Huckleberry picking with the Aspend family (courtesy of Tom Dodson)

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 - Navigating the NeWGS Website

The October 10th meeting of Northeast Washington Genealogical Society will introduce you to the wealth of information available to visitors on the NeWGS Website.
Past president and webmaster, Susan Deschant, will be our guide as we tour the many resources accessible to the public.  We will learn how to locate information from three local cemeteries, how to find books in the NeWGS library holdings and how to search the website for our ancestor's surnames.  Susan will also introduce us to the various projects our members are involved with and take us to the website store where we will find many local history books and research materials for purchase.
In the members only section, Susan will demonstrate how easy it is for current NeWGS members to access and download class handouts and minutes for both general and board meetings.  If you are one of the many who enjoy the home page and move on, please join us as we learn all the website has to offer.
Visitors are always 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.

Publications for sale

Hot off the press! Another new book by local historian Patrick J. Graham! Colville Collection Book 8: GOLD....A History and Tales of Gold and Mining in Northeast Washington. Order your copies now!

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 480,000 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