Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Seminar Postponed

The EWGS Seminar scheduled for April 4th has been postponed till May 2nd.  If you have already paid and can not make the May date you can get a refund, or the money carries over for the May Seminar.
Saturday, May 2
Enhancing Your Genealogy Repertoire  (Seminar) 9:30 pm to 3:30 pm Prince of Peace Lutheran – 8441 N Indian Trail Rd. Spokane, WA 99208       

  ********RAFFLE********DOOR PRIZES********LUNCH********   Seminar Classes:  

#1  Researching Is Child’s Play with Barbara Brazington

#2  Census with Lynda Keenan

#3  Ancestry DNA and Thru-Lines with Janice Moerschel

#4  DNA Painter with Lynda Keenan  

Handouts will be on the Home page of the website for attendees to print their own.   LUNCH:  Taco Bar catered by Becky’s Catering   COST: $25.00 (includes lunch) for members           

$30.00 (includes lunch) for non-members           

$30.00 at the door (lunch not guaranteed)  

Doors open at 9:00 am   Payment methods will be listed on the website soon!

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Meeting

How to Date Old Photos and How to Preserve Them

Regular Meeting:  Saturday, February 1 How to Date Old Photos and How to Preserve Them  presented by Melode Hall (EWGS Meetings) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm Bernardo Wills Architect 153 S Jefferson St, Spokane, WA 99201      (This is our new regular meeting place.) Melode Hall will be presenting“How to Date Old Photos and How to Preserve Them.”

Our Speaker, Melode Hall from Scrapbooking on GeigerHandoutsPrint your copies at home if possible. The first 2 arePhotos and the last is a Word document.Photo WorksheetReference ToolsTraditional Albums

EWGS Meets at New Location

The Bernardo-Wills Architecture Building where EWGS will meet for at least 2 years. It is located at 153 S Jefferson St,, Spokane, WA 99201 (just south of the Railroad). This picture on the left is the front of the building and their sign (along Jefferson St.) The view on the right is the front of the building from Jefferson. There are 20 free spaces in front and lots of parking meters (needing quarters or possibly your smart phone).   Also close to 6 STA bus routes.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society January Luncheon

Save the Date

Our Year of Change!

Join us for a great Pasta Luncheon at Mukogowa. Enjoy an informative webinar: “Do You Have Brick Walls?” from the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). And Honor and visit with our past Presidents.

When: January 4, 2020. Time: Doors open at 11:30 Lunch at 12:00-

Program to Follow

Where: Mukogowa | 4000 W. Randolph Road | Spokane, WA. 99224

Buffet Pasta Bar and Webinar

Registration: $25.00

By Pay Pal at ewsgi.org


Mail Check to:


P.O. Box 1826

Spokane, WA 99210

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society December Meeting

EWGS December Meeting

Saturday, December 7

Toys for Tots, Christmas Cookies and Pack up EWGS Supplies  

(EWGS Meetings) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Spokane Public Library Auditorium – Downtown Spokane

Please bring a new, unwrapped toy or book as a donation for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots to our annual Christmas meeting. Bring cookies with the recipe to share as we celebrate our last meeting in the downtown library. If willing feel free to share a brief (5-7 minute)  Christmas memory. Remember, visitors are always welcome so bring friends.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society 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. 99210-1826

Pay Pal- ewgsi.org

Spokane Public Library Update

Many people know that Eastern Washington Genealogical Society has partnered with the Spokane Public Library since 1935. Last year the Spokane Public Library passed a bond issue to remodel several libraries and build three new libraries to replace a couple of small branches. They were hoping to keep the downtown library open during construction, but have found out that would extend the construction time by quite a lot and cost more in the long run, so starting early next year the downtown library with the EWGS collection will move somewhere else. They are still looking for a place. The Spokesman Review has a great article on the construction here. When all the construction is done EWGS will have some wonderful places to meet, one with room for 200 people and free parking for 200 cars east of downtown for our monthly meetings and annual seminars.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society September Meetings

Wednesday, August 21 GENEALOGY RE-FOCUS GROUP (GRF)  (Special Interest Groups) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm Shadle Park Library Meeting Room – 2111 W Wellesley, Spokane, WA The group will hold a general discussion of past topics and where you stand with them. Meeting location is subject to change in case the library meeting room is not available. Any changes will be posted here.

Saturday, September 7 – Anna Harbine talks about the Joel E Ferris Library   (EWGS Meetings) 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm Spokane Public Library Auditorium – Downtown Spokane – Main Floor Anna will bring us up to date on what the Joel E Ferris Library is all about.      
Thursday, September 12 The Ancestry Group (TAGX)  (EWGS Meetings) 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Shadle Park Library Meeting Room – 2111 W Wellesley, Spokane, WA The Ancestry Group will meet today and presenter will be Dianne Bongerts.
Monday, September 16 through Monday, October 28
Basic DNA and Genetic Genealogy Course  (Classes Presented by Members)
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Shadle Park Library Meeting Room – 2111 W Wellesley, Spokane, WA
This course will meet on the following dates:
Monday, Sept 16
Monday, Sept 23
Monday, Sept 30
Monday, Oct 7
Monday, Oct 21
Monday, Oct 28
This will be a six-week course to help you understand how to break down and apply your DNA matches.
We will be covering what DNA tests are available; the advantages and disadvantages of the major testing companies; and how to choose the right test for your genealogy questions. This course will also help you interpret your DNA test results.
Participants will be responsible for obtaining Blaine T. Bettinger’s, The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. ISBN-13: 978-1-4403-4532-6.
Limited space available, please contact Lynda Keenan at llkeenan62@gmail.com
Monday, September 16 RootsMagic Users Group  (Special Interest Groups) 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm John Wilson’s Home RootsMagic users will meet again after the summer break. Topics are still to be decided. We are anticipating release of version 8 of the software. If that should happen watch for a schedule change or special gathering.
Wednesday, September 18 GENEALOGY RE-FOCUS GROUP (GRF)  (Special Interest Groups) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm “Estate Planning for Digital Assets” wills be discussed today so you have a plan for your genealogy work.  Meeting location is subject to change in case the library meeting room is not available. Any changes will be posted here.

Saturday, October 5 EWGS Fall Workshop – Around the World in 8 Hours  (Workshop) 8:30 am to 3:00 pm Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8441 N Indian Trail Rd., Spokane, WA Program Details coming soon!

GU272 Memory Project

American Ancestors has started the GU272 Memory project which is a project that several EWGS Members form Spokane have worked on. Patricia Bayonne-Johnson a former EWGS president had found out with the help of a paid genealogist that her Butler family had been born in Maryland, were Catholic and ended up in Louisana. She formed the Butler group in Spokane and wrote a blog post on the information they had found.

This is 7 of the 8 members of the Butler Group Pat formed at the Spokane Public Library. Georgetown was pretty sure none of the 272 slaves they had sold had lived until they found the blog post Pat had done on finding her family from Maryland.

Today the GU272 Georgetown project has found more than 8000 descendants of the original slaves sold to start Georgetown University and they are still searching for more. Check here to see how to search to see if you have an ancestor connected with the GU272 Memory Project or to help with the project.