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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Our next meetings are on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. 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.
Our guest presenter Carol Buswell has been the Education Specialist for the National Archives at Seattle for the past 10 years, which holds 41,000 cubic feet of permanently valuable Federal Government documents from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. She also has worked as a sixth grade teacher, published author, public speaker, small scale publisher, and bookstore owner. She writes and speaks about the National Archives, American Indian history, genealogy, and topics in Education. She holds degrees in Elementary Education, Fine Arts, and American Indian Studies.
Carol’s presentation for the CIG will detail a brand new National Archives Catalog being introduced that will greatly simplify the way you search for National Archives documents, census records, photographs, maps, and other items from Federal Government holdings. Come see how the new catalog works and what you can find there. There will also be instruction about how and where to find more online NARA documents from across the internet on both free and paid websites.
We will take a break for lunch at noon and meet again in the same location at 1:30 PM for our General Meeting.
Carol Buswell will return as our afternoon speaker where she will talk about the importance of understanding significant events happening around your ancestor during his/her lifetime locally, nationally and in the world cannot be underestimated. Understanding historical context is vital for every step of the process of discovering and using archival records, the life-blood of genealogical research! Come learn how archival records are organized, how to find and search them, and a little about using these important records to illustrate your final family histories as well.
All visitors are welcome. You do not need to be a member to attend the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society's meetings.
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
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 is almost 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.
NeWGS now has over 460,000 entries in their various databases! Let us help you find your Stevens County ancestors. Contact us.
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