Friday, January 30, 2015

WSGS Launches New Grant Program

Has your Society talked about doing a special project, but been stymied by lack of funds? Do you need a special piece of equipment like a projector or printer for your library? Well…….

The Washington State Genealogical Society is excited to announce the creation of the “WSGS Innovative Grant Program.”
The grants, up to $100, are designed to support the inventive and creative efforts of WSGS-member societies and organizations. We know that $100 doesn't seem like a lot of money, but we also know that local societies can do a lot with very little, so we’re hoping the Innovative Grant Program will be what you need to jump-start a project that has been dreamed about for some time. Up to five grants will be awarded in 2015.
While no means comprehensive, here are some examples of projects that might be considered:

·         Purchase of furniture, equipment, books, magazines or other publications/ subscriptions for an existing or new society library;

·         Locating, inventorying, restoring and/or preserving a local cemetery;

·         Hosting a special event, presentation, or workshop;

·         Purchasing genealogical-related software, scanner, projector, peripherals or other equipment or technology;

·         Developing a project serving special populations, e.g. senior citizens, children/teens, tribal members, ethnic organizations, etc.;

·         Restoring and/or preservation of photos or original documents;

·         Identifying and unifying old photos, Bibles, quilts, letters or other significant memorabilia with family members, museums, or other good homes;

·         Creation of a website, blog or other communication tool;

·         Publication of local history or narratives;

·         Other innovative projects that support and enhances your genealogical society.

The deadline for the Innovative Grant application is April 1, 2015. The simple application is only ONE page and available online here. Additional guidance on the program is here.

For more information, contact Roxanne Lowe, Recognition Chair, at

Eastern Washington Gen Society News Flash

EWGS Website Databases
currently available as of January 2015

The following databases are available on the E.W.G.S. website (  You do not need to log in as a member to access these.  They are FREE! This information is for Spokane and surrounding areas.

Unpublished Bible Records This work contains 145 pages of unpublished Bible Records from 82 Bibles. They were collected by members and friends of NeWGS and EWGS. Transcribing was done by Lethene Dennis Parks, Geri Marvin Williamson and Donna Potter Phillips. There are 6 separate files. The first File 1 contains pages 1-24 and the Index for the entire series.



  ** This contains a huge amount of data.  There are numerous files available but this series is not yet complete.






These files were microfilmed in the 1970's and the originals destroyed. Book “A” was a catalog of papers concerning each court case, insanity, minors, estates of deceased persons, and adoptions. Only those concerning deceased persons were abstracted by Lorena Wildman in 1973. These listings are supported by case packets filled with all applicable papers for each case. The cases cover the years 1880-1903. Pages noted refer to the Memorandum of Files “A”. The originals of these files are now housed at the Eastern Regional Branch of the Washington State Archives. The index was originally published in the EWGS Bulletin v. 23, pp. 113-122, 1986.

The Spokane County Brand Books were indexed by EWGS member, Beverly Hixson Rowley, in 1989 at the Spokane County Courthouse. The 2 volumes are now housed at the Eastern Regional Branch of the Washington State Archives. The index was originally published in the EWGS Bulletin, v. 26, pp. 9-17 and 60-64, 1989, and v. 27, pp. 131-135, 1990.


This file contains 1985 births, marriages and dissolutions


This data base contains alphabetical listings for early Spokane School Districts. The information includes township and range as well as how the districts were consolidated or transferred. A map of the districts will soon be posted in the Genealogy section of the Spokane Public Library downtown. Many thanks to Barbara Brazington for her work in creating the map.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Kittitas County Gen Society News Flash

The next Kittitas County Genealogical Society Meeting will be on Monday Feb 2 2015 at 413 N. Main St,Ellensburg WA, with refreshmentsm, beginning about 7:30 pm.

Craig A. Hughes, a faculty member at CWU, will present "Both Sides of Billiongraves" as our program for Monday, Feb. 2. He describes himself as having an interest in the power of electronic tools in family history.  

(You may remember him as the man who directed the Sparrow Singers 1Dec 2014 as they sang at our dinner when Lee Bates was temporarily unable to appear with the choir.) is like - cemetery graves,
with special emphasis on showing the exact geographical spot in the cemetery; so we see who is buried near whom.

