Main Street, Colville, looking north, ca 1930s - old Hotel Colville and Rickey Building on the left.

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, November 9th, 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. Entry is located at the back of the building. The building is located one block east of the South Main Restaurant on Hwy 395.
 In addition to thousands of indexed records available for free on their website ( the LDS Church has many more records available online that are not indexed. Long-time NeWGS member Lora Rose will show us how to access those records. Maybe just what you are looking for IS online!
We will take a lunch break at noon and then meet again in the LDS Lower Meeting Room at 1:30 p.m.
Whether your ancestors were from here in Stevens County or any other county in this country, you will want to come listen to Sue Richart, member of NeWGS and treasurer of the Stevens County Historical Society share what rich resources are available at the SCHS Museum. This will give you some ideas about what types of records may be available in the regions your family lived.
All visitors are welcome. You do not need to be a member to attend the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society's meetings.

"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.

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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.

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A member of WSGS

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