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WAGS eNews - Issue 5 - August 2013

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Issue 5: August 2013

New Management Committee for 2013-4

President: Liana Fitzpatrick; Vice-Presidents: Jeannette Robertson and Ian Simon

Librarian: Julie Martin; Treasurer: Neil Bradley; Secretary: Pauline Pryer

Liaison Officer: Lee-Ann Atkinson; PR Officer: Liana Fitzpatrick;

Publications Officer: Lyn Watt; Committee: Ian Barnes, Robert Rowbottam, Diane Foster, Robert Atkins.

The constitution was amended at the AGM and the positions of Property Officer and Projects Officer are now Appointed Positions and not on the management committee; and the PR Officer has become a Management position.

National Family History Month

Open Day - free

Sunday 11 August

10am to 4pm in units 4-6, 48 May St, Bayswater.

WAGS Library and Facilities are open to the public as part of National Family History Month.

Come along and have a look at what is available to help you on your Family History journey.

Members of the Special Interest groups will be available to assist with your particular needs. Invite your friends and family.

State Library

3 days of FREE Talks, Tours and Training (6-8 August) at the State Library, James Street, Perth.

Booking is essential.   See http://tinyurl.com/odwse4d for full details of the program.

For other events around Australia see www.familyhistoryweek.org.au

Library tips

Before visiting the WAGS Library to use any of its great resources, clip a USB flash drive to your key ring or pop one in your purse.

Pages or sections from practically all items in the Library can be copied and downloaded to your device and then taken home and transferred to your computer. It’s then very easy to store, manipulate, insert, share or even print these pages.

WAGS friendly Library volunteers will be pleased to help you make the change from paper to digital files.



Researching WA Ancestors & Their Descendants

Wednesday 28 August 2013   10:00am to 2:30pm

Cost: Members $25 Non-Members $30   Course limit: 50

Venue: State Library of WA, James Street, Perth  (Great Southern Room, 4th floor)

Neil Bradley will share what's available online about your WA ancestors and will also cover key WA source material available at WAGS.

Leonie Hayes and Tricia Fairweather, genealogy librarians at the State Library, will take you through on-line access to their databases and the records they hold.

Please bring note-taking materials and arrange for your own lunch from 12:00-12:30pm.

Beginning Your Family History

Saturday 31 August 2013   10am to 12:30pm  

Cost: Members $25 Non-Members $30   Course limit: 20

Lee-Ann Atkinson will show you how to build your family tree and record your findings. Starting with what you already have, you will find out how and where to find birth, death and marriage records and certificates; how to use census records; where to find Church records and how to obtain them. You will also get lots of useful websites and tips to further your research.

All courses and talks are at WAGS unless otherwise stated.

Booking information can be found under Education on the WAGS website.

Free Talk

For members and non-members.

Monday, August 12 - Maps for family historians by Ian Simon.

12noon to 1:30pm. Bring your lunch, tea and coffee available.


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

Two sessions this month - Wednesday 21 and Saturday 24.

The day will start at 10.00am, break for morning tea, and conclude at 12.30pm.

Booking is essential. E: orientation@wags.org.au

  Appointed positions

Each year WAGS Management appoints or re-appoints members to a variety of Appointed Positions within the society. Some of these positions operate independently, some have sub committees and others require volunteers on an occasional basis.

Would you like to help in any of these areas?

For more information or to offer to assist, please contact secretary@wags.org.au

  1. WAGS Positions appointments    Many hands make light work!

Colonial High Tea

The Swan River Pioneers 1829-1838 are celebrating the "Birth of Perth" with a Colonial High Tea at 2.30pm on Sunday August 11, 2013.

Venue: Bayswater Senior Citizens, 27 King William Street, Bayswater.

The cost is $15 per person all welcome.

Bookings are essential and payment is required by Friday August 2nd.

Contact Glenis 9310 6649 or Lyn 9296 9520.

Special Interest Group meetings

The Master Genealogists - Saturday 3 at 11am      Topic - workshopping members’ problems with TMG and Second Site programs.

European - Sunday 4 at 2pm             

Computer - Saturday 10 at 11am       Topic - how we organise our files, folders, fotos and other facts on our computers.

Swan River Pioneers - Sunday 11 at 2:30         See above notice

Victorian - Saturday 17 at 10:30am    

Scottish - Sunday 18 at 2pm             

South Australian - Sunday 25 at 2pm               

Find & Connect

WAGS has a new Associate Member in Find & Connect. 

Members of WAGS who spent time in out-of-home care as children, or are related to people who were in out-of-home care as children, can now get free (federally funded) help to:

•         obtain their personal records

•         trace their personal history

•         reconnect with family, if at all possible

•         deal with past experiences through personalised support and counselling

•         connect with other services and support that may assist them at this time in their lives

Find & Connect operates from “Lanterns” 25 Southport Street, West Leederville (opposite Relationships Australia) on Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm.

T:   1800 161 109 or 9489 6388         E:   find_and_connect@wa.relationships.com.au                

Check out the excellent Find & Connect web resource at www.findandconnect.gov.au

File organisers for sale - NEW

Do you need a file organiser or two for your family history materials?

WAGS is quitting three brand new file organisers at below cost price.

For details, click on the the following link


Last Will and Testament

A copy of the will of William Smith of Chiswick, Middlesex, August  1793 scanned from the original in the National Archives (UK) has been found in the WAGS Library. If this belongs to you or you would like a copy of this document, please contact the   WAGS Librarian

WAGS blog

Don't miss out on having a look at your society's contribution to the blogsphere - the WAGS blog...

Lost documents - Intrigue, post war migration, a handkerchief, a German guide book, Tweede Distributie Stamkaart, family photos, a happy outcome - A great story and outcome for WAGS Blog: http://bit.ly/14mKUcc

In the news

Let us know if you read a newspaper article about WAGS in a WA newspaper. We want to assess how effective it is when we send out news releases to newspapers.

A quick email sent to pr@wags.org.au advising the newspaper, date and main topic of the article is all that is required

Coming up .....

Y S Yow from the Chung Wah Association will speak on Chinese History in Western Australia. The WA Special Interest Group extends an invitation to all members of WAGS to hear Y S Yow's presentation; Shannon Lovelady will give also give us an update on the Gallipoli War Dead Project.

Saturday 21st September, Unit 4, 10am



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