Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Spring Seminar

Sunny McClellan Morton

Coming to the EWGS Spring Seminar on Saturday April 6. 2019

PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

8441 N Indian Trail Road, Spokane WA. 99208

Doors open 8:00 a.m., Registration at 8:30 a.m., Seminar begins: 9:00 a.m.

Sunny is an internationally known, award winning writer and speaker for the genealogy industry

ALL DAY SEMINAR

Topics:

Finding Historical Records on the Giant Genealogy Websites

Meet PERSI and Discover Treasures in Genealogy Periodicals

Exploring Church Records

Finding your way on Findmypast.com sunnymorton.com

Deadline to register March 20, 2019

Member $35 – Non Member $40 – Pay at the door $40

Box lunch by Christ Kitchen -$12-must be preordered

Or you may bring own lunch

Click here for more information and to register

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Meeting

Saturday, February 2 Black History Month  (EWGS Meetings) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pmSpokane Public Library Auditorium – Downtown Spokane – Main Floor Black History Month 2019 Poetry – Genealogy – History Join Spokane poet Stephen Pitters as he reads poetry, discusses genealogy, and shares his personal experiences as the first black student to live on an all-white campus in Louisiana.   Pitters hosts the Spokane Open Poetry Program on KYRS-Thin Air Community Radio. He has published five volumes of poetry, with a sixth arriving in February or March.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society January Luncheon

At our January 5 2019 meeting of EWGS we will have three functions.

***We will honor our past presidents who will be with us at the meeting.

***We will install our new 2019 officers including Dolly Webb and those who will serve with her.

***We will experience a live webinar with Diahan Southard entitled: “Three Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results.”

Please arrive at the Fosseen Room at Mukogawa by 11:30 so we can start promptly and complete our full agenda. Thank you!

This all takes place at the Fosseen Room at Mukogawa (4000 W. Randolph Road). We will dine on a soup, sandwich and salad bar for $20.00 which includes tax and gratuity. The Webinar will be visible on two large monitors in the room so they should be easily visible.

There are 2 registration options:  To pay with a credit card go to EWGSI.ORG and click on the upcoming Meetings and Events menu on the left side. The first event on the page is this meeting. The button at the bottom of the event will allow you to pay the $20.00 with a credit card (through PayPal) so it arrives right away. You can send a check to EWGS, PO Box 1826, Spokane, WA 99210-1826 for $20.00 Please make your payment as soon as possible so the correct number of lunches can be provided. December 15th is the cut off date for registration and we will only be able to accommodate 80 people, so please register now so you don’t miss out!

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Christmas Party

 

Annual Christmas Party - Your Pioneer Ancestor

Saturday, December 1
Annual Christmas Party – Your Pioneer Ancestor  (EWGS Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Spokane Public Library Auditorium, Downtown Spokane
This year’s theme is “Your Pioneer or Early American Ancestor.”
Tell us about a family, or family member, that came from somewhere other than the United States of America. America is the “Great Melting Pot” so we should see some wonderful diversity in the presentations. Each presentation will be limited to a maximum of 5 Minutes.
The following questions come to mind: Why did your ancestors come here? When? How?
Maybe your story will enable the group to learn a new research trick or prompt some ideas for you to solve a brick wall. Visual aids are always welcome. Show and tell!!
Our annual cookie parade will continue. Please bring a couple dozen of your favorite homemade holiday cookies to share. Don’t forget your recipe! We still have hopes of a cookbook some day.
There will be door prizes so be prepared for a fun and festive holiday get together.
Organizer – Mary Holcomb.
If you have questions or suggestions please contact Mary at:  mkholcomb@live.com

Eastern Washington Gen Soc Hosts Successful Fall Seminar

Dave Obee with the WSGS Blog Team: Charles Hansen, Roxanne Lowe and Donna Potter-Phillips.

Despite a last minute venue change, the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society‘s annual Fall Seminar went off without a hitch — at least to the 70+ attendees.

