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Sherrie DeWitt

Sherrie has been actively seeking for her ancestors for 18 years. She has worked at the North Stake Family History Center for 14 years; been director there for almost five years. Sherrie has been married to her sweetheart Cam for 28-1/2 years, has two sons and one daughter. Her other interests are quilting, gardening, crocheting, and scale miniatures.

Workshop: Documenting Your Sources - Why and How

Norene M. Green

Married to Thomas H. Green and mother of seven children, grandmother of 27 and great grandmother of 2 (so far). Move to Spokane in 2005 after retirement as a CPA and serving an LDS mission to Toyko, Japan. Matron of Spokane Washington Temple from Nov 2007 through Oct 2010 and assistant matron from Feb 2007 through October 2007. Enjoyed helping temple patrons with family history and new family search problems and questions.

Family history enthusiast since childhood. Served in Monterey, CA family history center for several years and Spokane East Stake for about a year. Taught a few classes at annual seminars sponsored by Monterey, CA Stake and Monterey County Genealogical Society. Trained by Family History Dept. of LDS church to be world wide support missionary for programs such as new family search just prior to call to serve in temple presidency.

Served as beta tester for new family search and most of the updates for that program.

Workshop: newFamilySearch: Intermediate Uses

Antonia Hughes

Antonia has been working with photo editing programs and restoring photos for 5 years. She has been doing genealogy for at least as long, researching both her ancestry as well as her husband's in her spare time. Antonia volunteers at Operation Photo Rescue, an organization that helps restore photos damaged in natural disasters. She also recently started her own photo restoration business online, Antonia Hughes Photo Restoration.

Workshop: Restoring Photos with Photoshop

Pat Hunt

Pat Hunt started in the Extraction program some 23+ years ago. She was called as an Extraction Director of the Spokane North Stake in 1997. Her husband, Don, was called as an Assistant Director in charge of computer maintenance for the Stake volunteers at that time. Indexing via the internet was introduced in 2006. The Hunts have been married and lived in the Spokane area for 54 years. Their other activities include, Support Services for Fire District 4, leaders of a Webelos Den, and, enjoying family gatherings with their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Workshop: FamilySearch Indexing & the Record Collection

Miriam Robbins Midkiff

Miriam has been instructing and lecturing since 2005 to various groups in the Inland Northwest. She has been interested in her family history since she was a young girl living in Southeast Alaska, far from her extended family in Western Michigan. In 1987, she began collecting information and interviewing relatives, reading genealogy how-to books, and filling out family group sheets and pedigree charts. In 1995, she set out with a mission to reunite her paternal grandmother, an adoptee, with her biological family. She utilized her local Family History Center to obtain microfilmed records, as well as writing many letters to county clerks and genealogical societies back east. Two years later, after tracing her grandmother’s family tree back three full generations, with some lines going many generations further into the American colonial period, she was successful in reuniting her grandmother with her maternal relatives. If she knew then what she knows now about genealogy, Miriam could have made t hat reunion happen within a matter of days, not years!

In the late 1990s, even before she owned a computer, Miriam began her Internet genealogy research, using computers available at her local public library and a community center. She became a very active member of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, as well as a long-distance member of various genealogical and historical societies located in her ancestral locations. She has taught Online Genealogy through the Community Colleges of Spokane’s Institute for Extended Learning since 2005 and the Spokane County Library District since 2008.

Workshop: What Resources Are Found at EWGS?

Shirley Penna-Oakes

Shirley was born in Spokane, WA to Italian – German/Irish parents, Raffeal Penna & Eleanor Bricker. She married her “High School Sweetheart”, Dick Oakes in 1970, in Eugene, OR. They have two daughters, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great grandsons. They share, what Dick calls a ” hobby farm”, in Tum Tum, WA, Northwest of Spokane. She attended Southern Oregon College – Genealogy & U.S. History. Spokane Fall Community College - Genealogy

  • Past President Eastern Washington Genealogical Society.
  • Past Vice-Presidents, EWGS, Cascade Gen Soc., Great Falls, MT., Stillaguamish Gen Soc., Arlington, WA. Washington State Genealogical Society Region Rep.
  • Chairman Washington State Genealogy Conference, Everett, WA 1992.
  • Chairman Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, “State Fair” Spokane
  • Chairman Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, “”Walking with Ancestors” walking tour/picnic.
  • Compiler/publisher of 16 Surname & Query Booklets.
  • Charter member of “The Group” 1985
  • Genealogical lectures: WA, OR, ID, MT and CA
  • Outreach/Educational Chairman Eastern Washington Genealogical Society
  • Beginner’s Classes - EWGS
  • Founder and Director of the Elizabeth Doherty Genealogical Library
  • Publisher – “FORD TIMES” – Ford, WA, community newsletter

Workshop: Putting Flesh on the Bones: Learning Your Ancestor's Story

Donna Potter Phillips

Donna Potter Phillips has been head-over-heels into family history since taking her first beginners class from Jean Donner back in 1974. She leads tours to the Family History Library, she goes genealogy presentations all over the Northwest, she attended the recent RootsTech and is excited about the future of technology melding with Family Search.

Workshop: Googling Genealogy

Brett W. Smith

Brett is a native of Jacksonville, Florida, but has resided in Spokane, Washington, since 1993. He got started working on his genealogy as a teenager after reading his great-grandfather's memoirs, and hasn't stopped since. With over 30 years of research experience, he has been a volunteer at an LDS Family History Center, an extraction (indexing) volunteer, and a teacher and lecturer on various topics relating to genealogy. He has been a practicing attorney for over 20 years, and is currently Corporate Legal Counsel for FLSmidth RAHCO Inc., a world-leading designer of mobile conveying systems for the mining industry. He has served for the last 13 years as Stake Executive Secretary for the Spokane Washington North Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Workshop: New FamilySearch - How to Begin

"Still trying to decorate my family tree."