Antone Erbeznik's threshing outfit on Charles Bettfreund ranch, Valley (shared by Damond Meshishnik)

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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2015 Fall Workshop

Important Date! Saturday, October 10th, NeWGS Fall Seminar
Military Mysteries Meet McConnell
Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Location: the Ambulance Shack at North end of Colville
Presented by Don McConnell, retired Army officer and senior intelligence analyst, authority on soldiers serving before and during the Civil War, and Civil War living history enthusiast. Topics for our seminar include searching on and Fold3 as well as clues for finding military records for the soldier serving before and during the Civil War. There are plenty of cool door prizes as well as a luncheon buffet included in the price of the seminar. You don't want to miss this one. In fact, why not bring a friend? Remember you don't have to be a member to attend. For more details and registration form please download the workshop flyer.

Next meeting

The next Northeast Washington Genealogical Society meetings are on Wednesday, October 14th, 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. 
Sue Richart, a long-time member of NeWGS will give us a “tour” of the newly updated New England Historic Genealogical Society website. If you think they only have New England records you will be pleasantly surprised at the diversity and range of records now available.
We will take a 90 minute break for lunch and reconvene in the same location for our afternoon general meeting at 1:30 p.m.
For our afternoon session several members will lead the group in researching from the ground up, so to speak. The subject of the research will be randomly selected. This type of class has proven to be very informative and fun for the seasoned genealogist as well as the beginner.
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

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

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 460,000 entries in their various databases!  Let us help you find your Stevens County ancestors. Contact us.

A member of The Heritage Network

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A member of WSGS

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