GSSWI provides information and materials for family
historians from beginner to advanced. We also offer for sale our own
publications: Cemeteries of Island County, Washington
and our heritage cookbook.
Included in this section of this website:
The James McInerney family about 1911. James died in 1914, leaving
Annie to support and raise their three children. When she asked about
public assistance, she was told that she'd have to sell her house to
qualify. Annie was not about to lose her house, so she applied for a
job with the US Post Office. Because she was over 40, Annie took five
years off her age to make herself more attractive as an employee. This
is reflected in the US census: Annie is listed as 36 in 1910 but only
40 in 1920. Annie worked for the post office for more than 30 years.