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 - www.digitalarchives.wa.gov

2. Washington State Library - www.sos.wa.gov/library

3. Archives West - www.archiveswest.orbiscascade.org

4. Mountain West Digital Library - www.mwdl.org

5. Library of Congress' Chronicling America - www.chroniclingamerica.loc.gov

Though not on her list, and not an "archives," as such, I'm adding this link because I find it most useful:

HistoryLink.org: The Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington ...

The free online encyclopedia of Washington state history. 7650 HistoryLink.org 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 www.EWGSI.org, 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  https://ewgsi.org
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

Friday, September 20, 2019

Emigration: Why Did Your Ancestor Leave "There" for "There?"

Are you registered for the EWGS Fall Workshop? Hope so. Click to our website for details: www.EWGSI.org 

One class I shall be presenting is titled Emigration: Why Did They Leave Home To Come To America?

Do you have a known emigration story in your family history? Have you ever wondered why they left “there” to go “there?”

What motivated YOUR ancestor to leave their home and venture into the unknown to a new place? The stories are as varied as the number of migration people. Learning the whys of your ancestor’s migration story should be top of your genealogy research list.

Come join with your like-minded friends on Saturday, October 5th!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

EWGS October Workshop

Saturday, October 5
EWGS Fall Workshop - Coming to America  (Workshop)
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8441 N Indian Trail Rd., Spokane, WA
Join us for 12 thought provoking, informative classes that include: Beginning DNA, Beginning Genealogy, DNA Painter, Using the chromosome results from Family Tree DNA, GEDmatch and 23 and me. Migration Mapping, Colonial Ancestry, Norwegian, Immigration - Why they Left, “Albion’s Seed” part 1 and 2, Ethnic Resources and Legal Implications of DNA testing.
More details on the home page.
Syllabus will be available for download at our website prior to the seminar date.
When: Oct 5, 2019. Doors open at 08:00 for registration, meeting at 9, Seminar 10-3:30
Cost:  $25.00 including luncn. You can use the form on the flyer or use PayPal as found on the Home Page.

Lewiston-Clarkston Valley Ancestry?


Was your great-grandfather thought to be part of some Lewiston-Clarkston Valley folklore in the day? Was your great-aunt part of the pre-Prohibition wine industry? Punch in your family name and find out!!! The Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune’s 100-year “historic archives” are available from 1898-1998. Visit lmtribune.com and look under “extras” for “historic archives”. All searches are free. 
Complete historic stories, full pages, print copies of pdf images start at $9.95 for a one-day pass.

Note: I looked up my great-aunt’s name. She was a long time school teacher in Lewiston, including several small area towns, and she was very active in a political party. I found hundreds of references to her. For free I could see the date of the paper in which her name appeared and a little snippet of the article so I knew what it was about. What a treasure trove! If you don’t want to pay for the one-day pass, you can write down the dates of the papers and go to a library where the papers are on microfilm and look at them yourself and scan them to a thumb drive. Both the University of Idaho in Moscow and Lewis and Clark State College in Lewiston have microfilms of these newspapers. 

Monica Bartlett Peters ~~Whitman County Genealogical Society Newsletter

Friday, September 13, 2019

EWGS' New Meeting Home

Come 2020, and at the February meeting, EWGS will be meeting at 153 S. Jefferson. 

Gary and Ellen Martin Bernardo graciously offered EWGS the use of their business' meeting room for free and for as long as needed. We thank them profusely!! 

For those who don't know, the downtown Spokane Public Library is closing for two whole years for remodeling. This necessitated EWGS finding a new meeting place and the Bernardos responded to Doug Floyd's "plea" email. 

January meeting is Mukogawa and we start at the new place in February. Do check our website for all the details, www.ewgsi.org   

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Georgia & Mary: Faithful EWGS Members

Georgia and Mary are two of the most faithful EWGS members! They rarely miss a meeting and are always smiling. Both have served EWGS in several capacities. Say hello at the next meeting and shake hands........... and maybe some of that "volunteering gene" may rub off onto YOU!

