Albert Earl Cranston's family ca 1919 -- L-R back row:  Harold, Margaret, Royal, Helen, Nellie, front row: Ralph, Lillian (May), A.E., Wilbur, Emma and Albert (shared by Kathy Haydon)

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 September Northeast Washington Genealogical Society meeting is on Wednesday, the 13th. We will meet in the basement meeting room of the LDS Church on Juniper Street in Colville at 1:00 PM.  Entry is located at the back of the building. The building is located one block east of the South Main Restaurant.
 
NeWGS President, Susan Dechant has been involved in an interesting project to build a "new" monument to honor those fallen while building the Mighty Grand Coulee Dam. Susan has painstakingly been researching each of the 81 known men in an effort to recognize each of them. One in particular, John Carl Engbritson, has a fascinating story to be told. It is his story that Susan will share with us this month.
 
 Please note we are now meeting at 1:00 p.m. 
 
All visitors are welcome. You do not need to be a member to attend the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society's meetings.



Publications for sale

Another new book by local historian Patrick J. Graham! Colville Collection Book 7: The White Man Cometh...History of Hudson's Bay Fort Colville . 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 2017 Fall Seminar

A Day with Dollarhide
 
Saturday – September 16, 2017
To be held at the Ambulance Shack
      at the north end of Colville (just east of the Roundabout)
 
Saturday, September 16th the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society will be holding their 36th annual Fall Seminar at the “Ambulance Shack” located at the North Roundabout in Colville.
 
The featured presenter will be William Dollarhide; renowned genealogy lecturer and author. He has been in pursuit of his family origins since 1971 and involved professionally with genealogy since 1980. He has written over 120 published magazine articles relating to genealogical research; has developed several software systems for genealogy; and he is the author of over 30 books, including Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920, one of the best-selling genealogy books of all time
 
Topics for our workshop include:
 
  American Migration Routes, 1750-1800

 Using Deeds to Trace the Trails of Your Ancestors

 You Know About Census Records But What About Census Substitutes?

 Civil War Genealogy

 

Mr. Dollarhide's numerous books will be available for purchase during breaks and lunch.

 
Mark your calendars now! 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.
 
Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Lunch is included. The Registration Form is attached below. Please contact Karen Struve at 509-690-8380 should you have questions.


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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 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