Alaska Genealogical Resources

Here’s a link for the Alaska State Library’s genealogy resources. They even have a WorldCat link so you can search for other libraries with the same materials. Some of these materials are also available at Seattle area archives where I’m a researcher available for hire.

 

Mount St. Helens at Pullman, Washington

On 18 May 1980, I was living in Pullman, Washington, attending high school. This was shortly after we had moved from Ohio to Washington and it was a completely new experience for me.

The photo here was taken with a Kodak 110 camera, producing a small negative and grainy image at the best of times. My viewpoint here was the top of one of the reservoir buildings on College Hill, looking west. The view was of a sunset in the wrong direction, which was weird. Shortly after this, the ash started accumulating and became muddy. It still exists as a substrate under the wheat fields, fertilizing them.

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© 2012 N. P. Maling — Sea Genes – Family History & Genealogy Research

Mount St. Helens at Pullman, Washington, 18 May 1980

Mount St. Helens at Pullman, Washington, 18 May 1980

City Directory Sunday: Spokane, Washington, 1940

This week’s installment is a column from page 451 of the 1940 R. L. Polk’s city directory for Spokane, Washington. Enjoy. NPM

Polk's Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1940, page 451

Happy Birthday, Oregon Territory (1843)

On this day in 1843, the Oregon Territory became recognized by a provincial government. Good going, guys and gals!

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Note: Diana James’ Shared Walls

Diana James just published Shared Walls: Seattle Apartment Buildings, 1900-1939, a history of apartment dwelling in Seattle during the years listed in the title.

This is (an as yet unseen) welcome addition to the house history field as it expands on the regular house history field of research.

Two articles in the Seattle Times give you more of a preview than I can. Here they are:

A book review of Shared Walls

A “Now and Then” installment which mentions Shared Walls.

Only 2,000 copies have been printed, according to one of the pieces, and I’m sure they’ll go fast. Shared Walls is available at Amazon.com.

NPM

Happy Birthday, Idaho Territory!

On this day in 1863, Idaho Territory was spun off from Washington Territory.

Happy Birthday, Washington Territory!

On this day in 1853, Washington Territory was spun off from Oregon.