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Genealogy Resources

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!

~ Obituary Goddess
Posted Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:57:35

Census Record
Immigration & Naturalization Records

Vital & Public Records
Military Records

Land Records

Court Records

Internet Sites

.EWGS Calendar of Events:

  •  May 25, 2014 - Walking With Ancestors - Remembering A Giant Of American History, Henry Ford, 9 am-5 pm, Heritage Funeral Home, 508 N. Government Way.
  • June 7, 2014 - Grandma Was A Pig Farmer: A closer look at the non-population census, 12:30 pm to 3 pm, Spokane Public Library Auditorium. Presenter Susan Faulkner.

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 ( 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.

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