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Issue 8: November 2013

Family History Expo - Rockingham

9 November 2013

Hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints
at 38 Casserley Road Rockingham - Time: 1PM - 4:30PM

Guest speakers are Gillian O'Mara, author and genealogy researcher and Val Olney Director of Melville Family History Library Family Search.

There will also be family history displays and representatives from the National Archives, WAGS and the Family History Society of Rockingham and other experienced family historians will be available to assist you.

Annual WAGS Raffle 2013

REMINDER: time to return all Raffle books

All WAGS Annual Raffle books are required to be returned and received at WAGS by 5pm, MONDAY NOVEMBER 11th to comply with our Raffle licence and to have the tickets entered into the draw.

Send in both your unsold books & sold ticket ends and monies to WAGS

a) In Person: Reception @ 5/48 May St, Bayswater, or

b) Mail to: PO Box 265 Bayswater 6933

A big thank you to everyone who has participated in this year's raffle.

The draw is on November 26th for:

First Prize: $4000

Four second prizes of $250 

Raffle Early Bird Prize Winner

The WAGS annual raffle early bird prize was drawn on 9th October, by WAGS Secretary Pauline Pryer.

The winner was WAGS Member Joan Carney - Congratulations to Joan


Guild of One-Name Studies (GOONS) Seminar
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November 2013
4 Sherwood Court, Perth, Western Australia

GOONS is a worldwide centre of excellence that promotes and supports research facts about a surname and all the people who have held it, as opposed to researching an individual and their family.

Topics for this seminar include: a one name case study, how to get the best out of public records and online access to records. You can find out more by clicking on  program and for Bookings 

Mandurah Family History Society Inc.

Saturday 9 November 2013
Meeting starts at 1.30pm
 Research Rooms, Library Road
(Off) Third Ave Mandurah
$5.00 members $6.00 non-members.


For further information: Phone 9586 9760 or
Email: mfhs@westnet.com.au


   New Associate Member

WAGS welcomes The Army Museum of WA Foundation which was established in 1977. Originally located in 'Dilhorn' in Bulwer Street Perth, it moved to its current premises in the Barracks in Burt Street Fremantle in 1995.

 WAGS Activities & Learning Survey

WAGS has formed a small working group to review its programs to determine if they are meeting members' needs in today's world. We are surveying members to receive feedback on your experience with our activities and education programs. We would like to know if the current range of activities and programs has met your expectations. We would also like to know what sort of activities and education programs you would like to be involved in future to support your genealogy endeavours. To assist us we are asking you to complete a survey, which can be found via the WAGS Survey link




Special Interest Groups

Saturday 2 at 11:00am - 1:00pm TMG User Group

An Introduction to The Master Genealogist program including a presentation on how to get started followed by a 'live' example of the basics.

Sunday 3 at 2:00pm - European Group

Saturday 9 at 11:00am - 1:00pm - Computer User Group

Sunday 10 at 2pm Legacy User Group

Saturday 16 at 10:30am - Victorian Group
Topic: FamilySearch and the WAGS Catalog

Sunday 17 at 9:00am - Swan River Pioneers Group

A traditional Christmas Breakfast - Swan Yacht Club - East Fremantle
For more information: Swan River convenor

Sunday 17 at 2:00pm - Scottish Group
This will be a problem solving session

Sunday 24 at 2:00pm - South Australian Group


House Group Meetings

Wednesday 6 at 7:30pm South of River House Group
Topic: Does a Trade or Profession Run in Your Family?


Genie Chatter – Lunchtime Discussions

Monday 11 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Topic: DNA and Genealogy
Mike Murray will explain what is DNA testing, how is it done, where it is done, how much does it cost, what are the results? Come along and find out.

No cost & no need to book. Bring your lunch, tea and coffee available


This Month's Courses

Family history starts with You.

Monday 25 November 2013    10am to 1pm

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

Place: Northbridge Piazza Meeting Room, corner Lake Street & James Street, Northbridge (behind the big screen)

Tracing Your Past

Every Wednesday 06 November to 11 December 2013    10am to 12noon

Cost: Members $120  Non-Members $150    Course limit: 20

Place: Northbridge Piazza Meeting Room, corner Lake Street & James Street, Northbridge (behind the big screen)


All courses and talks are at WAGS unless otherwise stated.

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

Orientation - NEXT SESSION


Orientation is not just for new members to learn about WAGS resources, including

WAGS website, it is for any member wanting a refresher session.

This month the session is on Wednesday 20 November

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

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



WAGS Library Christmas Hamper Raffle: Tickets for the WAGS Library Christmas hamper raffle will go on sale on the first Monday in November and the winning ticket will be drawn on the first Monday in December.   Meanwhile, donations of goods for inclusion in the hamper are currently being accepted in the WAGS Bookshop. Every little helps. Drop into the Library and drop off your donation!  Thank you in anticipation for your contribution and support.

Article Spotting : Have you checked out Article Spotting #7 (for those with Scottish, Welsh, Irish and Channel Island interests)  on the WAGS blog?  If not, click here WAGS blog  and make a note to look out for Article Spotting # 8 which will be specifically for those with London and South of England county interests.

Books for Sale

WAGS is offering  the following surplus items for sale, with all proceeds going towards new purchases for the Library. Enquire with the WAGS Librarian.   

BERRYMAN, Ian – A colony detailed: the first census of Western Australia 1832.  A uniquely detailed portrait of the colony as it was three years after its founding.

Creative Research, 1979.  182p.  h/cover with dust jacket. Very good condition.  $25

BIRD, John – Round pool to Woodanilling: a history of the Shire of Woodanilling, Western Australia.  1986. 342p.  h/cover with dust jacket.  As new condition.  Very scarce - make an offer



Some years ago, WAGS entered into an agreement with the Genealogical Society of Utah to allow the hiring and viewing of microfilm copies of LDS records at the WAGS Library. Peter Engler, who has very capably looked after this service for some years, is no longer able to continue in this role in 2014. 

We are looking for a volunteer to take on this task which Peter has indicated requires a weekly visit to the WAGS Library and a commitment of about four hours per week. Peter is happy to provide training and assistance.

If you are interested, please contact the WAGS Librarian for further details. 


WAGS Library volunteers are rehousing the copy CDs in Unit 6, many of which have broken CD cases. If any members have any spare CD jewel cases (not the slim ones) which they would like to donate to the Library, they would be gratefully received. Please contact the WAGS Librarian.

Volunteers Christmas Morning Tea

Tuesday 26 November 10am to noon

A function to recognise the tremendous amount of work that is central to making WAGS what it is!

WAGS volunteers please RSVP to Secretary by 15 November


E: WAGS eNews editor

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



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