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The National Archives, England - Viewing Documents

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The National Archives, England

Effective 31 March 2020, to view documents at the National Archive will change.

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FHWA Operations Manual 2019 - New and Updated

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Please thank our dedicated members for updating this Manual

All current members can view it through our website.

Log In to your account to view the Operations Manual pdf.

Through our website at

Home - Members Only\FHWA Business\Operations Manual

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2019 13:04

Western Ancestor - Dec. 2019

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The Journal of Family History WA - Vol 14 No 8

The Journal has been posted.

The eJournal is available in our Members Only section.

YES, THERE’S lots about DNA in this issue, and our cover depicts Blaine Bettinger and Louise Coakley,

together with members of the DNA SIG about to climb our DNA Tower in Kings Park.

Blaine and Louise were in town to speak at the recent oneday DNA Down Under Seminar.

The 15 metre high DNA Tower was built on the highest part of the Park more than 50 years ago, in 1966.

The design is based on the famous double helix shape of the DNA molecule. 

Like to publish or advertise in our issues for 2020?

 Advertising rates are as follows.

Inside journal - full colour:

One eighth page $A50
Quarter page $A100
Half page (Vert or Horiz) $A200
Full page (includes bleed) $A400

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        Within Australia    A$30.00 p.a.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2019 15:06

Live South of the River? Join our House Group

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The South of the River house group meets in Willetton on the 1st Wednesday of every month except January.

New members are always welcome- no special commitment necessary,

Join a great group of family historians who are interested in researching their family, plus uncovering mysteries and overcomming brick walls along the way.

Check the South of the River House Group page for further information.

We produce 'Of Interest' documents that are relevant to family history - breaking news, free databases, opinion....every month a new page is attached to a meeting reminder.

I'll catch up on some of these to show that we have been busy since 2015!

Hoping to see you in 2020

Best wishes,


Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2019 10:20

Western Ancestor - Sept 2019

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Western Ancestor the Journal of Family History WA - Setptember 2019 Western Ancestor Sept 2019

Don't restrict yourself to tracing your ancestors. Your more distant relatives might have interesting stories. We have some in this issue...

Au lendemain de lar conference de Sesheke, preparation des embarcations. Arbe de Livingstone a l'arriere plan / Burnier (1907). Researched by Gail Thomas who has distant cousins who were missoranaries in Barotseland, now Zambia.

Romantic Fortune Story - An article from the Perth Sunday Times, about a fraudster. Researched by Mike Kiely.

e-editions (PDF) of Western Ancestor are availble to financial members of our organisation.

Family History WA  for new and ongoing genealogy research and exploration. JOIN TODAY

Western Ancestor - March 2019

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Western Ancestor - March 2019 

Celebrating 161 issues, our journal this month honours some of our past Presidents whose committment eipiotmises the hundreds of people who have given their time, effort and ideas to Family History WA.

This issue of Western Ancestor is full of contributions from members, including a fascinating story about WA's bridge-building past, and an exploration of the new DNA technology is helping to rediscover the ancient roots of Australia's Aboriginal people.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2019 15:10


Completed - new car park at 48 May Street

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 FHWA new car parkConstruction work on the rear car park at 48 May Street commenced on Monday 4 February and is now completed.

Gone is the eyesore and wasted space and our new parking area is in operation and suitable for use by small cars.



Last Updated on Saturday, 24 August 2019 15:02

A quick tip for using the Events Calendar

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When you want to access the Events Calendar, click using the right button of your mouse.  This will give you the option to "Open in a New Tab" and leave the website open while you use TryBooking.  Having the website open in another tab is a quick way to get back to the website when you have finished your booking or to swap between the website and the TryBooking Events Calendar.

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Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2019 12:40

WAGS IS 40!!!!

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Celebrating forty years and going strong

WAGS is the product of our members' dedication and passion. Thank you to all who helped grow our family history community over the past four decades and especially those who gave their time and energy to build our Society. 


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Last Updated on Saturday, 24 August 2019 15:26

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