Since the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society is hosting the Washington State Genealogical Society's 2009 State Conference in Spokane this upcoming 11-13 September at the historic Davenport Hotel, I thought you might like to know a smidgen more about these two organizations.
The Eastern Washington State Genealogical Society was founded in 1935 with six interested people and a handful of books. In 2005, EWGS celebrated its 70th anniversary, now counting 270 folks and partnered with the Spokane Public Library to house a collection numbering over a thousand items, which includes printed, microfilmed, and digital material. EWGS plans ten monthly meetings per year and two (spring/fall) workshops or seminars. EWGS provides free to its members free computer classes and several spin-off classes like the Legacy and RootsMagic Users' Groups.
The Washington State Genealogical Society was founded in 1983 with the goals of mentoring and providing educational opportunities to genealogical societies and their members in Washington State. Click on the link in to read the WSGS mission statement and list of “purposes” at the WSGS website.
There have been many good reasons to join WSGS and in the near future you'll see a new list of great reasons for you to join WSGS. Both of these groups exist for YOU, to help YOU, to teach YOU. The annual conference is a prime example of the opportunities WSGS affords us. If you're not registered for the conference, it's not too late. Click on the links below.