Currently the website has 12 million grave records and that number is doubling about every year or 2. Findagrave. com has 121 million records but is not growing as fast anymore.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Eastside Genealogical Society News Flash

The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, February 12, 2015 in the Bellevue Regional Library, Room 1, 1111 – 110th Ave NE, Bellevue  98004 at 7pm, with doors opening at 6:30 pm for networking. 
How DNA Can Help Your Family Tree Research
Dr. Maurice Gleeson, via YouTube videos, will explain the 3 different types of DNA testing and share interesting case studies which will help you understand how to use DNA testing to advance your research and break down some brick walls.  Dr Gleeson is a medical doctor in London, England and runs several DNA projects. 

Also see our website for FREE genealogical help and other Special Interest Group meetings --  .  Visitors are always welcome at all meetings.

Thank you,
Dorothy Pretare
EGS Publicity Chairperson

"Freedom Webinar Series" from Legacy Family Tree

Legacy Family Tree "Freedom Webinar Series"
by Patricia Bayonne-Johnson
(Vice-President of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society)

To celebrate the 150 anniversary of the end of slavery, Legacy Family Tree has announced a series of four FREE webinars:

·         Researching Ancestors in the Era of Freedom by Angela Walton-Raji, Friday, February 20, 2015

·       United States Colored Troops Civil War Widows' Pension Applications: Tell the Story by Bernice  Alexander Bennett, Friday, April 24, 2015

·         Mending Broken Ties: Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery by Melvin J. Collier, Friday, July 31, 2015

·         Maps Tell Some of the Story for African Ancestored Genealogist by Angela Walton-Raji, September 25, 2015

FREE access is available through the end of January for three webinars from 2014:

·         When Freedom Came - Documenting the Family's Freedom Story by Angela Walton-Raji
·         Your Civil War Ancestors: Beginning Your Research by Michael Hait
·         Best Internet Resources for African American Genealogy by Angela Walton-Raji

For registration and details, copy and paste the link into your browser: 

Whatcom Gen Society News Flash

Hello Everyone,
In November the Whatcom Genealogical Society voted in the following new officers:
President Barbara Lynch -- 

Vice President Susan Nahas

Secretary to be appointed

Treasurer Carol Signett

Submitted by Sharon Neem, publicity chair.

Personal P.S.  I've known Barbara Lynch for at least 40 years........ she and I were members of the G.R.O.U.P. in Spokane, a sub-group of the Eastern Washington Gen Society where we each published (in paper form) surname booklet/databases. She is experienced and I'm sure she'll do a good job for WCGS.  Donna Potter Phillips

P.O. Box 1493
Bellingham, WA 98227-1493
"Searching the Fourth Corner for Roots and Branches"

Darrell Hill Named Outstanding Volunteer

Since 2003, the Washington State Genealogical Society has recognized more than 400 outstanding volunteers, nominated by their local society or genealogical organization for their service and dedication. These volunteers are the backbone of their local society, giving their time and expertise, to the organization and the field of genealogy. In the coming months, you will be introduced to each of the 2014 award recipients and learn why they received the 2014 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award.

 Today we're introducing Darrell Hill of The Dalles, Oregon, who was nominated by the Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society (CGGS).  He was recognized for his leader­ship, knowledge, and volunteer efforts toward the goals and operation of the CCGS.

Since joining the CGGS in the early 1990s, Mr. Hill has distinguished himself in his untiring support of the society, which serves counties along the Columbia River in both Oregon and Washington.  He has served as President, as well as a board member for many years. Most recently, he served as membership committee chair from 2011 until 2013. 

Mr. Hill has contributed many hours to specials projects. In 2012, he helped inventory and catalog The Discovery Center Library collection which focused on local history and genealogy.

Mr. Hill’s life has been devoted to public service.  As a law enforcement officer, he served as Chief of Police for the city of The Dalles, then as the Sheriff of Wasco County, Oregon. He also served his community as a member and President of The Dalles Chamber of Commerce. 

Mr. Hill’s service to the CGGS and the local Columbia Gorge communities proved he richly deserved to be a recipient of a WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award.

For more information on the WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award program, visit the Recognition page of the WSGS website or contact Roxanne Lowe, Recognition Chair, at