Category Archives: Feature Story

The following are research experiences and family stories shared by Siuslaw Genealogical Society members during interview sessions.

A Veteran’s Day Tribute

Member Mike Allen shares a story on his father in-law, Gabriel Carino’s World War I experience. The story actually began for Mike with a German war rifle stored in a closet in the house where his wife Pat grew up.  … Continue reading

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Feature Story – Louise Carlson

In the 1980’s Louise Carlson and her husband lived in the Philippines. During trips to Boston to visit with her sister, they sought out auctions in the area, primarily looking for vintage linens. Feeling particularly lucky at one such auction, … Continue reading

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Feature Story – Mary Colgan-Bennetts

Mary Colgan-Bennetts sums up her early years of interest in genealogy as ‘nonexistent’. She grew up with 9 siblings, including a sister who had done extensive family research without a computer. Yet Mary never bothered to look at her sister’s … Continue reading

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Feature Story – Edward van Aartsen

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, having had only a brief conversation with him to schedule a day to hear about his family research.  As it turns out, my anxiety was all for not, as I was presently surprised … Continue reading

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Feature Story – June Braun

Just as you might expect, we all come to genealogy for different reasons.  Along with an interest in history, for June it was more a result of circumstances. Originally from England, she moved to the United States in 1963 shortly … Continue reading

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Feature Story – Merilee Mulvey

A Birthday Gift of Family History She is the first in her father’s family to be born in America. Her father had come to the United States from England in 1924 with his parents and siblings at 3 years of … Continue reading

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California Here We Come

A Feature Story by Marge Bonds: At the beginning of the depression, my mother, Edithe Cameron, her 9 siblings and her parents and new sister-in-law, drove from Iowa to Eureka, California. They had two Model T Fords with wooden boxes … Continue reading

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