Eastern Washington Genealogical Society June Meeting Finding Family in Western Canada

Please join us on Saturday June 4th for David Obee. You can attend either in-person at the Shadle library or by Zoom. Zoom link and syllabus will be posted on the website the morning of the presentation. Please remember to print your syllabus before you arrive. There will be door prizes!And a free table!  You may bring any genealogy items that are no longer useful to you to add to the free table, but you must take home any items that are still there at the end of the day.      

  Saturday, June 4 EWGS General Meeting 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm A Hybrid Meeting at Shadle Public Library   David Obee will present:“Finding Family in Western Canada”Odds are, you have cousins, if not ancestors, from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan or Manitoba, the four western provinces of Canada. This presentation will cover the important sources that apply to all four provinces, some that are regional in nature, as well as ones unique to each province. It will include some geographic clues, and will note some major differences between research in this region and in the United States.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Presents Tom Jones

Don’t miss this great speaker!
We would love to see you in person at the Shadle library or join us via Zoom.
Zoom link and syllabus will be posted on the website the morning of the presentation. (ewgsi.org)

EWGS May General Meeting
Saturday, May 7
EWGS May General Meeting
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
A Hybrid Meeting at Shadle Public Library

Thomas Jones will present:

“Building a Credible Lineage, Despite Missing Information, Conflicting and Incorrect Records, and Undocumented Publications”

A case study teaches how to establish credibility of undocumented genealogies, merge seemingly separate identities, remedy record errors, resolve conflicting evidence, and separate same-named men.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Spring Seminar coming soon

The EWGS Spring Seminar is coming soon!
Don’t miss out on these dynamic speakers; they will be bringing us fascinating stories about the area in which we live and how our ancestors came to be here.
This will be our first Hybrid Meeting! Please join us in person or on Zoom!

To register go to the website: EWGSi (The registration is two steps, so be sure to read the instructions at the bottom of the registration form.)

EWGS Spring Seminar
Saturday, April 2
EWGS Spring Seminar
9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Our First Hybrid Meeting at the Shadle Public Library! Free parking at the Shadle Library!

Shadle Public Library is located at 2111 W. Wellesley Avenue, Spokane, Washington 99205

Richard Sola will present:

1) Creating a Region – The Populating of Spokane & The Inland Empire, 1870-1920 We will be looking, decade by decade, at how Spokane grew from a village of less than 50 people in 1870 to a major U.S. city in 1900 with a population of over 100,000. Practical resources for you to use will be discussed.

2) Living Their Lives in the Inland Empire – 1870-1920 Who moved here and why? Where did they come from? How did they get here and why did they stay? What was it like to live in the new city of Spokane?

Susan Dechant will present:

3) A Monumental Story, a Grand Coulee Mystery Once considered to be the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Grand Coulee Dam has had a huge impact on not only us here in the state of Washington but on all of the western states that are supplied with energy produced at the dam. During construction of the main dam and later the third powerhouse (roughly from 1933-1975), 81 men were killed working on the project. Who were those men and what are their stories? Susan will share how she used her genealogy research skills to solve the mystery of the missing monument.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society March Meeting

Saturday, March 5

EWGS March Meeting  (EWGS Meetings) 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Meeting via Zoom (Zoom link will be posted to the website the morning of this presentation)  

Pam Vestal will present: “Why They Left, Where They Went and the Tales Their Journeys Can Reveal” Why did our ancestors leave their homes?  Why did they settle where they did?  Using unexpected records, social history, the law, and more, we’ll discover the secrets our ancestors’ migrations can reveal as we track them from place to place, across the ocean, across the country, even across town!

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society NARA by Judy Russell

Have you ever been frustrated trying to use NARA?  (The National Archives)  Then…you do not want to miss this presentation by the “Legal Genealogist” Judy Russell. One of our members has already commented “This is the best presentation EWGS has ever brought to it’s members.”  So be sure to join us this coming Saturday on Zoom.

Saturday, January 8 EWGS General Meeting  (EWGS Meetings) 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Meeting via Zoom  The Zoom link will be posted on the EWGSi site the morning before this presentation.   Judy Russell – a genealogist with a law degree. “The Legal Genealogist” JD,CG, CGL“

NARA Mythbusters: Your Family IS in the National Archives”   “All the military records were burned in the fire.” “There isn’t any birth, marriage or death information in federal records.” “There aren’t any details about ordinary families at the
National Archives.” These kinds of myth-statements stop genealogists from breaking down all kinds of brick walls using the wealth of information in NARA records. Join the mythbusters with the treasures the National Archives holds for your family.

Eastern Washington genealogical Society Christmas Program

Hope that you can all join us this coming Saturday for our Holiday Party. If any of you would like to donate a toy, you still have time. Check the EWGS Website for pickup

EWGS December Saturday, December 4
EWGS December “Holiday Traditions Around The World, part 2”  
(EWGS Meetings) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm Meeting via Zoom  
Back by Popular Demand – Holiday Traditions Around The World, part 2!      
 1) Why Do We Kiss Under a Parasite? – Carol Anderson    
 2) What’s In Santa’s Sleigh – The Last 100 years – by Lynn Krogh      
3) Korean Holiday Customs – by Lola McCreary    
 4) First Memories – by Lori Lee Sauber  
Toys for Tots and Gold Star Mothers is another holiday tradition for us. You can donate toys (unwrapped) until December 12, 2021 .  

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Using Occupations to Trace Ancestors

Ann Lawthers-Using Occupations to Trace Ancestors

Saturday, November 6

Ann Lawthers

Using Occupations to Trace Ancestors  (EWGS Meetings)

12:30 pm to 3:00 pm Meeting via Zoom  

Ann Lawthers, Genealogist with NEHGS, will present: Using Occupations to Trace Ancestors Many family historians spend years searching for the births, marriages, and deaths of ancestors, but the details of our forebears’ daily lives can often elude us. Learning your ancestors’ occupation not only sheds light on their day-to-day activities, but can also assist when tracing ancestors on the move, help distinguish people of the same name in a community, and lead to new record sets. 

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society presents Thomas MacEntee

Saturday, October 2

Fall Workshop with Thomas MacEntee  (Workshop)

9:00 am to 3:00 pm Meeting via Zoom  

Spend All Day with Thomas!You Won’t Regret It!!

Thomas will teach 4 classes for us:

1) Smarter Search Strategies for Genealogy

2) Turning Genealogy Clues into Genealogy To Do’s

3) Brick Wall Breakthroughs

4) Did I Get Everything? – Creating a Checklist       for Genealogy Research

Registration Now Open

1.  Download PDF Registration Form

2.  Fill it out and email it to            EWGSmeetingreg@gmail.com

3.  Make Payment:        with check mail to:

EWGS PO BOX 1826 Spokane, WA 99210     OR: use PayPal-button

Members:  $25.00     Non-Members:  $40.00

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Meeting on Civil War Records

Saturday, September 11 Civil War Records with Janice Fritsch  (EWGS Meetings) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm Meeting via Zoom  

Janice Fritsch, PLCGS, will present:Using Civil War Records to Reveal a Family Story Join Janice as she takes you on the journey of how she discovered some of her ancestors. It begins with the vital records which then leads to civil war records. The details within the civil war records reveals the life of Rebecca Lake & B.B. Sapp.

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 If you have any questions or concerns please contact John Wilson at Wilsonjb@gmail.com.