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Saturday, November 18 – Portland, OR

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon presents:

GenTalk: Paper and Spit: DNA+Genealogy, and How to Make That First Contact

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

Presenter: Don Anderson, author

Like many adoptees, Don Anderson wanted to know where he came from. His new book, Paper and Spit, chronicles his journey. Using both DNA and genealogy, Don finds not only the identity of his birth parents but also his true ethnic heritage.

This GenTalk will focus on using Don’s story to illustrate ”What to say when making contact with new matches. ” This can be one of the most delicate and challenging aspects of finding close relatives, or wanting to create a positive experience with new cousins. Discovering a new match is much like finding a fish at the end of your pole, and now you need to reel in the fish. There is a method - what you say and how you say it is important.


Sunday, December 3, 2017, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon

Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon
Congregation Ahavath Achim
3225 SW Barbur Boulevard
Portland, OR 97239

Read All about It!: Using Online Newspapers for Genealogical Research, presented by Janice M. Sellers

Newspapers are valuable in genealogical research because you can find information about births, deaths, marriages, moves, business, naturalizations, court cases, and more. Millions of pages of the world's newspapers are now accessible online, but there is no one place to find them all. This class gives an overview of what is available online, ways to find the newspaper you are looking for, and techniques to help improve your chances of finding information about your relatives.

Janice M. Sellers is a professional genealogist specializing in black, Jewish, dual citizenship, and newspaper research. She edits three genealogy publications and serves on the boards of San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, African American Genealogical Society of Northern California, and Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. She is also a member of Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and California Genealogical Society. Her Web site is http://www.ancestraldiscoveries.com/.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information, visit http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~orjgs/.

Saturday, December 16 – Portland, OR

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon presents:

GenTalk: Personal Archiving

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

Presenter: LauraDenise White, GFO Resident Archival Consultant

Get ready for the holidays with Personal Archiving! Learn not only how to preserve some of those family heirloom papers and photographs you know are collecting dust in the attic and basement, but also see how you can put together wonderful family history gifts with these fabulous relics of yesteryear. Learn how to weave the fabric of your family history into inspiring and lasting treasures.

Attendees are encouraged to bring in a sample of items of their very own to work on during this interactive session. Photographs and letters and diaries, oh my! Please bring a couple of your treasures to the session. We'll work on them together while discussing ways to keep them safe, as well as ways to share them with family and friends both far and near.


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 opens Dec. 2017. 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 will be posted to our website, www.GFO.org, by early February.

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 Dec. 2017. Register by March 16, 2018 and save $5.

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

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