Genealogy

  • Genealogy is the fastest growing hobby in the United States.

  • "Research shows that children who know where they came from are more resilient.  They are able to handle problems, do better in school and better socially, because they know they are part of something larger than themselves," said Helen Jackson Graham, English professor.  Helen is the Houston area Freedmen's Bureau coordinator, and has 20 years of experience in African American genealogical research.  Nurture the interest and collaboration of genealogical and family history research.  Linking to other families sometimes brings you right back around to your own family.  Help them recover their historical memory.  Help them recognize they are part of one human family.  Help them discover who they are, where they came from, discover their family stories, and to feel connected and bound to their families through generations.  (Source:  Reuniting the Black Family:  Volunteers Index Freedmen's Bureau Records, by Linda Talbot, LDS Church News, November 4, 2015)    




What You Can Do
  • Search for records in cemeteries, courthouses, funeral homes, birth certificates, death certificates, marriage records, wills, land deeds, newspapers and libraries to learn about the lives of your ancestors, how they lived, and the history of their time.  Court records can offer insight into an ancestor’s occupation, wealth and lifestyle.  Military records may reveal hair and eye color.  
  • Eastern Washington Genealogical Society's volunteers give 1500 hours per year in helping people find their ancestors.  For volunteer hours at the Spokane Public Library, see http://www.ewgsi.org

  • Visit the cemeteries where your ancestors are buried.  
  • Visit one of the genealogy libraries in Spokane County (listed below) to receive personal help and learn research skills. 

  • Become a volunteer indexer with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Community Project.   The United States is a nation of immigrant families.  Records that document the immigration and naturalization of our ancestors include crew and passenger lists, immigration and border crossing records, passports, and citizenship and naturalization documents.  Many of these documents are not yet indexed, making individuals and families difficult to find.  Help make more records searchable online.  Join hundreds of thousands of volunteers in a community effort to make more of these records searchable online, so everyone can find their ancestors.  Indexing is a fun challenge that rewards both the volunteer and the future researcher.  No special skills or fixed time commitments are required.  Volunteer when you can. Register, sign in, and follow a few simple steps.  Help families discover the stories of their ancestors.  For more information, go to http://www.FamilySearch.org/immigration.
Additional Resources
  • Family History Centers.  The following four Family History Centers are located inside the chapels belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The public is welcome.  Look for a door sign to enter the Family History Center.

    Please CALL for current times:

    Spokane Northside
    401 W. Regina
    Spokane, WA
    (509) 466-4633
    Hours:     Tues    10 am - 2 pm
                       W-Th     9 am - 9 pm
    Closed:   Week of Thanksgiving
                      Last 2 weeks of December
                      Major Holidays
    Located across the street from Brentwood Elementary School. 
    Enter the East side of the building, glass enclosure. 
Spokane South Hill
1620 E. 29th Avenue
Spokane, WA
(509) 624-9407
Hours:    Tu-Th   10 am - 5 pm
                 Sat         9 am - 4 pm
Closed:   One week for Thanksgiving
                 Two weeks Christmas
                 Saturday thru Monday for Major Holidays

Spokane Valley

13608 E. 40th Avenue
Spokane, WA
(509) 926-0551
Hours:     Tues, Wed, Thursday:   10 am - 8:30pm
                 Saturday:                       10 am - 2:30 pm
Closed:   Major Holidays

Spokane West

10405 W. Melville Rd
Cheney, WA 
(509) 455-9735
Hours:   T-Th        6 pm - 9 pm
                W-Th     10 am - 2 pm

  • The Family History Library.  This is the world’s largest collection of genealogical records.  They have microfilmed documents containing more than 1 billion names, with links to over 4,000 family history library branches in 65 countries, operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.   http://familysearch.org

  • Arlington National Cemetery released an electronic database in October 2012, detailing the grave sites of the roughly 400,000 people buried there.  It uses geospatial technology to hone in on specific graves, and can also be searched by name.  When a name is called up, a viewer can see when the person was buried and the dates of their birth and death.  Photos of the front and back of the headstone can also be viewed.  It can be accessed through a free smartphone app, or the cemetery's website at  http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/#/        

  • Eastern Washington Genealogical Society
    Spokane Public Library - Downtown Library
    3rd Floor
    906 W. Main
    Spokane, WA   99201
    (509) 444-5300
    Volunteers are on duty to answer questions and assist beginning genealogists. 
    http://www.spokanelibrary.org
    http://ewgsi.org

  • Washington State Genealogical Society
    (360) 426-6114

  • Community Colleges of Spokane
    Genealogy classes are offered through their Seniors Education program.
    (509) 279-6027