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The Genealogical Forum of Oregon presents:

GenTalk: Making the Most of Your DNA Holiday Gift

January 20 - 2-3 p.m. @ GFO Library
2505 SE 11th Ave. #B18
Portland, OR 97202

Presenter: Lisa McCullough

You spit — You swabbed — What's next?

Perhaps you are one of the many people who received a DNA test kit during the 2017 holidays. Now your results are in!  What do you do with them?  What do you want to find out? Or perhaps you have received a surprise. Or maybe you found your long lost cousin! Lisa will help you learn how to interpret your DNA test results and plan a course for your next steps in managing your DNA matches and how they can be used to verify your genealogy.


Sunday, February 25, 2018 – Portland, OR

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon presents:

Half-Day Workshop: African Americans in the Civil War Era

9:30 a.m. to noon @ GFO Library
2505 SE 11th Ave. #B18
Portland, OR 97202

Presenter: Kate Eakman, MA

African-American Civil War Military and Pension Files
“Rallying with hearts of lions.” About 185,000 African-American men, both slaves and free, served in the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War. Their military and pension files can provide important information for their descendants today, describing their military service, identifying their family members and possibly their former owners, and tracing their lives for forty years or more after the Civil War. In this class we will discuss:
• Using 20th century census reports to determine if your ancestor served in the Civil War
• Other methods for determining if your ancestor was potentially a member of the U.S. Colored Troops
• Where military files are located and how to search them for your ancestors
• What information is contained in a military record from the Civil War
• Where the pension files can be found and how to obtain a copy of your ancestor’s pension file
• What information is contained in a Civil War pension file
• How a pension file can help you trace your African-American ancestor’s family further back in time

Using the Freedman’s Bureau Records and other Reconstruction Era Documents to Trace Your African-American Ancestors
“Abolition generals, psalm-singing scoundrels [and] enthusiastic New England school marms.” After the Civil War’s end in April of 1865 the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (the Freedmen's Bureau) was created to provide assistance to former slaves (and impoverished whites) in the South. The war had resulted in the liberation of about 4 million enslaved people, but it also destroyed many of the southern cities and towns as well as the plantation-based economy. Former slaves were free, but they had been dislocated from their homes and they faced starvation and powerful racial biases and inequalities.

The records from the Freedmen’s Bureau and other records of 1865-1872 include local censuses, marriage records, medical records, bank account records, and voting registers. These, in turn can provide the names of spouses, children, siblings, parents, and former slave-owners as well as places of birth and locations where an individual lived between birth and freedom. This class will focus on the contents of these documents, where to locate them, and how to use them to add details to, and possibly extend, your family tree.

Registration is now open, go to https://gfoorg.presencehost.net/learn/seminars.html. Register by Feb. 12 and save $5. Electronic copy of syllabus is included with your fee.

March 3 - 11, 2018 – Portland, OR

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon presents:

GFO Annual Open House

Come join us at the GFO Library for nine days of workshops, classes, book sales and more! Every event is FREE and OPEN to the public. The full calendar of events is posted to our website, www.GFO.org.

DNA Days, Mar. 10 & 11: We have set aside two full days of the Open House for a variety of genetic genealogy topics at a variety of experience levels, led by our resident experts Emily Aulicino, Lisa McCullough and Tim Jansen, MD. If DNA is your thing, then mark your calendar now!

2505 SE 11th Ave. #B18
Portland, OR 97202


April 14 & 15, 2018 – Portland, OR

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon presents:

Spring Seminar & Workshop with Michael Strauss

Saturday, April 14: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 15: 9:30 a.m. to noon

Join Michael Strauss and the GFO to learn about how, where and why to research military records.

Registration opens by Jan. 17, 2018. Register by March 16, 2018 and save $5.


April 20th and 21st- Medford, OR

The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society presents:


Workshop, Friday April 20: 1:30-3:30 PM ++ Google Earth

Seminar, Saturday, April 21: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM ++ Our Ancestors: Did They Serve? Did They Plow? Did They Move?

Rick and Pam Sayre will present both the workshop and the seminar.

To learn more and to register for this event, go to http://www.rvgslibrary.org/Documents/registration.pdf

This Calendar is sponsored by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

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