Monday, September 9, 2019

EWGS October Workshop

Eastern Washington Genealogy Society
Fall Workshop Presents
Join us for 12 thought provoking, informative classes that include: Beginning DNA, Beginning Genealogy, DNA Painter, Using the chromosome results from Family Tree DNA, GEDmatch and 23 and me. Migration Mapping, Scotland, Norwegian, Immigration - Why they Left, “Albion’s Seed” part 1 and 2, Ethnic Resources and Legal Implications of DNA testing.
Syllabus will be available for download at our website prior to the seminar date:

When: Oct 5, 2019. Doors open at 08:00 for registration, meeting at 9, Seminar 10-3:30
Where: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8441 Indian Trail Rd 99208


Registration : $25.00
Mail Check to:
P.O. Box 1826
Spokane, Wa. 99210
Pay Pal- ewgsi.org

Preservation DIY

Name: Preservation DIY!
Date(s): 10/17
Time: 5:30p - 7:30p
Ages Allowed: 16 - 99
Instructors, Museum Collections Staff: Brooke Wagner, Tisa Matheson, Freya Liggett, Valerie Wahl, and Anna Harbine
Cost: $20, members/$25, non-members 
Limit: 25
Location: Museum Archives and Library
Ever wonder how to store that “family archive” hiding in under your bed or stored in your attic or basement? Want to know the best way to scan photos or store your grandmother’s wedding dress? Join these museum collections staff for a do it yourself deep dive into the world of preservation, where you will learn some helpful tricks to preserving the treasures passed down in your own family. Topics include ideal home storage locations, techniques to store a variety of materials, and suggestions on preserving family stories for future generations. Questions are welcome, but to ensure the safety and preservation of your family heirlooms, please leave your treasures at home. Supplies and sample heirlooms will be provided for demonstration.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Cemeteries In Paris France

Just read about a new website containing the burial registers of 19 of the 20 cemeteries in Paris. These are now available online for the period 1804-1918. You will need Google Translate's help to access the information.  Learn more from this article:


Even without French ancestry (which I have not), it would be a fun browse through the name of these Paris cemeteries.

How different are these cemeteries in Paris from any place else in 
the world? 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

World War I Veterans' Names Master Index

"Researching an ancestor who served the U.S. in World War I can be difficult, as there aren't the sorts of comprehensive indexes and collections of service records available as for (other U.S. conflicts)."  So David A. Norris began his article in the Jun-Jul 2019 issue of Internet GENEALOGY

"Drawn from National Archives microfilm, this collection has index cards for anyone who served the U.S. Armed Forces during World War I, and who made claims for Veterans Administration pension insurance or veterans' bonus payments."

The full name/title for this collection on Family Search (and the full title of Norris' article) was "Veteran's Administration Master Index, 1917-1940."

Will this resource be helpful to you?

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Spokane Chronicle and Spokesman Review

One of the most read posts on this blog is about how to access the Spokane Chronicle on Google News. While it is still there right now the search was turned off years ago, but now Newspapers.com also has the Spokane Chronicle and the Spokesman Review online and both are fully searchable.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Fish vs Whale...... Do You Know The Difference?

What does today's post have to do with genealogy? Nothing and maybe everything. Your ancestors and mine (especially your Scandinavian ancestors of which I have none :-) ate whale blubber and whale meat and tons of cod fish. THEY knew the difference.

Whales have lungs, their tail goes up/down and is attached horizontally, and they give birth to live young and nurse them, and has smooth, rubber-like skin. 

Fish have gills, their tail is vertical and goes side-to-side, they lay eggs in water and swim away, and they have rough scales.

Now you know. Pop a quiz to your fishing grandsons!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Needing Access to NY Passenger Lists?

Needing to access the New York City passenger-immigration lists? And you've been told that this tremendously large group of records is still waiting to be digitized/indexed? WELL!  Wait no longer.... at least for some of these records. 

