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About 11 years ago I was helping a family history consultant on my shift at our center.  We found her ancestor, Jerry Richey, on the 1920 census living in the Walla Walla prison. I wondered if there would be a prison record available?  I called the prison and they said that the Washington State Archives held these records. The state archive did indeed have them, so we were able to order the complete record consisting of 99 pages. It cost us $42, but the information was invaluable. 

We learned about his occupation, family, neighbors, etc. One of his siblings died at a young age from poison. The file included a few letters from his wife. One of the letters told about his wife being pregnant, which the consultant didnít know There were several pages of a petition that the neighbors were signing indicating that Jerry could not have raped the girl he was accused of.  It was signed by several relatives as well. This file also included the picture above which you fix by taking off his numbers, and clean him up pretty well.  

I wanted to share this because if you find an ancestor living somewhere other than a residential home, there might be records available from an archive or some other institution.  Just GOOGLE the place, and call various numbers until you determine whether you can get a copy. 

You can find about 30 pages from the file at the front of the room if you want to browse through it.

Let me know if you find an interesting record in your research.



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