Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


TIP OF THE WEEK – OUR BOOKSHELVES 
  This edition’s tip comes from Sue Jensen, Library Director at SGS, in the form of a Q&A session. 

Question: “My great-grandparents lived in Orange County, New York. How do I find information on Orange County, New York in Seattle Genealogical Society’s Library?”

Answer: “First, go to the New York section of our bookshelves and look for this manila colored “county card” shown in the left photo below. Look down the list for Orange County and see that it has the #36. All our books are numbered with the state first, then the county # and finally the sequence # of the book in that County’s collection. So, NY 36-1 would be the first book cataloged in Orange County in our collection in New York.  NY 36-1 is the “call number” for that book. The “county card” (left)  and book “call number”(right) are shown in these photos: 

 …

You may also find a book and its call number in our library by using the Library Catalog you can find on our website: www.seagensoc.org  



Seattle Genealogical Society News

 LAST CHANCE – REGISTER NOW!
     SGS FALL SEMINAR  
SGS is pleased to have Tom Jones, renowned genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator, for our Fall Seminar on October 5th. His presentation this year will be Creating Credible Conclusions While Circumnavigating Walls. Come learn how to forge innovative paths around research brick walls with confidence and ethics. 

In addition to the all-day seminar on Saturday, Oct 5th, Tom Jones will present two sessions of “Planning an Exhaustive Search” on Sunday, Oct 6th, at the SGS Library. The Sunday sessions are limited to 30 attendees each and the seats are nearly full. Hurry!
Click here to Register Online Now
or Print a Brochure to Register by Mail

MICROFILM READER,
FIRST COME – FIRST SERVED
  Seattle Genealogical Society would like to offer our extra microfilm reader to the first person, or Society, to come retrieve it. It is located in our library at 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA. If you are interested, please contact SGS at: operations@seagensoc.org with “Microfilm Reader” in the Subject Line.
FREE CLASS
DIGGING DEEP : DOING HISTORICAL RESEARCH

The Puget Sound Regional Branch of the Washington State Archives, in Bellevue, WA, is offering the class Digging Deep from 11:00 am- 2:00 pm on October 19, 2019. Designed for teachers, students, beginning genealogists, local heritage volunteers and others interested in exploring the past, you’ll get practical advice and learn the basic steps for gathering the information that you will need to investigate and interpret a historical topic. In this class, discover:

·       What historical sources are & how to use them
·       What primary sources are & aren’t
·       What secondary sources are & why they’re useful
·       How to use the library system in your research
·       How to use archival collections
·       How to find and use reliable online resources
.       How to properly cite your sources
·       How to use information from different sources  

The class is free. Seating is limited and registration is required. Register now at https://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/recordsmanagement/trainingsignup.aspx
Scroll down to “Public Events” and click on the “Register” button for “Digging Deep: Doing Historical Research”

For additional information, contact Mike Saunders, Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch at mike.saunders@sos.wa.gov or 425-564-3950.   DO NOT FORGET 
THE FALL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Remember the SGS Membership Meeting is Saturday, October 12, from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm, followed by a Second Saturday Series presentation. The topic will be The New SGS Website. 
SAVE THE DATE

Tom Jones – Guest Speaker, 
SGS 2019 Fall Seminar,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA 
October 5-6, 2019 

  Back by popular demand! We are delighted to have Dr. Tom Jones visit Seattle once again. Tom is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and he is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation
Click here to Register Online Now
or Print a Brochure to Register by Mail

CGSI Genealogical & Cultural Conference, 
Lincoln, NE
October 15-19, 2019 
  The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) is the leader in genealogy and family history in the geographical areas now known as the Czech and Slovak Republics. Their 2019 conference is the premier event to learn about techniques for genealogical research in those areas. 

For additional information and registration, visit the website: 
www.cgsievents.com

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather.

OCTOBER

Saturday, October 5, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, SGS Fall Seminar with Tom Jones, at Fairview Christian School.  The SGS Library will be closed so our volunteers may attend the seminar.  

Sunday, October 6, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, DNA Workshop,  with Cary Bright. Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro. 

Saturday, October 12, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree for Family Search Interest Group, with leader Lou Daly. Rescheduled date & time due to the seminar on October 5.  

Saturday, October 12, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm, SGS Fall Membership Meeting

Saturday, October 12, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series – The New SGS Website , Learn how to log into the new web site and to use the new features; stay current with our events; access our research resources and add your family’s name to our surname registry. Facilitators: David Rimmer, Ann Wright, Christine Schomaker and Heidi Mair   Sunday, October 13, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Scandinavian Special Interest Group – meets quarterly with Karen Knudson. Share info and discuss researching your Scandinavian ancestors.   

