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WAGS eNews - Issue 30 October 2015

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Issue 30: October  2015


 Perth Heritage Days


Saturday 17 October and Sunday 18 October

Over the two days the past will come alive at museums, churches, art galleries, gardens, libraries and other heritage buildings and locations.  Take a journey and explore some of Perth’s wealth of characters who have influenced, for good or bad, the city we know today. WAGS and the Convict Special Interest Group will both have displays in the GPO, Forrest Place Perth.   If you can help on either day please email Liana and for more detail click here


WAGS at the Royal Show

Saturday 26th September - Saturday 3 October

WAGS will again have a display in the Agriculture Hall of Fame Building at the Royal Show.

Special Interest Groups

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

Saturday 10 October at 11:00am Computer Group

Sunday 11 October at 1:30pm Convict Group
Topic: Guest Speaker:  Dr Bill Edgar "The Western Australian Convicts"
Social historian, Bill Edgar, has a special interest in 19th century
colonial life.  He is a descendant of New South Wales convict John McGarry
and Van Diemen’s Land convict, James Aylett.

Saturday 17 October at 10:00am Enrolled Pensioner Guards Group
Topic: Visit to Guildford
Venue: Guildford Historical Society   17th October 2015, starting at 10am
Meadow St, Guildford ( opposite Stirling Square Park ( St Matthews Anglican
Church )

Saturday 17 October 2:00pm Military Group [NEW]artillery.jpg
Topic: This is the initial meeting of a proposed NEW Military SIG. Covers
any thing Military - militia, army, airforce, navy, any country, any
battle, active service, peacekeeping, resistance.

Sunday 18 October at 2:00pm Irish Group
Topic: This is the final meeting for 2015.
Irish-born Perth resident Sally Desmond presents an interesting talk on
Irish language and customs, entitled, “Irish Allsorts”. New group members
welcome. Gold coin donation. Great afternoon tea and chat!

Sunday 25 October at 2:00pm Legacy User Group

agm_2.jpgSaturday 31 October at 11:00am SIG AGM
An opportunity for convenors to meet and find out what other SIGS are doing
and a chance to share ideas.

Western Ancestor

 Jennifer Lydon has recently retired as editor of Western Ancestor and Mike Murray and Lesley Silvester have been appointed as joint editors.  It is an enormous responsibility to be editor of a major journal and our thanks go cartoon-thank-you-clip-art-1334020.jpgto Jennifer who has generously given five years of her time to this position.  While editor, the journal has won a number of awards, a credit to Jennifer's work.  Congratulations and our thanks go to Mike and Lesley for taking on this role.

WAGS Raffle News

mp900403704[1].jpgA number of Members have inadvertently returned their full sold raffle
books with their money, instead of keeping their tickets.

We have separated the tickets from the butts before placing the butts into
the raffle barrel. We will not be posting your tickets back to you and will
hold them for you until the draw.

We have the names and phone numbers for all tickets sold so don't worry we
will find you if you are lucky enough to be a winning ticket holder.

Genie Chatter

   genie-chatter.jpgMonday 12 October at 12:00pm Lunchtime discussion
Topic:"Unusual Records - weird and wonderful" with Lee-Ann Atkinson

Sometimes fantastic information for family researchers can be found in the most unlikely places. Did your ancestor's have a bank account, own a dog or compete in a competition? If they did they may have left a record? What records have you come across that you would describe as unusual? Bring along examples.

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Tuesday 13 October at 19:00pm - 22:00pm
Topic: Geoff Barber on "Researching the Lives of our Ancestors in the
Villages and Small Towns of England 16th -18th century".

Geoff published his family history book "Barber alias Nynne: 500 Years of Family History in Rotherfield, Tonbridge and Brighton" earlier this year and will talk on what we can do to get a better picture of the personal lives of our ancestors in the early period 1500s-1700s. In other words, how to go beyond a basic family tree of names, dates and places.


volunteer.jpgI must step down from this position very soon.
Can you spare a few hours a day, a week or a month?

The Volunteer Coordinator's role is to seek, and liaise with potential volunteers. Organise Volunteer Morning Teas. Various other associated duties. Please contact me if you are interested in doing your bit for WAGS.

Family History Societies

Rockingham Family History Society
Saturday 3 October at 2pm
Topic: "Back to Basics" with Peter Godfrey.

For more information go to FHSRD

Mandurah Family History Society
Saturday 10 October at 1:30pm
Topic: "Early Kimberley Explorers & Settlements" A presentation by Dr
Hamish McGlashan

For more information go to MFHS


  For more information click here
Thursday 15 October 10:00am - 12:00pm Getting started with your family history
Getting started can be confusing so come along to these FREE workshops.
Bookings are required by phoning the Library on [9271 4311] or email
 There will be a maximum of 20 people at each session.

Thursday 29 October 2:00pm - 4:00pm Hands-on workshop
TOPIC: "How to search and get the most out of FindmyPast" with Edwina

The cost is $5 and is payable on the day. There is an attendance limit of 10
people. Please register your interest in attending by clicking to Register

Wednesday, 21 October at 10:00am - 13:00pm Orientation Session
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Discover how to get the most out of your WAGS membership.
New members or any member wanting a refresher session on what resources are
available to help you with your research - in the library, on our website and elsewhere.

Bring your lunch and join with others in some lunchtime discussion before moving to the library to do your own research.

RSVP to the Library -  9271 4311  or email    Orientation 

cartoon-multi-armed-webmaster-by-ron-leishman-244.jpgFrom the Web Master

1) Management Committee Minutes are available in the MOA a month in arrears (ie. after the previous minutes are passed at the next meeting)- link is here Members must be logged in to gain access.

2) Members are responsible for their own contact details and should amend
their own "profile" page online when things change, eg, a change of email
or address or phone number. Simply log in and then go to "My Profile" menu item, and then to "Update Your Profile", click on the desired tab, update the info & click the "Update" button - all done - Saves our admin volunteers time. If stuck, go to the FAQ's page in the main menu & click on the "Members FAQ's" link.

3) Did you know? FlipBook back issues of Western Ancestor are progressively being installed in the 'Members Only' area; Volumes 1 to Volume 3 are already there for your viewing; These include 36 individual journals through to December 1987.

So why don't you take a trip into WAGS' past and have a browse?


Besides borrowing books and bound volumes of journals from the WAGS
Library, Members are now able to borrow single issues of their favourite
genie titles. So if you want to read a recent issue of Family Tree Magazine
or the Devon Family Historian, for example, you are welcome to borrow it.
Just one thing: please don’t borrow the latest issue so that everyone can
have a fair chance of reading it while it’s new.


Robert Atkins


E: WAGS eNews editor

Please send items for the next eNews to the Editor by the 20th of the month prior.

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