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Women's History Month - Finding Women Ancestors
Saturday, March 4
Women's History Month - Finding Women Ancestors  (EWGS Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Spokane Public Library Auditorium, Downtown Spokane
Presenter: Kim Morgan
Kim E. Morgan is a published author, lecturer, and a widely experienced genealogist and Internet researcher. For the past four years, Kim has taught the highly praised Finding Ancestors workshops at Hayden Library  (click here). Her success has led to many beginners and advanced genealogists learning to conduct comprehensive research in finding their ancestors. Kim holds both an MA/English & MA/Teaching. Her special interests are Colonial America and Internet research.
The laws under which women lived for most of our US history is largely due to the heritage of English common law. A married woman was subject to Coverture, the legal doctrine in which her rights and property were assigned to her husband, and essentially he became her guardian, and with few exceptions, had sole power over her body and possessions, to buy and sell her property, to vote, sue in a court of law, and make decisions for her. Therefore, the most effective method to prove female ancestors is to conduct male-dominant research. Kim will present her findings based on male-dominant records, proving the descent of Nancy Justice born 1837 from her great-grandmother, Mary Sloan Justice born 1740, Halifax County, Virginia.
Cookies & Social Time: 12:30 PM.  Meeting starts at 1:00 PM

Spring Seminar -- DNA
Saturday, April 1
Spring Seminar -- DNA  (Seminars & Workshops)
8:30 am to 3:15 pm
Country Homes Christian Church 8415 North Wall Street Spokane WA
Presenter: Mary Kathryn Kozy
Mary Kathryn Kozy has been researching her family history for over 35 years and across many different localities. She has served in multiple positions in societies on the local & state level and as a Family History missionary. Mary is currently the Secretary of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State and speaks to many groups in the area. She holds bachelor's degrees in both Zoology and Information Technology & Systems and has completed the ProGen online study program with an eye toward certification.
Program Schedule:
8:30-9:00 AM Registration
9:00-9:15 Welcome
9:15-10:15 DNA Fundamentals & mtDNA Testing
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 Y-DNA Testing & its Applications to Genealogy
11:30AM -1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00-2:00 Can You Help Me Find My Cousins?  Using Autosomal DNA for Family History
2:00-2:15 BREAK
2:15-3:15 Using Your Results, GEDMatch, & other Third Party Tools
Cost: Members $20 Non Members $25
Last day to register online is March 20th 2017
Seminar Registration
POTLUCK: Bring a dish and enjoy a full day of learning and finding out new avenues for your research. Potluck dishes are based on the first letter of your last name. Bring a dish and join the fun!
Pot Luck:  A-G desert     H-O Appetizer     P-Z  Main dish
PLEASE READ AND HEED: Per the terms and conditions of this presentation no taping or video recording is permitted.

They Wore Union Blue
Saturday, May 6
They Wore Union Blue  (EWGS Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Spokane Public Library Auditorium, Downtown Spokane
Presenter: Gordon Struve from Sons of Veterans of the Civil War
Gordy was initiated as a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) in December 2015. Through has genealogy research since retirement, he has obtained documented proof of his ancestral connection to six Civil War Union veterans; three of which are direct line and three are collateral. He is a Charter Life Member of the Fort Walla Walla Camp No. 3 SUVCW organization headquartered in Kennewick, Washington.

This presentation will start with a brief historical review of the Civil War era and the anti-slavery issue that preceded the war. A chronology will take us to the formation of the Grand Army of the Republic which followed the war and then on to the creation of the SUVCW.
A description of the modern day SUVCW organization will be presented including its mission to preserve the memory of soldiers who fought in the war and to support education of our school-aged children about elements of the war.
The formal presentation will move on to linking with the SUVCW home page and database websites.
Cookies & Social Time: 12:30 PM.  Meeting starts at 1:00 PM

