2021 Heartland Family History Conference

Greetings to all of our friends and colleagues!  We want to let everyone know about our 2021 Heartland Family History Conference, which will begin May 7-8.  

We will be hosting a virtual event again this year, with two days of “live” programming on May 7-8, followed by 90 days of on-demand access to recorded content, our virtual exhibit hall, and participant networking opportunities.  Our featured speaker this year is Billie Stone Fogarty, who will be presenting four sessions.  In addition, we will be offering more than 30 breakout sessions, presented by regional, national and international speakers.  We also have some fun new networking and social activities planned.  More details and registration information can be found on our conference website, https://heartlandfhc.org.   

A conference brochure and registration form can be downloaded here. 

We would like to ask your help in spreading the word and promoting our event – please feel free to share this information widely.  We think that it is shaping up to be a great conference, one that your members and constituents won’t want to miss! 

We Thank You for your assistance,

                  The Heartland Family History Conference planning team



Topeka Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 4048
Topeka, Kansas 66604-0048
US

Genealogical Forum of Oregon celebrates its 75th Anniversary

MARCH 27 – APRIL 3 – GFO’s Virtual Genealogy Open House

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon celebrates its 75th Anniversary with a Free Virtual Genealogy Open House online this year.

Join us for 18 free classes from March 27 through April 3.

Classes include Freedmen’s Bureau Records, Oregon Land Claims, Indentured Servants, U.S. Census Records, and more, including these theme days:

    Sunday, March 28: Irish Day

    Monday, March 29: Online Sources Day

    Tuesday, March 30: DNA Day

Each class requires its own advance registration. Please invite your friends to see how the GFO can help you in your family history sleuthing.

Click here for more information

Family History Fanatics Winter Virtual Conference

We wanted to let your group know about the 3rd annual A Winter of DNA virtual conference coming up on Saturday, 30th January 2021 The past virtual conferences were very successful and had great attendance. 
Speakers will be talking about the following:

DNA & Law Enforcement – Marian Woods
GEDmatch Basics – Kitty Cooper
Tracing Ancestral Lines in the 1700s Using DNA – Tim Janzen
A Guide To Chromosome Browsers & DNA Segment Data – Michelle Leonard

The online sessions will begin at 10am Eastern Time on Saturday, 30th January 2021. Some answers to common questions that people have asked us:

1. Yes, the sessions are live. These are not pre-recorded, so if you have questions, then please ask them in the chat during any of the sessions and we’ll get them answered.

2. Yes there are door prizes. 

3. No, you don’t have to be watching the live presentations to win (although we hope you do), everyone who is registered will be eligible to win the door prizes.

4. Yes, recordings of the sessions will be available for 30 days after the virtual conference so even if you can’t make the live session, register so that you can watch the recordings.

5. Yes we use our webcams. You don’t have to watch slides all the time. You also get to see people. 

6. Yes, this event is open to anyone who wants to register.  No need to travel or even change out of your pajamas if you don’t want to.

As with past events there will be a 5th hour panel discussion where you can ask questions about any of the topics or even anything else related to genealogy and research. Early bird registration is only $19.99 until January 22nd. The regular registration price is $24.99. Learn more at the website (https://www.familyhistoryfanatics.com/winterdna) and register today.
Feel free to post this information on your website or Facebook page and let your members know. If you would like graphics to post, let us know and we can send them to you.
Thanks,Andrew & Devon Noel Lee
Family History Fanatics Humble, TX | 346-704-1433familyhistoryfanatics.comYouTube: Family History Fanatics   | Twitter: @FHFanatics Facebook: Family History Fanatics  |  Twitter: @FHFanatics | 