Monday, October 14, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, WAY To Go! Workshop: A Methodology for Efficient Report Writing  (Classes and Workshops) Online only; with Jill Morelli, CG. Session 1 (Pre Registration is Required). Write as you go is a method of writing reports
efficiently and accurately. By focusing your attention on a single research question coupled with other techniques learned in the program, this two session course will improve the efficiency of your product. Brick wall problems, client, and research reports benefit from this approach. There will be assignments. Maximum class size is 30 members, with priority given to SGS members. $40 for members, $50 for non-members

Learn more at http://sgsWAYtoGo.wordpress.com
Sign up for WAYtoGO!

Tuesday, October 15, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Family History Writers’ Group,  contact Gail Stevens for more info at  stevens_gail@hotmail.com 

Unique Sources for Research

On June 11, 2019 I wrote an article calling for the viewers of this blog to help by sending in articles that might interest our 850+ readers. I received one article and I want to thank the person that sent it in.

Last weekend the WSGS board met and we are going to try to get articles by having an idea to write articles about. This is the first one on unique sources for your research that may be hidden in your genealogical society library, a local museum, or privately owned.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society had collected what we called the postal forwarding books. They were city directories that had been taken apart, 4 blank lined pages added between each city directory page then they were rebound in books about an inch thick, so you might get a 1915 A as one book, 1915 B another book and so on. EWGS has about 200 of these books, earliest is 1903 and the last ones are in WWII. There are many missing letters. We contacted the post office in Washington DC to see is this was done anywhere else in the country, and they were surprised any post office did this. Unlike normal city directories that only went to the city limits, the postal forwarding addresses also includes county residents that had their mail forwarded also.

1915 L-Mc page

Notice the red line in each column, the page is divided into 4 parts, pages 1 and 2 in the left column and pages 3 and 4 in the right column. Notice also some of the new addresses are in this page where they crossed out the old address and added the new address.

1915 Page 3 forwarding addresses

Notice some people moved several times Miss Agnes McLean has 4 addresses on this page, the first three crossed out. Most new addresses are still in Spokane, but many are in other cities or states.

1915 Postal Forwarding addresses Page 4

These books used to be on the shelves in the genealogy section of the Spokane Public library, but their condition got so bad they were pulled and put in storage in the library. You could still look at them but you had to ask at the office for someone to bring it up from storage. A grant from Washington Digital Heritage has allowed the library to start putting them online so everyone can have access. 1915 and older are online here:

So do you know of a unique source that would interest other genealogists? Write a small article preferably in Word, with or without graphics and send it to me Charles Hansen at CharlesMike4903@gmail.com

