end up in land and deed records. 

Linda Harms Okazaki, Nikkei Genealogical Society

  • Introduction to Japanese American Research – Japanese American research provides lessons in genealogical research that benefits all genealogists. Custom information for Oregon included.
  • WWII Internment Camps: Japanese, Germans & Italians – Japanese Americans and their families, as well as Americans of other heritage, were considered “enemy aliens,” and imprisoned by the U.S. Government. Learn about internment sites and the records created. 

Sherri Camp, MLS, Past President Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society 

  • African American Research Strategies – Learn key strategies to locate resources and records for information about African American ancestors and family members.
  • A Treasure Trove of Free Websites – Learn how to access free genealogical information while we stay safe at home doing research at our computers.

Michael Lacopo, DVM, Professional Genealogist – 

  • Medical Genealogy: A primer of diseases that killed our ancestors and the epidemics they lived through – Many researchers barely understand the cause of death listed. Know what afflicted your ancestors’ communities, the common diseases, and you’ll learn how they lived.

“I am poor, obscure, plain, and little.”  Researching Invisible Ancestors – If your ancestors had little money, did not buy and sell land, did not leave wills, and did not purchase gravestones, how do you find them? This lecture will show you how!