Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Finding Your Female Ancestors at Hayden Library

Dear Friends,

I've scheduled a three-month genealogy series to delve into the extraordinary lives of our female ancestors, in particular, those born during the early 20th century when the women's suffrage movement led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The workshop will last about an hour with informal sharing, so bring your bagged lunch as we have the room until 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan 11 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Where Were Your Female Ancestors Celebrating the Vote: 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

Saturday, Feb 8 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Finding American Women’s Voices through the Centuries: Letters, Diaries, Journals, Newspapers, and Court Records

Saturday, March 14 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Nineteenth Century Women Settlers Confront the Far West

"The Seneca Falls Convention framed a national discussion about women's rights in America and marked the beginning of a massive civil rights movement that would span the next 70 years. The right to vote was seen as the first step to change the traditional and unjust systems that existed. Women worked for equal rights." 

You might want to get your hands on a good book or two for "light" reading. I'd recommend The Ladies of Seneca Falls: The Birth of the Woman's Rights Movement (Studies in the Life of Women). You could goggle using the terms: "books on women's suffrage" or just read websites. 

Merry Christmas, and I hope will to see you soon.

Your friend,
Kim Morgan

Monday, December 2, 2019

Will your family keepsakes end up like this??

My doggers and I enjoy taking walks along our Spokane County road. While I too often carry a bag to pick up trash, I did once find a $20 bill. Score!

Imagine my horror, dismay and tears to find this lying with other trash spilling out of a black plastic bag in the gravel. 

Of course you're thinking, "well this won't happen to MY stuff!" Or will it???

Giving precious heirlooms to an unappreciative son or niece might just guarantee your memento or photo to end up at best in the Goodwill or at worst, alongside the road. 

Friday, November 29, 2019

Best Genealogy Periodical: Family Tree Magazine

If I were asked to recommend my candidate for best (meaning most useful) genealogy magazine, Family Tree Magazine would be my choice, hands down. 

Family Tree Magazine is published six issues per year and subscription costs $25 (less for a digital subscription). Each issue is chock-full of useful ideas and resources. Couple times a year they have lists of "75 Best Genealogy Website for ____" Could be U.S. research, could be state-by-state resources, etc. Each issue has Collectible State Guides that easily pull out from the center of the magazine. The Dec 2019 issue featured New York and North Dakota. There are dozens of other regular features always worth my time to read.

What are your kids getting you for Christmas?????? Wouldn't you like this better than a sweater??

Call 888-403-9002 to subscribe or send an email to

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from the EWGS Blog

 Thanksgiving Card from my Aunt Carrie
to my grandmother Anna Hansen

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Free Tutorial Videos........ Helpful learning on your schedule.

We're all up for "free," right? I've taught for years in my classes that "if it's free, take two!" 

Would you like to know about 450 online FREE video lessons on how to better use FamilySearch and Ancestry and how to do genealogy better in general?

Provo sits about thirty miles south of Salt Lake City and the Family History Library. Provo is the home of BYU, Brigham Young University. There is a Family History Library on this campus and it's a real rival to its "big brother" up in Salt Lake. 

Here's how to check this out: (1) click to;  (2) in the top search bar type in BYU Family History Library; (3) the requested "channel" should come right up; (4) click to subscribe to this "channel" and you'll be notified when new videos are posted.

So let's see. With 450 online tutorials and 365 days in a year, and if you watched one video per day, in 18 months think how smart you'd be! And how confident! 

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Save the Chancery Building? Yes or No?

There is a huge decision looming regarding the rehabilitation or demolishing of the Catholic Chancery building next door to Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral. Do we care what happens?

I certainly do! That building has stood for over 100 years and housed the diocese for 53 years. Originally, the Diocesan Archives were held in the basement. Famed architect Kirtland Cutter designed the building in 1910 and it housed various businesses until 1966 when the Catholic diocese purchased the building (their old building being in the path of I-90). 

Cowles Real Estate Company owns the building and stated in an article in The Spokesman Review last August that "with the age of the building, many of the systems are nearing or past the end of their useful life, including the roof, plumbing, electrical, elevator and HVAC." 

