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    Searching Out Family History in Bend, Oregon


    Smith Climbing Rocks

    View of Black Butte through Smith Rocks near Bend, Oregon.

    The Bend Genealogical Society Spring Seminar last Saturday, 5 April brought warmer temperatures and sunny skies to Central Oregon. We drove through rain, sleet, and snow flurries en route from Southern California, but each day here has been warmer and more beautiful than the last.

    Deschutes River

    The Deschutes River running through Bend.

    Bend area family historians obviously appreciate and support their local genealogy society. I enjoyed visiting with members at the Meet and Greet evening reception Friday night at the BCG Library, and during the seminar day and wasn't surprised to hear many new members express their appreciation for the group. President Glen Roberts and Program Chair Nancy Noble organized an enjoyable event for attendees from throughout the greater Bend area.

    My sister, a new resident of nearby Redmond, Oregon, joined us for part of the day and was excited to meet a BGS member whose uncle was born in the house she and her husband had just purchased. Small world. He gave her some new information about the former residents and neighborhood, and pointed her to the Redmond HIstorical Society for more background on the area.

    We talked heirlooms of all kinds, from scrapbooks to art to player pianos. And I hope at least a few boxes will be brought down from the attic to find a more "comfortable" place inside the house.

    Visit the Bend Genealogical Society website for information about monthly meetings, special events, and the society research library. 

    Guns Quilts

    Something for everyone: quilt shop next door to the gun store.


    Classic restoration of the Old Francis School by McMenamins' Brewery and Restaurant. Classrooms have been renovated into hotel rooms and the school buildings now hold a theatre for live concerts on the premises.

    Three Sisters

    View of the Three Sisters Mountains on the highway into Sisters, Oregon.

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