The leader in FREE online resources, FamilySearch.org, has some passenger lists! "A whopping 9.3 millions images and almost 64 million names have been fully transcribed and are now searchable." So penned Joe Grandinetti in the Jun-Jul 2019 issue of Internet GENEALOGY.  These include:

  • NY Passenger Lists (Castle Garden) 1820-1891
  • NY Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island) 1892-1924
  • NY Passener and Crew Lists 1925-1957
And they are all to be accessed at www.familysearch.org. Check it out!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Vanity, Thy Name Is Woman

If you don't burst out laughing at seeing this old magazine ad, you're missing a big part of your funny bone:

Don't be too smug. But in your family photo collection you have ones of ladies with marcelled hair like this one shown. My mother-in-law, born in 1913, in her 20s had her hair done like this!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Whitman County Genealogical Society Free Mini Seminar

Whitman County Genealogical Society
is hosting a FREE Fall mini-seminar
Bishop Place Independent Living Social Room, 811 SE Klemgard, Pullman, WA
Saturday, September 14, 2019

featuring: DAN OWENS
Using the Public Library for
 Genealogy and Local History”
 "Archival Power: Demonstrating the Importance of Primary Sources to Stakeholders and the Public"

9:00 am: The doors open.

9:30 am-10:30 am: Dan Owens will discuss the resources in the Palouse Heritage Collection at Neill Public Library in Pullman as well as working with public libraries, in general, when doing genealogical research or learning more about local history. This can be applied to researching in any area, not just our own local area. In addition he will cover the ins and outs of interlibrary loan.

10:30 am-10:45 am: Break and refreshments.

10:45 am-11:45 am: Dulce Kersting-Lark will discuss how working with original source materials is a privilege, but it is also a complex challenge. The nature of archives makes them both authoritative and flawed. Creating a community repository in a border town is just one of many challenges that we must make our users aware of from the get-go. How we promote the value of primary source material to the broader public is another. She will also speak to the interesting and rewarding work she does at Latah County Historical Society, as well as share information about the History Relevance Campaign.

If you have any questions or need more information contact WCGS President, Sue Kreikemeier at: aerocraft@completebbs.com  or 509-635-1303. Please RSVP to Sue or whitmancgs@gmail.com
by September 7 to accommodate handouts & refreshments.

While the seminar is free, donations are welcome at the door.
Directions: Turn off Bishop Boulevard onto Klemgard Ave., follow Klemgard Ave. up the hill and turn left at the top. Do not go into the front entrance, but turn right, continuing up the hill and turn left at the white car ports. Find an appropriate parking place, enter the building through the main doors and go straight ahead to the Social Room.

Birds' Eye Maps?

Perhaps your first thought upon reading that post title was that it was going to be something about birds making maps? Nope.

Wikipedia explains: bird's-eye view is an elevated view of an object from above, with a perspective as though the observer were a bird, often used in the making of blueprints, floor plans, and maps. It can be an aerial photograph, but also a drawing.

Wikipedia didn't say when these specialty maps began but posted one for Paris in 1850. 

If you'd enjoy seeing a birds' eye map of Spokane, there is one hanging on the wall outside the Northwest Room in the downtown Spokane library. (Hurry; library closes in Jan for two years.)

Friday, August 9, 2019

Obituaries: Always Take Two

Nowadays this doesn't happen quite as much, but only a few years ago the newspaper would publish two different death notices for a person. If you read carefully, it's easy to see that each one contains more/different information. And one has a photo while the "twin" does not! And one for each lady does not carry the date of death! 

Point of this post is this: Do look for a second "obituary" or death notice (or perhaps more than two even) when dealing with newspapers. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Beer labels?

When I was blessed to visit Iceland, we went to the National Museum of Iceland in the capitol city, Reykjavik. Of course I had to peek into the archives. One set of shelves with big binders really caught my eye:

All of those binders were full of sheet protectors covering BEER LABELS! Icelandic beer, I guess. Didn't look at all of them. Isn't that the most unusual thing to find in an archives??