Back in the early 90s I developed an interest in genealogy. At the same time, distant cousins from the other side of the country were writing a book on the emigration of our family from Scotland to eastern Canada in the early 1800s. In researching and documenting the family tree, they were having a challenge finding the branch that ended up on the west coast of the US. They knew my great great grandfather spent time in Rossland BC but not much more than that. I few letters back and forth with historians in the area provided enough information that a letter was sent to my dad and then given to me. Genealogical research at that time was not what it is today. My cousins worked tirelessly, and I helped where I could on my little branch, until the book From Island to Island was published a couple years later. I received a copy of the book, thumbed through it a few times, and with a young family and life’s busyness, it found its way to the shelf and eventually to a storage box. Twenty years pass.