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?
The Genealogical Forum of Oregon (GFO) hosts its annual Virtual Open House offering 23 free presentations March 26-April 2. Last year, attendees filled more than 2,000 virtual seats at our Open House.
Whether you want to understand that genetics test you just mailed away, or want to learn how to build your family tree, the GFO has something for everyone. This year includes presentations focusing specifically on African American, Canadian, Irish, German, Latino, Polish, and British heritages.
Equally important, our classes teach you how to pursue your family history, wherever your family’s past takes you, using the most modern software, tools, and methods. This year’s special topics include:
A full day of DNA classes for beginners. Getting Help Solving Tough Research Problems. Online Newspapers. How and Why to Record Your Oldest Relative’s Life Story The Modern U.S. Census including the nearly released 1950 census.
The Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, located at 2505 S.E. 11th Avenue, Portland. GFO is an independent, all-volunteer organization operating the largest genealogical library in the Pacific Northwest. GFO holdings include an expansive collection of resources to assist anyone interested in pursuing their family history, irrespective of the location. Although the physical library is currently closed to the public due to the pandemic, online classes and meetings have continued virtually. GFO researchers also respond to email and phone queries about genealogy and history. You can learn more about the GFO’s mission and activities, along with our publications and resources at https://gfo.org/.
2505 SE 11th Avenue, Suite B-18, Portland, Oregon 97202-1061 · gfo.org · 503-963-1932 · firstname.lastname@example.org
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/.
You are cordially invited to an online “wedding” recaption – and indexing party!
On Tuesday, Nov. 30, the Genealogical Forum of Oregon is sponsoring an online event to index Multnomah County marriage records from 1917-1924.
Way back in 1981, the GFO acquired the county’s original marriage register books for 1885-1924. Over four decades, dedicated volunteers have indexed the registers to 1916. But we get many requests in the “missing” years, so it’s time to finish the job!
These records have proven to be an invaluable source for Oregon and Southern Washington researchers.
For the first time, GFO is trying out our annual volunteer work party as a one-day, interactive event entirely online. You can join the fun for the whole day or even just an hour. You do not need to be a member, just willing to dedicate a little time to support genealogy. For more information and to RSVP, please visit http://gfo.org/givingtuesday.
(Portland, Oregon, 08/24/2021) — The Genealogical Forum of Oregon has received a $1,400 federal American Rescue Plan Act grant for digitizing our holdings. The money will permit the purchase of a much-needed scanner that can be used by our trained volunteers. Records will then be made available to members at home via the GFO website. Prior to the pandemic, digitization was done on a modest basis, mainly to protect our periodicals. Patrons only had access to the digitized images onsite at our library.
In the past year, due to the pandemic, a team of dedicated volunteers moved more than 150 annual classes online and has transferred more than 334,000 pages of records onto the GFO’s website. This grant will increase that effort.
The GFO received the grant in a highly competitive process; less than a third of the total funding requested was approved. Grants were made possible thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, through the Library Services and Technology Act. The grants application process was administered by the State Library of Oregon.
The federal funds were included in the American Rescue Plan Act to help libraries, museums, and related nonprofits promote digital inclusion and connectivity, address needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, and support efforts to provide equitable service to communities.
GFO Vice President Susie Chodorow, who secured the grant, says, “The majority of our members identify as 65 years and older. Many are living with disabilities, especially mobility concerns. It’s imperative that we continue to offer online services. This grant will help us work towards our goal of making our collections accessible online as quickly as possible for use by our members.”
We greatly appreciate Congress’s support of the American Rescue Plan Act. It is directly benefiting the residents of Oregon.
The Genealogical Forum of Oregon is an all-volunteer nonprofit founded in 1946 to promote, preserve and publish genealogical history. The GFO operates the largest genealogy library in the Pacific Northwest and offers more than 150 classes each year.
Genealogical Forum of Oregon 2505 SE 11th Ave., B-18 Portland, OR 97202 gfo.org
“New” Records! Historic Washington Donation Land Claims
For years, researchers have relied on the Genealogical Forum of Oregon (GFO) to provide them with print or digital images of Oregon Donation Land Claims from the 1800s quickly and at a reasonable price.
The Genealogical Forum of Oregon is an all-volunteer nonprofit founded in 1946 to promote, preserve and publish genealogical history. The GFO operates the largest genealogy library in the Pacific Northwest and offers more than 170 classes each year, many now online.
Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL, Board for Certification of Genealogists –
Courthouse Research & Indexes – Find critical genealogical information from your local courthouse.
Land Records: Rich Sources for Your Research – Even non-landowners can end up in land and deed records.
Linda Harms Okazaki, Nikkei Genealogical Society
Introduction to Japanese American Research – Japanese American research provides lessons in genealogical research that benefits all genealogists. Custom information for Oregon included.
WWII Internment Camps: Japanese, Germans & Italians – Japanese Americans and their families, as well as Americans of other heritage, were considered “enemy aliens,” and imprisoned by the U.S. Government. Learn about internment sites and the records created.
Sherri Camp, MLS, Past President Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society
African American Research Strategies – Learn key strategies to locate resources and records for information about African American ancestors and family members.
A Treasure Trove of Free Websites – Learn how to access free genealogical information while we stay safe at home doing research at our computers.
Michael Lacopo, DVM, Professional Genealogist –
Medical Genealogy: A primer of diseases that killed our ancestors and the epidemics they lived through – Many researchers barely understand the cause of death listed. Know what afflicted your ancestors’ communities, the common diseases, and you’ll learn how they lived.
“I am poor, obscure, plain, and little.” Researching Invisible Ancestors – If your ancestors had little money, did not buy and sell land, did not leave wills, and did not purchase gravestones, how do you find them? This lecture will show you how!
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!
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 email@example.com
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
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help.
What’s New Online?
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.
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.
Surplus Book: Somerset Homecoming
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.
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.
We find no marks inside (other than the author’s signature.) It includes an introduction by Alex Haley. Our price: $18, shipping included. Contact email@example.com if you’d like to purchase this.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com.
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