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WAGS eNews - Issue 32 December 2015

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Issue 32: December  2015
Christmas Edition



The President & Management Committee would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and look forward to your active involvement with WAGS in 2016




On Tuesday 17th November at the end of year meeting of the Friends of
Battye Library, WAGS Past President Bevan Carter was announced as the
Society’s 2015 Gem of Time.

Through the Gem of Time award, the Friends of Battye Library (Inc.)
acknowledges the contribution of outstanding men and women to the recording, collection and preservation of Western Australia’s history. The honour was conferred on Bevan by the FOBL President, Dr Pamela Statham Drew.  Congratulations from all WAGS members.


Special Interest Groups

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

Saturday 5 December at 11:00am London & South of England Group
Topic: "Jake's War" Lesley's grandfather, Jacob Irons, fought with the
Royal Fusiliers throughout the First World War. His service record was 
destroyed in World War Two. Using Regimental War Diaries and other
sources, Lesley has managed to reconstruct his war experiences.
Please stay for a shared lunch. Please bring something along to contribute 2006_christmas_vector_wallpaper_untitled-14.jpg
to the table.

Saturday 12 December at 11:00am Computer Group
Topic: live demo of the new look FamilySearch digital images collection; some Tips and Tricks for Facebook groups; more useful and interesting information about the world of the computers and the Internet. as well as
answering your queries and problems.

Please bring a small plate of goodies to share during our extended lunch
break at midday.

Saturday 12 December at 2:00pm Western Australian Group
Topic: Problem Solving – help to make the most of your Christmas / New
Year Break

Sunday 13 December at 10:00am North of England Group

Sunday 10 JANUARY 2016 at 1:30pm Convict Group
Following the meeting there will be Afternoon Tea and the opportunity to
chat with Diane and other members of the group.

Sunday 17 JANUARY 2016 at 2:00pm Irish Group
Topic: opening the year with a workshop on finding your Irish ancestor's
birthplace. By pooling our ideas and experiences we hope to have the basis
for a new guide. New members welcome.

Sunday 24 JANUARY 2016 at 2:00pm Legacy User Group

Sunday 31 JANUARY 2016 at 2:00pm European SIG

Proposed Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group
gg_sig.jpgThe use of DNA test results, in combination with good archival practices, is becoming an increasingly important and valuable tool in the genealogist’s toolkit. A number of WAGS members have expressed interest in forming a Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group, to collaborate and help one another to interpret and apply their DNA results: helping to confirm their family tree lines, break down “walls”, explore other family connections, as well as being involved in international surname projects and encouraging further exploration of DNA tools.

Would you be interested in supporting this proposed group and attend their quarterly meetings? If so, please email your name and contact details to Catherine Pearce EMAIL.

raffle.gifWAGS 2015 Raffle winners

FIRST Prize – Isabel Parker – Safety Bay

Second Prize – Ken Richards – City Beachraffle_prizes.gif
Third Prize – Julie Arrowsmith - Darlington
Fourth Prize – Sue Ridgeway - Como
Fifth Prize – A.E. Brown – Mt. Claremont

Congratulations to all the winners







Welcome Walls at Fremantle: WARNING

All WAGS members and family historians, please be aware that some families
who have entries on the Welcome Walls at Fremantle are being targeted by
scammers. The WA Consumer Protection website has further details. Please
pass on this information to anyone who could be vulnerable to attack in
this way.



kitchener_2634167b.jpgI must step down from this position very soon.
 (Editor) Members "Soon" is about "now"! WAGS runs on volunteers and needs a coordinator to assist our fantastic volunteers.

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 Societyholly.jpg
Saturday 5 December at 2pm
Topic: Christmas Quiz

For more information go to FHSRD

Mandurah Family History Society
Saturday 12 December at 1:30pm
Topic: Christmas function

For more information go to MFHS

Privacy Policy - Privacy & your Family History

Many of us have or are preparing family histories and trees. In doing so we come across information, not previously known to current family, about an ancestor that, shall we say, is “colourful”! What do we do with such
information? Family historians also have to make decisions about including personal information about living family members.
WAGS has prepared a Privacy Policy for publication of family histories and trees which can be found on the Web Site, Feedback is welcome and can be made to the WAGS Secretary email


Grievance Policy

For WAGS values its members and voluntary workers, without whom the Society could not function. So at its last meeting the Management Committee approved a Code of Conduct and Grievance Policy incorporating a dispute resolution procedure as part of its duty of care for the welfare of WAGS members and volunteers. The policy can be found on the WAGS web site under
the "WAGS Business" TAG

FOUND one hearing aid

Found outside unit 4 WAGS last week. If it is your's it can be retrieved
from unit 5.

happy-book.jpgThe Bookshop

It is with pleasure that I can announce that Thea Woodruff is our new Bookshop Officer.

Thea's first message to you is "remember the WAGS Bookshop when thinking
of Xmas presents".

Library News

WAGS library closes for Christmas at 5pm Saturday 12th December &
reopens on at 9:30am on Monday 11th January 2016

WAGS volunteers at State Library Genealogy Centre - Christmas break from
Thursday 10 December 2015, returning Tuesday 12 January 2016.

From the Editor's Desk

This is the last edition for the year. The First edition for 2016 will be families-family_tree-heritage-christmas_tree-tree-ancestor-dpan3057_low.jpg
published after Australia Day in January 2016.

Thank you for your readership in 2015, wishing you a Happy Christmas and I look forward to bringing you the latest WAGS news in 2016.  



Robert Atkins


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