Here's what I think: Quoting from the website

President Harry S. Truman also had the White House renovated between 1948 and 1952. The White House interior was gutted in an extensive renovation. The original exterior walls remained standing while the interiors were removed and reinstalled within a skeleton of steel structural beams on a new concrete foundation

If, back in 1950, that magnificent structure was totally gutted and updated, why cannot that be done to one of the few really great historic buildings remaining in Spokane???

It was suggested to me that anybody who cares might want to write a letter to Betsy Cowles, c/o The Spokesman Review, 999 W. Riverside, Spokane WA  99201, and explain your thoughts and feelings regarding that 100 year old and most beautiful building.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

A Picture Worth 1000 Words

No need to say anything about this image I found on Facebook. One picture says it all.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Troy Historical Society Presentation

We want to share with you a presentation given by one of our Whitman County Genealogical Society members, Joye Dillman. 
 Joye Dillman of Pullman will give a historical presentation on toys and games enjoyed by children before computer games and the internet at 6:30 PM, Wed., Nov. 20, at the Troy Historical Society.  Joye's presentation is titled "For the Fun of it:  American Childhood Toys and Games."  She is a museum correspondent docent with the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and a retired professor of human development at WSU.  Attendees are welcome to bring their antique toys to add to the displays at the event.  The society is located at 421 S. Main St., Troy, Idaho.

Love This Apartment Name!

Spotted this small apartment building on West Riverside. I just HAD to get out of the car and take a photo. I think it's just the darlingest name for an address I've ever seen.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

TAG Meeting Today: Patricia Flint Shared Her Story

Our TAG meetings are the second Thursday of the month, and soon to be relocated to the Indian Trail Library on the far northwest section of Spokane. Marge Mero does an over-the-top job keeping the group on track with her meeting details and email reminders. All are welcome to this group.

Today was a wonderful meeting of TAG (The Ancestry Group). Patricia Flint told the tale of finding out the details of Esther Ewer, her third great-grandmother's, life. And it was a hard one to be sure. Patricia explained some of the resources she used and how networking with Betty Ellis helped her search. 

It moved all of us when she read the affidavit from Esther that explained that her husband went off to the Civil War a strong and healthy man and came home sick with consumption and was never able to work again, leaving Esther penniless with five children to raise. 

Patricia's mother, step-father and "auntie" came to hear Patricia's talk which made it all the more special. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Another Crazy Newspaper Ad

I spotted this little ad in The Daily News from Nelson, B.C. for September 28, 1906.  What do YOU make of it???

Friday, November 8, 2019

Old Newspaper Ads Are Hilarious

If you read the blog post for Nov 5th, you know where this next comes from:

We of the EWGS Obit Indexing Project get slowed down a bit in this work because our eye is drawn to the old newspaper ads:

Think Perma Tweeze worked?????? 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

EWGS Obit Indexing Committee Update

The hard-working members of the OBIT committee have now been working for a year to create a database of where to find a specific obit from the Spokane papers since day one. 


Above are Jeanne Coe, Sonji Rutan, Donna Phillips, Lynn Krogh, Duane Beck, PJ Farrance-Rabel, Sandi Gaffney, Patricia Flint, Lynda Keenan and Charles Hansen. 

This photo shows a huge step toward completion of the project. Thousands of obits have been clipped from newspapers and glued onto cardstock and then alphabetized in archival boxes down at the MAC. The upright cards indicate those needing indexing. (Sandi is The Queen here; she's indexed hundreds of names/obits already!) 

Goal is to have a Guide To Finding Spokane Area Obits on the EWGS website soon.................. interested in helping? Contact Donna. 

Friday, November 1, 2019

Did Our Ancestors Mark Halloween?

In your family stories, do you have any mention of how your ancestors might have marked Halloween? Or is this just a 20th Century Wall Street phenomenon? Did they at least maybe carve a pumpkin? (Or were pumpkins FOOD in days of yore?)

