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Get Ready for a Zoom Meeting or Webinaar
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. The method that has been chosen for this task is using Zoom. This can be accomplished with almost any laptop or desktop computer provided there is a webcam and microphone present in the system. One can also use a smartphone or tablet (either iOs or Android). There are many ways you can log into a Zoom meeting.
The method I have found the easiest with a computer is to go to Zoom (zoom.us) and establish a free account. Accepting the default settings on your account is definitely the easiest and they can be edited at a later date. The last part of setting up your account is to download and install the Zoom Client (aka-app, program). At this point you will be ready to "go" to a Zoom meeting.
After an account is set up you can download the Zoom app on your cell phone or tablet. Use the same password you set up your account to log into your app so you'll be ready to attend a meeting using that device. One caution. When setting up your account, check that you will use video (so we can see your smiling face. When logging into a meeting, be sure to use computer Audio as well as video. In some cases you may have to use "system audio."
Finally, when you see an "invitation" for a Zoom meeting it will consist of a link for that meeting. Most often you can just click on that link and enter the meeting. On some devices you may have to enter the meeting number and a password that will be included in the invitation. In many of the meetings you will enter through a waiting room. The host will have to admit you to the actual meeting. This is so we don't get people entering that should not be there.
I have created a page at ewgsi.org called "Online Events." This schedule will have date and time of the meeting and the invitation information (link, meeting number and password). If you don't have a device to provide video and audio, meetings can be accessed by telephone. Email me for more information. Also, feel free to ask me any questions about attending an EWGS Zoom meeting.
Find-A-Grave Event-Greenwood Cemetery
The 2020 Find-A-Grave event at Greenwood Cemetery will be postponed until June 2021.
We had high hopes of holding the event; but there are not currently enough requests. Look for more information Spring 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Flint (firstname.lastname@example.org)
New Tools in the "Internet Tool Box"
We have 3 new areas of Washington State records in the "Internet Tool Box"
(menu item at left). They are images and listing of records that Family Search has collected that are browseable (not indexed).
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). I (your web manager) have tried the Passport for Parking app with my cell phone. Once it is set up with your vehicle license number and a credit card you can pay for parking with just a few clicks.
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