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 - State Archives: Tips & Tricks
Lee Pierce, Archivist with the Eastern Regional Branch of the Washington State Archives, is our featured speaker for the June meeting. During his presentation, Lee will cover important fundamentals for paper archives research. He will also touch on digital resources and share his tips and techniques for searching online.
The Eastern Regional Branch of the Washington State Archives is located in Cheney, Washington. The same facility also holds the State Digital Archives which preserves almost 150 million digital records for state and local government agencies. The physical historical records held at the facility contain everything from court transcripts of frontier-era divorces and murder trials to glass plate photographs of turn-of-the-century Spokane parks. Other physical documents you can find include maps, marriage licenses, property record cards, naturalization papers and city council meeting minutes.
Lee hopes to spend most of his time with us on a Question and Answer session. He says the Q&A is often the most popular and fun portion of his presentations. Please bring your questions and join us for a very informative meeting!
All visitors are invited to join us for NeWGS monthly presentations that are designed to increase your research skills. Meetings are held from 1pm - 3pm on the second Wednesday of each month in the lower level meeting room of the LDS Church. Located on Juniper Street in Colville, the church is just one block east of South Main Restaurant. Please use the entry at the back of the building.
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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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