Have you a carved squash on your front porch yet? Know when/where that custom originated? Thanks to Wikipedia, here's the answer:  It is believed that the custom of making jack-o'-lanterns at Hallowe'en time began in Ireland. In the 19th century, "turnips or mangel wurzels, were hollowed out to act as lanterns and often carved with grotesque faces," were used on Halloween in parts of Ireland and the Scottish Highlands.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

November Meeting: WWI and WWII Research

Happy reminder of our next EWGS meeting, this next Saturday, November 2nd. 

EWGS member Sue Richart is coming down from Colville to teach us about doing World War I and World War II research. 

Her handout is available on our EWGS website; please print it out for yourself to bring along as there will be very limited copies that day.

Hope you'll come and learn about doing some military history research taught by a really knowledgeable presenter.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Boxes Of Books: Goodbye To Our Books

Soon, very soon, we bit goodbye to our EWGS Genealogy Collection housed for over 80 years (since 1935 when EWGS was formed) at the downtown Spokane Public Library.

As you may or may not know, SPL is closing for a major remodel that will take two years. When reopened, the downtown SPL will be a Community Resource Center and not a "book library" like we oldsters remember and love. 

Some 85% of the books in all areas will be removed. Imagine that... of 100 books on the shelf, only 15 will be left. That, of course, includes the Genealogy Section. What few of our book SPL wants will be merged into the Northwest Room.

The rest of our genealogy resource library have been distributed to various places. The LARC Center on Whidbey Island took some 500 books. Members will be/have been invited to come pick. And the bulk of the collection will be happily given to the Family History Library in Salt Lake at their invitation. They are sending a truck on Monday, November 4th.

Now you know the rest of the story; rumors are true. Somewhat. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Good News & Bad News

Good news and bad news for today. This "news" came up in the discussions of your EWGS Program Committee at our follow-up-to-the-Fall-Workshop meeting. 

While we all realize there is no Magic Pill to swallow to help you find all your genealogy answers
but there are Magic Pearls!!! 
And where do you find or obtain or get Magic Pearls?? By looking for them, duh. 

Think of this oyster. First you had to deep dive in cold water to find the rascal, then risk your fingernails to pry it open, but VIOLA, look at the pearls! Each colored pearl represents a fact about your ancestor for which you've been seeking. 

The point of this silly post, and of our recent EWGS Fall Workshop, are that answers ARE, indeed, out there. We have but to go looking.

Friday, October 18, 2019

It's October! Leaf Peeping Time!

I love the changing colors of fall; I think everybody does. Do you think your ancestor "loved" it too or felt gloomy at the obviously approach of cold weather??

As a third grader, I read this in my folks' Readers Digest:  "Nature blushes before she disrobes." Or more recently, "In the fall, Mother Nature puts on her party colors." Or this: "Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day."  (Shira Tamir)

I snapped this photo at our MAC museum. Go down to Browne's Addition and walk about for yourself to see our glorious colors.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

GRF (Genealogy Refocus Group) has a new beginning!

Yesterday, Wednesday, October 16th, marked the day of the new beginning for GRF. Founded and honcho'd for so long by Sonji Rutan, and wonderfully so, the reins have been turned over to Lynda Keenan. 
Still working with Sonji, Lynda announced, proposed and we discussed changes in the modus operandi of the classes. "From now on," she said, "I want you to share what you know and how you have learned it with others. Each of us has specialized knowledge and we each can help others!" 

Lynda wants to get away from formal presentations and have more group interaction. Several ideas for how to accomplish this were discussed. One thing Lynda did was pass out yellow cards on which each of the 18 in attendance were to write information about themselves "so I can get to know you," Lynda explained. She also had everybody sign up with WHERE and WHO we each are researching, saying she'll create a spreadsheet for all of us to use and benefit from. 

The air was electric with ideas; it was a wonderful afternoon. 

You're on her email list so expect to hear from her sooner than later and, of course, do plan to come to GRF and learn how to "refocus your genealogy."

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Online Archival Resources (for WA) from Anna Harbine

Today is a follow-up post to Anna Harbine's September 7th presentation to EWGS at our regular meeting. 

Besides explaining how "her" archives work, and how to come and access the materials and information in "her" archives, she shared a list of recommended Online Archival Resources, mostly (but not all) for Washington.