Army Medicine during the American Civil War 1861-1865
Saturday, June 3
Army Medicine during the American Civil War 1861-1865  (EWGS Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Spokane Public Library Auditorium, Downtown Spokane
Presenter: Mike Inmann
Mike Inman is a retired Firefighter living in Spokane with his wife MJ and has been reenacting for 26 years.  He does reenacting and living history including the frontier army of the 1880's focusing on Forts Sherman and Spokane as well as portraying a surgeon 1861-1865 with the Washington Civil War Association.  Mike has an extensive library for research to questions and some details of ancestors who fought in the Civil War.  Mike also has a vast array of equipment including original medical instruments that he displays and allows people to handle so they can get a hands on experience, for example, of what an actual Civil War period amputation saw feels like.  He not only reenacts throughout the Pacific Northwest but has attended many Civil War reenactments back east as well as participated in filming for Civil War oriented movies.  Mike strives to educate or as he likes to say, "de-Hollywood the American Civil War" as well as entertain through both a presentation and a question and answer period.
The program is designed to give both military and civilian medical history involving the armies of the Union and Confederacy.  But the presentation can go in any direction the audience wants such as drug use, medical procedures, nursing activity, field hospital organization, statistics, etc.
Cookies & Social Time: 12:30 PM.  Meeting starts at 1:00 PM

A Boy in the American Revolution and the Birth of the US Army
Saturday, September 9
A Boy in the American Revolution and the Birth of the US Army  (EWGS Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Spokane Public Library Auditorium, Downtown Spokane
Presenter: Bob Asbury
Robert Washington Asbury, 65 years old, born January 28, 1951, Spokane WA
Work for: CUTBOARD STUDIO, Spokane WA
I have been a television producer for the past 20 years, producer of the syndicated television (sport fishing) series, COLUMBIA COUNTRY (2000 -2010), but more recently, TROUT TV (2011 - 2013).
Currently I am working on a series for Northwest PBS affiliates called: WAY OF THE COLUMBIA, a series about the fisheries and related habitat work underway throughout the greater Columbia Basin watershed.
The name of my presentation is: A BOY IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, AND BIRTH OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY. It’s the story of my 3rd great grandfather, Daniel Bedinger. Danial was 15 years old when he ran away from home to join the Continental Army, part of a special unite that represented the first national recruitment by the Continental Congress.
I discovered this story while doing research on a film I am producing about Samuel Washington, General Washington’s younger brother. The name of this film is: THE GENERAL’S BROTHER.
My interest in Samuel Washington is driven by my family tie to the Washington’s, Sam Washington, is my 4th Great Grandfather. Our family (Asbury’s) are among the closest living descendants of General Washington’s immediate family. Since discovering this, I have spent the past twenty years researching, and studying everything I can find on George Washington and the American Revolutionary War period.
Cookies & Social Time: 12:30 PM.  Meeting starts at 1:00 PM

Saturday, October 7
Fall Workshop - German Research  (Seminars & Workshops)
Country Homes Christian Church 8415 North Wall Street Spokane WA
Presenters: Kent Aggers, Dolly Webb & Renata Wilde
1. German History Necessary for Research -- Dolly Webb
2. The German Russians -- Kent Aggers
3. Crossing the Pond -- Renate Wilde
4. Questions & Answers - a panel of Dolly, Kent & Renata
Meeting time  to be determined - please check back for further details.

Placing Your Ancestor in Historical Context Using NARA
Saturday, November 4
Placing Your Ancestor in Historical Context Using NARA  (EWGS Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Spokane Public Library Auditorium, Downtown Spokane
Presenter: Carol Buswell
Carol Buswell has a long background in education, public speaking and writing, particularly about the United States, Native American and Family History. She has been the Education Specialist for the National Archives at Seattle since 2005. The National Archives, with 12 facilities across the U.S., holds over 24 billion permanently valuable federal government documents, many of which are critical for researching family history. 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.
Why is it important for genealogists and historians to learn about broader historical events during the time their ancestors were living?  Do you ever wonder what records will clear up your genealogical "brick wall?"  How do youexplain and make educated guesses about migrations, marriages, or occupations?  Do you ever need photos and or other historic materials to make your family history more interesting?  Come learn how the National Archives can help you with all of these questions and more. 
Cookies & Social Time: 12:30 PM.  Meeting starts at 1:00 PM

Saturday, December 2
Annual Christmas Party  (EWGS Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Spokane Public Library Auditorium, Downtown Spokane
Christmas party organized by Mary Halcombe.
Check back for details.
Cookies & Social Time: 12:30 PM
Meeting starts at 1:00 PM