General Information
EWGS was founded in 1935 with six interested people and a handful of books. In 2005, EWGS celebrated its 70th anniversary, now counting 360 folks and partnered with the Spokane Public Library to house a collection numbering over a thousand items.

The Society meets the first Saturday of the month in February, March, April, May, November and December. Meetings for January and June are usually luncheon meetings, held in different locations. There are no meetings held in July and August, and the September meeting can sometimes be the second Saturday, depending on how Labor Day falls. The first Saturday in October is the Annual Fall Workshop, held at different sites. The regular meetings officially begin at 1:00 pm, but the "Coffee, Cookies & Conversation" part of the meetings begins at 12:30. All those interested in genealogy are welcome at any meeting.

The Genealogy Room of Eastern Washington Genealogical Society is housed on the third floor of the Spokane Public Library at 906 W. Main Street. The Gene Room is open to the general public for research during library hours. Members of the Society act as research assistants on Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Individual Membership: $25.00
Family Membership: $25.00 (2 people, one household).
Individual/Family Life Membership: Annual membership fee X 15.

The society's digital publication, EWGS Digital Digest is published on our website quarterly. Information about submissions for the Digest can be directed to our Digest Coordinator at  Back issues are located on the website under the heading "Digital Digest Archive".

If you want to help; your Society in any capacity, please call Donna Phillips, President, at 509-624-4118, or or contact any Board Member.
Research questions should be directed to EWGS Researcher Charles Hansen at or use the form found in the Research Tips section of this website.

Operating Year: January - December 2016

Board of Directors

President: Patricia Bayonne-Johnson
Vice President: Mary Holcomb
Treasurer: Oweta Floyd
Recording Secretary: Dianne Bongarts
Corresponding Secretary: Evelyn Small (Carpenter)
Past President: Donna Potter Phillips
Librarian: Juanita McBride
Member-at-Large: Lola McCreary
Historian: John Ellingson
Trustee: Dolly Webb
Trustee: Patricia Ayers


EWGS Registered Agent: Charles Hansen
F.G.S. Delegate: Donna Potter Phillips
W.S.G.S. Delegate: Vacant

Committee Chairpersons

Digital Digest Coordinator: Dani Lee McGowan
Digital Digest - Editor: Douglas Floyd
Education: Evelyn Wilhelmson
Education (2): Donna Potter Phillips
E-mail Chairman: Charles Hansen
EWGS Researcher: Charles Hansen
Extractions: Vacant
Greeter: Anthony Birch
Greeter Asst.: Janette Birch
Historian: John Ellingson
Hospitality: Mary Holcomb
Hospitality Asst.: Mary Leske
KSPS Liaison: Michael Chandler
Library Database Manager: Linda Wilke
Spokane Library Co-Liaison: Barbara Brazington
Spokane Library Co-Liaison: Dolly Webb
Library Volunteers Chairman: Dolly Webb
Assistant Librarian: Barbara Brazington
Membership Chairman: Jennilyn Weight
New Member Contact: Kent Aggers
Name Tags: Janette Birch
Name Tags (2): Anthony Birch
Online Resrch Class Coordinato: Vacant
Outreach : Vacant
Program Chairman: Barbara Jolly
Publicity: Jeanne Coe
Rest Stop @ Sprague: Patricia Ayers
Walking with Ancestors: Vacant
Ways & Means : Deborah LeGrand
Ways & Means (2): Marie Wallick
Web Manager: Judith McDonnell
Assist. Web Manager: Bill Hire
Web Manager II: Diane Boyd
EWGS Hosted the 2009 WSGS Conference
The Eastern Washington Genealogical Society was the host for the 2009 Washington State Genealogical Society Conference held at the historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane, September 11, 12 and 13th.   Internationally known genealogist Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak was the keynote speaker. The conference was put together by a committee of dedicated EWGS members who worked for nearly two years to ensure its successful outcomes. The following are some special scenes from the conference.
WSGS President Sue Eriksen and EWGS Researcher Charles HansenMiriam Robbine MidkiffRegistrationMegan Smolenyak
Pat Bayonne Johnson presentingSons of the American RevolutionMegan signing her bookVendor DioplayEWGS President Bill Hire with President Elect Donna Phillips