Genealogical Forum of Oregon 2023 Fall Seminar

Announcing GFO’s Fall Seminar, A Day of Tools & Tech

This online seminar is hosted by Genealogical Forum of Oregon and offers a full day of techniques and tips to get the most out researching on the computer. From using common apps in creative ways to squeezing the most out of Google, you are sure to learn something new! The main speaker is the charismatic and always entertaining Thomas MacEntee.

Session 1 – You Use WHAT for Your Genealogy?

Session 2 – Google Tools for Genealogists

Session 3 – Genealogy Tech with Thomas

Session 4 – Tech Troubleshooting – What Would You Do?

Closing and Door Prizes

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Clallam County Genealogical Society Becoming a Genealogical “Super Sleuth”

Clallam County Genealogical Speakers’ Series — October 14th – 2023  

Jill Morelli

 Becoming a Genealogical “Super Sleuth!”

All-day Seminar

The Program:   Four One Hour Sessions

                 I  The Genealogical Proof Standard According to Shirlock Holms

                                Using Sherlock’s own words we will explore his take on the Genealogical Proof Standard – a fun way to                                                 look at the GPS!  Who knew that SH was just following the GPS?!

                II  Solving the Family Myth Using Principles of Logic.

Who doesn’t have a story told to them about their ancestors? These undocumented stories are “myths”                                                 and are prevalent in almost everyone’s family, but how does one prove their veracity? We will look at a                                               way to separate the wheat from the chaff.

III  Don’t Build your Own Brick Walls!

                Most brick walls are of our own making!  We need to address the reasons why they exist so we can                                                 resolve the problem.  We will review some of the reasons our brick walls get built and how to tear them                                            down.  Hard hat ready?  Let’s start smashing the wall!

                IV  Be a Super Sleuth!  Accessing and Using Images at family Search

Did you know that now over 95% of the online records of FamilySearch are not accessible by a surname                                                 search? Did you know that FamilySearch was now putting their newly digitized records in Images and                                         NOT in the Card Catalog? How do you find these records and access the   information you need? We will                                            explore the access options Images to you and how to “read” the record for maximum efficiency.


9:00 – 9:20                         Registration (and a bit of noshing)

9:20 – 930                           Opening Remarks by our President, Paul Wessel

9:30 – 10:30                       Session I – The Genealogical Proof Standard According to Sherlock Holmes

10:30-10:50                       Break

10:50-11:30                       Session II — Solving the Family Myth Using Principles of Logic

11:30 – 12:30                    Lunch

12:30 – 1:30                       Session III – Don’t Build Your Own Brick Walls!

1:30 – 1:50                         Break

1:50 – 2:50                         Session IV – Be a Super Sleuth!  Accessing and Using Images at Familysearch

2:50 – 3:00                         Drawing, final comments.

Registration: Begins on September 1st.

                Members OF CCGS:  $45                               Non-members:  $50

                Save $5 by registering early before September 20th.

Checks should be made out to CCGS

Credit cards can be used by going to the CCGS website to use the PayPal app.

Location:  Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church

                925 N. Sequim Avenue, Sequim, WA

This will be a hybrid Presentation.  Participants can either attend the presentation live or watch Jill on Zoom. Zoom meeting number and pass codes will be emailed to participants upon receipt of payment.

 For more information call the society at 360-417-5000 or visit the website:

Our Speaker:  About Jill Morelli

                Jill Morelli is a renown researcher, speaker and author.  She has appeared in Legacy Webinars, National conferences, and has won national awards for the many gifts she has brought to genealogy.  She is exceptional.

Columbia County Genealogy Conference September 15-17, 2023

Columbia County Genealogy Conference
logo The Friends of the St. Helens Public Library in cooperation with the Columbia County Museum Association is pleased to announce registration has opened for its third biennial Columbia County Genealogy Conference: Rivers of Wonder, September 15-17. This free conference will be available both online and limited to eighty in-person attendees per day. You can select your desired type of attendance by day. On Friday and Sunday, speakers Dave Sprau, Lee Van Duzer, and GFO member Tricia Oberndorf will lead sessions to show how to understand our ancestors in their own time by examining their professions and professional relationships. On Saturday, GFO’s Laurel Smith will lead a total of five sessions discussing how to build successful searches on FamilySearch and adding those results to an existing record to build stronger profiles within FamilySearch. In addition, she will highlight techniques to differentiate between people and whether FamilySearch or Ancestry will provide a better result based on the question asked of it and type of answer needed. Links to daily schedule, session descriptions, and speaker backgrounds, provide additional detail.
More information Click Here

Applied Genealogy Institute Fall Registration

Press Release

July 2023

Applied Genealogy Institute Fall Registration will open August 17-23, 2023. The registration period is one week and a lottery system is used when courses are over-subscribed.

