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GVRL in February

Here are the top ten titles:

Babycare 2011
How to Write Your Will e18 2009
Creation Myths of the World: An Encyclopedia, 2nd. ed., vol. 1
Mythology and Culture Worldwide: Aztec Mythology
America Goes Green: An Encyclopedia of Eco-Friendly Culture in the UnitedStates, vol. 2
The College Blue Book, 44th ed., vol. 3
The Hobbit 1995
Literary Movements for Students, 2nd ed., vol. 2
Contemporary Musicians, vol. 1
Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions e8 2009

Tax Forms

Tax forms have not arrived yet and the IRS website does not have all of the 2017 forms or instructions available at this time.

Note:  Publication 17 (Tax Guide for Individuals) is no longer available in print format.  It can be found here.

Fact Checking the State of the Union

There’s something new that’s happening during the State of the Union address, scheduled for January 30.  The Reporters’ Lab at Duke University is beta-testing a real-time fact check during the actual address to Congress.  And there’s definite street cred here:   itt draws on automation and fact-checking work from researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington, the Internet Archive, MIT Media Lab, and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.

Income Tax Information for 2018

Did you know that the IRS anticipates that over 90% of tax payers will file electronically? This little tidbit of information and more can be found in yesterday’s press release/

We will updating our Tax Time page this week to reflect and changes listed in that press release.

Changes in the loan of LDS microfilm

Effective September 1, 2017 the LDS Family History Center will no longer loan microfilm to its affiliates (SNO is an affiliate).   The supply of unexposed microfilm and duplication equipment has forced them to make this decision.  For more details about the reasons, please see their website.

But on the upside, there are some amazing digitization efforts going on and you will see that content on  For more information about the decision and the implications, please check the FAQ on the website.

Sanborn Maps Online!

From Genealogy Gems:

Breaking news! The Library of Congress has put online nearly 25,000 additional Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps–and more are coming! Over the next three years, more will be added monthly until all 50 states are covered from the 1880s through the 1960s.

Sanborn maps show detailed information about neighborhoods, buildings, roads and more for thousands of towns in the U.S. and beyond. A sizable collection of pre-1900 Sanborn maps are already online at the Library of Congress (use the above link).

Printing Topo maps

Topo (topographical) maps are very popular with hikers, explorers, and outdoor enthusiasts.  And there are some great topo map sites out there, but printing those maps can be a nightmare.  National Geographic has come up with a solution!

National Geographic has built an easy to use web interface that allows anyone to quickly find any quad in the country for downloading and printing. Each quad has been pre-processed to print on a standard home, letter size printer. These are the same quads that were printed by USGS for decades on giant bus-sized pressed but are now available in multi-page PDFs that can be printed just about anywhere. They are pre-packaged using the standard 7.5 minute, 1:24,000 base but with some twists:

  • Page 1 is an overview map showing the Quad in context
  • Pages 2 through 5 are the standard USGS Quads cut in quarters to fit on standard printers
  • Hillshading has been added to each page of the PDF to help visualize the topography

Area codes and 10 digit dialing

In 2017 a new area code will be introduced to our state.  New area code 564 will start being distributed in the fall of 2017 to new numbers in the 360 area code.

Area code number 564, will be available to all of western Washington including the 360, 206, 253, and 425 area codes as numbers in those areas become exhausted.

To implement the new area code, the Utilities and Transportation Commission also approved mandatory 10-digit dialing for all western Washington area codes by the fall of 2017. This will require callers to dial all 10 digits of a telephone number, including area code, when making local calls.

Read more about it at the Commission’s web site.




The new U.S. paper money

Things are changing in the U.S. Treasury.  We will see new things on the $20, $10, and $5 notes.  Learn more!

15 Things

If you’re ever feeling out of the loop, check this out from the Pew Research Group:


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