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

GFO Logo THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition November 12, 2020
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member! gfo.org | 503-963-1932 | info@gfo.org Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Click here for a PDF version of this E-News.
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Fall Seminar This Weekend
This is your last chance to sign up to hear personally from the popular Lisa Louise Cooke, host of Genealogy Gems Podcasts! We’ve added extra online “seats” so there is plenty of room! If you can’t attend live, videos of these sessions will be available until December 15 for anyone who registers, so it’s worth signing up!
GFO Fall Seminar ad half-pg Come meet Lisa, ask questions, and get two days of her popular “Gems” for yourself! Learn about reopening cold cases, handling common surnames, finding living relatives, and see how Google Earth Pro can help every genealogist.
Lisa is an extremely popular international genealogy speaker, and the GFO is thrilled she will join us online this weekend for our Fall Seminar, November 14 and 15. And everyone will get a great view of her presentations from the comfort of whatever seat they choose in their home. In addition, GFO members get big discounts at this seminar! $20 off the first day, $15 off the second. Sign up now! *NOTE: If you registered after 7:30 a.m. Thursday, you should have received an email with meeting information in the past day. If you have not seen one, contact seminars@gfo.org
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Free November GenTalk: Timelines & Checklists
Nov GenTalk clipped We have a great opportunity to learn how to create a timeline with what you know, identify gaps, consult a genealogical research checklist for sources to fill those gaps, and record your queries on a correspondence research log.
Kathrine Willson is one of the most talented and engaging genealogy speakers I’ve heard. I’m thrilled she’s doing a GenTalk for the GFO.” — Laurel Smith, GFO Library Chair
Katherine R. Willson will be our featured online GenTalk speaker for Genealogical Timelines & Research Checklists on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. Discover the magic of methodology that may break down your brick walls. She is a genealogy lecturer from Michigan; an educator teaching beginning through advanced genealogy classes since 2001; the author of The Genealogist’s Guide to Grand Rapids, Michigan; and a professional researcher for private clients. Go to our GenTalk page to register now. It’s free for everyone.
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Special Free GFO Presentation: Who’s In Your Neighborhood?
Friends. Associates. Neighbors. We’ve heard of the F.A.N. principle of genealogy. But what about our own GFO F.A.N club? The GFO Board has made it a priority to better serve all groups in our area. We are pleased to present Linda Harms Okazaki, who helps genealogical societies to embrace different cultures within our communities.
Whos In Neighborhood trim On Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m., Linda presents Who’s In Your Neighborhood? Meeting the Diverse Research Needs of Your Community. This will be live, online, and free. Historical events, laws, immigration patterns, and primary source documents will be examined to better assist individuals from different ethnic groups.
A fourth-generation Californian active in the genealogy and Japanese American communities in California and beyond, Linda is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a charter member of the Nikkei Genealogical Society, and a contractual genealogist with Ancestry ProGenealogists™. She is also a featured columnist for the Nichi Bei Weekly. Please come ready to ask questions and to engage in a lively dialogue. Register here for this free, online, engaging session.
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Mayflower Lineage Database Now Online
©2020 New England Historic Genealogical Society To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival in America, American Ancestors has just released an online database containing authenticated lineages of all the passengers on the Mayflower who left descendants. These family histories are taken from approved membership applications for the Mayflower Society (General Society of Mayflower Descendants), the earliest of which dates back to 1895. This is another great reason to be a member of the GFO. Your membership includes access to American Ancestors to search these records! They are graciously extending this to our members at home at this time during the pandemic. Login through our exclusive Members Area.
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Webinar: The 400th Anniversary of The Mayflower
For those wishing a more comprehensive review of the new American Ancestors’ online data base of records pertaining to the Mayflower, the Oklahoma Genealogical Society will host a full day webinar entitled “The 400th Anniversary of The Mayflower 1620-2020,” featuring New England Historical Genealogical Society Chief Genealogist, David Allen Lambert.