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition September 26, 2019
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
GFO Brings Nationally Known German Expert to Portland
German Americans are the second largest ancestry group in the nation.
But can you make sense of the names? Can you decipher records you find written in German? Sure you can, if you listen to Fritz Juengling’s lessons. Do a deep dive into locating German records using FamilySearch. Learn key German words, phrases, and phonetics to decipher records, as well as naming conventions to identify who is who. Understand the well-known, and lesser-known, factors for emigration. The GFO is proud to bring Fritz to Portland for our annual Fall Seminar on Oct. 5 and 6. Saturday is all about German research and will be held at the Center for Self Enhancement (3920 N. Kerby Ave., Portland). Sunday’s half-day seminar, held at the GFO Library, focuses on learning the best way to approach Dutch research, what records were created and why, and how to access those records. Become familiar with key words, phrases, and naming patterns to decipher and understand what you find. Seats are still available. Register now for one or both days! Download the flyer for full details.
Register Now
Fall Seminar: Great Prizes
There are another three dozen great reasons to attend our Fall Seminar: Prizes! Everyone who attends will receive a free online course from GenealogicalStudies.com. Everyone who attends qualifies for discounts on Family Tree DNA test kits. In addition, we offer a raffle. Prizes include:
* FamilyTreeDNA Family Finder test kit ($60)
* Living DNA Test Kit from find my past
* 1 Year Subscription to GenealogyBank ($70 – 2 winners)
* 3 Month Tier One Subscription to GEDMatch
* Copy of Legacy Family Tree software
* 1 Year of Legacy Family Tree webinars ($50)
* 3 Months Access to HistoryGeo.com ($60 – 2 Winners)
* 1 Year Membership in Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon plus 2 hours personal research coaching
* 1 Year Membership in Virtual Genealogical Association
* 2 online courses from the full 250 lesson catalog from GenealogicalStudies.com
* Lunch with speaker Fritz Juengling (5 Winners) Plus dozens more!
Raffle tickets are $1 a piece or 6 for $5, so bring some cash.
2 Volunteers needed for GFO Fall Seminar
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help at our Fall Seminar. We still need one or two people on Saturday to help with the raffle in the morning, only until lunch time. Might you be able to help?
Volunteer Here
GFO’s Connie Lenzen Receives Another National Honor
The Association of Professional Genealogists awarded Connie Lenzen the APG Professional Achievement Award at its recent conference in Salt Lake City. This recognizes exceptional professional achievement and ethical behavior with contributions to the field of genealogy. APG’s announcement says, “A researcher, educator, author, and volunteer, Connie was chosen for the award for her impact on genealogy in Oregon, as well as in the U.S.” She is a past president for the Board for Certification of Genealogists, a past president for the APG Oregon Chapter, an instructor for the Boston University Genealogy Certificate Program, and authored Research in Oregon, 2nd edition. It’s quite a year for Connie. Last spring the National Genealogical Society awarded her a fellowship. A member of the GFO for 45 years, we consider Connie to be part of the GFO’s DNA. We’re thrilled for you, Connie!
DNA Q&A Group Updates Its Focus
Have you noticed the change to our DNA Q&A Special Interest Group this fall?
The first Wednesday of the month is now DNA Q&A: Beyond the Basics. This meeting is for those who have already taken a DNA test, understand the results and have begun to use the results in expanding your family tree. The third Wednesday of the month is now DNA Q&A: The Basics. This meeting is for those who are just beginning to use DNA testing for genealogy. Group leader Lisa McCullough has a gift for explaining these complex topics in language everyone can understand. Feel free to drop in for either monthly session at 1 p.m. Remember, all our Special Interest Groups are free and open to everyone, non-members included.
New African American History Resources at GFO
Here are just a few of GFO’s newer library acquisitions to help those of African American descent to research their family history. Most, if not all of these, were recommended by Tony Burroughs when he was here for the GFO Spring Seminar. Bentley, George R. A history of the Freedmen’s Bureau. Octagon Books, 1970 [©1955]. Berlin, Ira. Families and freedom: a documentary history of African American kinship in the Civil War Era. New Press, 1997. Berlin, Ira. Free at last: a documentary history of slavery, freedom, and the Civil War. The New Press, 1992. Blackmon, Douglas A. Slavery by another name: the re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. Anchor, 2008. Dictionary of Afro-American slavery. Praeger, 1997. Ginzburg, Ralph. 100 years of lynchings. Black Classic Press, 1988. Hait, Michael. Records of the Slave Claims Commissions, 1864-1867. Hait Family History Research Services, 2010. Oubre, Claude F. Forty acres and a mule: the Freedmen’s Bureau and Black land ownership. Louisiana State University Press, 1978. Potts, Howard E. A comprehensive name index for the American slave. Greenwood Press, 1997.
PCS Offers GFO Discount to New Play “Redwood”
