“I am a teacher by profession, experienced at all levels, child to adult.
“My interest in family history dates back to a childhood memory. I was drying dishes as my grandmother washed them. As we worked, she taught me to spell my great grandmother’s maiden name, explaining that my great grandmother had misspelled it on her marriage certificate. Later, this became invaluable information.
“I have spent many years compiling information about my own family, and teaching others to
do the same.”
Howard Crombie has lived in Coos County since he was 18 years old. Howard earned a B.A. with Honors in Biology from the University of Oregon in 1993 and has worked as a biologist since 1997. He enjoys doing genealogical research and correcting his mistakes which he once knew were proven facts.
Susan Lovell Gibson is a descendant from pioneer families in Coos County. She is a part-time instructor for Southwestern Oregon Community College and is also the Co-Director of the Coos Bay Family History Center.
"I was born in 1958 in Las Cruces New Mexico. By high school I had an interest in computers and people. After serving a mission, I graduated from BYU with a degree in Nursing and another in Zoology. I was accepted to Medical School at University of New Mexico and specialized in Anesthesiology. I am currently Chief of Anesthesia at Bay Area Hospital.
"I met my wonderful wife at BYU while she was studying Speech Pathology. I convinced her to join this adventure, and we are now the parents of four children and 7 grandchildren.
"My father was a convert to the church at age 14. He had a long term interest in Genealogy and taught me its importance. He was not self-taught, but took professional Genealogy courses and documented his sources. He gave me all his research shortly before his death in 1997. In the 20 years since, Genealogy has exploded with new tools and information. I have attempted to keep up by education online, at the Family History Library in Salt Lake and attending Roots Tec on a yearly basis. I am currently a Family History Consultant and Scoutmaster in Coos Bay, Oregon."
Neal R. Middlebrook started his pursuit of family history in 1989 while working for the Bureau of Land Management in Washington DC. He moved to the Coos Bay area in 1992 with his family, and worked for the local BLM Coos Bay Office and the Oregon/Washington State Office. In March of 2004, he retired. Neal served as President of the Middlebrooks Family Association and is currently a board member.
His ancestors have led him to focus his research mainly in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and Arkansas, and more recently in Ohio, New Mexico, California, Scotland, Ireland and Germany. He served as a volunteer librarian at the Family History Library, in Coos Bay, for eight years beginning in 2005. He has continued his research, and has published three books.
Shirley Redmond is a retired Registered Nurse. She was born in Illinois, moved to California in 1974, and to the Bay Area with her husband Bob in 1992. In 1999 she got her first view of a census page showing her Dad as a 2-year-old. She was hooked! Shirley became a librarian at the Family History Center in 2003, and has spoken at the annual seminar for the last 12 years.
Melinda Silver has long been interested in gathering her family stories and pictures. She has created several family heirlooms using researched information and found photographic and other treasures. She thinks that it is the stories and pictures that make family history come to life, and would like to help you add life to your family tree.