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Research centre closed - till Thursday

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The FHWA research centre is closed for the Queen's Birthday on Monday September 28 public holiday and Wednesday 30 for scheduled maintenance.Water

Business as usual from Thursday 1 Ocotober. FHWA Research Centre bookings. 

Bookings are required as usual to comply with the directions made under the Emergency Management Act. 

Don't forget to check EVENTS for online offerings in coming weeks.

Online this week

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This week online at FHWAFamilyHistoryWA Library and Research Centre is open!
You can now book for as many sessions as you would like on a given day but**BOOKINGS ARE STILL ESSENTIAL**7-19 September, 2020.

MyHeritage DNA 

Thursday 17 September 2020 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Learn about the tools and techniques provided by MyHeritage to use DNA to explore your family history.

London, South of England and Wales Special Interest Group

Saturday, 19 Sep 2020, 11:00-13:30
The regular quarterly meeting of the London, South of England and Wales Special Interest Group of FamilyHistoryWA will be online
Ancestry Presentation

Tuesday 22 September 2020 1:00 PM and Tuesday 27 October 2020 7:00 PM
Explore the resources on the Ancestry.com website. Go beyond the General Search. David Haimes will share hints and tips to help you use this wonderful database
NB: this is not an ancestryDNA workshop.

Orientation Tour of FHWA's May Street Facilities
Wednesday 23 September 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
A tour of our FHWA premises including demonstrations of the range of information on bookshelves and computers. COVID-19 distancing requirements limit numbers.

FTM Beginners - brought to you by the Perth FTM User Group
Wednesday 23 September 2020 2:30 PM
This is an online workshop using Google MEET. About an hour prior to the start time you will receive an email containing the link to the meeting. Simply click on the link in the email and then click JOIN. You do not need to download an app to join this meeting - it is part of Google by default.

DNA Focus Group

Thursday 24 September 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Small group session to discuss and provide assistance with any DNA related queries, including testing and using websites. Numbers are limited to 8 people.

GEDSITE - the website builder

Thursday 24 September 2020 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Learn to build a classy website using only a GEDCOM file and GedSite 3.0.
GedSite is the best way to publish your GEDCOM data in HTML format. It has more features and provides more control than any other GEDCOM-based method. If you are serious about publishing your genealogy data on the Web, or if you are sharing your data with family members on thumb-drives or DVDs, you need GedSite!

Research Exchange

Friday 25 September 2020 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Bring your family history discoveries along so we can exchange tips, skills and new places to search. The topic will guide each "Exchange", so we stay on track!

Legacy User Group
Sunday, 27 Sep 2020, 2:00-3:00
Topic: Continuation of Legacy FamilySearch Integration module
The regular meeting of users of Legacy Family Tree software.
This will a online meeting via google meet so please book on Trybooking.com so an email link will be sent to you to enable you to join our meeting.

**All times are Western Australian Standard Time**


Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2020 13:08

Western Ancestor heralds the coming of spring

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All new stories and news in the spring Western Ancestor2020 Sept cover

We know spring is on the way when the September edition of Western Ancestor hits our mailboxes full of fantastic family history features and the regular items covering all our FHWA activities.  And this edition does not disappoint.

Women take centre stage this month with stories which are often hidden from history and difficult to find. They tell of female characters of grit and gumption, intrigue and inspiration.

Why was the young woman in our cover cartoon depicted exhibiting such seemingly unseemly behaviour.  And why did a young Liverpool woman end up on the other side of the world, apparently very reluctantly?  Elizabeth Robinson's tale took much unravelling, but well worth the effort.

You will need to read on to find out.  There is much more besides. Such as the concluding chapter of the convict series, celebrating 35 years of volunteering.

Check the What's On for some great new online offerings, as well as the usual Interest Group meetings and information sessions.

Members can read Western Ancestor June 2020.


Last Updated on Saturday, 29 August 2020 10:12

We are open

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FamilyHistoryWA is open – Booking is essentialWe are open

**NEW** Book a Monday morning session with us.

We’re back, but we have to operate differently.

We are now open again and fully compliant with the directions made under the Government’s Emergency Management Act.

This required us to consider physical and social distancing, how we handle books, how we handle cleaning and disinfecting, and that we have removed communal cleaning problems, or mitigated them.

What does this mean for you?

To use our research centre you need to book a computer or a research table, FHWA Trybooking. Your membership card will be swiped as usual.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 September 2020 12:20


Deaths from Spanish flu in WA

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New resource for FHWA members

Many Western Australians succumbed to the Spanish flu in 1919.  This appendix to Ruth Johnson thesis "Unshed tears and stilled suffering" has been kindly offered to members of FamilyHistoryWA.

She says "This list is in no way definitive but lists the known victims from the remaining public records whose cause of death is stated as pneumonic influenza, Spanish influenza, influenza or pneumonia."

Members can login to see the alphabetical listing here.


Last Updated on Monday, 20 July 2020 10:09

Western Ancestor - June 2020

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Volume 14 no 10

Special notice: Our AGM is cominmg up on June 28 at 2pm.  Details are included in the Western Ancestor and here on the website, with a link to register for your attendance.

Much to keep you readiing during the cold, wet days.

There's FHWA in the time of pandemics: much paddling underwater to make plain sailing in these unusual times.  Our volunteers talk frankly of the journey to bring all of the services and activities of the society to members online.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2020 15:23


Ancestry and FindMyPast

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Interest groups go virtual

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Help is at hand as FHWA Interest Groups go virtual help

As the virus lock-down intensifies, FamilyHistoryWA gears up to provide its servicies and activities online to members.

Interest Groups, Writers, Family Tree Maker User Group, The Master Genealogist Special Interest Group and more are meeting and arranging presentations.

FHWA Activities are also on the move to online formats:  Researching your WA Ancestors is the first on April 5.


Writers Group online

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Writers Group Wednesday Q & A  Writers Group

join the FHWA Writers Group online ifora general writing question and answer discussion. If you have any Show and Tell please share it with us. We will critique our stories by email.

Wednesday April 1, at 10am - 12.30 pm.  Book your place here.  Or check for more upcoming Events.

Not a member yet?  Join us here.

Trove treasure

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Treasure hunt Miscellaneous excerpts Sydney Gazette 12 Mar 1803

Troving through Trove  FHWA IT Manager Chris Harris has unearthed many weird and wonderful gems.

So much so, she has set up a blog to share her findings and lift our spirits.

Surviving the pandemic one laugh at a time, Chris says she created this to beat the self isolation boredom and blues.

See for yourself at Treasures from Trove or look out for Chris's posts on the FamilyHistoryWA on Facebook.

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