We are delighted that Portland Center Stage is offering friends of GFO two special offers for an upcoming play that happens to revolve around genealogy! Redwood is billed as “a beautiful, humor-filled excavation of our shared history. When Steve Durbin sets out to chart his Black family’s ancestry online, his revelations unwittingly throw his entire family into turmoil.” On October 26, GFO President Vince Patton and Director at Large Julie Ramos, will talk before the performance, at about 6:45 p.m., about all the GFO offers and why we find building personal links to history so valuable. Redwood runs from October 26 through November 17 at Portland Center Stage at the Armory. PCS has two offers for friends of the GFO:
October 26: Use promo code “GFO” for $25 tickets.
October 27-November 17: Use promo code “COMMUNITY” for $10 off tickets. Get tickets here.
Surplus Book: 1889 First Edition History of “The Elbow Tract”
Anyone with colonial roots may be captivated by History of the Town of Palmer Massachusetts, Early Known as The Elbow Tract: Including Records of The Plantation, District and Town 1716-1889. J. H. Temple compiled this 602-page local history, complete with a genealogical register. It was published by the town of Palmer in 1889. Even 130 years ago, Temple knew he was preserving valuable information when he wrote, “The lists of names of the early settlers and of residents at various dates down to modern times, will possess special interest to genealogists.” Two maps set this book apart. Map 1 folds out to show the Original Elbow District from 1716 to 1752, including the names of individual land owners.
Map 2 folds out to show Palmer in 1761.
All the pages and maps are as dark and readable as when they were published. However, the hardback cover has separated from the spine. Other first editions of this book sell online for $169. Due to the spine separation, our price is $60 if you pick it up at the GFO Library. $68 if we ship it. Please contact booksales@gfo.org if you are interested. (Do not inquire at the reception desk first; receptionists do not handle these book sales.)
Survey Results: Closest Brick Wall
Many of the missing ancestor stories we received centered on DNA discoveries (not the parent expected), orphans, and out of wedlock births. Also, according to respondents, Irish ancestors are particularly elusive. Among the interesting stories were these: ▪ Amazingly, I’ve managed to identify most of my 4th great-grandparents, but three sets of them have proven to be brick walls for me (one set in North Carolina, one set in Ireland, and one set in Sweden). I’ve begun to wonder if those particular ancestors were part of an early 19th-century witness protection program…I don’t know much about my maternal grandfather who supposedly was orphaned at a young age and raised by his grandparents. I have a set of names, but are they the names of the people who raised him or of his parents?I have been at my brick wall for 21 years. My 3rd great grandfather’s name was William Pender. He was from Ireland and was in the British 99th Regiment of Foot. His Regiment was sent to Canada to fight the Americans in the war of 1812. His wife’s name was Elizabeth Pepperhide. I cannot find anything beyond them. I know that William signed his military papers near Roundtree, Ireland. After the War of 1812, they stayed in Canada and two generations later my great grandfather and his family immigrated to Washington. They were among the first settlers in Clark county.
New Survey: How long have you been doing genealogy?
We know our hobby typically has a “more mature” demographic. We’re curious, how many years have you been working on family history?
Take our Survey
This week at GFO …
Saturday, September 28th
British Group 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
This month we will discuss:
* Online sources for News
* Duane Funk will report on this year’s trip to England and Scotland
* Any Recent Successes
* Brick walls: Yours if you got ’em
Anyone with an interest in English/Welsh/Scottish research is welcome to join us. Questions may be directed to: Duane Funk at uk@gfo.org
Sunday, September 29th
Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. Noon
There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.
Tuesday, October 1st
Italian Ancestry Group 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This month’s topic: Find your ancestor’s Italian civil records
Italian Civil Records represent one of the greatest record sets in size, importance, and availability in all of Italian genealogical research. Your immigrant ancestor’s Italian Civil Records don’t need to be a mystery anymore. Come join other Italian-American genealogists and find out what civil records are, how to excavate them, and what types are available since Italian Unification, 1866 – 1910! Ci vediamo!
If you have questions or want more information, contact Nancy Metheny at italian@gfo.org.
Wednesday, October 2nd
Learn and Chat 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Co-facilitator Sandy Alto aptly named Learn and Chat as a “genealogy self-help” group. Please bring tales of your latest genealogy related adventures and a wish list of subjects to build our calendar.
Facilitators: Jeanne Quan and Sandy Alto. learnandchat@gfo.org
DNA Q&A: Beyond the Basics 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The presentation will cover the free DNA analysis tools at GEDmatch, a third-party DNA website. GEDmatch is a great place to compare your DNA with others who have taken a DNA test from any one of the many DNA testing companies and have uploaded their DNA results to GEDmatch.
This meeting is for those who have already taken a DNA test, understand the results and have begun to use the results in expanding your family tree.General questions are welcome at the end of each planned discussion. Lisa McCullough leads this group.. Questions? dna_qa@gfo.org
GFO Library Open Late to 8:00 p.m.

