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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The next Northeast Washington Genealogical Society meetings are on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. The morning computer meeting will feature a demo of the RootsMagic software program and in the afternoon we will consider the idea of a "Genealogy Do-Over." For more details click on the Events button at the left. Both meetings will take place in the basement meeting room of the LDS Church on Juniper Street in Colville. Entry is located at the back of the building..All visitors are welcome. You do not need to be a member to attend the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society's meetings.
2016 Annual Workshop
On Saturday the 17th of September the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society, celebrating its 35th anniversary of the founding of the society, will present its annual Workshop held at the “Ambulance Shack” near Ronnie D’s Restaurant at the north round-a-bout in Colville. The featured speaker will be Carol Buswell who has been the Education Specialist for the National Archives at Seattle for the past 10 years. That facility holds 41,000 cubic feet of permanently valuable Federal Government documents from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. Carol has also 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. You will be given the opportunity to look at copies of NARA documents and discover secrets for finding them at the Archives itself, in the Online Catalog, and in other online resources. The topics for our workshop also include a deeper look at the U.S. Census plus Immigration, Naturalization, and Depression Era records. For more details click on the “Events” tab or call Susan Dechant, President, at 509-738-6731 or Karen Struve, Vice-President, at 509-684-4344.
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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.
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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.
NeWGS now has over 480,000 entries in their various databases! Let us help you find your Stevens County ancestors. Contact us.
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