Genealogy library hosts talk on early Chinese women in Oregon

Genealogy library hosts talk on early Chinese women in Oregon

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon, a local genealogical library, is hosting a free talk focused on the lives of the first groups of Chinese women to immigrate to Oregon. This virtual event will occur at 2:30 pm Saturday, January 15; pre-registration is required.

Archaeologists and authors Dr. Chuimei Ho and Dr. Bennet Bronson will present an illustrated lecture at the GFO’s monthly GenTalk on the topic of “Merchants’ Wives, Prostitutes and Identities In Between: Early Chinese Women in Portland.”

Dr. Chuimei Ho was born in Hong Kong and received her Ph.D. in art history and archaeology from the University of London in 1984. She arrived in the U.S. in 1987 and served as adjunct curator at the Field Museum from 1989 to 2006. In 2001 she became a founder and first president of the Chinese American Museum of Chicago, and in 2008 she founded the Chinese in Northwest America Research Committee (CINARC) with Bennet Bronson.

Dr. Bennet Bronson received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. He was Curator of Asian Archaeology and Ethnology at Chicago’s Field Museum from 1971 to 2008, has done archaeological work in Guatemala, Thailand, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka, and has published two books with Chuimei Ho; Splendors of the Forbidden City, Coming Home in Gold Brocade: Chinese in Early Northwest America, and Three Chinese Temples in California.

GenTalks are monthly presentations on a wide variety of topics of genealogical interest currently provided via Zoom and always available to the public for free. If interested, sign up ahead of time at

The GFO appreciates any publicity for its events. A graphic, suitable for use on a FB page, is attached.

About Us

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, located at 2505 S.E. 11th Avenue, Portland. As a secular, all-volunteer organization, we operate the largest genealogical library in the Pacific Northwest. GFO holdings include an expansive collection of resources to assist anyone interested in pursuing their own family’s genealogy, irrespective of the location. Although the physical library is currently closed to the public due to the pandemic, online talks and classes have continued virtually. GFO researchers also respond to the members and the public’s emailed queries about genealogy and history. You can learn more about GFO’s mission, activities, along with our publications and resources at

Washington State New Non Profit Act

Last year the Washington Legislature passed an updated Non Profit Law (the last one passed in 1970) and it takes effect on January 1, 2022. While much is just changes allowing online meetings and similar language changes, there are other parts that pertain to non profits with members and to having youth on boards. There was one training session already and more to come in 2022. They are free since the Secretary of State paid the fees for all of us. Here is a list of some upcoming meetings:



Be sure to subscribe to the email list, I have been on that list for a few years and if we ever get back to in person meetings it is regionalized so you only get meetings in your region and important statewide meetings.

Spokane Community College Genetic Genealogy

Genetic genealogy is the practice of using genetic material to establish
heritage. In this class students will gain knowledge on what genetic
genealogy is, the practice of using DNA to identify relatives, physical
heredity, mapping of the human genome, the science of DNA, using
DNA to establish identity and degree of relationship in which people
are related, the different types of DNA testing, and more.
Using DNA to Find Lost Family
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 – 6 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 – 6 to 8 p.m.
To register, contact the Community Colleges of Spokane’s Corporate
and Continuing Ed program at
or online at
Course instructor Brian Holloway spent 25 years unraveling the
mystery of his father’s birth, which had been obscured by
misinformation, before turning to genetic genealogy in 2013. Just four
years later this century-old family mystery was solved when DNA
testing led the discovery of his father’s birth certificate. Brian’s
experiences offer a wealth of knowledge for others seeking to solve a
mystery or overcome barriers in their family history.

Applied Genealogy Institute Spring Semester

Applied Genealogy Institute, a new institute founded by three Certified Genealogists, two of whom are from Washington, is excited to announce the next series of educational offerings to the genealogical community for our Spring semester. Whether you are educational addicts like we are or one who just wants to “do it right,” you will find a course to fit your needs in the Spring offerings of AppGen. 
If you want to know more, check our current class offerings out at our website:
No, the registration window isn’t open yet, but it will be after the first of the year. Sign up for the mailing list and tell your friends.