Clark County Genealogical Society October Meetings Part 1

CLASS: CANADIAN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH–WHERE TO START?

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 9-11 a.m.

CCGS Library

Many families immigrated first to Canada while others became Americans first and then relocated to Canada. Whether your ancestors were French or English speaking, some ancestor records might begin in Canada. Take this class to learn how to locate family records in Canada.

WEBINAR: A DAY OUT WITH YOUR DNA

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

CCGS Library

While DNA testing for genealogy is no longer a new idea, many companies are offering a new way to look at your DNA.  This Legacy Family Tree webinar will cover the biggest and brightest options, and help you decide where you should take your DNA to make the most of the results.

UNFOCUSED GENEALOGY DISCUSSION GROUP

Thu, 3 October 2019: 1-3 pm

CCGS Library

There’s no meeting agenda, no special topic, just a group of curious people bringing genealogy research notes, questions, brick walls, etc. to share with the group. Get ideas for the next steps you should take in your research.

FREE INTRO TO GENEALOGY CLASS

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 10am – 12 p.m.

CCGS Library

Just getting started on your genealogy quest? Stuck at a stubborn brick wall? Come in the first Saturday of the month and let the experts at Clark County Genealogical Society teach you what you need to know to successfully navigate your family tree. CCGS will have beginning genealogy classes on the first Saturday of each month.  These classes are designed to interest brand new students as well as those who want to revive dormant skills

LEGACY FAMILY TREE GENEALOGY SOFTWARE USER GROUP

Mon, 7 Oct 2019: 9:30-11:30 am

CCGS Library

If you use Legacy Family Tree Software for tracking your genealogy research, there is a Legacy Users Group that meets monthly to discuss tips, tricks and problems. You will always come away with some new ideas. The meetings are held regularly on the first Monday of the month. Members and non-members are welcome.

GENEALOGY RESEARCH BOOK CLUB

Mon, 7 Oct 2019: 12-1:30 pm

CCGS Library

There are many “research rich” books of genealogical historical collections, as well as “how to” books on methods, collection and data storage of genealogy research. This group delves into one book at a time and discusses how to make the best use of it. Join this casual group as they delve into their favorite topic of books on family history discovery and sleuthing. (Brown baggers welcome!)

CLASS: DIGITAL RECORDS PRESERVATION & ORGANIZATION

Tuesday, 8 October 2019: 9-11 a.m.

Records, records, we all have so many records! These records are clues and they verify family information. Whether searching at a local or distant genealogical research library, it is impossible to bring the file cabinet along. Now is the time to organize your records so you can find them now! Tuition for each class is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Advance registration is requested to guarantee reservation. Walk-ins subject to available seating. 

BOOK AND FAMILY HISTORY FAIR FOR KIDS

Saturday, October 12, 2019

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

To reach out to the younger set and get them excited about family ancestry, a book fair and family journal class will take place on October 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children can bring in a book they’ve read and exchange it for another one. Supplies and instructors will be on hand to help kids make and take home a family journal (small fee). Books will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Washington.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition September 19, 2019
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
GFO Brings Nationally Known German Expert to Portland
German Americans are the second largest ancestry group in the nation.
But can you make sense of the names? Can you decipher records you find written in German? Sure you can, if you listen to Fritz Juengling’s lessons. Do a deep dive into locating German records using FamilySearch. Learn key German words, phrases and phonetics to decipher records, as well as naming conventions to identify who is who. Understand the well-known, and lesser-known, factors for emigration. The GFO is proud to bring Fritz to Portland for our annual Fall Seminar on Oct. 5 and 6. Saturday is all about German research and will be held at the Center for Self Enhancement (3920 N. Kerby Ave., Portland). Sunday’s half-day seminar, held at the GFO Library, focuses on learning the best way to approach Dutch research, what records were created and why, and how to access those records. Become familiar with key words, phrases and naming patterns to decipher and understand what you find. Seats are still available. Register now for one or both days! Download the flyer for full details.
Register Now
September Free Gen Talk
Join Dale Deatherage at the GFO for this free GenTalk, Evernote for Genealogy, Part 2, on Saturday, September 21 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Evernote is a cloud-based app designed for note taking, organizing, task lists, and archiving. Notes can be made up of written information, audio
files, photos, and even video files. Once created, files can be viewed and worked on across all of your electronic platforms (iOS, Android, etc.). This is a continuation of the presentation Dale gave at the GFO Open House in March. He will review the basics and spend more time helping you dial in some of the more advanced features. We hope you will join us!
September Star: Maggie McNair
Many people don’t realize how deep the GFO website is. It features thousands of records. We can all thank our outgoing webmaster, Maggie McNair, for valiantly bringing our website into the modern era. She insured that everything made it from the old site to the new site and looks great to boot. Maggie has since shepherded the updated site through two redesigns. For her many years of managing our site, the board is pleased to name Maggie as our GFO Star of the Month.
GFO Membership Needs Volunteer
Are you comfortable with a computer and data entry? Our Membership team is facing some imminent long-term absences. We need to be able to keep up with member renewals and welcome new members without inordinate delays. We’re weeks away from losing a significant portion of our team. Please contact Membership Chair Jane McGarvin at membership@gfo.org if you could help us once a month (or more)! Remember, the GFO is all-volunteer. We’ve never paid anyone. You are the reason the GFO is so strong.
Mac Group Returns to GFO September 25th
The Portland Mac Users Group (PMUG) College offers free attendance for GFO members. The topic next Wednesday will cover:
▪ Email on the Mail program ▪ How to create and manage bookmarks ▪ Email on a web browser ▪ Find out how iCloud works ▪ Discover how iCloud synchs ▪ … And more!
PMUG meets at the GFO Library at 6:00 p.m. Sept. 25.
Volunteers still needed for GFO Fall Seminar
The Fall Seminar is just around the corner, and event preparations are kicking into high gear. Even if you do not plan to attend the seminar, there are still ways you can help fulfill one of the GFO’s core missions: Education! Volunteer opportunities are available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at both the GFO and the venue (Self Enhancement, Inc., which is on N. Kerby just above Fremont). Many positions are only a couple of hours, but those couple of hours are really important! Please click on the link below to see if one of the seminar tasks is a fit for your schedule. Thank you so much for your help!
Volunteer Here
PCS Offers GFO Discount to New Play “Redwood”
We are delighted that Portland Center Stage is offering friends of GFO two special offers for an upcoming play that happens to revolve around genealogy! Redwood is billed as “a beautiful, humor-filled excavation of our shared history. When Steve Durbin sets out to chart his Black family’s ancestry online, his revelations unwittingly throw his entire family into turmoil.” On October 26, GFO President Vince Patton and PCS Director at Large Julie Ramos, will talk before the performance at about 6:45 p.m. about all the GFO offers and why we find building personal links to history so valuable. Redwood runs from October 26 through November 17 at Portland Center Stage at the Armory. PCS has two offers for friends of the GFO:
October 26: Use promo code “GFO” for $25 tickets.
October 27-November 17: Use promo code “COMMUNITY” for $10 off tickets. Get tickets here.
Troutdale Historical Society particpates in Museum Day
Our friends at the Troutdale Historical Society are participating in the free Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day on Saturday, September 21. The Harlow House and the Barn Exhibit Hall will be open from 9am – 4pm. Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Follow this link to get your tickets to all participating museums.
This week at GFO …
Saturday, September 21st
African American Interest Group 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Our presenter will be Harold Hinds, discussing the new bibliography of resources for black genealogical research within the GFO Library. This bibliography will be made available at the library and online as a reference for researchers. Attendees at the meeting will each receive a copy of the bibliography.