1. Washington State Digital Archives -

2. Washington State Library -

3. Archives West -

4. Mountain West Digital Library -

5. Library of Congress' Chronicling America -

Though not on her list, and not an "archives," as such, I'm adding this link because I find it most useful: The Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington ...

The free online encyclopedia of Washington state history. 7650 articles now available. 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Spotlight On EWGS Member: Lola McCreary

Today's spotlight is on long-time EWGS member, Lola King McCreary, nickname "Diddy."

Lola was born during the Great Depression in Cascade, Valley County, Idaho, to John Walter King (born in Kansas) and Zola Anita Ames (born in Dubois, Clark County, Idaho). She was named Lola because "both parents had siblings named Lola." 

Geographically her main lines go back to Minnesota, Kansas and Ireland. She has visited Ireland and "the old Idaho homestead." 

Besides EWGS, her hobbies include sewing and stamp collecting (none of us would have guess that, right?). For genealogy, she "mostly uses Ancestry." 

Lola's favorite colors are white, pink and beige. Her favorite dessert is "pie, any kind of pie." And for many of us having been in her home, she is a consummate hostess. 

To answer the question, what one word describes you, she wrote "ordinary."  Lola King McCreary is light years away from being "ordinary." She has served EWGS for decades, especially in the capacity of nominating committee, a totally unenviable job. EWGS has benefited tremendously from Lola's membership and would not be the organization it is without her. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Postal Forwarding Directories...... An Unique Resource for YOU?

EWGS has had in its collection in the downtown Spokane Public Library a most unique collection of books. Called Postal Forwarding Directories, they would remind you of a city directory. But they were created to help postmen deliver the mail. On the printed pages, name and addresses are listed.

What makes these volumes so unique is that every few pages there are some blank pages inserted where the postman could write in the new/forwarding address of a family on his route. 

Our collection spanned about 1903 to 1940 for Spokane but EWGS figures that other cities had such too. (Doing a Google search, I could find nothing pertinent to this topic.) EWGS has wanted for years to have these unique resources to be digitized and finally that time came and the digitization is in progress under the direction of Becky Menzel. Even with the 2-year hiatus before we get a new library, Becky will have an office at Gonzaga and (I'm told) will continue working on the project. 

Now what does this mean to YOUR genealogy? Well, imagine this: you know where your family was in 1905 and again in 1930 but where were they in between? Was there a Postal Forwarding Directory in that 1905 town that would hold a clue? The only way to know is to contact the public library, genealogy society and/or historical society in that place.

I thank Jeanne Coe for information on this project; she's been on the digitizing crew. 

Friday, October 4, 2019

EWGS Fall Workshop...... College for Genealogists!

What are YOU doing tomorrow, dear friend? 

I hope you're planning to come to the EWGS Fall Workshop where you'll have the choice of 12 classes from which to learn ideas and tips on how to better find those illusive ancestors. 

Place: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church; drive out Indian Trail Road in NW Spokane until you see the church (and cars!) on your left.

Time:  Registration opens at 8:00.

Cost:  $25 and that includes lunch!

Syllabus: There will not be a printed syllabus at the registration table; you must click to, and print out the syllabus (or parts you want) for yourself. 

Do hope to see you then/there. Let's learn together.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

A tweezer cream..... from the Crescent?

Jeanne Coe and I are working on Fridays at the MAC to index the obituaries in the 22 file drawers of biographies. We hope to finish before we die. :-)  Anyway. I do the typing on my laptop as Jeanne pulls the envelope contents out. Many times there are just folded newspaper sheets containing true biographical data on a person. BUT those old newspapers are so much fun to see! This was from the Spokesman in 1973:

Friday, September 27, 2019

I just read a list from the Spokane Directory 1886-1887  which listed so many and varied occupations pursued by Spokane citizens. I was amazed because so many exist today.  I found:

