Tuesday, February 27, 2007

EWGS March Meeting

The Eastern Washington Genealogical Society will be meeting this Saturday, March 3rd in the meeting rooms on the main floor of the Downtown Branch of the Spokane Public Library. Paid parking is available in the library garage (accessed on Spokane Falls Boulevard) or in River Park Square (linked to the library via skywalk). Some prefer to park for free down at the bottom of the Main Avenue hill in Peaceful Valley, or across the river near the Flour Mill, and get some fresh air and exercise to boot. Coffee, cookies and conversation will begin at 12:30 PM, followed by the general meeting at 1:00. Our guest speaker will be Susan DeChant, speaking on "Sherman Creek: What a Rush!" (research tips from a compulsive, Type A, genealogy junkie). Besides being a member of EWGS, Susan is also the President of the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society, and webmaster of the Stevens County, Washington USGenWeb site.

The meeting should adjourn between 2:30 and 3:00 PM. Quite a few people, including myself, like to come early or stay late (Saturday library hours are 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM) and use the Genealogy Room, the microfilmed local newspaper area, or the Northwest Room (city archives) to do research. Volunteers will be on hand in the Genie Room to assist those with their research.

As chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, I'll be selling nifty genealogical items as well as tickets for our monthly raffle prize. This month our prize will be a hodge-podge of Irish genealogical resources. Also available are the genealogy magazine exchange box, and workshop cassettes that can be borrowed. If any members are interested in signing up for our computer classes, I'll have my sign-up sheets at the ready!

You don't have to be a member of EWGS to attend our meetings, and we always enjoy newcomers! It's a great way to get to know others who may be researching your ancestral locations, or even your family surnames! Hope to see you there!

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