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

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society February Meeting

African Americans in Spokane
Saturday, February 3
African Americans in Spokane  (EWGS Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Spokane Public Library Auditorium, Downtown Spokane
Presenter -  Jerrelene Williamson.
Jerrelene has collected photographs and artifacts of Spokane's early black population as part of "A Centennial Tribute to Northwest Black Pioneers." She has awards from Rogers High School - Distinguished Alumni, from the Editorial Dept. of the Spokesman Review - Gold Pen Award, African American students of SCC - Service of Excellentce Award and she is the recipient of the 2003 Jefferson Award.
Please join us to hear about African Americans in Spokane. We will learn how the Northern Pacific Coal Company recurited blacks from the South to break the coal strike in Roslyn, Washington in 1888. It was the greatest migration of blacks to the Northwest. It was years later when the mines closed in Roslyn that the black workers and their familes went to Spokane, Seattle, Portland and other parts of the Northwest.
Cookies & Social Time: 12:30 PM
Meeting starts at 1:00 PM

Sunday, November 5, 2017

What You Missed November 4, 2017 Meeting The Butler Group

The November 2017 meeting was the Butler Group that was postponed from February because of a big snowstorm in February. They were predicting snow again so I was wondering if we would ever get to see the research the Butler group had done.
The city is still working on the Combined Sewer Overflow tank right next to the Spokane Public Library. This will be one of the largest CSO tanks in Spokane and will stop the flow of raw sewage into the river when there is a large snow melt or a big rain storm.

This is the group of officers for EWGS for 2018. The Election was held in the early part of the business meeting. Thanks for volunteering.

Then there was a break and the cookies were wonderful, thanks for whoever brought them.

This is the Butler Group looking for the descendants of Nace Butler that was one of the 272 Slaves sold by Georgetown University in 1838 to pay the bills that Georgetown University had at that time.
They had a lot information along the side of the room of printouts they had found so far.  They had a couple of clues that helped, Georgetown was a Catholic school and all the slaves were Catholic, and some had surnames both were uncommon for slaves, so tracing them was a little easier than a lot of slave research.