Plumber  --  Register of Land  --  Attorney  --  Furniture  --  Blacksmith  --  Saloon  --  Groceries  --  Hides and Furs  --  Restaurant  --  Butcher  --  Music Teacher  --  Dry Goods  --  Clergyman  --  Milliner  --  Physician  --  Proprietor  --  Banker  --  Catholic Priest  --  Dressmaking  --  Carriage Maker  --  Grain & Hay  --  Undertaker  --  Publisher  --  Livery Stable  --  Druggist  --  Hotel  --  Notions  --  Shoes & Boots  --  Japanese Goods  --  Gasfitter  --  Barber Shop  --  Drayman  --  Seedsman  --  Mining Broker  --  Photographer  --  Cigars & Tobacco  --  Dentist  --  Sporting Goods  --  Boarding House  --  Insurance Broker  --  Judge  --  Jeweler  --  Book Seller  --  Hardware  --  Gunsmith  --  Painter  --  Brewery  --  Tailor  --  Military Telegrapher  --  Bill Poster  --  Baker  --  NP Railroad Agent  --  Books & Stationery

Ever given much thought to your ancestor's occupation? What documentation do you have for that fact? 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

He Discovered The Fire Of '89

Jeanne Coe and I are indexing the obituaries found in the 24 drawers of biographies down at the MAC. This particular one was too interesting not to share. From the Spokesman Review, the date was 22 April 1937.

Harry B. Arnold, the man who is credited with discovering the historic fire of 1889 which destroyed Spokane, then Spokane Falls, is dead.

Mr. Arnold died Tuesday night in his home, W. 713 Dalton, aged 75. Christian Science funeral will be read Friday at 1:30 ......

It was a history-making ride that Mr. Arnold and his young wife, the former Ellis L. Barzee of Turner, Oregon, took that Sunday afternoon of August 4, 1889. Noticing the smoke and flame pouring from the roof of a restaurant, Mr. Arnold stopped his carriage to give the alarm, pointing his whip at the blazing roof. The alarm was spread by another resident whose Sunday afternoon nap on the front porch of his nearby home was interrupted by the newlyweds' cry. 

After the town was destroyed, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold moved to Farmington, where he entered the grain business and became widely known in the Palouse. In 1908 they returned to Spokane, where Mr. Arnold entered the real estate and investment business.

Mr. Arnold was born in the Umpquah Valley, Oregon, on May 17, 1861, and went to Idaho with his grandparents in 1872. When 17 he joined the Second Idaho Volunteers under Captain Franklin McCarrie and served during the Nez Perce Indian uprising. Later he homesteaded near Farmington where he farmed and operated a livery stable several years before he and his wife moved to Spokane Falls in 1889. 

Monday, September 23, 2019

EWGS Fall Workshop

Only 12 more days until our EWGS Fall Workshop ‘Coming to America’
Don’t miss out!   Register, by check or Pay Pal on our website
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8441 N Indian Trail Rd., Spokane, Washington

Class descriptions will be on our website soon.

EWGS Workshop
October 5, 2019

8:00-9:00 Doors Open and Registration

9:00-9:45 Welcome by Dolly Webb and EWGS Business Meeting

Sanctuary 20-Person Room 30-Person Room

Beginning DNA on Beginning Genealogy Furthering Colonial
10:00-11:00 Ancestry
Ancestry Using Medieval

and Early Modern


Presenter: Carol Anderson Presenter: Doug Floyd Presenter: Denise Hughes

Let's Paint your DNA Migration Mapping Norwegian Emigration
11:15 - 12:15

Presenter: Lynda Keenan Presenter: Kim Morgan Presenter: Barbara


12:15 - 1:00 Lunch Break -- Board Meeting -- Raffle with Debbie Golding --

Vendors: Melody Hall - Scrapbooking

Todd Neal - Book

Getting Familiar with Emigration - Why Did Albion's Seed - Part 1

GEDmatch, FTDNA, and They Leave Home to
1:00 - 2:00 23 and Me Come to America?

Presenter: Lynda Keenan Presenter: Donna Potter- Presenter: Barbara

Phillips Brazington

Legal Implications of DNA Ethnic Research -- 100 Albion's Seed - Part 2

Testing Resources Await!
2:15 - 3:15

Presenter: Kathy Warren Presenter: Donna Potter- Presenter: Barbara

Phillips Brazington

3:20 - 3:30 Door Prize with Debbie Golding Vendors: Melody Hall - Scrapbooking

Todd Neal - Book