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WAGS eNews - Issue 18 September 2014

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Issue 18: September 2014


14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry

26 - 30 March 2015 - Canberra


A great opportunity for new and experienced family historians to
hear many of the world’s best speakers on family history,
genealogy and heraldry. HAGSOC and AFFHO invite you to attend.

Early Bird registration closes on 31 October 2014.
For more information & registration: info

WAGS Affiliated Societies Conference

Friday 12 - Saturday 13

11th Battalion Cheops Project

Project update

Since we had the media campaign launch, we have started examining evidence from a huge influx of emails. So far we have 15 confirmations in the wings and an additional 20 new
identifications, with more to come. This will bring our total of men identified up from 153 to173.

Cheops Commemoration Servicepoppy-image.jpg

10 Jan 2015; link to registration news: Info

Genie Chatter Monday 8 September

A lunchtime discussion 12:00 noon to 1:30pm
Unit 4 WAGS 48 May St Bayswater

Topic: The Internet "Cloud"

Special Interest Groups

SIGs meet at Unit 4, WAGS 48 May Street Bayswater, unless otherwise stated

 Saturday 06 at 11:00am London & South of England Group

Topic: Peter Godfrey, President Rockingham FHS, will talk about
his research in London and Kent. Mike and Lesley will also report
on their UK cruise and visits to London, Devon and Cornwall.

Saturday 13 at 11:00am Computer Group

Saturday 13 at 2:00pm Western Australian Group

Sunday 14 at 10:00am North of England Group

Sunday 14 at 2:00pm Legacy User Group

Topic: Sources and Sourcing

Saturday 20 at 10:00am SIG AGM


House Groups

A number of House Groups (discussion and sharing sessions) meet at venues around the Metropolitan Area. To find out more about them and one near you go to the WAGS web page via this link

Wednesday 3 at 7:30pm South of the River House Group

Topic: Pre Civil Registration (UK) presentation by Louise
• Parish records: where to find them
• Newspapers, books, tithe records, poll books, directories, memorials, insurance claims etc

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Perth Royal Show

   Saturday 27 September - Saturday 4 October
9:00am - 18:00pm     WAGS will have a Display





National Family History Month

Mini Family History Fair 13 August at  the State Library

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Mini Fair.  It was a successful day and great promotion for WAGS, the State Library and the other organisations. These events wouldn't be possible without the support of you and your helpers.

3 Days of talks at SLWA in August

Talks were very well attended with most booked out to the room capacity of 70. Attendees, experience varied from raw beginners to quite experienced reflecting a renewed interest in Family History triggered by the recent WW1 related publicity in the press.

There are many people who contributed to the success of this week; the list is far too long to name everyone.  There were many WAGS volunteers plus the staff at the State Library who kept things going. Again a very big thankyou to everyone who helped make this such a successful event.

WAGS Open Day

This was another successful day held on 24 August, promoting WAGS at our facilities in Bayswater. Weather was magnificent and participation by WAGS members was great with all groups well represented. Thank you to all groups.

Visitor numbers were down on previous years with our "meeters and greeters" counting about 70 people or groups entering our library. There were an interesting range of enquiries reflecting varying degrees of research and experience. In most cases people went away with more information or ideas for further research.

Thank you to all of you who assisted with the Open Day.

Family History Society of Rockingham & Dist.

Monthly Meeting Saturday 6 September at 2pm
Guest speaker:  Hamish McGlashan will talk on "Early Kimberley explorers
and settlements"

For more information go to FHSRD

Mandurah Family History Society

Meeting Saturday 13 September at 1:30pm

Topic: "The Russian Princess" presented by guest speaker Barbara

 For information email mfhs

WAGS Volunteers Needed

Particularly in the library on a Saturday afternoon

The Role of the team:
• main desk, phone, book sales and subscriptions
• assist people locating books and journals
• assist in use of microfiche and computers

• learn genealogical research benefits of library resources.
• meet interesting people.
• choice in assisting the operation of our society weekly, fortnightly, monthly or casually in an emergency.
• receive assistance in learning the function of the library.

Library Hours :

Monday 9.30am - 8.00pm
Wednesday to Friday 9.30am - 2.30pm
Saturday 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Public Holidays: Library closed

Volunteer friendly shifts available. Other positions are available to suit individual talents and time constraints. Interested? Contact Volunteer Coordinator

Education Activities

Wednesday 3 at 10:00am Getting started with your family history

Learn how to build your family tree & record your findings

FREE but Booking required - limited to 20 peoplefam_hist_enews_1.jpg

For more information and registration go to courses

Thursday 25 at 2:00pm - 4:00pm Hands On Workshop "FindMyPast"

WAGS Unit 4

Cost $5 please book in advance but pay on the day.


 Wednesday 17 at 10:00am - 12:00pm Orientation Session for Members & those interested in joining WAGS

For more information: Orientation Info

 Library News

Can you help?

The thirty seven microfiche which comprise the Battye Library Biographical Index are missing from fiche drawer 37b in the WAGS Library. A marker card has been inserted where the fiche should be.

If you know the whereabouts of this index or have withdrawn the fiche for any reason, would you please email Bev Russell, WAGS Research Officer, thank you. 




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.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 22:58

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