3 Weeks Until Our Book Collection Leaves

EWGS volunteers have been busy preparing the genealogy collection at the Spokane Public Library Downtown Branch to be distributed to those who can put them to good use. First, Inland Northwest oriented titles have been selected to put be in the Northwest Room at the library after the remodel is complete. The Langley Archive and Research Center (LARC) in Coupville, WA has accepted donations of some 700 books.

Next in line is YOU! If you would like to add a book or two to your personal genealogy collection the time is here. There will be volunteers to get the book you want marked out of the library's collection on the following dates:  15 October, 22 October and 29 October (all Tuesdays from 10am-noon and 1:00-3:00 pm ), On Saturday 2 November, 2019 after our regular meeting there will be people to help you get the books you want. This is the last chance you will have to select that book that will be useful in your research.

On Monday, 4 November the Family History Library will come to take the rest of the books to their library in Salt Lake. We will then be ready for the library to be remodeled and we will look forward to the reopening in about 2 years.


If you attended the Workshop on October 5 and failed to get a copy of the syllabus for the classes you attended you can download them here.To downoad click on the class titles that are links for the downloads.
They are all pdf files with the exception of "Let's Paint Your DNA." It is a Word file and you may have to adjust margins to a narrower size for it to configure properly. These files will ony be available until 19 October 2019.

Beginning DNA On Ancestry

Confused about how your DNA matches connect to you? And then, Ancestry did another update in July 2019! Learn about the new features on Ancestry DNA. How to use the new filters and groups and the best new tools are Common Ancestors and Thru Lines.

Beginning Genealogy

This session is for those who are just setting out on their family history journeys and would like some guidance about strategies, procedures, sources and warnings that will help them compile reliable and meaningful records.

Let's Paint Your DNA

Let’s paint your DNA with the help of DNA Painter. Make sense of the chromosomes you share with your DNA "cousins", learn how to use the "Shared cM Project " and the "Probability Tree".

Emigration - Why Did They Leave Home to Come to America?

What were the “push” factors motivating your ancestor to leave their homeland? What were the “pull” factors calling them to a new life and homeland?

Getting Familiar with GEDmatch, FTDNA and 23andMe

Getting familiar with GEDmatch, FTDNA and 23andMe explores the interactive ways to use GEDmatch, FTDNA and 23andMe . Enrich your family research by learning how to use your DNA results to find those cousins"

Migration Mapping

This workshop offers a gateway to research – websites, books, maps, DNA, and archives all of which provide an essential starting point for a journey into a family's past and an understanding of regional conflicts, border changes and movements of populations in mapping your ancestors to the USA.

Norwegian Emigration

Do You Have a Viking in the Family? Norwegian research is fairly easy once you get the hang of it. The trick is finding out where your immigrant ancestor came from in Norway.

“Albion’s Seed” part 1

Albion’s Seed by David Hackett Fischer explores the foundation of American culture established by immigrants from Britain. This class will highlight a few of his key elements in each of four folkways: Part 1 Puritans and Cavaliers.

 “Albion’s Seed” part 2

Albion’s Seed by David Hackett Fischer explores the foundation of American culture established by immigrants from Britain. This class will highlight a few of his key elements in each of four folkways: Part 2 Quakers and Borderers.

Ethnic Research: 100 Resources Await!

Never give up finding your ancestral family “across the pond”! There are hundreds of resources waiting for you.

Legal Implications of DNA Testing

Legal Implications of DNA Testing. A power point presentation taking a look at Why we test, The discovery of DNA, The testing companies and Caveats, History and Evolution of DNA Evidence for Crime solving, Chimera's and DNA. 

Furthering Colonial Ancestry Using Medieval & Early Modern Resources

Furthering your colonial ancestry requires resourcefulness. Move your search forward based on knowing the unique identity of your immigrant ancestor, the historical context in which you are searching, the knowledge and skills required to conduct research, record types, their availability and how to determine their ”fit” with your research needs.




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Please check out the "Genealogy Area" located in the downtown Spokane Public Library on the 2nd Floor at 906 W Main Ave. Library hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mon, Thurs, Fri and Sat.10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tues, Wed. The collection is being reduced and rearranged to prepare for the library's remodel starting in January 2020.
Members of the Society are available to assist you in your research on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and 1:00 -p.m. - 3:00 PM or by appointment. During the stated hours the Society members at the library may be contacted at (509) 444-5357. Outside the hours a message may be left in voicemail.
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Upcoming Events
September 16th
Basic DNA and Genetic Genealogy Course
November 2nd
Sue Richart will present on WW1 and WW2
November 14th
The Ancestry Group (TAG)
November 20th
Refocus Group
December 7th
Toys for Tots, Chrismas Cookies and Pack up EWGS Supplies