Genealogy Winter Blues
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! We are now in the peak time for Genealogy research. We have spent the holidays with family and probably talked about who wasn’t with us this year. The weather is getting dark and dreary, and we are stuck at home. But there is no reason to be feeling blue!! This is a great time to hop on the computer and start researching.
You don’t have to subscribe to Ancestry to get records. There are many other sites you can try. I would recommend FamilySearch and FindAGrave to start. These sites are free, indexed by people like us, and contain important information. It is a lot easier to find information if you have a birth and death date. Random Acts Of Genealogical Kindness is also back up and running as a Wiki. You can find volunteers willing to do look ups for you or you can volunteer yourself. RootsWeb is another good place to post queries. You can search by location or surname on the Message Boards. I have gotten quite a few obits this way that I would not have otherwise been able to add to my collection. I am also giving a Genealogy 101 class on February 7 at the South Hill Library for anyone who is just getting started or who is looking for some new ways to search. Winter is my favorite time for genealogy research because I don’t feel guilty about spending time inside on my computer. I hope you will find that winter can be the best season Genealogy research too!
.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 (email@example.com) 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.