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Free Websites at Family History Centers
Saturday, March 3
Free Websites at Family History Centers  (EWGS Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Spokane Public Library Auditorium, Downtown Spokane
Presenter - Susan Dechant
"Did you say FREE? Free websites at Family History Centers
Our local Family History Centers have over a dozen FREE websites that anyone can access from one of their Centers. Susan will share those websites with tips and tricks for using them.
Susan became interested in researching her family history when she met her in-laws for the first time back in 1972. The genealogy bug immediately bit her and she has been involved in various aspects of this fascinating hobby ever since. She founded the Northeast Washington Genealogy Society in 1981 and has served as an officer almost every year since then. She is currently the webmaster for NeWGS, a researcher for the society, and teaches classes. She is also a longtime member of EWGS.
Cookies & Social Time: 12:30 PM
Meeting starts at 1:00 PM
To obtain the handout for this presentation please click on the link below:

Washington State & National Archives research
Saturday, April 7
Washington State & National Archives research  (Seminar)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Country Homes Christian Church, 8415 North Wall St., Spokane WA
Presenter - Lee Pierce - Tips, Tricks and Techniques - Washington State Digital Archives Research and Resources.
Lee Pierce a Washingtonian, born and raised in the Seattle area, but moved here in 1994 to attend Eastern Washington University. He earned a BA in history and an MA in American history with an emphasis on Military history in the modern era. He has written and published two novels, and has a third on the way. He is also a member of the Cheney Historic Preservation Commission.
Presenter - Carol Buswell - her presentation will address the following topics:
1) Using the National Archives Online Catalog and to place your ancestory in historical context and lead you to more primary sources for your ancestors.
2) Using and conbtributing to the National Archives' Citizen Archivist program.
3) Special NEW National Archives' approaches for finding records about Native Americans.
Carol Apperson Buswell has a long background in education, public speaking and writing, particularly about United States, Native American and Family History. She has been the Education Specialist for the National Archives at Seattle since 2005. She holds degrees in Elementary Education, Fine Arts, and American Indian Studies. Her most recent publications include "Primary Sources for American Indian Research," and "Exploring Your Own Community."  ( 2015
The schedule is as follows:
Doors open 8:00 AM
Registration 8:15AM - 9:00 AM
General Meeting 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Lee Pierce, Washington State Archives part 1 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Break 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Lee Pierce, Washington State Archives part 2 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Lunch Break 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM (Board meeting 12:45 PM - 1:15 PM)
Carol Buswell, Seattle Branch National Archives part 1 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Break 2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Carol Buswell, Seattle Branch National Archives part 2 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Questions 3:30 PM --
Online registration will close at 8:00 PM March 31st 2018. After that date registration will be taken on the day of the seminar at the door.
The fee for this seminar is as follows:
Members $20 US,  Non members $25 US.
Seminar Registration
For lunch we will have our favorite - pot luck!  Using the first letter of your last name we ask you to bring one of the following:
A - E   Main Dish                         F - I   Salad of your choice
J - M   Desert of your choice       N - R   Cookies 
S - Z   Appetizers

The 1883 Gold Rush - The Inland Northwest's Best Kept Secret
Saturday, May 5
The 1883 Gold Rush - The Inland Northwest's Best Kept Secret  (EWGS Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Spokane Public Library Auditorium, Downtown Spokane
Presenters - Tony and Suzanne Bamonte.
Tony and Suzanne Bamonte will be speaking on the 1883 gold rush, which drew thousands of fortune seekers to the confluence of Prichard and Eagle creeks in the remote Coeur d'Alene National Forest of northern Idaho. The gold seekers were met with excitement, disappointment, success, and failure, but the impact of the gold rush extended far beyond the initial hysteria. It marked the origin of the internationally renowned Coeur d'Alene Mining District (known locally as the Silver Valley), the mineral wealth from which became the economic backbone of the Inland Northwest. The initial impact transformed Spokane from a barely surviving to a thriving community, whose population simply exploded. It also gave rise to other Inland Northwest towns and supporting industries. We will touch on some of the people who brought their newfound wealth from the Silver Valley to Spokane and built numerous mansions and stately commercial buildings that still exist today. The program will include historical images to help tell the story.
Cookies & Social Time: 12:30 PM
Meeting starts at 1:00 PM

