Orcas Island Genealogy Club to host meeting and field trip

What could be a better way to celebrate “History Lives Here” month in the San Juan Islands than to attend the upcoming Orcas Island Genealogy Club meeting?

The May 21 gathering will focus on some of the cemeteries on Orcas Island and share information on how to look for the final resting place of your ancestors (or famous people) elsewhere.

“We’ve all heard of the Pike Place Market in Seattle – did you know that the man it was named after is buried here on Orcas?” say organizers.

Pierrette Guimond, long-time member and current chair of the San Juan Cemetery District #3 and Thomas Tillman, local history buff, will be the speakers. A field trip to Mt. Baker Cemetery will be included in the meeting time (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and as an extra bonus for those who can stay after the meeting, we will take a guided tour of Woodlawn Cemetery at 12:30 p.m.

The Orcas Island Genealogy Club is free and open to anyone who is interested in exploring family genealogy – whether you have years of experience or are just wanting to begin now.

Coordinators Vicki Leimback, Rebecca Johnson and Kathi Ciskowski are passionate about research and will bring their organizational and genealogical skills and resources to share.