OGS This online presentation will be held Saturday, November 21, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m (Pacific) and topics will include: Mayflower Sources, Resources for the New England Great Migration 1620-1640, Understanding New England Town and Vital Records, Using New England Court Records, and Using New England Land Records. Cost is $50 for non-members. Click here to register. There is a limit of 100 participants.
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Please Volunteer from Home
The GFO Library may be closed but there’s still plenty of work that can be done from home. We’re currently recruiting volunteers to help with these projects.
volunteers-2729695 1920 The Data Extraction group is working to index GFO’s Bulletin quarterlies. Is this something you would like to do from home? If so, we can send the indexing rules, the Excel spreadsheet for the volume, and a digital copy of the volume for you to index.
“It is interesting going through the old Bulletins. I have found some of my ancestors in them!” Please contact Loretta Welsh at loretta.welsh@gfo.org if you’d like to help.
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What’s New Online?
cable-4498741 1920 tip As our library closure continues, we are featuring free online resources so you can reach out and connect, as well as continue to learn and build on your genealogy skills, from home.
How Research Plans Prevent Distractions Join the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society and guest speaker Tammy Priolo for a free webinar on Tuesday, November 17 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific) where she will discuss the Genealogical Proof Standard, distractions, research plans, and how these all impact correct documentation and family history preservation. Register in advance, here.
Separating and Merging Identities of Same-named Men Can the same man die twice? Join BCG Certified Genealogist Shannon Green, for a free Legacy Family Tree Webinar, Wednesday, November 18 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific) for a review using a comprehensive case study where she will elaborate on how to distinguish same-named men as well as provide warnings of how identities can be incorrectly conflated. Register here.
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Surplus Book: Somerset Homecoming
Col Corr Somerset-4414 Dorothy Spruill Redford spent ten years traveling down winding southern roads, through county courthouses and state archives, and onto the front porches of people willing to share tales handed down through generations, to trace the lives of the slaves and their descendants from Somerset Place, North Carolina. Her hard work created a homecoming of more than 2,000 descendants which attracted national publicity. And it marked the beginning of a campaign to turn Somerset Place into a remarkable resource for learning about the history of both African Americans and whites in the region.
Col Corr Somerset-4418 Redford preserved this remarkable story in Somerset Homecoming – Recovering a Lost Heritage, published in 1989. This paperback copy is a first edition signed by the author. It is in good condition with a crunched right corner on the cover and the first few pages.
Col Corr Somerset-4429 We find no marks inside (other than the author’s signature.) It includes an introduction by Alex Haley. Our price: $18, shipping included. Contact booksales@gfo.org if you’d like to purchase this.
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This week at GFO …
desk-calendar-12992149 The Week Ahead: The GFO Research Library is closed, and all on-site groups, classes, and work parties are suspended.
Saturday, November 14 Fall Seminar: Lisa Louise Cooke 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Online The GFO is pleased to present Lisa Louise Cooke, the host of the Genealogy Gems podcast, for the first day of a two-day fall seminar, live online. For details regarding the day’s presentations and to register, click here or consult the article in the main body of this E-News.
Writer’s Forum 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Online Join this peer group of genealogists, who meet to learn about writing and to share their writing with each other. Peggy Baldwin facilitates this group and can be reached at writers@gfo.org
Sunday, November 15 Fall Seminar: Lisa Louise Cooke 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Online The GFO is pleased to present Lisa Louise Cooke, the host of the Genealogy Gems podcast, for the second day of a two-day fall seminar, live online. For details regarding the day’s presentations and to register, click here or consult the article in the main body of this E-News.
French Canada Group 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Online Come and join this group to learn more about French Canadian ancestry and Acadia, while we share stories of our history. There will be discussions about next year’s agenda, book summary, and how to access information. For more information and a link to this meeting, write to FrCan@gfo.org. Wednesday, November 18 Learn & Chat 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Online Join our “genealogy self-help” group. Please bring tales of your latest genealogy related adventures and a wish list of subjects to build our calendar. For questions and a link to the meeting, contact Jeanne Quan and Sandy Alto at: learnandchat@gfo.org.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