Memoir Writing
Saturday, June 2
Memoir Writing  (EWGS Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Spokane Public Library Auditorium, Downtown Spokane
Presenter - Donna Lee Anderson.
SHOULD YOU WRITE YOUR MEMOIRS? The answer is YES! Donna Lee Anderson will discuss ways to organize your stories & keep them organized, what to write, how to write it, what to include in your stories & how important it is to include names, dates, ages, and even conversations.  She will also help you choose topics to write about. 
 Donna Lee Anderson has been writing for many years. She writes children's books, mysteries and romantic novels, and a how-to book for writer's called Necessary Words for Writers which explains those words used in the publishing world that the new author may not know or understand.
Donna writes a weekly column for Sound Publishing called BOOK ENDS about authors, books, literary happenings around the area, and teaches writing. Some of her classes are: "Should you write your memoirs? The answer is yes!" and "You have the idea, now what?" Both are writer's classes on how to get organized, getting those first words on paper, and then information on structure, lengths for specific genre's, character development, etc.
She has published four books and is working on a mystery that she hopes will be out this year.
Cookies & Social Time: 12:30 PM
Meeting starts at 1:00 PM

Information about our various user groups
Saturday, September 8
Information about our various user groups  (EWGS Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Spokane Public Library Auditorium, Downtown Spokane
Presenters - leaders of the following groups:
The Genealogy Refocus Group is an ongoing educational workshop for everyone who does genealogy, whether beginner or experienced. The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Shadle Park Library, 2111 W Wellesley Ave from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM. The group is focusing on the best practices for the organization of files and record keeping, research and analysis of findings, and using new technologies and internet tools that assist in research efforts.
Contact Sonji Ruttan:
The RootsMagic User Group meets the third Monday of each month to learn how to use the RootsMagic software to organize genealogy data in a way that each person finds useful. They discuss ways to attach digital images to ancestors and record information in a way that will help find out more about families. They also learn how to make information available in reports and charts that can be shared with others.
Contact John Wilson:
The Valley Clan Diggers meets at a varying time each month. This group meets in different members’ home to share their genealogical pursuits. The purpose and goals of the group are to share current projects, help each other with ancestral “dead ends” car-pool to workshops and take occasional field trips.
Contact Alice Hostetter for further information: (509) 928-4198
The Ancestry Group (TAG) meets the second Thursday of each month from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Shadle Park Library, 2111 W Wellesley Ave. TAG is a forum for all things  Ancestry is always changing and the group is able to share these changes.  There is no single “expert” to present and answer all questions.  If someone in the group is unable to answer a question, another member might look it up on their laptop.  The terms “shaky leaf”, “DNA”, “collaboration”, and “member profile” are common to all. Since Ancestry continues to make changes, the TAG group always has something new to learn. So the next time you see an ad on television about Ancestry or have subscribed to and want more information, consider attending the FREE TAG meetings.
Contact Marge Mero:
Further information about these groups can be found on our website under the heading “Local User Group Meetings.”
Cookies & Social Time: 12:30 PM
Meeting starts at 1:00 PM

Saturday, October 6
Canadian Research  (Seminar)
8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Spokane WA
Please ccome back to check for registration and social details.
Presenter - Dave Obee‚Äč

What's New at Family Search?
Saturday, November 3
What's New at Family Search?  (EWGS Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Spokane Public Library Auditorium, Downtown Spokane
Presenter -  Donna Potter Phillips
Donna will tell us what is happening and what is new with Family Search. This website is evolving daily!!
Donna Potter Phillips has been a member of EWGS since 1976; twice president; now vice-president of WSGS; has given presentations to societies all over the northwest, her passion is genealogy 100%!  She helps her dachshund, TIka, with her Tika Thinks page on Facebook.
Cookies & Social Time: 12:30 PM
Meeting starts at 1:00 PM

Saturday, December 1
Annual Christmas Party  (EWGS Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Spokane Public Library Auditorium, Downtown Spokane
Please come back to check for more information regarding this event.
Organizer - Mary Holcombe.
If you have questions or suggestions please contact Mary at: