Northwest NEWS

December 28, 1998


New genealogy class starts


Genealogists Sandra and Mark Barrow.

   The Family History Center in Salt Lake City recently released a remarkable research tool, the "Vital Records Index: North America." Nine CD-ROMs contain over four million names extracted from birth, christening, and marriage records between the years 1631 and 1888. Earlier this year, a similar index was released for Great Britain. Now a researcher can browse through thousand of names in a matter of minutes.

   If you would like to take advantage of these new developments to trace your family tree in 1999, a 9-week Woodinville genealogy class will begin on Thursday, January 7, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel, 18860 NE Woodinville-Duvall Road, across from the entrance to Cottage Lake Park.

   Genealogists Sandra and Mark Barrow will help both beginners and more advanced students learn the techniques and tools to find ancestors and organize their records. Field trips to the Family History Center and National Archives will be included. There is no tuition charge for the class, but a five-dollar donation is requested to cover the cost of the forms and material that each student will receive. The class size is limited, so if you would like to register, call Sandra Barrow at 425-483-6497, or Ted Heckathorn at (425) 844-9302.