Friday, October 21, 2016

Spotlight on Mary Malone Holcomb

Mary "Kathy" Malone Holcomb has been a tremendous asset to the EWGS for many years. You know her as the busily-scurrying hospitality person at our meetings and workshops. She has also organized the EWGS December meeting for several years and she is currently serving as EWGS Vice- President and is a member of the Tuesday Gals who serve in the library on Tuesdays.

But bet you didn't know that she was named Mary because "all first daughters of all daughters are named Mary." Her parents, Robert Malone, born in Indiana, and Mattie Myree Hutchins, born in North Carolina. WHen she's not doing genealogy, and working for the cemetery causes, or doing EWGS work, she enjoys gardening and needlework.

Her favorite color is blue and her favorite dessert "are the lemon cookies at Nordstom's."

Meet Mary Malone Holcomb!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

A Super Freebie from Ancestry/Family Tree Magazine

FamilyTree Magazine offers a freebie book download with almost every issue. The Oct-Nov 2016 issue offered the booklet shown in the pix above. It really is free; no strings attached.  Click to

Then you'll be prompted to enter your email (so they know where to send your freebie booklet to) and then click Download. That's all there is to it. 

Most of these Ancestry-Family Tree Magazine-Family Tree University booklets are compilations of articles from Family Tree Magazine. Some are a bit old and some are quite new. But hey, free is good in any case, right? 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

EWGS President Visits Georgetown University

EWGS President Patricia Bayonne-Johnson visits Georgetown University to see what Georgetown is doing to make amends for the sale of the 272 slaves. The article is here
Another Article Here

NPR Interviewed  Pat and John Degoia president of Georgetown University.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Kelowna & District Genealogical Society Genealogy Road Trip

Who’s Up For a Genealogy Road Trip?

September is the perfect time to travel – the tourists have mostly gone home, the roads are in good condition and the weather is perfect!  What could be better?  Well, how about a Genealogy Road Trip?

Why not get a few friends together and come to Kelowna for the “Harvest Your Family Tree” Genealogy Conference, taking place from Sept. 23-25, 2016?  Sharing the costs and enjoying the companionship of like-minded friends is a wonderful way to see the countryside.

The Kelowna Inn & Suites is offering an unbelievable rate of only $79 per night (plus taxes), including breakfast, to our Conference registrants.  This is definitely budget-friendly, especially if you share the room with a friend or two.  The hotel is nicely appointed, has an on-site restaurant and is very conveniently located along Hwy. 97 halfway between the Friday and Saturday Conference venues.; 1-800-667-6133 – be sure to tell them you are coming for the Genealogy Conference.  

While in Kelowna, enjoy our great shopping, many beautiful wineries, historic sites and get in some genealogy research at our KDGS Family & Local History Resource Centre and the other great archives and specialty libraries close-by.  Be sure to scoop up some freshly-picked apples to bring home, too!  Go to the Conference pages at, then take a look at the “Staying in Kelowna” page for lots of great suggestions and website links.  You may also want to stay on a few days after the Conference to see the Royals:  Prince William, Duchess Kate and little George & Charlotte will be in Kelowna on Sept. 27th!!!
Register for our Conference:  Don’t delay too long as some workshops are filling up quickly!

Besides all the great Conference news we have been sending you over the past months, we are very excited to announce that MY HERITAGE will have a booth in our Marketplace!  They have very generously come on-board as our main sponsor, supplying name-tag lanyards, beautiful conference bags, some fabulous door prizes and My Heritage software for each registrant.  We welcome them to our Marketplace and to Kelowna! If you aren’t familiar with My Heritage, check out their website:

Claire Smith-Burns
Library & Public Education Committees
Chairperson, “Harvest Your Family Tree” Conference (Sept. 23-25, 2016)
Kelowna & District Genealogical Society
Kelowna, BC, Canada

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday Tip

Dick Eastman had an article on a FREE website to colorize your old black and white photos. It is available here for FREE.
I tried a couple of my grand aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photos:

 Should we colorize our old photos? Do they look better?

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Georgetown University President Meets with EWGS President Pat Bayonne-Johnson

Another great article on EWGS President Pat Bayonne-Johnson and the meeting with Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia at the Spokane Public Library June 13, 2016. This article tells about the cooperation between Georgetown and the genealogists tracing their ancestors back to the 272 slaves sold by Georgetown in 1838.
The earlier article is located here 

The EWGS group researching the Butler genealogy.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Georgetown University President John DeGioia meets Pat Bayonne-Johnson

EWGS President Patricia Bayonne-Johnson descendant of slaves that were sold by Georgetown University in 1838, meets with Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia at the Spokane Public Library. Read the article by Rachel L. Swarns of the New York Times. ( ) or the article in the Spokesman Review .
Here is some pictures of the meeting:

Pat and John DeGioia

Greeting the team of researchers.

Sitting down to talk about the research.