Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Genealogical Forum of Oregon Inc

  • Portland, OR
  • www.gfo.org

Mission Statement

The GFO exists to promote, educate, preserve, compile, and publish within the genealogical community.

The GFO is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff, but with a devoted and robust team of active volunteers.

Many educational opportunities are provided throughout the year including two full-day seminars, several half-day workshops, monthly classes, and a week-long open house with 3-4 classes offered each day. Special interest group meetings are hosted in the library and include English, Irish, Italian, Virginia, writing, DNA, genealogy books, and Adobe Photoshop. The entire curriculum is designed to support those interested in genealogical and historical research and preservation.

The GFO maintains a 5000 square foot research library which offers over 36,000 resource items from around the globe as well as access to many popular genealogy websites. The library is open seven days a week and offers evening hours, and an online library catalog make using the library easier for all.

While the GFO's library and educational programs serve primarily local residents, volunteers support researchers from around the world when they request access to records in the collection. As the largest genealogical library between Seattle and San Francisco, the GFO is also a destination for anyone traveling to Oregon to do genealogical research.

An award-winning website also benefits researchers wherever they may live, offering indexes for many of the GFO's unique collections and holdings as well as a place to begin any genealogical research project in the Pacific Northwest states.

Main Programs

  1. Education
  2. Research Library

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Service Areas

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Oregon

The GFO serves primarily the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan region; however frequently serving guests/patrons from across the United States and Canada, and occasionally guests from other countries.

ruling year

1970

President since 2012

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Laurel Smith

Keywords

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genealogy genealogical history historical research "family tree"

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EIN

93-6026015

 Number

3109725683

Also Known As

GFO

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs

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Program 1

Education

Educational seminars, workshops, classes, and special interest groups are offered throughout the year, as well as a week-long open house with educational programming. The curriculum relates to genealogical and historical research and studies.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$12,319.00

Program 2

Research Library

Administration of a 5,000 square foot genealogical/historical research library with over 36,000 holdings covering all of the United States, Canada, most European countries, and a few countries outside of Europe.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$58,190.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Oregon

The GFO serves primarily the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan region; however frequently serving guests/patrons from across the United States and Canada, and occasionally guests from other countries.

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Genealogical Forum of Oregon Inc

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President

Laurel Smith

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Laurel Smith

Genealogical Forum of Oregon

Term: July 2012 - June 2016

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