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2020-2021 - Christmas Closing

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We wish all our members and associates a wonderful holiday seasonChristmas computer

FamilyHistoryWA Resource Centre Units 4,5 and 6 will closed from:

5pm Saturday 19 December 2020 reopening 9.30am 11th January 2021

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 November 2020 10:57

Online this week

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The year is starting to wind down. Many sessions are drawing to an end for 2020. Make sure you don't miss out!Whats on 7

FHWA Research Centre Bookings - November 16 to 28
Bookings for use of resources at May Street in Units 5 and 6.

FamilySearch with Ian Simon
Tuesday 24 November 2020 1:00 PM
Ian will take you on a tour of the FamilySearch website. He will demonstrate how to use the Catalogue to find an enormous amount of indexed images to further your research. He will also show you how to locate and view online records, plus how to use the Wiki to learn where to find record collections

Organising Your Records
Tuesday 24 November 2020 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
When you go looking for your family history, it is easy to become buried under a mountain of records. But a simple method of naming both hard copy and digital files will help you to keep everything under control.
Whether you are just starting your search, or you have been doing this for years, there's something to be learned in this informative session.

Family Tree Maker Beginners - brought to you by the Perth FTM User Group
Wednesday 25 November 2020
DNA Focus Group
Thursday 26 November 2020 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Research Exchange
Friday 27 November 2020 1:00 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!

India and South East Asia Special Interest Group
Saturday 28 November 2020 10:30-12:30

TROVE Workshop with Ian Simon
Tuesday 1 December 2020 7:00 PM

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:39

Western Ancestor - 2020 December

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Vol 14 No 12

WA 2020 Dec coverAt the end of a year of disruption and change, one thing is certain.  Western Ancestor appears on time, and full of interesting reading.  The fruits of Members researches tells of work as usual, and the activities of the Society, while much online, is as vibrant and challenging as ever.

This month there are features on random acts of kindness, when a postcard was returned to its family, personal reflections of long standing former Patron Ruth Reid about life a Government House and the last in our convict series, from Dr Bill Edgar.

Plenty of reading for the coming Christmas break.

Regular features outline what's on in the coming months.

Members can read Western Ancestor December 2020 here.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2020 13:35

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 Friday, 09 October 2020 19:04

We are open

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We are open

Booking is still ESSENTIAL

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.

Opening hours

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 Thursday, 19 November 2020 09:50


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


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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.

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