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Our Events calendar is changing

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From today, Wednesday January 23, 2019, when you click on the Events tab here on the website, Trybooking smyou will open a list page from our new booking system at TryBooking. 

The new system is quick and easy to use and very user friendly. 

All our members are encouaged to book for all our events, including Special Interest Group meetings and Genie Chatter, as it helps the organisers to plan the session if they know how many people to expect.

Bookings are now open for coming events

All 134 currently scheduled events are in the Calendar, but while you can see all the events for the full year, you can only book for the next four months. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 January 2019 23:48


Australia Day weekend - library closure

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The Family History WA Library and officesWAGS-FB-banner-2 will be  

closed for the long weekend from January Saturday 26 to Monday 28.

We will reopen for business as usual on Wednesday 30th January.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 January 2019 11:12

Website Maintenance

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Website maintenance update

All is going well, thanks to the wonderful work of our IT officer, Chris Harris.

If you experience anything unusual with the website,
please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and send us the address (URL) of the page that you are trying to access.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2019 12:43

Armistice Day - 11th November 1918

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REMEMBRANCE DAY, 2018CC Remembrance Day 2017

The 400,000 Australians who enlisted,  the 60,000 who never returned.  We will remember them.  

Amidst the celebrations of the war's end, a story of tragedy at home.  "It was a dreadful thing": a story around Armistice Day, 1918,  now featured on the  WAGS blog.

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Last Updated on Friday, 11 January 2019 12:53

New service for Members Only

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Unwanted Certificates - now available in pdf  Marriage cert web

AS the collection of unwanted certificates grows, we are pleased to let members know that some are now available in digital format which can be emailed directly to you.

This little treasure trove, indexed by WAGS members, comprises nearly 4000 records.  With 5,500 birth and baptism certificates, 1111 death certificates,1030  marriage certificates, as well as 9 wills and 4 census records, it is valuable resource.

At only $5 a certificate, this service can save you $$$ and time.  Check here now to find one of those elusive family members.

You are also encouraged to donate your unwanted certificates to this collection.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 23:45

Western Front War dead

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Announcing the completion of the first comprehensive list of West Australians who served and died on the Western Front in WW1, Shannon Lovelady said that her team of researchers had discovered 158 soldiers whose names were not on the Western Australian State War Memorial.

You can explore the checklist on the Western Front Dead from Western Australia project page.

This Western Australia project (WFDWA) is the second 'Dead from Western Australia' project supported by WAGS which has been proposed, led and administered by Shannon Lovelady. This project commenced in January 2016.

The project is nearing completion and now honours 5,209 names of Western Australians who lost their lives in World War 1.  Shannon is interviewed on the ABC (see link below) where she talks about some of the highlights of her work and the complexity of the project which involved three years work, by 70 volunteers.

This penultimate database has been added to the WAGS website.

ABC: Unknown WWI soldiers honoured in project to track down all WA men killed on Western Front

- the Commonwealth War Grave Commission's database
- WA's State War Memorial
- Kings Park Honour Avenues plaques
- Various WA battalions’ Rolls of Honour
- Casualty lists 1916-1919

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 23:44

Western Ancestor - September 2018 - Issue 159

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Murder and mayhem - this time it's personal

Western Ancestor - September 2018 Issue 159 Vol 14 No. 03 WA159 cover sml

The murder mystery surrounding the Murrays of Lewis leads this edition.  And yes, it is our editor Mike Murray whose family is central to the story set in the far northern reaches of Scotland.  The September Western Ancestor ranges from the ancient roots of primogeniuture to today's wills and inheritance laws, the mid-twentieth century practices of closed adoption to today's open policies.


Members can browse or download the electronic copy in the Member’s Only Section (you will have to log in) of this website under the Journal 2018 menu item.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2019 12:13


WAGS AGM - Sunday 24th June - 2.00-4.00pm

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Calling all WAGS members and friends....... 


It’s AGM time and Sunday is the designated day to find out what your Society achieved in 2017-2018, what it has planned for next year and the issues that the Management Committee are grappling with. Have a say and support your Society – Sunday 24th - 2.00-4.00pm at Bayswater Senior Citizens Centre, 27 King William St, Bayswater.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 23:46

WAGS research computers up and running!

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computerGREAT NEWS from the new WAGS IT Manager, Christine HarrisThe eight computers that were damaged during the recent electrical storm have now all been replaced and have joined the five new computers that were purchased earlier in the year. We now have a full suite of fast computers to help WAGS members with their research!

All time restrictions on computer use have been lifted. We look forward to seeing you back at WAGS during our Research Room opening hours.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 23:46

Western Ancestor - June 2018 - Issue 158

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From Foundlings to Fremantle and much moreWA158-cover-sml

The June 2018 edition of the journal of the Western Australian Genealogical Society is out, and now,  if you are a WAGS member you can read it online.

As usual, the journal is packed with fascinating stories of families found, and a special feature Fremantle Fortress, about the role played by Rottnest in the defence of the Port of Fremantle during WWII.

Members can browse or download the electronic copy in the Member’s Only Section (you will have to log in) of this website under the Journal 2018 menu item.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:14


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