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{{stub}}''[[United States|United States]] > [[Washington|Washington]] > Benton County'' [[Image:Wa-benton.png|thumb|right|400px|showing location of Benton County]]  
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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Benton County'''
  
== [http://www.co.benton.wa.us/ County Courthouse]  ==
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The Courthouse<br>620 Market Street<br>Prosser, WA 99350  
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== County Courthouse ==
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[http://www.co.benton.wa.us/ Benton County Courthouse]<br>600 Market Street<br> Prosser, WA 99350-0190<br> Phone: 509.786.5624<br><br>County Auditor has birth records 1905-1907 <br>and marriage records from 1905.<br>County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records.<br> County Assessor has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benton County, Washington page 732, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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*Paterson
 
*Paterson
  
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'''Extinct Communities'''
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*Hanford
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*White Bluffs
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*Richland (Original Site)
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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==== Cemeteries<br> ====
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The links are to volunteer submitted tombstone lists and may be incomplete. In addition to these links try [http://usgwtombstones.org/washington/benton.htm USGenWeb Tombstone Project - Benton County, Washington] for tombstone lists and photos.<br>
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'''Cemetery<br>'''
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| '''Nearest Town'''<br>
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| '''Address'''<br>
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| [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=76757&CScn=desert+lawn&CScntry=4&CSst=50& Desert Lawn Memorial Park]<br>
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| Kennewick<br>
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| 1401 South Union St., Kennewick<br>
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| [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=76781&CScn=evergreen&CScntry=4&CSst=50& Evergreen Cemetery]<br>
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| Benton City<br>
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| Horn Road, Benton City<br>
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| [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2172933&CScn=horse+heaven+hills&CScntry=4&CSst=50& Horse Heaven Hills Cemetery]<br>
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| Benton City<br>
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| Cemetery Rd. between Travis Rd and Clodius Rd, Prosser (11 miles south of Benton City)<br>
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| [http://usgwarchives.net/wa/benton/photos/tombstones/paterson/paterson.htm Paterson Cemetery]<br>
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| Prosser<br>
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| [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=732916&CScn=east+prosser&CScntry=4&CSst=50& Prosser Cemetery]<br>
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| Prosser<br>
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| 1601 Paterson Avenue, PO Box 1439, Prosser<br>
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| [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=77012&CScn=resthaven&CScntry=4&CSst=50& Resthaven Cemetery (Find a Grave)], [http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=111872 Resthaven Cemetery (BillionGraves)]<span style="text-decoration: underline;" /><br>
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| Richland<br>
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| Williams Blvd between Goethals Dr and Kimball Ave in RIchland<br>
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| [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=77020&CScn=riverview&CScntry=4&CSst=50& Riverview Heights Cemetery]<br>
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| Kennewick<br>
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| 1200 S. Olympia, Kennewick<br>
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| [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=77075&CScn=sunset+memorial&CScntry=4&CSst=50& Sunset Memorial Cemetery (Findagrave)] [http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=111912 Sunset Memorial Cemetery (BillionGraves)]<br>
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| Richland<br>
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| 915 By-Pass-Highway, Richland<br>
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| [http://files.usgwarchives.net/wa/benton/cemeteries/wpross.txt West Prosser (IOOF) Cemetery]<br>
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| Prosser<br>
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| Richards Rd and Byron Rd, west of Prosser<br>
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| [http://www.interment.net/data/us/wa/benton/white_bluffs.htm White Bluffs Cemetery]<br>
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| of White Bluffs, currently in Prosser<br>
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When White Bluffs was depopulated for the Hanford Project the 133 caskets were moved to the Prosser Cemetery.<br>
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*Washington State Digital Archives has a database of&nbsp;[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=471 Benton County Birth Records]. This database contains the names of people who were born in&nbsp;Benton County from 1905-1907. For FHL entries, 1905-1907, click [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=567116&disp=Records+of+Yakima+County%2C+Washington%252%20%20&columns=*,0,0 here].  
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*Washington State Digital Archives has a database of&nbsp;[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=471 Benton County Birth Records]. This database contains the names of people who were born in&nbsp;Benton County from 1905-1907. For FHL entries, 1905-1907, click {{FHL|567116|title-id|disp=here}}.  
*Washington State Digital Archives has a database of [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=274 Benton County Marriages]&nbsp;from&nbsp;1905 to 1920.&nbsp;This database is an index to marriage certificates filed with the Auditor in Benton County, Washington.&nbsp; For FHL entries, click [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=217999&disp=Records+of+Yakima+County%2C+Washington%2%20%20&columns=*,0,0 here].  
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*Washington State Digital Archives has a database of [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=274 Benton County Marriages]&nbsp;from&nbsp;1905 to 1920.&nbsp;This database is an index to marriage certificates filed with the Auditor in Benton County, Washington.&nbsp; For FHL entries, click {{FHL|217999|title-id|disp=here}}.  
