EWGS Meeting 400 Anniversary of the Mayflower

Don’t forget the September 12 meeting for EWGS featuring the 400 Anniversary of the Mayflower. Jerri McCoy will be the speaker and members with Mayflower ancestors may give a brief talk about who, where and how they are connected.

This will be a Zoom meeting beginning @ 12:30. John Wilson has provided Zoom instructions below for those of you who have not tried Zoom yet. Pay special attention to the sign in number and password.

See you on the 12th!

How to be ready for a Zoom meeting.

  1. Go to zoom.us and click on “Sign Up for Free.” This is a button on one of the rotating screens. Accept the default settings. It will have you download their “client.” This is the app that makes it all work.
  2. When it gets close to meeting time click on the link you’ve received and it will ask you if you want to use Zoom. Do it.
  3. In the process of logging into the meeting it will ask you to “Use computer audio?” Accept that. If it does the same with video accept that as well.
  4. Guess what? You are a participant in the meeting!

If you are using a smartphone or tablet you can download the app for Zoom from your app store.

If you are using an ordinary phone dial one of the numbers you find in the invitation. Tacoma is the closest to Spokane. You will have to use the “Meeting ID” and “”Passcode” to get into our meeting. This way you will have audio only access to the meeting.

Here is the invitation for the 12 Sep 2020 meeting on the Mayflower. Only 100 people will be admitted so be a few minutes early to be sure you get it.

EWGS is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: EWGS Meeting-Mayflower 400th Anniversary
Time: Sep 12, 2020 12:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Eastern Washington Genealogical Society September Meeting

The June 2020 meeting of EWGS has been cancelled.

“The September 12th meeting for EWGS will feature the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower. Jerri McCoy will be our speaker. The Program committee “zoomed” on Monday and thought it would be nice to recognize the society members that have Mayflower ancestors. Depending on how many Mayflower Descendants we have, the member might give a brief talk about who, where and how they are connected to this ancestor. Please contact me, Juanita McBride by August 15th at Juanita.m.mcbride@gmail.com.”

“SAVE THE DATE! – Blaine Bettinger will be our featured speaker for our all-day seminar on March 6th 2021. More details to come!”

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Seminar Postponed

The EWGS Seminar scheduled for April 4th has been postponed till May 2nd.  If you have already paid and can not make the May date you can get a refund, or the money carries over for the May Seminar.
Saturday, May 2
Enhancing Your Genealogy Repertoire  (Seminar) 9:30 pm to 3:30 pm Prince of Peace Lutheran – 8441 N Indian Trail Rd. Spokane, WA 99208       

  ********RAFFLE********DOOR PRIZES********LUNCH********   Seminar Classes:  

#1  Researching Is Child’s Play with Barbara Brazington

#2  Census with Lynda Keenan

#3  Ancestry DNA and Thru-Lines with Janice Moerschel

#4  DNA Painter with Lynda Keenan  

Handouts will be on the Home page of the website for attendees to print their own.   LUNCH:  Taco Bar catered by Becky’s Catering   COST: $25.00 (includes lunch) for members           

$30.00 (includes lunch) for non-members           

$30.00 at the door (lunch not guaranteed)  

Doors open at 9:00 am   Payment methods will be listed on the website soon!

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Meeting

How to Date Old Photos and How to Preserve Them

Regular Meeting:  Saturday, February 1 How to Date Old Photos and How to Preserve Them  presented by Melode Hall (EWGS Meetings) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm Bernardo Wills Architect 153 S Jefferson St, Spokane, WA 99201      (This is our new regular meeting place.) Melode Hall will be presenting“How to Date Old Photos and How to Preserve Them.”

Our Speaker, Melode Hall from Scrapbooking on GeigerHandoutsPrint your copies at home if possible. The first 2 arePhotos and the last is a Word document.Photo WorksheetReference ToolsTraditional Albums

EWGS Meets at New Location

The Bernardo-Wills Architecture Building where EWGS will meet for at least 2 years. It is located at 153 S Jefferson St,, Spokane, WA 99201 (just south of the Railroad). This picture on the left is the front of the building and their sign (along Jefferson St.) The view on the right is the front of the building from Jefferson. There are 20 free spaces in front and lots of parking meters (needing quarters or possibly your smart phone).   Also close to 6 STA bus routes.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society January Luncheon

Save the Date

Our Year of Change!

Join us for a great Pasta Luncheon at Mukogowa. Enjoy an informative webinar: “Do You Have Brick Walls?” from the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). And Honor and visit with our past Presidents.

When: January 4, 2020. Time: Doors open at 11:30 Lunch at 12:00-

Program to Follow

Where: Mukogowa | 4000 W. Randolph Road | Spokane, WA. 99224

Buffet Pasta Bar and Webinar

Registration: $25.00

By Pay Pal at ewsgi.org


Mail Check to:


P.O. Box 1826

Spokane, WA 99210

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society December Meeting

EWGS December Meeting

Saturday, December 7

Toys for Tots, Christmas Cookies and Pack up EWGS Supplies  

(EWGS Meetings) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Spokane Public Library Auditorium – Downtown Spokane

Please bring a new, unwrapped toy or book as a donation for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots to our annual Christmas meeting. Bring cookies with the recipe to share as we celebrate our last meeting in the downtown library. If willing feel free to share a brief (5-7 minute)  Christmas memory. Remember, visitors are always welcome so bring friends.

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.