11 February 2008

Oregon: Court House questing, Feb. 19

Gerald S. Lenzen will present "Exploring your roots: In the US Courthouse" at the next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon.

The event begins at 7pm Tuesday, February 19, at Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Portland.

County courthouses are treasure stores for your family history. It is almost impossible for individuals and families to live in a place for a period of time without leaving some record in the local courthouse. Learn about these original records. Lenzen will also describe the Genealogical Forum of Oregon and its resources.

Since 1963, the Portland resident has been conducting historical and family research since 1963, and has researched and co-authored several family history volumes with his wife, professional genealogist Connie Miller Lenzen.

Lenzen has traveled and researched extensively throughout the US, and has conducted on-site research in Prussia and Bavaria. He teaches and lectures at local, state and national seminars and conferences on general family history including introduction to genealogy, census, court and land records, and French Canadian Settlement in the Willamette Valley. He is a Portland State University graduate and retired after 32 years with the Bonneville Power Administration.

The holder of current, past and life memberships in many historical, family history and genealogical societies throughout the US, he has served as a board member of the St. Paul Mission (Oregon) Historical Society, the Archdiocesan Historical Commission (Portland, Oregon), the statewide Genealogical Council of Oregon, and on committees of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon.

From 7-7.30pm, participants can view library items and discuss questions with JGSO experts. The event is free for JGSO members.

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