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.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society June Meeting

Kathryn Laird Bowen, M.B.A.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Meeting

June 1, 2019 1:00-3:00 PM

Main Floor Auditorium

Downtown Spokane Public Library

906 W Main Ave (cross street: Lincoln)



By: Kathryn Bowen



Click here For program syllabus

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Meetings

Saturday, May 4 Results of EWGS – Future of the Society  (EWGS Meetings) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm Spokane Public Library Auditorium – Downtown Spokane – Main Floor Barbara Brazzington will review the ideas that have been brought forward regarding our future as a Society. This will include things from meeting times to new ideas about the topics covered in our meetings.
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Eastern Washington Genealogical Society had a great Spring Seminar

Our speaker was Sunny McClellan Morton from Ohio. Photos courtesy of Sonji Ruttan the EWGS Secretary, Thanks Sonji.

Her first section was comparing the four major genealogical databases, Ancestry, Family Search, FindMyPast and MyHeritage. Next Section on PERSI, then lunch. Church records after lunch and finally a section on Find My Past.

Sign in table
Sharlee Mikelson our Hospitality Volunteer
Prince of Peace Kitchen
Seminar Attendee
Raffle Winner
Raffle Winner
EWGS Blogger Janice Moerschel
Harold Young Raffle Winner
Elizabeth Culver Raffle Winner
EWGS President Dolly Webb Raffle Winner & Lynn Krogh from Ways & Means
Debbie Golding Ways & Means
My sister won a Raffle Prize while she was in the restroom

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society March Meeting

Saturday, March 2 EWGS Looking Forward  (EWGS Meetings) 12:30 pmSpokane Public Library Auditorium – Downtown Spokane Member, Barbara Brazington will lead a discussion on where the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society is going in the future. As you are aware, there have been major changes in how we conduct family history research in just the last few years. In that light, at the March meeting we will be holding focus groups to find out what your ideas are for where you think the society should be a year from now, even five years from now. Four topics will be presented for discussion: Membership – i.e., what do you want from membership in the society? Logistics – i.e., what are your ideas on the meeting schedule, location, time, format, etc.? Resources – i.e., how can the Society take advantage of modern technology to offer educational opportunities and resources? Community – i.e., in what ways can the Society partner with other community groups that benefits both? Brainstorming at its best.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Spring Seminar

Sunny McClellan Morton

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


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



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