Monthly Programs are free and open to the public on the 3rd Saturday each month. Research in the library closes at 1:45 p.m. for the day and the program begins at 2:00 p.m. After a short business meeting and announcements, a featured speaker presents information on a genealogical topic of interest to all. This is your time to learn about the inner workings of the Forum. The meetings continue until 3 or 3:30 p.m. There is no research in the library after 2:00 p.m., but you're welcome to come back on Sunday from 12-5 p.m.
Please note: There are no monthly programs in July, August, and December.
15 March 2014
Documenting Capt. Adam Vincell of VA + 12 Last Name Variations — Cherill Vencil
This talk focuses on the question of why Adam Vincell, VA militia was documented as Adam Weitzell serving from Lancaster County, PA in the DAR lineage society index. Information from the Vencil family did trace the line back through Texas, Tennessee, and Virginia but documenting this proved a challenge. Spelling variations were a major stumbling block. I hope my case study will help others avoid some of the pitfalls I encountered.
Cherill has been a librarian since 1974 and has a background in school libraries, archives and medical librarianship. For the past nine years she has been employed with the Lake Oswego Public Library as Librarian on-call. She has been researching her family for over 30 years mostly in the New England colonies/states.
19 April 2014
Southern Families During the Revolutionary War — Carol Surrency
Do you have ancestors who fought Revolutionary War battles in the South? It was very different from the northern battles. Sometimes referred to as a civil war, it involved colonists fighting each other, rather than the British. Carol will present background information about this period in history and talk about the impact on her ancestors. Plus, she will share what she learned during a recent trip to some of the battlefields.