GFO Logo THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition November 5, 2020 Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!gfo.org | 503-963-1932 | info@gfo.orgBe sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider Click here for a PDF version of this E-News. *** We’re Turning 75! Help Us Celebrate The GFO is about to hit a major milestone. In two months we turn 75 years old! Please help us celebrate.What are you favorite memories of the GFO? It could be a discovery, an event, or meaningful relationship. Perhaps someone helped you break a brick wall. Maybe you got to meet a star in the genealogy world. GFO-75th-Facebook Cover We’d like to share your stories with our members during our anniversary year. They might appear in the E-News, the Insider, or the Bulletin.
Short blurbs work best. A single paragraph or two are ideal. If you have a nice head shot photo of yourself, it’d be great to feature that too.Our longest time member, who joined in 57 years ago in 1963, has already shared a story with us. Please share yours too. Contribute your GFO Memories *** Fall Seminar: 2 Days of Genealogy Gems!You know Lisa Louise Cooke from her Genealogy Gems Podcasts. Her videos. Her articles. Her website. And her presentations at genealogy conferences. GFO Fall Seminar ad half-pg Now you can meet her, ask questions, and get two days of her popular “Gems” for yourself! Learn about reopening cold cases, handling common surnames, finding living relatives, and see how Google Earth Pro can help every genealogist. Lisa is an extremely popular international genealogy speaker, and the GFO is thrilled she will join us for our Fall Seminar, November 14 and 15, this year online. And everyone will get a great view of her presentations from the comfort of whatever seat they choose in their home.In addition, GFO members get big discounts at this seminar! $20 off the first day, $15 off the second.We are adding extra seats so everyone can attend. Please sign up now! Register for Fall Seminar *** Can You Help Us on Social Media?social media Do you use Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram regularly? If you enjoy social media, the GFO could really use your help.We’d love to reach a broader, more diverse audience, especially on Instagram, which would be brand new to us.The GFO currently has only one person handling all Facebook posts, in addition to many other fundraising and library tasks. We’d love to communicate through other social media platforms as well, but there’s not enough time in the day for one person to tackle all this.Please contact president@gfo.org if you have a knack for social media and can help us. Follow Us On Facebook Here *** Free November GenTalk: Timelines & ChecklistsNov GenTalk clipped We have a great opportunity to learn how to create a timeline with what you know, identify gaps, consult a genealogical research checklist for sources to fill those gaps, and record your queries on a correspondence research log. “Kathrine Willson is one of the most talented and engaging genealogy speakers I’ve heard. I’m thrilled she’s doing a GenTalk for the GFO.” — Laurel Smith, GFO Library Chair Katherine R. Willson will be our featured online GenTalk speaker for Genealogical Timelines & Research Checklists on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. Discover the magic of methodology that may break down your brick walls.She is a genealogy lecturer from Michigan; an educator teaching beginning through advanced genealogy classes since 2001; the author of The Genealogist’s Guide to Grand Rapids, Michigan; and a professional researcher for private clients.Go to our GenTalk page to register now. It’s free for everyone. *** Special GFO Presentation: Who’s In Your Neighborhood?Friends. Associates. Neighbors. We’ve heard of the F.A.N. principle of genealogy. But what about our own GFO F.A.N club?The GFO Board has made it a priority to better serve all groups in our area. We are pleased to present Linda Harms Okazaki, who helps genealogical societies to embrace different cultures within our communities. Whos In Neighborhood trim On Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m., Linda presents Who’s In Your Neighborhood? Meeting the Diverse Research Needs of Your Community. This will be live, online and free.Historical events, laws, immigration patterns, and primary source documents will be examined to better assist individuals from different ethnic groups. A fourth-generation Californian active in the genealogy and Japanese American communities in California and beyond, Linda is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a charter member of the Nikkei Genealogical Society, and a contractual genealogist with Ancestry ProGenealogists™. She is also a featured columnist for the Nichi Bei Weekly.Please come ready to ask questions and to engage in a lively dialogue. Register here for this free, online, engaging session. *** Gift-Membership-Ad-800 brdr *** Please Volunteer from Homeacrobat-reader-303805 1280 Copyright © 2020 Adobe The GFO Library may be closed but there’s still plenty of work that can be done from home. We’re currently recruiting volunteers to help with these projects.We need volunteers to help with the PDF processing of digital scans. This requires the Adobe Acrobat Pro software. If you have this software already and would like to help, please contact Laurel Smith, laurel.smith@gfo.org. *** NGS Asks For Your Awards Entries Have you written an outstanding family history? Do you know a young person who is involved in genealogy projects? The National Genealogical Society recognizes excellence in the field of genealogy by presenting awards to individuals, societies, and organizations. The GFO is a member of the NGS, so our members are eligible to enter. Awards for Excellence categories include: ngslogo • Family History Writing
