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 - Check it Out! The Internet Archive
If you have ever gone to a website you’ve used before only to be greeted with the dreaded “Error 404” message, you will want to attend the August 8th meeting of Northeast Washington Genealogical Society. Our presenter for this meeting is NeWGS Evergreen Cemetery Chairman Lora Rose. Continuing our Online Library Series, Lora will introduce us to the Internet Archive. This non-profit project is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. The project began in 1996 by archiving the Internet itself, a medium that was just beginning to grow in use. Like newspapers, the content published on the web was ephemeral - but unlike newspapers, no one was saving it.
Today the Internet Digital Archive has 20-plus years of web history accessible through the "Wayback Machine". This amazing search tool detects those pesky “Error 404” codes and checks for archived versions of requested URLs. Online visitors can explore more than 310 billion web pages that have been saved over time. The "Save Page Now" feature even allows you to capture a current web page as it appears today and save it to the archive for use as a trusted citation in the future. In addition, the Internet Archive contains 11 million books and texts, 4 million audio recordings, 3 million videos, 1 million images, and 100,000 software programs. Don't miss the chance to learn about this truly unique digital archive.
Visitors are welcome to attend NeWGS monthly meetings which are held at 1:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month in the lower level meeting room of the LDS Church. (located on Juniper Street in Colville, one block east of the South Main Restaurant on Hwy 395) Please use the entrance at the back of the building,
Fall Workshop-September 29th, 2018
Sleuthing For Your Ancestors
The Northeast Washington Genealogical Society is proud to present our Fall Workshop featuring Janet O'Conor Camarata as our guest speaker. Janet has over 25 years experience as a genealogist. She is the instructor of a six week course in genealogy and technology at Pierce College and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
For more detailed information please visit the Events page on the left where you can download a Flyer with complete details on classes, times and registration form.
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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.
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.
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 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). 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 480,000 entries in their various databases! Let us help you find your Stevens County ancestors. Contact us.
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