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WAGS eNews - Issue 33 February 2016

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Issue 33: February 2016


Welcome to the first eNews for 2016. 

We hope you had a great break and are refreshed and ready to get back into your family history research.  WAGS was a hive of activity over the holidays with an incredible amount of work done by many volunteers - thank you. A new wall has been constructed at the back of unit 6 so the servers have their own air-conditioned room.  Consequently Unit 6 is now so much quieter.  [Some minor work will be done in the server room in the next few months.]  Thank you to Ian Simon, Ian Barnes, Michael Milne and Gary Miller.

Over the holidays the library also did a stocktake and had a massive cleanup and is looking fantastic.  Come in and have a look! Liana Fitzpatrick, WAGS President


 The Mary Ann Taylor travel box project.


Mary Ann Taylor was born in Galway, Ireland in 1835 and died in 1926,
York, Western Australia, aged 92. She left an Irish workhouse and in 1852 travelled to Australia on the Palestine and lived in the Toodyay and York area. Her descendants live in WA today.

Prisoners in county Galway have started making replica travel boxes - much like the ones our nineteenth ancestors travelled to Australia with.  A replica travel box they have made is on its way to Western Australia and will be presented to the York museum in Western Australia on 8 May, as part of an event to mark the Irish Famine. Here's what was in the box: 1 shawl, 1 calico dress, 1 wrapper, 2 chemise, 1 flannel petticoat, 1 calico petticoat, 2 pair of stockings, 2 pocket handkerchiefs, 1 neck handkerchief, 1 pair of shoes, 1 bonnet trimmed, 2 caps, 1 cloth bag, 2 caps,1 clothes bag, 2 lbs soap, thread and needles.

We are looking for interested volunteers to research what these items were actually like in mid nineteenth century and to make or locate some of these items to be placed in the box for display in the museum.

The pieces need to be complete before 8 May for the ceremony. Please
spread the word to friends or family who might be interested. If you are even a little bit interested  in researching or sewing please contact me ASAP.

Jenni Ibrahim
Irish Special Interest Group



WAGS - Awards

Any member of the Society may nominate another member whom they feel is worthy of receiving an award in appreciation of their service to the Society. Nominations must be submitted on an Awards Nomination form available from the WAGS Library, the WAGS website, the Secretary or the Convenor of the Awards Sub-committee. Information can also be found  in the December issue of the Western Ancestor (page 86) or on the WAGS website.

It is important when submitting a nomination to provide as much information as possible to support the nomination. A list of the award categories can be found on the WAGS website. Nominations should be submitted to the Awards Convenor in a sealed envelope marked “confidential” and delivered to the Convenor of the Awards Sub-committee NO later than the 1st March 2016. 

If you would like to nominate a member or receive a copy of the Awards Nomination form or need assistance to complete the form, please email the Awards Convenor. All nominations are welcomed.

Please note that the "Special Interest Group Service Award" is still under development. To assist in that (and also WAGS records) you are requested to complete the "Volunteer Information form".


Special Interest Groups

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

Saturday 06 February at 11:00am The Master Genealogist Group
Topic: Problem solving as well as picking on a couple of TMG features to demonstrate - come armed with your "challenges".

Saturday 06 February at 2:00pm DNA Group
gene-dna-climb.gifTopic - Grandmother's Secrets Revealed Through DNA: Geoff Barber will share his own success story of using DNA to solve a genealogy puzzle. This is the first meeting of this new SIG, all welcome new.jpg

Saturday 13 February
at 11:00am Computer Group

Sunday 14 February at 2:00pm Swan River Pioneers Group

Saturday 20 February at 10:30am Eastern Australian Group
Topic: Passenger Lists - where to find them - Edwina Shooter.