• Genealogy and Family History Book
• Genealogical Methods and Sources
• NGSQ Article Excellence
• Youth Writing: Grades 6-8, and 9-12 Check out the full list and entry requirements here. The deadline for entries is December 15. *** What’s New in Online Digital Resourcescable-4498741 1920 tip As our library closure continues, we are featuring free online resources so you can reach out and connect, as well as continue to learn and build on your genealogy skills, from home. Researching Your French Canadian Ancestors Join speaker Johanne Gervais on November 7 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Pacific) and learn how, with the right tools, searching for your French Canadian ancestors in Québec has never been easier. Review the most common and useful features of the Québec Archives website, the BMS2000, Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH), GenealogyQuebec, and FichierOrigine databases. Register here for this free webinar; a part of the Southern California Genealogical Society’s 2020 Jamboree Webinar Series. Jewish Immigrants in the American Antiques Trade Join Briann Greenfield and Erica Lome on Tuesday, November 17 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Pacific) for this free webinar from American Ancestors exploring the lives and careers of two Lithuanian immigrants, Israel Sack and Nathan Margolis, who became noted authorities on Early American furniture. Their clients included some of the most famous collectors of their era, such as Henry Francis du Pont, J.P. Morgan, and Luke Vincent Lockwood. This talk recovers their fascinating legacy and demonstrates their lasting influence on American decorative arts. Register in advance here by November 17. Surplus Book: the book of sarahsWhen Catherine E. McKinley set out to find her biological parents, she had both genealogical and cultural obstacles to confront. Sarahs-4017 the book of sarahs; a family in parts, is her memoir as a biracial woman who was among the many children of color placed for adoption with white couples in the 1960s and 1970s.It may may include the first instance of a phrase we’ve not run across before: Afro-Saxon.Poet and author Hettie Jones wrote of McKinley’s book, “At once mystery and family history, Catherine McKinley’s story is a must-read for anyone – and that should be everyone – paying attention to race issues in our increasingly diverse, harder-to-categorize twenty-first-century America.” Sarahs-4020 Sarahs-4021 This memoir was published in 2002. This is a paperback copy in good condition. There are no marks of any kind on it, just some visible wear on the corners, and crease marks on the spine.Our price: $18, shipping included. Contact booksales@gfo.org if you’d like to purchase this. *** This week at GFO …desk-calendar-12992149 The Week Ahead:The GFO Research Library is closed, and all on-site groups, classes, and work parties are suspended.Saturday, November 7Virginia Interest Group10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Online Topic: The Library of Virginia Digital Archives Virginia research is difficult, even in the best of time. Records destroyed, and many of those remain have limited access. The Library of Virginia is a premier resource for Virginia genealogical research, even during these stay at home times. The archive has an amazing digital collection. But, it’s not always easy to find those records. And now, they have changed their search process. In this meeting, we’ll discuss a selection of the records available online, how to find others, and we’ll talk about some of the other resources available to help your research. Judi Scott will be sharing some successful personal examples from the LVA digital resources, and attendees are encouraged to share theirs as well. Register in advance, here. E-mail questions to: virginia@gfo.org.German Interest Group 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Online Topic: Pennsylvania Dutch and New York Palatines Join us for a presentation by Laressa Northrup as she speaks to the areas of origin for these groups in Germany, settlements in Pennsylvania and New York, as well as sources common or unique to both including tips on finding name variations. Download the handout here. If you are not already on our email list and would like to join us for this or any other German SIG meeting, please e-mail your request to German@gfo.org. Danke! Tuesday, November 10Board Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Online
All GFO members are invited to attend. To receive a link to this online meeting, send an email in advance to president@gfo.org. Thursday, November 12The Q Review 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Online For this month’s meeting, please read “DNA Identifies a Father for Rachel, Wife of James Lee of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania,” by Patricia Lee Hobbs. For a link to this online meeting, e-mail Alexa Waddle at qreview@gfo.org

