Colville High School Baseball Team ca 1910

Welcome to Stevens County

NeWGS is based in Colville, WA, which is located in Stevens County.  At one time Stevens County covered most of the northeast part of our state, including what is now Ferry and Pend Oreille counties.  It was formed in 1863 from Walla Walla County, with Ferry County breaking away in 1899 and Pend Oreille in 1911.  Some early records for those counties are to be found in Stevens county materials, some of which date back to 1861.  If you have ancestors or family in the area, please explore our site. If you need research assistance, check out our Resources page and / or contact our research team.

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Next meeting

The next Northeast Washington Genealogical Society meetings are on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. The morning Computer Interest Group (CIG) will meet in the basement meeting room of the LDS Church on Juniper Street in Colville at 10:30 AM.
NeWGS President, Susan Dechant, will share several scanning options available to us for digitizing those old photos we have been lucky enough to find and a few tricks for enhancing and improving faded or damaged ones.
We will take a lunch break at noon and then meet at the Evergreen Cemetery located on Aladdin Road approximately one mile north of Highway 20 here in Colville at 1:30 p.m.
NeWGS board member and Chairman of the Evergreen Cemetery Restoration Project, Lora Rose, has spent hours and hours cleaning and improving the Evergreen cemetery. Additionally she spends hours researching and inputting valuable genealogical information on the NeWGS Cemetery page of our website ( .
NeWGS has a long history of caretaking and restoring this pioneer cemetery that is such an integral part of the history of Colville and its citizens past and present. This is the time of year that the cemetery gets a special clean-up for Memorial Day when we have numerous visitors. We invite anyone who would like to learn more about the history and the inhabitants of the cemetery to join Lora as she leads us on a walk through time and introduces us to some of the characters who built this community in the 1800's forward. 
For those of you who are able to walk across a small field there is public parking in the parking lot next to the old abandoned outhouse just before you come to the main entrance to the cemetery. There is some space for parking in the cemetery near the road. We ask that you please do not park near the grave markers on the grass. There are many unmarked graves.
All visitors are welcome. You do not need to be a member to attend the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society's meetings.


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Military Monument Project

NeWGS saw the completion of their military monument project on Veterans' Day 2013. Read about the project and the soldiers under Search Now at the left.  There are two parts to the project: the original names are listed under Military Monument, then be sure to check Monument Update for the rest of the stories.

Publications for sale

Two new books hot off the press! Colville Collection Book 5: Catholicism in the Colville Country  and Colville Collection Book 6: Prohibition - Rumrunners, Moonshiners in Northeastern Washington both by Patrick J. Graham. Order your copies now!

NeWGS now has more local history, other books, and CDs for sale. Download an order form or order from our Store.

NeWGS Projects

New Item  We have just posted a names index to our quarterly, Pioneer Branches, that covers the period from October 2003 through July 2015. Check it out under Search Now, Pioneer Branches Index. We have also uploaded the older issues (from July 2008 through July 2014) to the Public Download area. The newer issues remain in our secure area under Members.
News Flash! NeWGS has exchanged or subscribed to quarterlies all over the U.S. for many years They are now being housed at the Family History Center in Colviille. Genealogical quarterlies are filled with useful research tips for the area and actual records. Be sure to check out the list in our Library Records database (in the menu on the left) to see if there is something there that could help you in your research. 
New!  Read about the experiences of Lt.Col John McCune while he served as Commander at the 760th Radar Base near Colville in the 1950s
Updated  Check out what has been happening with the Evergreen Cemetery  database (View Cemetery Records). Gordy Struve and Lora Rose are in the process of adding photographs of headstones as well as detailed information about those buried in Evergreen.
Updated  List of those who died working on the Grand Coulee Dam we believe is now complete. Read about the Grand Coulee Mystery.
Be sure to check out the biographies of our war casualties whose names appear on our military monument in Colville.
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NeWGS now has over 480,000 entries in their various databases!  Let us help you find your Stevens County ancestors. Contact us.

A member of The Heritage Network

The Heritage Network is a non-profit organization comprised of museums, historical & genealogical societies, tourism groups, and businesses and individuals dedicated to preserving and promoting the historical resources within its membership and their respresentative communities.

A member of WSGS

NeWGS is a long-time supporter of the Washington State Genealogical Society