Saturday 20 February at 1:30pm Military Group
Topic: ‘Overview of military records in the National Archives of Australia’ by Marjorie Bly, National Archives of Australia

Sunday 21 February at 2:00pm Scottish Group

Saturday 27 February at 10:00am Enrolled Pensioner Guards Group
Topic : Approaching Brick Walls with Lateral Thinking - Shannon Lovelady

Saturday 27 February at 10:30am India & South East Asia Group
NOTE: in WAGS Units 5 & 6

Sunday 28 February at 2:00pm South Australian Group
Topic: South Australian birth, marriage and death records - What do we get in the records and how they compare with other states and the UK? The digital databases will be demonstrated. Bring along your certificates or records to show your discoveries.

Family History Societies

Rockingham Family History Society
Saturday 6 February at 2pm
Topic: Anthea Harris from Nedlands Local Studies Library talk on The Armstrong Family and their land in Nedlands.

For more information go to FHSRD

Mandurah Family History Society
Saturday 13 February at 1:30pm
Topic: WA's Wild West Lawmen who tamed our state - Diane Oldman

For more information go to MFHS



Please note that fee paying courses and workshops require payment at time of registration. Please check the event calendar for future workshops and events

Registration forms available at WAGS or on WAGS website

Email: Activities

Getting started with your family history - Lee-Ann Atkinson
Thursday 4 February at 10:00am - 12:00pm

This introductory course provides you with all the information to get started, from how to access birth, death and marriage records, to finding relevant records. Includes instructions on how to record your findings along with some useful websites to further your research.
FREE for members
Non-members $10 Payment is required at time of registration
Bookings are essential

Genie Chatter
Monday 8 February at 12:00pm

Free Lunchtime discussion, no need to book
Topic: Have you inherited a family heirloom?
Presenter - David Haimes
Bring along a family heirloom, share its story and what it means to you.
Bring your lunch. Tea and coffee is available.

wags orientation ausworld3.pngOrientation Session
Wednesday 17 February at 10:00am - 12:00pm
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

Workshop - Newspapers - FULLY BOOKED
Tuesday 23 February

Discover your family history online in newspapers.
This workshop is so popular it is already fully booked - Sorry!
Cost: $10 members Non-members $15
Bookings: Payment is required at time of registration

getting started.jpgStarting Your Family Tree
When: Tuesday 08 March 10:00am - 14:30pm

Learn how to trace your ancestors and build your family tree. We'll show you how to build your family tree using FREE websites and the resources in our library. The day's event includes a demonstration of our website and a tour of the facilities including the library.

This event is FREE to residents of Bayswater, Bedford, Beechboro, Dianella, Embleton, Inglewood, Maylands, Morley and Noranda but registration is required. (Others welcome Cost $10). Residents unable to attend on the day may be eligible to receive a voucher to attend another course (Getting Started with Your Family History).
bendigo-bank.jpgProudly supported by your Community Bank the Bendigo Bank.
Bookings are essential - For catering purposes please book by 29 February.


Thank you

Denise Wright and Daphne Byrne, two Volunteers who were unable to attend the Volunteer Christmas Morning Tea, both asked that their thanks be passed on for the Christmas cards that they received that were signed by all the Volunteers present on the day. They were much appreciated. Sadly Denise passed away on Sunday 17th January.

Library News

WAGS Library Xmas Raffle Winners
1.    Bev Russell (Library Volunteer) - Blue B52
2.    Helen West - Purple B75
3.    Pam Warrilow - Blue E 97

Lost Property - is it your? thumb-drive.jpg

Please check the lost Property box at Unit 5 reception for further details

Blue Sandisk Cruzer USB drive containing data on:- Unit 6 – April 2015
AncestryLibrary.com - 1911 England Census - Rebecca Smith
Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 - Stanley James Crosbie
NLA Trove - Stanley James Crosbie - Memory - 24 Apr 1923 - Family Notices

White Transcend USB drive containing data on Wedding Photos possibly for Catherine Fragomini and James Alexander - wedding Nov 2013 ( from Pamela and Vince) Perth DPS info re convict ship Marion 1852 Ancestry re LUGG family tree = Charlotte Pollard NLA re James POLLARD 1954

Plus various books, photocopies and single sheets.

Help us to help you – always put your name and telephone number on the cover of Books or papers (or on a text file in the USB drive)!



Robert Atkins


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