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition October 29, 2020
Thank you to all who have renewed their membership, especially those who included a donation with their renewal.
We are so grateful for your loyalty and support.
Renew Now
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member! gfo.org | 503-963-1932 | info@gfo.org Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider Want to share an easy-to-read version of this E-News? Click here.
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Thank You For Sticking With Us
We don’t say it often enough. Thank you. We are truly indebted to all our loyal GFO members who have stuck with us during this chaotic year. Unfortunately, recent numbers do give us cause for concern. This month alone, we lost 41 members, the largest loss of renewals in one month since the pandemic began.
Thank you We believe in transparency. That’s why we are sharing this update now. The GFO is working diligently to provide you as many services online as we can while COVID keeps our library closed. We are working to make more records available for members soon too. It’s the biggest pivot in our history – in order to continue to serve you. For you who keep your membership current, we can’t say Thank You deeply enough. The future of the GFO depends on our members. We will continue to try our hardest to be worthy of your support.
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Fall Seminar: 2 Days of Genealogy Gems!
The GFO is proud to host the popular host of Genealogy Gems Podcasts Lisa Louise Cooke for our Fall Seminar, now online. We’ve added extra seats! Sign up for one or both days. GFO Members get big discounts!
GFO Fall Seminar ad half-pg This is your chance to meet her (virtually), ask questions, and get two days of her popular “Gems” for yourself! Learn about reopening cold cases, handling common surnames, finding living relatives, and see how Google Earth Pro can help every genealogist.
Lisa is an extremely popular international genealogy speaker, and the GFO is thrilled she will join us for our Fall Seminar, November 14 and 15, this year online. And everyone will get a great view of her presentations from the comfort of whatever seat they choose in their home. GFO members get significant discounts: $20 off the first day, $15 off the second. Sign up now!
Register for Fall Seminar
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Free November GenTalk: Timelines & Checklists
Nov GenTalk clipped We have a great opportunity for you to learn how to create a timeline with what you know, identify gaps, consult a genealogical research checklist for sources to fill those gaps, and record your queries on a correspondence research log. Discover the magic of methodology that may break down your brick walls.
Katherine R. Willson will be our featured online GenTalk speaker for Genealogical Timelines & Research Checklists on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. Willson is a genealogy lecturer from Michigan; an educator teaching beginning through advanced genealogy classes since 2001; the author of The Genealogist’s Guide to Grand Rapids, Michigan; and a professional researcher for private clients. Go to our GenTalk page to register now. It’s free for everyone.
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GFO’s Biggest Idea Needs Your Input
GFO-Library-1264 1 Last month we sent a special email to our members. We let you know the GFO Board is thinking about how we can buy our own building. The board’s job is to manage both short and long term prospects for the GFO. A permanent home would free the GFO of rent increases from a landlord. It would give us stability, a known space, and control of our future. Acting now could guarantee our future 25 years from now.
Many of you responded. Thank you!
However, a number of you offered to serve on a committee, but you did not give your names or contact information. If you answered the survey already and offered to help but have not yet received an email from us, please take the survey again and let us know who you are and how to reach you. Several of you left out your contact information.
(Do not “reply” to this E-News email.) Please note that this committee is limited to GFO Members.
Permanent Home Survey
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Local Boy Scout Asks Your Help: Index Family Records
We are happy to share a request from Daniel Clark of Boy Scout Troop 46 in Canby, Oregon. He’s close to earning his Eagle Scout rank, but still has a project to fulfill. For that, he’d like your help.
Daniel Clark Daniel Clark, Troop 46, Rivers Edge District Daniel has set an ambitious goal: he hopes to get volunteers to help him with an Indexing Blitz. His goal is to index 10,000 names on records at FamilySearch! He writes to us, “I’m really excited about this project because it is something that will last forever and benefit so many people!”
And he wants to achieve this between November 1-14.
If you’d like to help, here are Daniel’s instructions: • Go to FamilySearch.com and login or create an account.
• Then go to ” indexing “
• Select “Web Indexing.”
• Scroll down to the bottom and in the “Groups” section select “Find Groups.”
• Finally search “Daniel J. Clark” and click on “Join group.” FamilySearch has indexing training here. Good luck, Daniel!
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Back to Your Past: Genealogy For Students Ages 8-12
Do you have a child or grandchild who might be interested in family history? Here’s something for them.
