|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.|
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.
|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.|
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.