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.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Genealogy Collection Moved to Second Floor of Library

The Spokane library has been working on moving different collections to different places. We knew they wanted to move the genealogy collection from the third floor to the second floor, close to the northwest room. They cut down the space we had so many of the books were put in storage in the first floor. Problem with that is out of sight few people will know to ask. The genealogy desk and the file cabinet that was close to the genealogy desk are in the southwest corner of the second floor. They are still without power or phone connection, but that is supposed to be coming soon.
They have moved the newspapers and the microfilm readers by the stairs to the third floor, newspaper microfilm in the cabinet on left of photo.
 Microfilm readers for the newspapers.
 The Tuesday volunteers getting ready to work on collection.

They are going to make the north side of the third floor an area for meetings in front of the wonderful windows overlooking the Spokane River Falls, but right now it overlooks the construction
of the Combined Sewer Overflow tank.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Montana State Genealogical Society Conference

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Please Note: As of 31 July 2017, the original room block has sold out. A few more rooms at the Big Horn Resort have been added at the adjusted rate of $99.00/night plus tax, but these are expected to sell out quickly as well.
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Registration Brochure & Form


There will also be 3 FREE WORKSHOPS starting at 5:00 on Thursday afternoon, September 21, 2017.

These are informal gatherings where attendees interested in learning about the topic can ask their questions and learn from each other.

Topics offered this year are:

First Families & Early Settlers of Montana: Have questions on the application process? This one is for you

Norwegian Research: Get help with this often tricky and confusing area

DNA Q & A's: Confused about DNA? Ask & Learn from each other's experiences

Coming Early and looking places to visit in Billings? Click here for some ideas!

Check back often for more details!
For more information, contact Verba Valentine at

Monday, June 26, 2017

Family Search to End Sending Microfilm to Family Search Centers

Family Search will stop sending microfilms to the Family Search Centers September 1, 2017.
They say they will have all the microfilm digitized by 2020, and they have been working on the most requested films first.

Here is the story from Family History Daily

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society June Meeting

 Army Medicine during the American Civil War 1861-1865    
Saturday, June 3
Army Medicine during the American Civil War 1861-1865  (EWGS Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Spokane Public Library Auditorium, Downtown Spokane
Presenter: Mike Inmann

Mike Inman is a retired Firefighter living in Spokane with his wife MJ and has been reenacting for 26 years.  He does reenacting and living history including the frontier army of the 1880's focusing on Forts Sherman and Spokane as well as portraying a surgeon 1861-1865 with the Washington Civil War Association.  Mike has an extensive library for research to questions and some details of ancestors who fought in the Civil War.  Mike also has a vast array of equipment including original medical instruments that he displays and allows people to handle so they can get a hands on experience, for example, of what an actual Civil War period amputation saw feels like.  He not only reenacts throughout the Pacific Northwest but has attended many Civil War reenactments back east as well as participated in filming for Civil War oriented movies.  Mike strives to educate or as he likes to say, "de-Hollywood the American Civil War" as well as entertain through both a presentation and a question and answer period.

The program is designed to give both military and civilian medical history involving the armies of the Union and Confederacy.  But the presentation can go in any direction the audience wants such as drug use, medical procedures, nursing activity, field hospital organization, statistics, etc.

Go to "Download: Meeting Handout." to obtain the presenter's handout.

Cookies & Social Time: 12:30 PM.  Meeting starts at 1:00 PM
Download: Meeting Handout.

NeWGS 2017 Fall Seminar

NeWGS 2017 Fall Seminar

A Day with Dollarhide
Saturday – September 16, 2017
To be held at the Ambulance Shack
      at the north end of Colville (just east of the Roundabout)
Saturday, September 16th the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society will be holding their 36th annual Fall Seminar at the “Ambulance Shack” located at the North Roundabout in Colville.
The featured presenter will be William Dollarhide; renowned genealogy lecturer and author. He has been in pursuit of his family origins since 1971 and involved professionally with genealogy since 1980. He has written over 120 published magazine articles relating to genealogical research; has developed several software systems for genealogy; and he is the author of over 30 books, including Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920, one of the best-selling genealogy books of all time
Topics for our workshop include:
  American Migration Routes, 1750-1800
 Using Deeds to Trace the Trails of Your Ancestors
 You Know About Census Records But What About Census Substitutes?
 Civil War Genealogy

Mr. Dollarhides numerous books will be available for purchase during breaks and lunch.
Mark your calendars now! You don't want to miss this one. In fact, why not bring a friend? Remember you don't have to be a member to attend.
Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Lunch is included. The Registration Form is attached below. Please contact Karen Struve at 509-690-8380 should you have questions.
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