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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:  sunlugen@gmail.com
 
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: wilsonjb@gmail.com
 
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.com.  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 Ancestry.com and want more information, consider attending the FREE TAG meetings.
 
Contact Marge Mero: margemero@yahoo.com
 
Further information about these groups can be found on our website ewgsi.org 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
 
Presenter Dave Obee
 
The following topics will be gared to an American audience. In order of presentation:
 
Between Friends/Entre Amis: Cousins Across the Border:
This covers the basics of Canadian history, including history in relation to the US, and a look at how genealogical records vary between the two countries. Incluides Loyalists and has an emphasis on Western Canada.
 
Destination Canada:
This is on immigration
 
Mining the Canadian Census
 
Canadian Soldiers in the First World War
 
Canadian Genealogy on the Internet (beyond the obvious)
 
Please ccome back to check for registration and social details.
 
 



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:  mkholcomb@live.com