*'''Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960 '''A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be&nbsp;found at [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1454923;p=collectionDetails;t=searchable FamilySearch Record Search], no images are available. A&nbsp;transcribed death certificate may contain such information as name of the deceased, date and place of death, age, gender, birth date and birth place, mother’s maiden name and name of spouse, place of residence, occupation and certificate numbers.
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*'''Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960 '''A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be&nbsp;found at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1454923 FamilySearch Record Search], no images are available. A&nbsp;transcribed death certificate may contain such information as name of the deceased, date and place of death, age, gender, birth date and birth place, mother’s maiden name and name of spouse, place of residence, occupation and certificate numbers.
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
*[http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org Tri-City Genealogical Society] has an extensive collection of local and regional resources as well as references for other areas. Check their [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/TCGSWiki_dokuwiki-2005-09-22/doku.php?id=tcgs:tcgs_resources resources page] for an updated list of their holdings. They also provide genealogical help at Mid-Columbia Library, have [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/TCGSWiki_dokuwiki-2005-09-22/doku.php?id=tcgs:search online resources], and conduct local research for a small fee.<br>  
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*[http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org The Tri-City Genealogical Society] has an extensive collection of local and regional resources as well as references for other areas. Check their [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/wiki/doku.php/tcgs:libraries resources page] for an updated list of their holdings. They also provide genealogical help at the Mid-Columbia Library, have [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/wiki/doku.php?id=tcgs:search online resources], and [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/wiki/doku.php/tcgs:research conduct local research] for a small fee.<br>  
*Richland Family History Center located at 1314 Jadwin Ave., Richland WA 99352; phone (509) 946-6637 which houses the collection of the Tri-City Genealogical Society, as well as helpful staff, free family history classes, some online databases, and access to the normal family history center resources.<br>  
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*Richland Family History Center located at 1314 Jadwin Ave., Richland WA 99352; phone (509) 946-6637 houses the collection of the Tri-City Genealogical Society. It also has helpful staff, free family history classes, some online databases, and access to the normal family history center resources.<br>  
*[http://www.midcolumbialibraries.org/ Mid-Columbia Library System] which has a large amount of books of genealogical value, maps, and many local newspapers on microfilm dating from the late 1800's to the present. In the library there is also access to online fee databases and volunteers from the TCGS.<br>  
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*[http://www.midcolumbialibraries.org/ Mid-Columbia Library System] has many books of genealogical value, maps, and many local newspapers on microfilm dating from the late 1800s to the present. In the library there is also access to online databases and volunteers from the TCGS.<br>  
*[http://www.richland.lib.wa.us/ Richland Public Library] has access to online databases, some books of genealogical value, and the Tri-City Herald on microfilm.<br>
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*[http://www.richland.lib.wa.us/ Richland Public Library] has access to online databases, some books of genealogical value, and the local Tri-City Herald newspaper on microfilm.<br>  
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*[http://ebchs.org/ East Benton County Historical Society] primarily runs a museum of local history and a research library. The museum features local history, from the ancient petrified forests to the Native Americans to the pioneers and settlers. Of special note is an extensive photograph collection depicting life in Kennewick, Richland, Finley, Hover, Hanford, White Bluffs and surrounding areas. "The museum library houses an extensive collection of materials including obituaries, local history files, family history information, high school annuals and books of local and regional interest. There are also 121 books from Dr. Glen Axford's Audubon Collection." (From the http://ebchs.org/ website under Museum Info: Research Library)<br>
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*[http://www.crehst.org/ The Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science, and Technology] (CREHST) is a museum and science center created to tell the dynamic story of the Columbia Basin and surrounding region." It features an excellent exhibit and materials available on the Hanford project and the huge influx of people to support it in the 1940's.&nbsp; Two collections of interest specifically to genealogists are their photos collections (indexes for [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/PUBLICATIONS/Marlins/Marlins.shtml Marlin's Columbia Photography], [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/PUBLICATIONS/Northlight/Northlight.shtml North&nbsp;Light Studio] and [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/PUBLICATIONS/Wendland/Wendland.shtml Wendland Studio]) and their collection of General&nbsp;Electric Company newsletters.<br>
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Kennewick Washington Family History Center]]
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*[[Prosser Washington Family History Center]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wabenton/ The Benton County WAGenWeb Project], a member of [[WAGenWeb|The WAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wabenton/ The Benton County WAGenWeb Project], a member of [[WAGenWeb|The WAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/wa/benton/benton.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Benton County.  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/wa/benton/benton.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Benton County.  
*[http://usgwarchives.org/wa/benton/benton.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Benton County. (Mirror site)  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/wa/benton/benton.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Benton County. (Mirror site)  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=207611&subject_disp=Washington%2C+Benton&columns=*,0,0 FamilySearch.org] Family History Library Catalog for Benton County.
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*{{FHL|Washington%2C+Benton|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library Catalog for Benton County.
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Benton/ Benton County, Washington Genealogy and Family History<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1284214746890_278" />] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org Tri-City Genealogical&nbsp;Society] has online data for Benton and Franklin Counties.<br>
  
