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WAGS eNews - Issue 34 March 2016

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Issue 34: March 2016


National Trust's 2016
CY O'Connor Lecture


Wednesday 16 March 5.45pm for 6pm
The Constitutional Centre of Western Australia, West Perth

Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of
Western Australia

CY O'Connor: An inspiration to so many, but do we celebrate our
scientists, engineers and innovators enough?
Click for tickets & make a booking

Unlock the Past Seminar - 3

Thursday 03 March 10am - 3:45pm at the State Library of WA.  Refer to the insert with the December Western Ancestor to
see how you get your WAGS discount.  Click for Program




reminder.jpgMembership Fees IMPORTANT NOTICE!

This is a gentle reminder that fees are now due for about 60% of members.

Please check the Address Page which came with your March Western Ancestor. The date that your fees are paid up to will show on the front near your address. If you are due to renew you will have an renewal form on the reverse side.

You can also check your details online under your Membership tab. If you need help with your username or password, send an email

Special Interest Groups

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

Saturday 05 March at 11:00am London & South of England Group
Topic: Frank Hutchison on his convict ancestor John Hobden - a literal "Ten Pound Pom".  We'll also be looking at various online resources including "The Power of Your State Library Card".

Saturday 05 March at 2:00pm DNA Group
Topic: Exploring DNA Ethnicity
Special Guest: Thomas Vandeveldt, founder of the VOC (Dutch East Indies) Historical Society, will speak about how DNA has been used to test the theory that Dutch survivors of the Zuytdorp in 1712 mixed with the local Nhanda people of the Murchison region.

We will also have a brief presentation about how DNA ethnicity results can be used in genealogy, followed by a general discussion.

Saturday 12 March at 11:00am Computer Group

Saturday 12 March at 2:00pm Western Australian Group
Topic: Dr Fiona Bush; "The Development of John Forrest National Park and the use of sustenance workers; the development of the Shire of Mundaring - due to the trains, and the reservation of what we know today as the John Forrest National Park.

Sunday 13 March at 10:00am North of England Group
Topic: “The Domesday Book and our Northern Counties” presented by Tony Turner; can we get back to these dates? We will also have our normal discussions "Stepping Stones and Brick Walls", new members welcome.

Tuesday 15 March at 2:00pm Legacy User Group

Saturday 19 March at 10:00am SIG Convenors Meeting and Training

Tuesday 22 March at 10:00am Workshop - DNA
Topic: DNA tests for family history – Mike Murray
We all have two Family Trees - one that we can build up from family stories and genealogical records, and another that’s hidden within your DNA. DNA testing for family history purposes is now cheap and accessible. Many people are finding new cousins and breaking down stubborn brick walls through DNA tests. What are the available DNA tests and what do these tests reveal?

Cost $10.00 for members; $15.00 for Non-members; click here to register. Bookings are essential.

help.jpgNEEDED / CONVENER for the Legacy User Group.

Most meetings on a Sunday afternoon although a few on a Tuesday afternoon.  Very little work required and a very friendly group! Please contact: Diane Foster - 9330 2362 after March 3rd, 2016.

WAGS Awards

As a result of the second review by the WAGS Award Review Committee:-

We are seeking two members, who are interested in serving on the expanded Awards Committee for an indefinite period.  Currently the Awards Committee consists of three members of the Management Committee each serving for 3 years.

Some previous experience as a volunteer with WAGs or another organisation is preferred but not essential.  However a home email address and the ability to attend meetings (mostly March to May each year) are essential.

Those interested should send an email to the Awards convenor advising of their interest and giving brief details of their volunteering experience. 

For further information please email the convenor.

Family History Societies

Rockingham Family History Society people-tree.jpg
Saturday 05 March at 2pm
Topic: Immigration with Marjorie Bly.

For more information go to FHSRD

Mandurah Family History Society
Saturday 12 March at 1:30pm
Topic: Uncovering military records with Peter Engler

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

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.

Genie Chatter
Monday 14 March at 12:00pm

WAGS Unit 4
Wednesday 16 March (not Tuesday as listed in the Coming Events in the March Western Ancestor)
19:00pm - 22:00pm

Speaker: Molly Tebo, eLearning Librarian at the State Library of WA. She will share her thoughts on "Beyond the Family Tree : technology for exploring, sharing and discussing family history".

Drinks and nibbles begin at 7.00pm in Unit 4 at WAGS and admission is $5 at the door.
Bookings can be made by phone (9271 4311); email  ; or by ticking the Registered Users box on the Events page.

Library News

library.jpgLibrary closures for public holidays:

Monday, 07 March - Labour Day Public Holiday
Friday, 25 March - Easter
Saturday, 26 March - Easter
            Monday, 28 March - Easter 


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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Last Updated on Thursday, 25 February 2016 22:37

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