Monday, May 21, 2018

Colville? In Auckland, New Zealand?

Last January, hubby and I were taking a tour of Auckland, New Zealand, and the name on the bronze plaque pointing to a feature in the harbor really caught my attention: Colville Channel. What?? How did that name get transplanted there??? I forgot all about asking; this tour was on our first day.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Kelowna & District Genealogical Society Genealogical Conference

Who’s Up For a Genealogy Road Trip?

September is the perfect time for a road trip – 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. 28-30, 2018 Western Canada’s Largest Genealogy Conference?  Sharing the costs and enjoying the companionship of like-minded friends is a wonderful way to see the countryside. All you need is your passport! Don’t want to drive? Our airport has direct flights between Seattle and Kelowna via Horizon Air.

We are thrilled to offer Eleven acclaimed speakers, including: Blaine Bettinger (genetic genealogist/DNA specialist); Cyndi Ingle (Cyndi’s List); Helen V. Smith (from Australia); Dave Obee (Canada’s preeminent genealogist); Lesley Anderson (Ancestry). Of the 31 workshops on offer, only five are on Canadian records so there is something for every researcher no matter where in the world you are searching.

We have great rates at two local hotels: The Kelowna Inn & Suites (, 1-800-667-6133) is offering rooms at only $99 per night (plus taxes), including breakfast; The Ramada Hotel (a full-service hotel;, 1-800-665-2518) is offering $119.99 per night (plus taxes).  This is definitely budget-friendly, especially if you share the room with a friend or two.  Both hotels are located along Hwy. 97 and a short drive to all conference venues (carpooling can also be arranged).  When making your reservation, 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 Kelowna’s other great archives and specialty libraries. 

For more information, visit our Conference pages at or follow the link from our homepage, Register soon as some workshops are filling up quickly! Questions: email me at

Claire Smith-Burns
Kelowna & District Genealogical Society
Director, KDGS Family & Local History Resource Centre,
“Harvest Your Family Tree” Conference 2018,

Saturday, April 7, 2018

What You Missed April 7th 2018 EWGS Meeting

Well today was a good day to spend inside and a large group of eager genealogists. First up the general meeting, approving the minutes, treasurers report, writing contest update, and announcements on WSGS dues and 2019 WSGS meeting in October 2019 here in Spokane.
Vice President Mary Holcomb conducting the general meeting.

Sonji Ruttan and Lee Pierce setting up.

 Lee Pierce talking about the Eastern State Archives and the Washington State Digital Archives.

Next was the pot luck lunch, hard to not eat everything in sight. 

The board met next and we nearly froze in the sanctuary.

Last was Carol Buswell talking about the National Archives and how they can help genealogists.
Here is an answer to one question about the railroad retirement records being moved to the Atlanta branch of NARA thanks to Google.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Washington State Genealogy Society Conference

Greetings fellow genealogists and family history enthusiasts! 
This year the WA State Genealogy Society Annual Awards Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Clark County Genealogical Society Conference.  It looks to be a great program, a great speaker and lots of fun activities.  If you have not already made plans to go, please consider attending.  Events run May 25-27th, with the Conference on the 26th.   Registration forms are available on the website, .  Below is more info provided by Clark Co Gen Soc.
 During an event filled weekend, our Saturday seminar key speaker will be David Allen Lambert.  Serving as chief genealogist for the venerable New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), David’s seminar topics include 1) World War 1 Military 2) Great Migration Era settler research 3) Probate & Deed Records research.  As an honored guest at our Hudson Bay Company Gala ReceptionFriday evening, he will be able to share his genealogical gems; seemingly small finds that lead to amazing stories.  We are collaborating with Friends of Fort Vancouver to bring some of the wonderful Fort interpreters as guests.  
For out-of-towners the Hilton Hotel offered special rates.  The CCGS group reservation code is CCG.  Our web access page is:
David Allen Lambert publishes regularly on Vita Brevis, the NEHGS blog that serves as an exceptional family history resource.  Follow him at:
A guided Cemetery Tour is proposed for Sunday along with brochures for other local self-guided tours, all available from the CCGS Library. 
For 5 days before and during Memorial Weekend, The Fort Vancouver Tapestry will be displayed at the CCGS Library.  Completed in 2005, this historic community project required 57 skilled stitchery workers contributing 100,000 hours over 5 plus years.

See you there!
​Ginny Majewski, President
​Washington State Genealogical Society

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Marie Curie on Timeless

Timeless program on NBC tonight at 10 pm here in Spokane will have a program on WWII and Marie Curie. The show centers around a group of time travelers.  And, what family historian do you know that doesn’t wish they could travel back in time to the places their ancestors lived?

More Information from the Ancestry Blog

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Friday, March 9, 2018


Happy Birthday Doris Woodward.  When I first started doing research for EWGS, Doris asked me to write about any interesting lookups I had did, and she promised she would edit them to look good in the Bulletin. Thanks Doris you made me look good.
A few years later I got an E-Mail from Family Search to help update the Family Search Resource Guide for the State of Washington. I sent an E-Mail to the board and the only one that answered was Doris, and so we did a letter back to Family Search with what we thought was important that should be in the Washington State Resource Guide, and they did put many of our suggestions in that Resource Guide. Since then it was put in the Family Search Wiki for Washington state.
The photo above I took at the program EWGS did to honor Doris for her long service as editor of our EWGS Bulletin in 2011. Thanks Doris