Week #13 – Local Societies
Week 13. Local Societies: Local genealogical and historical societies are the lifeblood of genealogy. Members and volunteers give their http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.giftime and money to preserve local history and promote family history. Tell us about a local society for which you are thankful
Well I belong to four local societies, three in areas I am researching and the local one here in Spokane Washington, Eastern Washington Genealogical Society founded in 1935 and still going pretty strong after 77 years. What is so good about EWGS? The members that are willing to volunteer for extractions, indexing, helping at the library, serving on committees, being board members, writing newsletters, articles for the Digital Digest, helping with the EWGS website, the EWGS blog, EWGS Facebook page, bringing cookies to the meetings, and on and on. The collection was pretty heavy in New England research, but has become more and more specific to Eastern Washington. We are so glad to have a great working relationship with the Spokane Public Library where our collection is housed, and where we meet most months, and they have a Northwest room filled with early North west resources, collected by the library for over 100 years, and local newspapers on microfilm from about 1880 to the present.