NYGB-LOGO-Block-YELLOW-RGB-300x130 The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Back to Your Past program is for students ages 8-12. Participants will learn more about family history and its relevance in the world. Sessions will include discussions on various components of family history including photos, recipes, and oral history. This is a four-week course happening each Monday, starting November 9 at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific time). The cost is $20. Learn more here.
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Please Help: Volunteer from Home
For the last few years, our volunteers have been organizing, scanning, and creating finding aids for the many papers that have been donated. Some collections predate computer research. Often, the most interesting part is the correspondence because it is unique and includes information that cannot be found in other sources.
laptop-2557586 1920 We need volunteers to create finding aids for the collections that have been scanned. This involves going through the digital images and recording basic information about them onto a spreadsheet. Volunteers are not expected to read the material, just skim through it to pull relevant data. Procedures and examples can be found here. If you’d like to help with the manuscript collection, please contact Nanci Remington, nanci.remington@gfo.org.
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What’s New in Online Digital Resources
cable-4498741 1920 tip As our library closure continues, we are featuring free online resources so you can reach out and connect, as well as continue to learn and build on your genealogy skills, from home.
Expo Genealogia – A Latin America Family History Event
Those who speak Spanish or have Mexican heritage are invited to participate in ExpoGenealogía — a free, virtual family history event entirely in Spanish on October 30–31. Coinciding with Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), this event is similar to RootsTech and will provide a varied program aimed at “honoring and celebrating family” that will also be available for on-demand viewing for a year. Learn more and register for free here.
Legacy Tree Genealogists: Details in the Graves
What does the symbol on your ancestor’s gravestone mean? Check out a great review on Legacy Tree Genealogists blog, entitled, “Details in the Graves: Using Tombstone Symbolism to Unlock your Ancestor’s History.” These symbols can unlock information about military service, fraternal organization membership, religious affiliation, and more.  Recognizing and then interpreting these symbols can lead you to records relating to those symbols that further unlock the history of your ancestor.
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Surplus Book: England and Wales Research
EnglandWales-4010 This week’s surplus book includes two volumes of a set of three: Genealogical Research in England and Wales, Volumes 1 and 3. We wish we had Volume 2, but alas, we can only offer these bookends. David E. Gardner and Frank Smith wrote these books to give a thorough understanding the many useful sources for English and Welsh research.
EnglandWales-4011 Volume 1 reviews a wide variety of sources including Civil Registrations, Parish Registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, as well as sources on Nonconformists, Jews, and Roman Catholics in Britain. Volume 3 dedicates a large portion to deciphering handwriting from centuries ago, with ample examples and charts. What a boon this is when you encounter ancient handwritten records.
EnglandWales-4016 Our copy of Volume 1 is a sixth printing from 1964, a retired library copy with a label on the dust jacket and markings on the title page. It is a hard back in excellent condition with dust jacket. Our copy of Volume 3 is a hard cover in excellent condition, a revised edition from 1966. It too is a retired library copy with a label on the spine (there is no dust jacket), and a library stamp on the first page and an embossed stamp of the original owner on the title page. We find no other markings in either book.
Our Price for this set: $35, shipping included. Contact booksales@gfo.org if you’d like to purchase this.
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This week at GFO …
desk-calendar-12992149 The Week Ahead: The GFO Research Library is closed, and all on-site groups, classes, and work parties are suspended. Tuesday, November 3 Italian Interest GroupNo meeting this month In light of this being Election Day, the November Italian SIG meeting is cancelled so that people are free to participate fully in the voting process. If you have any questions, feel free to contact facilitator Stephanie Silenti at Italian@gfo.org. Wednesday, November 4 Learn & Chat 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Online Join our “genealogy self-help” group. Please bring tales of your latest genealogy related adventures and a wish list of subjects to build our calendar. For questions and a link to the meeting, contact Jeanne Quan and Sandy Alto at: learnandchat@gfo.org. DNA Q&A: The Basics 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Online This meeting is for those who are just beginning to use DNA testing for genealogy. Each class begins with a presentation of general information about DNA testing. General questions regarding DNA testing are welcome at the end of each planned discussion. Lisa McCullough leads this group.. Questions or to request a link, email: dna_qa@gfo.org.
 

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition October 8, 2020
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GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition October 1, 2020
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