Leading Canadian genealogy expert Dave Obee delivered five presentations in an information-packed day. One of my favorite gems was my introduction to CanGenealogy.com — a Canada only version of Cyndi’s List. So many resources to investigate to learn more about my New Brunswicker great-grandparents!

Organizers of the EWGS Fall Seminar should be very proud of themselves for pulling off this event. I felt so welcome — just like one of the group. If you’re looking for a well-done workshop, mark your calendar for Saturday, April 6, 2019. EWGS is hosting popular lecturer Sunny Jane Morton for their Spring Seminar. Donna Potter-Phillips (my gracious weekend hostess and fellow blogger) gave us a heads-up in this blog post.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society November Seminar Venue Change

 

The Seminar with Dave Obee on Canadian Genealogy is scheduled at Saturday morning (registration 8:30-9:00 am). The location has changed due to unforeseen conflicts. The all day seminar will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church located at 8441 N Indian Trail Road in Spokane. There is plenty of parking available at this location when you arrive.
Lunch will be included for everyone who has registered. A mixed group of sandwiches has been ordered for you that registered afterr the October 15 cut off for the free lunch. So we all will receive “free lunch” for this event.
To emphasize. . . the Saturday seminar on Canadian Genealogy is being held at the announced time but the place has changed to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church located at 8441 N Indian Trail Road. I for one am really looking forward to learning from Mr. Obee and we hope everyone finds us at the new location.
Sincerely,
John Wilson
     EWGS Web Manager

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society November Canadian Seminar

Saturday, November 3 through Saturday, November 3
Canadian Research  (Seminar)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Country Homes Christian Church, 8415 N Wall, Spokane, WA
Genealogical research in the Pacific Northwest often leads to cross-border connections, because our relatives seemed to think that the grass was greener on the other side. Or maybe it was love, or economic opportunities.
Presenter Dave Obee  —  a Canadian journalist and genealogical researcher, will give five presentations on researching your Canadian connections.
Syllabuses: (click on the link to download the pdf syllabus)
Dave has written a dozen books and given more than 600 presentations at conferences and seminars in Canada, the United States and Australia since 1997. He is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the Times Colonist in Victoria, British Columbia.

In 2012 Dave was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws by the University of Victoria for his work as a historian, genealogist and journalist. In 2017 Dave was awarded the annual Bill Good award, which recognizes a B.C. journalist, leader or educator who has made a significant impact in journalism and in the community at large.

He is a member of the board of Canada’s History Society, and is a member of the services consultation committee at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa.

Dave is a columnist for two magazines, Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today. He is the author of Counting Canada: A Genealogical Guide to the Canadian Census, and Destination Canada: A Genealogical Guide to Immigration Records. Dave is also the co-author (with Sherry Irvine) of Finding Your Canadian Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide, published by Ancestry in 2007.

Dave’s talk in Spokane will deal with immigration, the census, war records, Internet resources and more. While in Spokane Dave plans to do more research into his family connections here – connections that he will include in his talks.

ADMISSION: $20 Members  $25  for non members
NO Lunch will be provided for REGISTRATION after October 15th.  Sorry, NO REFUNDS!
 
For mail-in registration form Click here
Free lunch is no longer included but registration fee is still required.
You can register NOW online.  Time is past for the free lunch menu but the registration fee is still required.

Eastern Washington Genealogy Society October Meeting

 

What's New at Family Search?

Saturday, October 6
What’s New at Family Search?  (EWGS Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Spokane Public Library Auditorium, Downtown Spokane
Presenter –  Donna Potter Phillips
Donna will tell us what is happening and what is new with Family Search. This website is evolving daily!!
Donna Potter Phillips has been a member of EWGS since 1976; twice president; now vice-president of WSGS; has given presentations to societies all over the northwest, her passion is genealogy 100%!  She helps her dachshund, TIka, with her Tika Thinks page on Facebook.
Cookies & Social Time: 12:30 PM
Meeting starts at 1:00 PM

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society November Seminar

 

Canadian Research
Saturday, November 3
Canadian Research  (Seminar)
Country Homes Christian Church, 8415 N Wall, Spokane, WA

Genealogical research in the Pacific Northwest often leads to cross-border connections, because our relatives seemed to think that the grass was greener on the other side. Or maybe it was love, or economic opportunities.

