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 Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (gone for lunch 12-1; some helpers on Thursdays and/or Saturdays).
ANNUAL DUES OF THE SOCIETY
Individual Membership: $25.00
Joint Membership: $25.00 (2 people, one household).
Individual/Joint Life Membership: Annual membership fee X 15.
The society's new digital publication the EWGS Digital Digest
will debut at our meeting 05 Feb 2011. The Digital Digest
will be published on our website quarterly. Information about submissions for the Digest can be directed to Dani Lee McGowan at DLMcg46@gmail.com
. The society also distributes a monthly NEWSLETTER which can be found in the Members Only Section
. Copies are available at monthly meetings or in the Genealogy Section of the Downtown Spokane Public Library .
YOU CAN HELP
If you want to help; your Society in any capacity, please call Donna Phillips, President, at 509-624-4118, or Donna243@gmail.com .
Research questions should be directed to EWGS Researcher Charles Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org
or use the form found in the Research Tips section of this website.
January 2014 - December 2014
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.