Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society June 21-22 Conference

The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS) has a spectacular speaker line-up for the June 21-22 conference, The Journey of Our Ancestors: Tracing Our Western Pennsylvania Roots

Attend presentations on migration, land, DNA, the Pennsylvania State Archvies, ethnic ancestors and so much more!

Check out the full agenda and speaker line-uphttps://wpgs.org/50th-anniversary-conference/.

Whether you attend in person or virtually, connect with fellow genealogists and further your research. All recorded sessions will be available for 90 days.

Register before April 30 to get Early Bird pricing.

We hope to see you there!

Got Swedish Ancestry?

The Vasa Order of America National Archives, a Swedish-American fraternal organization, in Bishop Hill, IL, is hoping to attract more researchers to their collections.

The Vasa Order has lodges across the US, Canada, and Sweden. Many of them have disbanded over the years. Their Finding Aid (a work in progress), online collections and guide to the Lennart Setterdahl Oral History Collection is also on the webpage. You can find a link to their collections on their website: https://www.vasaarchives.org/online-collections

French Canadian and New England Books for Sale

The French-Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut (FCGSC) is a small society that operates a genealogical research library focused primarily, though not exclusively, on French Canadian and New England ancestry.  During the past several years they have received a large number of donated books, many of which either duplicate current holdings or do not fit into the scope of their collections. With limited storage space in their 200-year-old building, they are offering these excess books for sale. Most are used, many out of print and difficult to obtain. The majority are library copies that have been on their shelves or in donors’ collections, though some are new and unused.

A list that is being updated frequently can be found on their website at  https://www.fcgsc.org/books-for-sale. Please contact then at info@fcgsc.org, ATTN: Library Director for additional information.

GFO Open House Celebrating 77th Anniversary

GFO To Hold Open House Celebrating 77th Anniversary

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon is pleased to announce that its 2023 Open House will take place March 11-19.

This year’s annual event celebrates GFO’s 77th anniversary, and features 27 speakers and 29 classes for researchers at all levels. All classes will be offered online.

In addition, the research library in the historic Ford Building in Portland’s east side, 2505 SE 11th Avenue, will be open Sunday through Friday. We invite anyone to use the library’s resources for research during this event. We will also offer tours and beginning research help each afternoon.

All classes and research library activities are free and open to the public for this nine-day event.

For more details and registration, visit our website at gfo.org/openhouse.

Lincoln County Genealogical Society Hidden History of Civil War Oregon

The Lincoln County Genealogical Society (Oregon) would like to invite you to a zoom presentation provided by Randol Fletcher on the “Hidden History of Civil War Oregon” on 4 February 2023 (Saturday) at 11:00 a.m. 

In order to receive a timely reminder notice/zoom instructions about this meeting, please send your name and email address to: 

