The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

By Scott Swanson
Of The New Era 

Local genealogy veterans unravel their family trees


January 31, 2017

GLADYS SIEFERT organizes some of the library’s extensive files.

In one of the spacious, open rooms of the Sweet Home Genealogical Society Library on a recent Thursday afternoon, Gladys Siefert is busy organizing folders in one of a row of file cabinets lining one of the building’s walls.

This is Siefert’s 40th year with the Genealogical Society. She joined shortly after moving to the Brownsville area from Portland in 1977.

“This is one of the first things I looked for, because it was important for me.”

Siefert, 75, is one of four members who are the real old-timers at the society. Two, Sharon Leader and Carla Healy, remain of the original 23...

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