 
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Contents

County Courthouse

Benton County Courthouse
600 Market Street
Prosser, WA 99350-0190
Phone: 509.786.5624

County Auditor has birth records 1905-1907
and marriage records from 1905.
County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records.
County Assessor has land records. [1]

History

Parent County

1905--Benton County was created 8 March 1905 from Klickitat and Yakima Counties. County seat: Prosser [2]

Boundary Changes

  • No counties created from the county.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Cities

  • Benton City
  • Kennewick
  • Prosser
  • Richland
  • West Richland

Communities

  • Finley
  • Highland
  • Kiona
  • Paterson

Extinct Communities

  • Hanford
  • White Bluffs
  • Richland (Original Site)

Neighboring Counties

Franklin | Grant | Klickitat | Walla Walla | Yakima | Oregon counties: Morrow | Umatilla

Resources

Cemeteries

The links are to volunteer submitted tombstone lists and may be incomplete. In addition to these links try USGenWeb Tombstone Project - Benton County, Washington for tombstone lists and photos.

Cemetery

Nearest Town
Address
Desert Lawn Memorial Park
Kennewick
1401 South Union St., Kennewick
Evergreen Cemetery
Benton City
Horn Road, Benton City
Horse Heaven Hills Cemetery
Benton City
Cemetery Rd. between Travis Rd and Clodius Rd, Prosser (11 miles south of Benton City)
Paterson Cemetery
Prosser

Prosser Cemetery
Prosser
1601 Paterson Avenue, PO Box 1439, Prosser
Resthaven Cemetery (Find a Grave), Resthaven Cemetery (BillionGraves)
Richland
Williams Blvd between Goethals Dr and Kimball Ave in RIchland
Riverview Heights Cemetery
Kennewick
1200 S. Olympia, Kennewick
Sunset Memorial Cemetery (Findagrave) Sunset Memorial Cemetery (BillionGraves)
Richland
915 By-Pass-Highway, Richland
West Prosser (IOOF) Cemetery
Prosser
Richards Rd and Byron Rd, west of Prosser
White Bluffs Cemetery
of White Bluffs, currently in Prosser

When White Bluffs was depopulated for the Hanford Project the 133 caskets were moved to the Prosser Cemetery.

Census

  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Naturalization

Washington State Digital Archives has digitized various types of naturalization-related records, including declarations of intentions, delayed birth files, naturalization affidavits, notifications of application for admission to US citizenship, orders fixing naturalization terms, petitions and records, petitions, receipts for certificates of citizenship, record of final decrees of citizenship and record of petitions dockets. Depending on the county, records range from 1854-1988.

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

  • Washington State Digital Archives has a database of Benton County Birth Records. This database contains the names of people who were born in Benton County from 1905-1907. For FHL entries, 1905-1907, click here.
  • Washington State Digital Archives has a database of Benton County Marriages from 1905 to 1920. This database is an index to marriage certificates filed with the Auditor in Benton County, Washington.  For FHL entries, click here.
  • Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960 A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be found at FamilySearch Record Search, no images are available. A transcribed death certificate may contain such information as name of the deceased, date and place of death, age, gender, birth date and birth place, mother’s maiden name and name of spouse, place of residence, occupation and certificate numbers.

Societies and Libraries

  • The Tri-City Genealogical Society has an extensive collection of local and regional resources as well as references for other areas. Check their resources page for an updated list of their holdings. They also provide genealogical help at the Mid-Columbia Library, have online resources, and conduct local research for a small fee.
  • Richland Family History Center located at 1314 Jadwin Ave., Richland WA 99352; phone (509) 946-6637 houses the collection of the Tri-City Genealogical Society. It also has helpful staff, free family history classes, some online databases, and access to the normal family history center resources.
  • Mid-Columbia Library System has many books of genealogical value, maps, and many local newspapers on microfilm dating from the late 1800s to the present. In the library there is also access to online databases and volunteers from the TCGS.
  • Richland Public Library has access to online databases, some books of genealogical value, and the local Tri-City Herald newspaper on microfilm.
  • East Benton County Historical Society primarily runs a museum of local history and a research library. The museum features local history, from the ancient petrified forests to the Native Americans to the pioneers and settlers. Of special note is an extensive photograph collection depicting life in Kennewick, Richland, Finley, Hover, Hanford, White Bluffs and surrounding areas. "The museum library houses an extensive collection of materials including obituaries, local history files, family history information, high school annuals and books of local and regional interest. There are also 121 books from Dr. Glen Axford's Audubon Collection." (From the http://ebchs.org/ website under Museum Info: Research Library)
  • The Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science, and Technology (CREHST) is a museum and science center created to tell the dynamic story of the Columbia Basin and surrounding region." It features an excellent exhibit and materials available on the Hanford project and the huge influx of people to support it in the 1940's.  Two collections of interest specifically to genealogists are their photos collections (indexes for Marlin's Columbia Photography, North Light Studio and Wendland Studio) and their collection of General Electric Company newsletters.

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benton County, Washington page 732, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).