Five courses are available:

  • Applied Genetic Genealogy — Leah Larkin, PhD
  • Public Speaking for Genealogists – Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD
  • Transportation Nation: An Exploration of U.S. Routes & Records for Work and Travel in the 19th to Early 20th Centuries – Pamela Vittorio
  • Using Land Records to Solve Genealogical Problems – Lisa S. Gorrell, CG
  • Writing Reports: For Clients, Family Members, Other Researchers, and Yourself – Sara Gredler, CG

AppGen provides the student with a unique online genealogy education experience with a high degree of instructor-student interaction utilizing a practicum-based approach. The founders believe that “Learn by Doing” is a more effective way to gain knowledge by putting those newly learned skills to use immediately. Class size is small (15 maximum). All assigned student homework is commented on by the instructor. Courses are 4-5 weeks long which gives time to study and process each week’s information and to do the exercises.

For detailed information about each class and how to register, check out Be sure to sign up for the mailing list to get up-to-date information about upcoming courses.

2023 International German Genealogy Partnership Conference

JUNE 9-11, 2023

Counting down and looking forward

According to the IGGP 2023 clock, we’re about 45 days from the opening of the conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and online. If you’re still thinking about registering, now’s the time!

We keep saying connection is our brand, and the conference backs that up. Almost 30 Connection sessions on all areas of German research. These peer-to-peer sessions bring together folks interested in the same topic. This year is certainly the most comprehensive schedule of Connection sessions we have offered. But even more, those who have volunteered to facilitate the sessions are experienced researchers from many parts of the German world. The easy way to see who they are:

Go to the "presenters" page on

Scroll down to "Connection session facilitators"

Click on the photo to see a bio 

IGGP 2023 is fortunate to have a number of “on-demand” presenters who agreed to record their presentations. That’s another 50+ presentations that address a range of topics we could not pass up. To extend the value of your registration, we will be scheduling live question and answer sessions with many of these presenters in the weeks after the conference ends. This is another value-add to the conference.

Then there’s the exhibitors both on-site and virtual who all have stories to tell.The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library to roam and research in, the Germanfest a short walk from the conference with music and food and fun, and everything else you can squeeze into a weekend in Fort Wayne.

If you know a librarian or archivist who helps patrons with genealogy questions, encourage them to sign up for Librarians’ Day on Thursday, June 8. Experts will share information on where to find the resources to do German genealogy. Why not donate their registration? It’s only $10!

Hope to see you in June. Questions may be sent to Take a look at our newsletter, Partner Zeitung, for lots more about what you’ll find at the conference.

The traveling exhibit will be one of two at the IGGP 2023 conference.
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Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society 2023 Spring Seminar

The Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society 2023 Spring Seminar will be Saturday, April 29 from 8:30 am to 3:15 pm via Zoom

Our speaker will be Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG
He will be presenting the following 4 topics:
• Finding “Unfindable” Ancestors
• Combining Sources to Identify an Immigrant Origin and Arrival Record
• Building a Credible Lineage, Despite Missing Information, Conflicting and Incorrect Records, and Undocumented Publications
• Going Beyond the Bare Bones: Reconstructing Your Ancestors’ Lives

Cyndi Ingle, creator of will act as Emcee and Virtual Meeting Host.

For more information, visit the Spring Seminar page.Download: TPCGS Seminar Brochure

Heritage Quest Research Library April Seminars

Dawn Carlile is a native Oregonian who grew up in Eugene and Springfield. She has been doing research for more than 25 years. Dawn is a professional genealogist, educator and lecturer.

CENSUS RECORDS, the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How.
The census has always been a valuable asset to genealogists and a better understanding of the who, what, when, where, why, and how can reveal more about your ancestors. Learn why we have a census, what all the codes mean, the questions asked, and special instructions to the census takers for how to enter the answers.
APRIL 6, 2023
11 AM to 12 PM
Sign-up & Payment:
Cost: $20 Members/ $25 Non-members
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Click on HQRL Store and sign in as a member to get the discount.

Janet O’Conor Camarata is a genealogist with over 30 years of experience. She is a seminar presenter, educator and trainer for many local genealogy societies and libraries. Janet is a past-president of SKCGS and has taught classes at Pierce College.

Using Historical Maps for Genealogical Research
Historical maps are crucial to genealogy research!
These maps allow genealogy researchers to place our ancestors in a specific location and time, understand people and the land, along with migration patterns and the community where the ancestor lived. Historical maps reduce research time.
Fortunately, many maps can be found online FREE.
April 20, 2023
11 AM to 12 PM
Sign-up & Payment:
Cost: $20 Members / $25 Non-members
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Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Spring Seminar

Y.V.G.S. Spring Seminar

Location:  Y.V.G.S. Library, 1901 So. 12th Ave, Union Gap, WA 98903

Telephone: (509) 248-1328 


Cost: $15.00 Form on website.

Featuring: Richard Kyle

The classes will be focusing on the importance of immigration and land papers.

Friday, April 7, 2023 – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Prejudice, Bias, Discrimination and Class Elitism and it’s effect on Colonial Immigration to the U.S.

Saturday, April 8, 2023 Morning 9:00 to 11:30am

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Free Land – A History of Free Land for Immigrants and Settlers from Colonial to Modern Times.

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Break and Snacks (coffee, tea and water provided).

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Lands Records – Why you need them for your research and a basic tutorial on how to use them.