Douglas Falls School 1909 (near Northport) - Gladys Allen, teacher; pupils Earl and Ellen Tucker, Lois Mizmer, Maurice, Jack and Gladys Crawford, and Emery Ricketts. Harold Douglas 4th from left with white hair, 2nd grade (shared by Mary Ellen Long)

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

Our next meetings are on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014.The morning Computer Interest Group will meet in the basement of the LDS Church on Juniper Street in Colville at 10:30 A.M.   Sue Richart, NeWGS member, will be demonstrate how to find and use maps that will aid you in your research. Sue has much experience with mapping as she has been extensively involved in the Preserve America project over the past several years.
The class is co-sponsored by the Libraries of Stevens County. While you are visiting the library in Colville be sure to have a look at the NeWGS resource books and materials located there. Ask a library assistant to direct you to the collection.
We will take a break for lunch and then meet again at 1:30 p.m. for our general meeting in the basement of the LDS Church on Juniper Street in Colville. Susan Dechant, NeWGS founder and webmaster, will share some of the research techniques she used to solve the mystery surrounding the monument that once stood at Grand Coulee and some of the interesting facts she uncovered while researching the untimely deaths of those who died while working on the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam. She has made some exciting discoveries recently that she will share with everyone.
Please note the change in location for the morning Computer Interest Group Meeting. 

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

Available again..... For Whom the Bell Has Tolled by Louis Tomsha

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

NeWGS Projects

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.
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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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A member of WSGS

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