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Vanport - Saturday, May 20 at 2 p.m.

 ...And on May 30, 1948, Vanport was a city that disappeared...

Nestled in the floodplain between North Portland and Vancouver, a housing project was built to help house World War II shipyard workers.  Its very name, Vanport, is derived from Vancouver and Portland.  When the United States entered the war, the demand for ships and for workers to build those ships became a huge priority. Workers were recruited from all corners of the United States.  Portland had a serious lodging shortage, so much so that these workers lived in cars, tents, parks, and whatever shelter could be found.  Vanport, built in a little over a year, was a city that did not sleep.  In its heyday, Vanport was the second-largest city in Oregon with a population of over 40,000 residents.  And on May 30, 1948, it was a city that disappeared.  

Zita Podany is a longtime resident of Portland and has for many years been fascinated with the story of a city that once thrived in an area full of marshes and sloughs.  Her book is part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing, celebrating the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country.

U.S. Farm Ancestors - Saturday, June 17 at 2 p.m.

Capturing and Bringing to Life Your U.S. Farm Ancestor

The "occupation" line on the census may say "farmer," but that is not all there is to know about your U.S. farm ancestor! Learn about the different types of records that may contain information on individual farms, as well as research strategies for reconstructing farm life and production of a farm family.

Harold Hinds, Ph.D., was Distinguished Research Professor of History at the University of Minnesota-Morris, and is the author of several books, including Crafting a Personal Family History: A Guide Plus A Case Study, and A Basic Guide to Genealogical and Family History Resources for Essex County, New York.

Switched at Birth - Saturday, September 16 at 2 p.m.

Unraveling a Century-Old Mystery with DNA

with Alice Collins Plebuch

From the author

Three years ago I blithely took a DNA test at AncestryDNA. At the time, the fact that it was in beta, somewhat alleviated my concern when I first saw my results. I was three quarters Irish with the remainder being a English/Scottish mix, but the test claimed I was half Jewish. It was as if half my ancestry was wrong. The results had to be wrong! I was expecting to see Mc and Mac relatives, but the names were overwhelming Eastern European, Russian, and Jewish. I can assure you, they weren't any of my relatives, or were they?

Come to the GenTalk to hear the rest of the story!

Some of the GenTalks we have offered in the past:

March 2017 
French Prairie Oregon Settlement & The GFO's French-Canadian Collection
Presented by: Gerry Lenzen and Susan LeBlanc, AG

January 2017 
Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery
Presented by: Linda Werts, Board Member, Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery

November 2016
What the U.S. Census Tells Us about Your Potential Native American Ancestors
Presented by: Kate Eakman, MA

September 2016 
Map Guides to German Parish Records
Presented by: Keith & Darlene Pyeatt

June 2016
Church Records: Their Location & Value for Family Historians
Presented by: Harold Hinds, Ph.D.

May 2016
Buttons, History...and Genealogy?
Presented by: Dorothy Krugner

April 2016
Beyond Names & Places: Filling in the Stories of Our Female Ancestors
Presented by: Pam Vestal

March 2016
From Native American to Scottish: The Journey to Find My First Parents 
Presented by: Don Anderson

February 2016
Research in Eastern Canada
Presented by: Thomas Higgins

January 2016 
Discover Your House History
Presented by: Connie Lenzen





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