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WAGS eNews - Issue 2 - May 2013

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Issue 2: May 2013

Thank you for the positive feedback on the first issue of eNews. The aim is to promote WAGS related activities to our members each month. We don’t want you to miss out on any of the amazing resources of WAGS or activities to help with your research.

If you have an item of WAGS related activity for the eNews please forward it to the editor by the 20th of the month prior.

Proposed changes to WAGS Constitution

The Agenda for our next Annual General Meeting (to be held on 30 June) will be distributed with the June Western Ancestor. Management will be proposing changes to the constitution including one that, if successful, will have a direct effect on membership of the new Management Committee. It will be proposed to delete two Management positions, namely the Property and Projects Officers, and include one new position, that of Public Relations Officer. Although the proposal for change may or may not be approved at the AGM by the membership, persons nominating for those positions under the current constitution should be aware of the possibility of change in responsibilities. In line with the proposed changes, members willing to serve on the Committee in the position of Public Relations Officer [should the proposal be accepted] should nominate using the form as circulated in the March Western Ancestor.


If you lose your membership card or didn't receive your Western Ancestor then contact Membership for a replacement. membership@wags.org.au


Education pages have moved to the new website. Education

All courses and talks are at WAGS unless otherwise stated.

1. Courses

Thursday 2 May  -  Putting your family history on the internet
10am to 12noon  Course limit: 30  Cost: Members $25  Non-Members $30

Tuesday 21 May  -  Beginning your family history
10am to 12noon  Course limit: 30  Cost: Members $25  Non-Members $30

For more information about the courses, registering and paying online, click here

2. Free talks

For members and non-members

Monday 13 May  -  Ups and downs of using a professional researcher
12noon to 1:30pm.
Bring your lunch; tea and coffee available.

Sunday 26 May  -  "Gumnut Misery"
11:00am to 12:30pm
Learn about ships and shipboard life of immigrants. Michael Gregg, Curator of Maritime History at the WA Museum will entertain you with stories about immigrants coming to WA. Tea and coffee available; library is open after the talk until 5pm.

3. Orientation

Orientation is not just for new members to learn about WAGS resources, including WAGS website, it is for any member wanting a refresher session.

Next session Wednesday 15th and the day will start at 10.00am, break for morning tea, and conclude at 12.30pm. Booking essential. orientation@wags.org.au

Now Recruiting!

Volunteers are needed in the WAGS Library. Can you help on alternate Friday mornings or Saturday afternoons? Please contact the Librarian Julie Martin for further details. E: Librarian

Special Interest Group events

The Society welcomed a new Special Interest Group on the 6th April; the Western Australian Special Interest Group (WASIG) will cover dates from 1839 to current day. See WASIG page.

Meetings this month are:

  1. The Master Genealogist, 11am
    05  European, 2pm
    11  Computer, 11am
    18  Victorian, 10:30am
    19  Scottish, 2pm
    25  London & South of England, 11am
    26  South Australia, 2pm

SIG's wishing to advertise guest speakers or program items in future WAGS eNews issues, please send the brief details to: WAGS eNews Editor.

Like to know about volunteering at WAGS?

WAGS volunteers and those considering becoming a volunteer are invited to a morning tea:

Monday 13 May - 10am to 12noon

Come along, meet other volunteers and find out how you can help at WAGS.

RSVP by 6 May (for catering purposes).
Telephone 9271 4311 or email: volunteers@wags.org.au

WAGS Website - things are changing!

We are gradually getting our web pages shifted to the "new" website. If you haven't been there for a while take a look at the Menu items at: Library  &  Members Only.

While on the site, scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will see a list of the "Latest Items" on the right hand side, along with other links to; the SIG's, Affiliated Societies, Local History, and News articles.


The latest posting on the WAGS Blog is Article Spotting in th WAGS Library - #1.

This fortnightly blog focuses on some recent noteworthy items found in journals received by the WAGS library and is a precursor to the installation of a magazine rack in Unit 5. Make time to come into WAGS and have a browse through some of the 80+ journals to which WAGS subscribes.After you've done some Article Spotting have a look at the New Acquisitions for March blog which highlights some of the interesting books added to the WAGS Library during the last month.To view a listing of all new titles added to the library, you'll need to log into the Members only area of the WAGS website and click on the Acquisitions link. This is the first link under Library in the sub menu on the left hand side of the Member's home page.You'll also find a printed list of these new books in a display folder on the main table in Unit 5. Happy autumn browsing!

4. Also at the Library...

Buy 3 tickets for $2 in the Mother's Day raffle. Drawn Saturday 11 May.

Check out the new signage on the doors to unit 4 and units 5,6.

Help Wanted

Western Australia Week - Family History Open Day

WAGS will hold an Open Day on Thursday 6 June, between 10am and 3pm, in Units 4-6.

Volunteers are needed to:

  • meet and greet visitors
  • show the visitors around our library
  • introduce them to genealogical research
  • do simple look ups on our computers or micro fiche
  • explain our education program
  • assist generally to make the day a success

If you have any queries or can help, please contact Lorraine: WAGS Open Day

Bring along your friends and introduce them to family history and the resources at WAGS. There will be a special membership offer, WA Special Interest Groups displays, Computer Group and bookshop.



E: WAGS eNews Editor  enews@wags.org.au

  eNews of The Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc.
6/48 May St., Bayswater, WA. 6053 - Phone: (08) 9271 4311

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:15

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