2019 BFA Annual Meeting
Courtyard Marriott Portland Center City
October 25-26, 2019


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The 2019 annual gathering will be held in the “City of Roses,” Portland, Oregon, on Friday evening and Saturday, October 25-26, 2019.
This year’s meeting will be focused on those branches of our family who went west in pursuit of better financial opportunities, land, weather and lifestyle (or just because they had “itchy feet”!). We hope that you will contact cousins who live in the western part of the U.S. and let them know about our gathering in their neighborhood. We love to meet new cousins!
Many thanks to our cousin and this year’s hostess, Susan Bundrant Scharf, who moved back to Portland from Alexandria, Virginia, several years ago. She has worked hard to make the arrangements for our host hotel and meeting space, as well as the list of things to do and see while you’re in the area.
Our host hotel this year is the Courtyard Marriott Portland City Center, 550 SW Oak Street, Portland, Oregon 97204, located in Downtown Portland, close to lots of sites to visit. Ask for the “BFA Yearly Meeting” block by Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 – $119 pus tax for one king bed or $139 plus tax for two queen beds. Make your reservations online at the link below, or call the hotel directly (503) 505-5000 to reserve your room(s).
https://www.marriott.com/events/start.mi?id=1561750324489&key=GRP
This discounted rate can also be applied to three nights prior to and after the meeting, if you want to come early or stay longer. To take advantage of this discount, phone the hotel sales manager Jon Bailey directly at (503) 575-4037. Do not use the online link.
Susan has graciously compiled a list of sites to see and things to do, which is included later in this issue. If you have questions about Portland, she says to please email her at espscharf@gmail.com.
Transportation from Portland Airport
Uber - $27-30 estimate (www.uber.com; download app on phone) Blue Star Shuttle - $14.00 estimate (http://www.bluestarbus.com/ ) Light Rail $2.50; Honored Citizen 65+ $1.25, directly to hotel (http://www.trimet.org/schedules/
maxredline.htm) Car Rental (particularly useful to visit surrounding
areas)
Restaurant Recommendations
https://portlandfoodanddrink.com/
Meeting details will be announced soon! Stay tuned!

FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Hello, Bondurant Cousins and Interested Friends,
We are this summer in the planning stage for the upcoming reunion in Portland, Oregon to be held Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26. Our host, Susan Bundrant Scharf , recommends staying in the Portland area at least a week or 10 days. There is much to explore in Oregon. See pages 5-10 at the end of this newsletter for some suggested sites to see in the Portland area.
Marvin and I are planning to make the reunion an excuse for an extended road trip from Atlanta. We are going to visit cousins, graves and ancestor sites scattered across the continent. I have cousins who are descendants of my Bondurant ancestor, Ruthe Cleopatra Alvatine Bondurant Burroughs, to visit in Illinois. Ruthe Cleopatra’s [I love saying her name] grave is in Peoria. Then across Iowa and South Dakota we will visit several places of interest including Bondurant, IA and Bondurant, WY.
I have other family history in the area. In Wyoming we plan to visit Camp Stool KOA camp ground whose property is where my gg-granduncle, “Bachelor Joe” Ramsdell had a horse ranch. It is literally in the shadow of Devil’s Tower. On the other side of Wyoming we will swing through the town of Bondurant, WY. Next in Montana we will check out the lonely grave of “Gunshot George” Ramsdell near the ghost town of Jefferson Bridge [near Whitehall]. We may even have an opportunity to examine records in the courthouse about George’s rather questionable death by gunshot in 1868.
On another subject, I have just discovered the new tool available on Ancestry.com called THRULINES. If you have contributed your DNA, you were probably overwhelmed by the sheer number of cousins listed as matches. Literally thousands of fourth cousins. How do you make sense of it? How are they related to you?
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ThruLines can help. If you have created a tree on Ancestry and it is linked to your DNA results, click on ThruLines. Pick an ancestor.
Click. Listed will be all your matches that share DNA with you from that ancestor. You can click on each match and check out their tree. You can message them and acquaint yourselves. Some of them may even live in your town and be able to tell you family stories from their perspective.
Marvin and I have about seven upcoming family/ancestor trips planned this year. You can see I am making the most of my recent retirement. [And Génolhac, France, is definitely on our bucket list!]
Your Cousin, Bruce Ramsdell Siouxlake@aol.com 404 272 0071