Genealogy Basics Online Class
The Library has subscribed to a new database called Learn4Life, Instructor-led online courses offered free for library users. One of the classes, starting February 19, is Genealogy Basics. This online course is a total of 24 hours that you can break up any way you would like over a six week period. Sessions start monthly, so don’t worry if you miss the February 19 deadline. There is the option to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program. Be sure to look at the first and second lessons within 13 days or they will assume you aren’t interested and you will be dropped from that session. Check out Course Mechanics under Help for more info. And while you’re there, check and see what other classes are offered! This is a great way to expand your knowledge and learn new skills!
Genealogy 101: What fascinating history is hanging on your family tree? Researching genealogy can offer great insight into your family and personal history. But with every great insight come a lot of questions. Which search engines are best? Should you start with a name or a birthdate? What's the quickest way to find details about family? At this presentation, we will go over what you need to get started and where to go next. After the presentation there will be EWGS volunteers on hand to answer questions.
EWGS Calendar of Events:
See also their list of Genealogy computer classes.
The Eastern Washington Genealogical Society is here to help you! Volunteers are on duty every Tuesday 10 AM - 12PM and 1- 3 PM and every first and fourth Thursday from 3-6 PM and every Saturday 10-12 in the Genealogy Area to answer questions and assist researchers. Beginning researchers are encouraged to visit. Please call (509-444-5357) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are coming from out of town or to make an appointment with the genealogists.
Check flyers posted in the Genealogy Area for information on workshops, beginner classes, luncheons and other activities. Please feel free to attend all functions...and you are also invited to join the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society .
The Downtown branch of the Spokane Public Library houses a growing collection of genealogical resources, with special emphasis on Spokane, Eastern Washington and the surrounding states.
Resources housed in the Genealogy Area on the Third Floor include a collection of Spokane city directories, Spokane newspapers obituary indexes, census microfilm, periodicals, family histories, vertical files and much more.
Other resources of interest to genealogy researchers, such as the county plat maps, Sanborn fire maps, early Spokane newspaper indexes, etc are located in the Northwest History Room on the Second Floor.
Spokane Newspapers from 1882 to 1894 are on microfilm in the Northwest Room and from 1895 to present are on the Third Floor.
If you are unable to make it in to the library or you need further assistance, the FamilySearch Centers run by the LDS church are open to the public. To find a Center near you enter your zip code at the FamilySearch site.