“I am truly glad that I wrote to you after receiving a copy of your excellent book on the Wilson family… I can’t begin to describe the historical significance of the material you’ve brought together. Researchers in the fields of immigration studies, Scandinavian-American history, the lumber industry, Pacific Coast commerce, women’s history, Grays Harbor County history, to name just a few-will find these documents a rich resource…It isn’t often that we see such collections that draw so much important material together.”
--Edward W. Nolan, Head of Special Collections and Archives, WA State Historical Society, Tacoma, Washington

“…a careful and thorough piece of work. A librarian always likes to see an index, bibliography, appendices, end notes...”
--David Hull, Principal Librarian
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco, CA

“This is one of the most exhaustive, fascinating documents I've ever read.
Emily literally wrote the book on what it means to track down your family
history and bring it to life."
--John C. Hughes, editor and publisher of the Aberdeen Daily World, Aberdeen, WA

“Remarkable new book
by an Aberdeen native.”
--Bill Lindstrom, Aberdeen Daily World (City Editor,) Aberdeen, WA

"Honestly, this volume is one of the best family histories I've ever seen, complete with detailed endnotes and bibliography, portions of the volume that are so important to good genealogical research, but often skimped upon. Also included are numerous pedigree charts and family group sheets. An unbelievably great book, it's one anyone would be proud to own."
-- Leland Nitzler, Everton’s Genealogical Helper November/December 2007

Distribution of Boats to Board Feet:
The Wilson Family of the Pacific Coast


Aberdeen Museum of History Aberdeen WA
Bohuslan Museum, Uddevalla Sweden
Columbia Maritime Museum, Astoria, OR
Franklin County Museum, Pasco, WA
Lewis Country Historical Museum, Chehalis, WA
Museum of History and Industry, Seattle WA
Oregon Historical Society, Portland, OR
Polson Museum, Hoquiam, WA
San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park and Museum, San Francisco, CA
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
Wasco County Historical Museum, The Dalles, OR
Washington County Museum, Portland, Oregon
Washington State History Museum, Tacoma WA

Genealogical, Historical and Pioneer Societies

Arizona Historical Society Tucson, AZ
Clayton Library for Genealogical Research Houston TX
Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society The Dalles, OR
Genealogical Meeker County Historical Society Litchfield, MN
Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, Aberdeen, WA
New England Historic Genealogical Society Boston MA
Oregon Historical Society Portland, OR
Pioneer Association, State of Washington, Seattle WA
Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

University Libraries

Oregon State University Libraries and Archives, Corvallis, OR
Pacific University Library, Forest Grove, OR
University of Washington Library System (Scandinavian Studies Collections), Seattle
University of Washington Library System (Special Collections), Seattle, WA
Washington State University Library, Pullman, WA

Public Libraries

Aberdeen Public Library, Aberdeen, WA
Columbia County Library, St. Helens, OR
Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
St Helens Public Library, St Helens, OR
Sutro Library (California State Library System) San Francisco, CA
Wasco County Public Library, The Dalles, OR
The King County Public Library System Seattle, WA

Publications for Purposes of Reviews

48 North Sailing Magazine, Seattle, WA
Marketing Experts, Inc. San Diego, CA
Nordic Heritage Historical Journal, Seattle, WA (spring ’08 issue)
Pacific NW Quarterly Tacoma, WA (pending)
Tall Timber Short Lines, Oso, Montana
Timber Times, Hillsboro, OR
Clatskanie Chief, Clatskanie, OR
Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah

Scandinavian and Swedish Historical and Cultural Centers

American Swedish Institute Minneapolis, MN
Nordic heritage Museum, Seattle, WA
Swedish American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco, CA
Swedish Cultural Center, Seattle WA


Christine Gregoire, Governor, Washington State
Alderbrook Inn gift shop Union, WA
Duffy’s Restaurant, Aberdeen, WA
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles, OR
Commissioner, Columbia County, OR, Joe Corsiglia
Friends of the Lone Fir Cemetery, Portland, OR
Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce Aberdeen WA
Dorothy Voege, Mayor of Aberdeen,
Betty Vilhauer, Rainier, Oregon (former 5 term mayor of city)
Metzer Map Co., Tacoma, WA

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