Twin Rivers Genealogical Society Cancelled March Seminar

Good evening, I just wanted to let you know that the “Preserve the
Past and Present Photos for the Future” has been cancelled until October
2020, due to coronavirus. We will be letting you know when it is
rescheduled as soon as we have a date. Please keep “Walking with
Ancestors” July 4 and we will be sending out information the closer we
get to that date! Thank you for your help in getting the word out. We
will see you in July! WE HOPE!!!!

Twin River Genealogy Society November Meeting

The Twin River Genealogy Society meeting Nov 14th at Orchard’s Methodist Church on Burrell Ave, in the back side basement entrance at 6:30pm visitation and meeting at 7:00pm with Pamela Thorson,  she will be talking about Arrow Idaho.   She will be talking about the people of the area and her book “Arrow”. This is also our election of officers after the presentation.  We would love to have you join us. 

Pam Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, speaker, and full-time caregiver. She and her husband raised their family in a log cabin overlooking the Clearwater River at Arrow, Idaho. She authored her first book, Song in the Night (2008), after their son’s spinal cord injury in 1997. Her second book, Out from the Shadows: 31 Devotions for the Weary Caregiver, was released in 2014. Her latest book, Arrow: The History and People of an Idaho Community, Volume 1 (2019), presents the rich history of her beloved community.

Pam speaks at various venues and writes a weekly article for the Christian music website, She is a full member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA). As a member of the Idaho Caregiver Alliance, she served on the Family Caregiver Work Force, tasked by the Idaho legislature to research and craft recommendations to support family caregivers.

She and her husband have five grown children and four grandchildren.

Pam Thorson is a long-time resident of Arrow, Idaho, and she has spent nearly thirty years compiling the stories of her beloved Clearwater River valley community. This first volume presents the rich and varied history of Arrow, from its first known native inhabitants to the coming of Lewis and Clark, the opening of the reservation to settlement, and its development as a railroad station. Its stories are gleaned from many written sources, elder accounts, and the author’s own experiences that made Arrow both wild and wonderful. 

Twin Rivers Genealogical Society October Meeting

We are having Garry Bush at our regular Genealogy meeting Oct 10 as the program.  Our meeting start at 7:00pm at the Orchard’s Methodist Church 1213 Burrell Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501.  We have a Coffee time at 6:30pm and will follow up with business meeting after the presentation. 

“The Lewis & Clark Expedition: Made in China?

China, Sea Otters and Thomas Jefferson

Experience the unfamiliar story of how Chinese voyages and legends influenced men to explore and perish searching for the mythical River of the West and the Northwest Passage.  Eventually this saga compelled Thomas Jefferson to send Lewis & Clark to the Pacific Ocean.

Presented by Garry Bush”

Twin Rivers Genealogy Society Walking with Ancestors

    We are going to do our Walking with Ancestors again, Walking with Ancestors is presented by the Twin Rivers Genealogy Society,  July 4th at the Normal Hill Cemetery, 1122 7th St, Lewiston, ID 83501,  starting at 9:00a.m. and finish our last tour at 11:00a.m. Walking with Ancestors is presented by the Twin Rivers Genealogy Society.

A little history:

” We started with members of the Nez Perce County Pioneer Association members, 1859 through 1876, that are buried in the K of P Section and looked at the areas they were buried in. Selected those near 14th Ave. in the NE 1/4 which included Dr. Madison A Kelly (M.D and druggist plus mayor), Juliett Mallery (selected her nephew Marcus S. Whitman & his parents, Perrin & Priscilla Whitman because of relationship to Marcus Whitman in Walla Walla), Phoebe Akins, William L. Boise, and John Penn Fix. Next we chose Laura Snyder Barbor because of the location and her round grave marker. Our Whitman’s wasn’t a minister but Perrin’s brother Marcus Whitman was.

   I don’t know what they did as that is what the research does is find out as much about them as we can. That is what we promote is that we can find something about everyone buried in the cemetery if we do research.”


These are the people we will be presenting:

Perrin and Priscilla Whitman (relative of Marcus Whitman

William Boise

Laura Snyder Barbor/Benjamin C Barbor

Phoebe B Akins, and John Estes Akins

John Penn (Michael) Fix

Dr. Madison Kelly is a physician

If you have any questions you can reach me at  cell phone 509-780-7592.  Thanks Sue Gehrke

Spotlight on the Twin Rivers Gen Society

On Saturday, March 25th, I shared a great learning day with the eager members of the Twin Rivers Gen Society down in Lewiston, Idaho. (Yes, Idaho, but they identify with Washington especially as pertaining to things genealogy.) We met in a lovely church basement and the TRGS had enough food to feed 50 folks but only about half that number came (which equals their membership). We shared ideas on the Big 4 genealogy websites (Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, MyHeritage) as well as dozens of useful research and resource websites. I stressed to them that thy major key to success in genealogical research these days is successfully using the Internet.  Here’s a shot of the group:

Please continue reading for some history of Lewiston, and the TRGS, and all about their annual July 4th Walking with Ancestors!

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Twin Rivers Genealogy Society March Seminar

March 25, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
United Methodist Church
1213 Burrell Avenue
Lewiston Orchards

8:00– 8:45     Registration
8:45– 9:00     Introductions and Welcome
9:00–10:15    Starting Fresh or Starting Over: a How to…
10:15-10:30   Break
10:30 -11:45  Question/Answers –six page handout
11:45-12:45   Lunch provided by the Wayback Cafe
1:00-2:15       Where to go from here/which websites are the best?
Public Cost:  $30.00        TRGS Member: $25.00
Mail registration and check payment to: Twin Rivers Genealogy Society
Due Date: March 15, 2017             PO Box 386, Lewiston ID 83501
NAME _____________________________________________________
ADDRESS: _________________________________________________

Donna Potter Phillips has been a member of Eastern Washington Genealogical Society since 1976.  She has written many surname booklets, including Gilbert Gallery, Potter Profiles, Oswald Outline, and Texas Queries. She wrote the Heritage Hunting column in the Spokane Daily Chronicle for years. She also teaches genealogy classes for the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society and the local community college.
She has written many articles for the Bulletin and a News Hotline column for years.  She also has experience indexing records the Washington State Digital Archives.
If you ever get a chance to take the Annual Christmas Tour of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, you may find her special attention devoted to making it a special event.
(for more info, check Donna’s biographical information on

For more information regarding this seminar or TRGS call 509 758-3093 (Darlene)

Twin River Genealogical Society Walking With Ancestors

Hello,  I would like to get the word out about “Walking with Ancestors”, July 4th, starting at 9a.m and the last group will go through at 10:30a.m, at the Normal Hill Cemetery.   We will be portraying: John R. Wadsworth, Louis Jay Perkins, Charles H. Wiggin, Joseph Alexander, Henry K. Fountain, and John C. Addison.  They will be portrayed by members of our Twin River Genealogy Society members.  There is no cost and there will be a registration table at the site. Most of these Ancestors are close to the road so it should be easy walking for people.
Thank you, Sue Gehrke