You do not have to be a GFO member to participate! For more information, contact us at african_american@gfo.org.
GenTalk: Evernote for Genealogy, pt. 2 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Join presenter Dale Deatherage for a continuation of his Evernote for Genealogy presentation given at the GFO Open House in March. He will review the basics, and spend more time helping you dial in some of the more advanced features.
Sunday, September 22nd
Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. Noon
There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.
Wednesday, September 25th
PMUG College 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Free for GFO Members! This evening’s topics:
* How to create and manage bookmarks
* Email on the Mail program
* Email on a web browser
* Find out how iCloud works
* Discover how iCloud synchs
* … And more!
Bring your Mac to participate with instruction. If you would like additional information for attending this class, please email us at college@pmug.org.
GFO Library Open Late to 8:00 p.m.

German Interest Group of the Eastside Genealogical Society

The German Interest Group

of The Eastside GenealogicalSociety (EGS)meeting

When: Friday, October 4, 2019, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm

(Doors open at 12:10 for networking)

Where: Relief Society Room of the Latter-day Saints Church

10675 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98004

Topic: Professional Time-Saving Research Tips” – Most of us have limited time and limited money. Saving time in working with records provides more time for research and reading. To save time, consider the tools we use, e.g. keyboard short-cuts and smart phone scanners. Consider our approach to research, to include going online before going off-line, keeping a research diary/journal as we research. Consider how to stay organized by building research lists and timelines. Learn a few of my professional time-savers that don’t cut corners.

Presenter: Janet Camarata is a genealogist with over 30 years’ experience. She currently leads the SKCGS Technology User Group and the SKCGS Genetic Genealogy/DNA Discussion Group and is a member of EGS, SKCGS as Director of Education, KCGS as newsletter editor and SVGS and presenter at the Northwest Genealogical Conference. She is currently a member of the GIG German Interest Group program committee. Janet is a graduate of the University of Washington Genealogy and Family History program.  She has a B.A. (Education) degree from Central Washington University and a master’s degree from Antioch University. 

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