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 40th anniversary party in the park was a success and I thank all who came to help us celebrate. It's been a wonderful 40 years and you can read a bit about it under About, NeWGS History, at the left.
Needless to say our elections were no surprise all the incumbents were re-elected. My eternal thanks to Sue Witham (continuing as Treasurer) and to Mary Ann Schrader (our Board Member at Large) for their dedication and willingness to help keep our organization running smoothly.
As to our general meetings, our hope is that we will continue to meet in person at the LDS church but be sure to check our Events page to be sure as last minute changes might require us to meet via Zoom instead.
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"Pioneer Branches" ceases publication
It is with great sadness that we must cease publication of "Pioneer Branches." Should someone come forward in the future to accept the position of Editor, it is possible that you could see it once again. We are also exploring other possibilities for sharing our Stevens County information with researchers. We wish to thank all those who have served as Editor or submitted articles over the past 31 years, making ours an award-winning publication. This has truly been a team effort and one we can be proud of.
Pioneer Branches Available in Public Download
Update .... The NeWGS Board voted to put all of our digital issues of Pioneer Branches in the Public Download area. This means that anyone can read these back issues of Pioneer Branches. Unfortunately we had to cease publication in 2016 but now all issues that are digital are available to everyone. Enjoy!
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 three parts to the project: the original names are listed under Military Monument, then be sure to check both Monument Updates for the rest of the stories.
New Item We have 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 now also uploaded all our digital issues (from July 2008 through July 2016) to the Public Download area.
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). Lora Rose is 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.
NeWGS now has over 490,000 entries in their various databases! Let us help you find your Stevens County ancestors. Contact us.
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