Presenter Dave Obee  —  a Canadian journalist and genealogical researcher, will give five presentations on researching your Canadian connections.

Dave has written a dozen books and given more than 600 presentations at conferences and seminars in Canada, the United States and Australia since 1997. He is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the Times Colonist in Victoria, British Columbia.

In 2012 Dave was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws by the University of Victoria for his work as a historian, genealogist and journalist. In 2017 Dave was awarded the annual Bill Good award, which recognizes a B.C. journalist, leader or educator who has made a significant impact in journalism and in the community at large.

He is a member of the board of Canada’s History Society, and is a member of the services consultation committee at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa.

Dave is a columnist for two magazines, Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today. He is the author of Counting Canada: A Genealogical Guide to the Canadian Census, and Destination Canada: A Genealogical Guide to Immigration Records. Dave is also the co-author (with Sherry Irvine) of Finding Your Canadian Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide, published by Ancestry in 2007.

Dave’s talks in Spokane will deal with immigration, the census, war records, Internet resources and more. While in Spokane Dave plans to do more research into his family connections here – connections that he will include in his talks.

ADMISSION: $20 Members  $25  for non members
Lunch will be provided for PRE-REGISTERED guests.  Sorry, NO REFUNDS!
PRE REGISTER BY OCTOBER 15, 2018
NOTE: Mail in Registration form will be soon be available.  Please check back.
You can register NOW online.  Don’t forget to select your choice of sandwich when you register.  Use the pull-down menu to select from a beef, ham or turkey sandwich.
Preregister Here by October 15th https://ewgsi.org/eventListings.php?nm=283

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society September Meeting

 

Saturday, September 8
Information about our various user groups  (EWGS Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Spokane Public Library Auditorium, Downtown Spokane
Presenters – leaders of the following groups:
The Genealogy Refocus Group is an ongoing educational workshop for everyone who does genealogy, whether beginner or experienced. The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Shadle Park Library, 2111 W Wellesley Ave from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM. The group is focusing on the best practices for the organization of files and record keeping, research and analysis of findings, and using new technologies and internet tools that assist in research efforts.
Contact Sonji Ruttan:  sunlugen@gmail.com
The RootsMagic User Group meets the third Monday of each month to learn how to use the RootsMagic software to organize genealogy data in a way that each person finds useful. They discuss ways to attach digital images to ancestors and record information in a way that will help find out more about families. They also learn how to make information available in reports and charts that can be shared with others.
Contact John Wilson: wilsonjb@gmail.com
The Valley Clan Diggers meets at a varying time each month. This group meets in different members’ home to share their genealogical pursuits. The purpose and goals of the group are to share current projects, help each other with ancestral “dead ends” car-pool to workshops and take occasional field trips.
Contact Alice Hostetter for further information: (509) 928-4198
The Ancestry Group (TAG) meets the second Thursday of each month from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Shadle Park Library, 2111 W Wellesley Ave. TAG is a forum for all things Ancestry.com.  Ancestry is always changing and the group is able to share these changes.  There is no single “expert” to present and answer all questions.  If someone in the group is unable to answer a question, another member might look it up on their laptop.  The terms “shaky leaf”, “DNA”, “collaboration”, and “member profile” are common to all. Since Ancestry continues to make changes, the TAG group always has something new to learn. So the next time you see an ad on television about Ancestry or have subscribed to Ancestry.com and want more information, consider attending the FREE TAG meetings.
Contact Marge Mero: margemero@yahoo.com
Further information about these groups can be found on our website ewgsi.org under the heading “Local User Group Meetings.”
Cookies & Social Time: 12:30 PM
Meeting starts at 1:00 PM