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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NeWGS meetings

 Unfortunately, with the current health crisis affecting us all, NeWGS will be canceling our monthly in-person meetings until further notice. However, we successfully held our first Zoom meeting last June and it went very well. So we plan to do our monthly classes using this new technology. Watch our Events page for details as they become available.  Note that the link to access the Zoom meeting will be included with the Event information. Click on the Events button at the left  to locate it. 
And don't forget to stay tuned for information on our 2021 Fall Seminar which we have scheduled for October 16th. Keep your eye on the Events page for details as as our plans unfold. In 2021 we will be celebrating our 40th anniversary so we hope to make this a very special event.
Meanwhile, we want all of you to stay home, stay safe, stay healthy. And work on your genealogy! As there is no meeting in December, we look forward to seeing you in January and wish you a very happy and safe holiday season.

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Publications for sale

Hot off the press! Another new book by local historian Patrick J. Graham, co-authored by Don Birch, previous publisher of the Statesman-Examiner! Colville Collection Book 9: Bobby Panknin Mystery plus other major myseries, robberies & murders in the Colville Country. Order your copies now by emailing The book sells for $12.95 plus shipping and sales tax (soon to be added to our online Store).

NeWGS has more local history, other books and CDs for sale. Download an order form or order from our Store.

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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.

NeWGS Projects

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.
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NeWGS now has over 490,000 entries in their various databases!  Let us help you find your Stevens County ancestors. Contact us.

A member of The Heritage Network

The Heritage Network is a non-profit organization comprised of museums, historical & genealogical societies, tourism groups, and businesses and individuals dedicated to preserving and promoting the historical resources within its membership and their respresentative communities.

A member of WSGS

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