EWGS’s Audio/Visual Team Named One of 2022’s Outstanding Teams

Since 2003, the Washington State Genealogical Society has recognized over 600 outstanding volunteers and teams, nominated by their local society or genealogical organization for their service and dedication. These volunteers are the backbone of their local society, giving their time and expertise, to the organization and the field of genealogy. In the coming months, you will be introduced to each of the 2022 award recipients and learn why they received the 2022 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer and Team Award.

Today we’re introducing the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society’s Audio/Visual Team. Members of the team included Julie Rosenoff, David Luders, Harold Young, John Wilson and Duane Beck.

On March 7, 2020, the Eastern Washington Genealogy Society had its final in-person meeting. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a world-wide pandemic, and by March 17th all schools in Washington State were closed. All social gatherings were forbidden. EWGS was stunned by the isolation.

The EWGS Audio/Visual team jumped at this challenge. They learned how to “Zoom” and by June 2020, the society was having Zoom business meetings.  In September 2020, EWGS was able to conduct a full Zoom program celebrating their Mayflower ancestors.

When COVID restrictions began to ease, the Audio/Visual Team researched hybrid meetings. They practiced and prepared…a lot. In April 2022, EWGS went “hybrid” offering its first all-day seminar to both in-person and Zoom attendees. It was a huge success!

EWGS continues to thrive and bring in new genealogy enthusiasts in large part due to this team of intrepid volunteers.

Congratulations, EWGS Audio/Visual Team. Job well done!

For more information on the WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award program, visit the Recognition page of the WSGS website or contact Info@wasgs.org. Please type “Volunteer Award” in the subject line.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society December Meeting

Sure hope you will join in the fun!

Saturday, December 3


12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Hybrid Meeting at Shadle Park Public Library, Spokane Washington

Bring some of your favorite cookies (or desserts) to eat and to share!

Bring an unwrapped toy for the “Toys for Tots” and

“Gold Star Mothers” Toy Drive!

Bring a couple dollars for the Christmas Raffles!

…And most important of all…bring yourself in an ugly sweater!  

You could win a fabulous prize, so be UGLY!!!

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Heritage from the Heartland Indiana

Saturday, November 5

EWGS Monthly Meeting 

1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

A Hybrid Meeting at Shadle Public Library

Our “Heritage From The Heartland” series continues with

Indiana – Hoosiers in the Heartland

Presented by Allison DePrey Singleton

Acting Genealogy Services Manager at Allen County Public LibraryHoping to see each of you at this excellent presentation!

There will be several great raffles…

so bring a couple bucks to enter!

And…if you don’t already have your “Ugly Sweater” ready for December’s contest, you may be able to get one at this meeting!

Let’s Talk About: Heritage from the Heartland

Betting you have ancestral ties back into the above show “heartland” states. Am I right? And would you like to know more……. and up-to-date research “more” about these states? The Eastern Washington Genealogical Society is giving you the chance to learn more about researching in the heartland of America. Meetings are the first Saturday of the month, both in person and via ZOOM. Interest piqued and want to know more? Click to www.EWGSI.org for all the news.

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 .