The GFO exists to promote genealogy and to provide genealogical education, to preserve and provide genealogical and historical resources, and to compile and publish within the genealogical community.
The mission of the GFO Library is to provide materials and services emphasizing methodology, historical context and genealogical information to help GFO members and visitors meet their genealogical research needs.
Within the limitations of available budget and space, the GFO Library pursues the following objectives:
To serve as a state and regional resource emphasizing but not geographically limited to Oregon, Pacific Northwest, and North American genealogical research, complementing the holdings of the Oregon Historical Society;
To provide convenient access to a broad range of current and useful historical resources for genealogical research in the most serviceable forms and formats, including print, manuscripts, maps, microforms, and electronic and online resources; materials duplicating content readily available online or otherwise may not be selected or maintained in physical formats when considerations of cost or space outweigh their convenience for the Library collection;
To help identify and satisfy specific research needs, based on input from Library users, through acquisition or referral.
The GFO Research Library is a great place to discover your family’s history whether you are from Oregon or Ohio, Florida or Maine. We have over 43,000 holdings in our library providing resources for all of the United States and many locations around the world. We also provide access to many popular genealogy websites on our library computers. Open seven days a week and located in the Ford Building on the lower level, we have volunteers waiting to help you discover your heritage.
GFO is a non-profit organization and has attained I.R.S. Section 501(c)(3) status. As such, all gifts, contributions, and devices are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. The GFO’s Federal Tax ID is 93-6026015. And every dollar you give goes to support the GFO and its mission since everyone involved in the organization is a volunteer!