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.

For login information:

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

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Digging Down to the Bare Bones

Saturday, May 1 Monthly EWGS Meeting 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm Meeting via Zoom

Digging Down to the Bare Bones with AnnaLisa Ludwig from Greenwood Cemetery Also, David Luders will talk about the Find A Grave Photo Taking event to be held on May 4th at Riverside Cemetery. Why don’t you volunteer NOW. . . or at Saturday’s meeting.

Get Ready for a Zoom Meeting or Webinar

WITH US???   Due to the COVID 19 pandemic EWGS wants to help us stay in contact with our fellow genealogists while we can’t meet face to face. meeting.  We have chosen to use ZOOM for our meetings.   For details and instructions to participate, go to “Meeting Information” (listed on the menu at the left side) or just click here.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Upcoming Meetings

Researching Colonial American Ancestor

              Saturday, March 6 Monthly Meeting  (EWGS Meetings) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm Meeting via Zoom Jane Haldeman will present: Researching Colonial American Ancestors: Southern Colonies   Did your ancestor live in one of the Original Thirteen Colonies? Were they here before the Revolutionary War? Each colonist came to the “new world” for different reasons and each colony was different. They came for both religious and economic opportunities. The Southern Colonies, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia were rural, with planters and farmers. Besides English immigrants there were Scots, Scots-Irish, Germans and Africans. Find out what records are available and where they are, so you can learn about your Southern Colonial American Ancestors.  

Spring Seminar (April 3, 2021)

Spring Seminar Saturday, April 3 Spring Seminar  (Seminar) 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Meeting via Zoom   We have 2 NATIONALLY known speakers!! Karen Stanbary – Author/Lecturer will be presenting: 1) DNA: A Power Tool in the Genealogist’s Tool Box – Learn the many ways DNA test results confirm and advance documentary research. Fun and entertaining lecture. All levels. 2) The Everleigh Sisters: A Case Study in Conflict Resolution – Minnie and Ada Everleigh, Chicago’s most famous pair of sisters, fabricated many details of their lives in order to run their shady business. Learn to sort the fact from the fiction.
Maureen Taylor – The Photo Detective will be presenting: Photo Detective Roadshow – EWGS members submit photos and Maureen does a live show weighing in on our mysteries!    Please submit photos to Lynn Krogh at lynndenyse@msn.com and please include any information you know about the photo.   Cost is $25 for EWGS members and $40 for non-members. Registration via PayPal or credit card is available on the EWGS website. This will allow payment by credit card even if you are not a PayPal member.   MAXIMUM REGISTRATION is 100 registrations. Each registration will receive the Zoom information just before the seminar.  
To register with a check send your check made out to EWGS to: EWGS
P. O. Box 1826
Spokane, WA 99210-1826

Please include your email address with the check.  

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society French Canadian Research

Saturday, February 6 Monthly Meeting  (EWGS Meetings) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pmMeeting Via Zoom Margie Beldin will present:French Canadian Research and the Joy of Roman Catholic Records   Margie Beldin is a member of the Tri-City Genealogical Society and has held positions as the President, Vice-President, Program Chair, Education Chair and Publicity Chair. She has a 40+ year career as a teacher but especially loves teaching genealogy.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society January Luncheon

Saturday, January 9, 2021 Annual Luncheon and Officer Installation (EWGS Meetings) 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm Meeting via Zoom
We will have a “virtual” luncheon, meaning prepare your own favorite dish for lunch and why not include a fun beverage 😉 We will acknowledge past presidents and install new officers for 2021.


Janice Fritsch, PLCGS will present on the Civil War
Bio: What began as the task of completing a family tree for a family reunion turned into a lifelong passion. Over 25 years ago Janice Fritsch began her genealogical journey with her mother, sister Lynda Keenan, and her twelve year old daughter. It has been quite a journey taking her places she had not anticipated.
Her experiences include: ​
Serving as the president of the Illinois State Genealogical Society 2010-2012
Served as a board member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2011-2016
Formed “It’s Relative”, a research/lecturing business with Jane Haldeman
Certification from National Institute of Genealogical Studies in American Records & Methodology in Aug 2009
Hundreds of research road trips throughout the U.S and Ireland
Days spent in cemeteries, libraries and archives