Thank you for your interest.
Sincerely,Lincoln County Genealogical Society

Tell the Story Black History Conference

Tell the Story Black History Conference
Think you KNOW the history of Utah? Come hear stories of Utah’s history and learn a FULLER version. In-Person and Virtual.
Our 7th Annual Tell The Story Black History Conference will take place at the U of U’s new S. J. Quinney law building, located directly across the street from the Stadium Trax Station. Parking in the Stadium Station Lot and the S.J. Quinney Lot is FREE, compliments of our Sponsor S.J. Quinney College of Law and Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner.
Saturday, September 17, 2022
Check-In & Same-Day Registration: 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Bonus Early-Bird Class: 7:45 am
Vendor Tables: 8:30 am – 8:50 am, and between each class
Conference: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: 6th Floor S.J. Quinney College of Law, 383 So University Street East, SLC UT
We will have two (2) Tracks of in-person classes this year plus a Bonus Early-bird Class plus Board of Directors’ Presentation on preparations for a Black History Museum plus Keynote Address by Dr. Joseph Stuart plus a Lunch-time Session with Lanzo Liggins and Danor Gerald, the hosts of PBS Utah’s “Race, Roots, and Culture”. Please join us as we explore and discuss stories of Utah’s history that give us a fuller version of Utah’s history. This year, you can register for the entire conference, the conference AND our Friday evening (16 Sept) Ancestral Remembrance Celebration, pick-a-class where you register for just one or a few classes of your choosing, or virtual attendance (an entire Track of Conference Committee pre-selected classes).
On-line tickets only. A volunteer will have a list of all registered for the conference.
*No Refunds
Register Here Special Addresses and Panels Board of Directors Presentation: “Building a Black History Museum Foundation: Engagement Is a Building Block” Description: Museums often struggle to step outside of their comfort areas and find approaches to underserved communities. Sema Hadithi African American Heritage and Culture Foundation is confronting that issue head-on, by taking the critical steps of researching and building relationships prior to building a physical museum. This discussion will address insights and challenges from our work so far. — Presenters: Robert Burch, Sema Hadithi Foundation’s Founder & Executive Director; Alana Blumenthal, Museum Director, Brigham City Museum of Art & History, Sema Hadithi Foundation’s Director of Institutional Development; Kirk Huffaker, Owner & President of Huffaker Preservation Strategies, Sema Hadithi Foundation’s Managing Director Keynote Address: “Freedom, Justice, and Equality for Black Men in America: Race, Masculinity, and the Nation of Islam in the Black Freedom Movement – 1931-1975” — Presenter: Joseph Stuart, Ph.D. Lunch-time Session: PBS-UT’s Hosts of “Roots, Race, & Culture: A Discussion with Hosts & Producers Danor Gerald & Lanzo Liggins” Description: Hosts Lanzo Liggins and Danor Gerald talk about their show on PBS Utah “Roots, Race, and Culture”, why they started it, how they put it together, how they select the stories, how they chose to work together, how they pitched the idea to PBS. Class Q&A. Bonus Class to run in the early morning for people to attend after checking-in. Virtual AND In-Person Attendees will be able to access this class. “Monuments & Memorials” — Presenters: Jami Van Huss, Museum Director, Hyrum City Museum; and Emily Crumpton-Deason, Research Consultant, L.D.S. Church History Library. To be shown as recorded on Tue 31 May 2022. — Time: 7:45 am – 8:30 am Description: In our current societal climate with statues being removed and destroyed and people protesting images, do you understand the difference a monument and a memorial? This class was originally held on Tuesday 31 May 2022 In-Person as a Crucial Community Conversation. The conference is the final event of the weekend which includes the walking tour and ancestral remembrance celebration on Friday 16 September.


Friday morning 16 September Walking history tour of the Richmond Park neighborhood.

On-line tickets only.

*No Refunds


Friday evening 16 September Ancestral Remembrance Celebration & Dinner

On-line tickets only.

*No Refunds

Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County January Meeting

Saturday, January 22
2022 Winter Program
10:00 am to 1:00 pm Eastern- Via Zoom
FREE TO MEMBERS!!(A Great Reason to Become a Member)

Register at:ancestry @gensocofpbc.org

List your name and current email address   Topics:

  • Cause of Death: Dissecting Coroner’s Records for Genealogical Research.
  • Silent Voices: Telling the Stories of Your Female Immigrant Ancestors.

Featured speaker Lisa Alzo will present two one-hour webinars. She will answer questions after each session There will be a fifteen-minute break at 11:15am The second session will start at 11:30am. Closing remarks at 12:45pm.   Handouts will be emailed prior to the event.   Lisa A. Alzo is a freelance writer and internationally recognized lecturer. She is the author of eleven books and hundreds of magazine articles. Lisa also developed the Eastern European Research Certificate Program for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

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 gfo.org/gentalk.

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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 https://gfo.org/.

Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County Getting Started with Heritage Quest

Message originally sent by: Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County from: chruth@comcast.net.

Dear Gen. Soc. Washington,

Saturday, December 11
Getting Started with HeritageQuest
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm – Via Zoom
    Learn to access and navigate millions of genealogy records using HeritageQuest. Preregistration Required    Preregister at http://events.pbclibrary.org/node/20569