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WAGS eNews - Issue 35 April 2016

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Issue 35: April 2016


Guildford Heritage Fair 2016

Sunday 3 April
10:00am to 5:00pm
Stirling Square, Guildford

WAGS will have a stall so come along and see us!
If you are able to help for an hour or two
please Contact Liana email

30 Years at May Street

WAGS moved into unit 5, 48 May Street on 7 October 1986!

We are organising a function to celebrate this milestone,
details still to come. We would like to hear from anyone with
memories and/or photos of the time. Contact Liana email





Special Interest Groups

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

 Saturday 9 April at 11:00am Computer Group

Sunday 10 April at 1:30pm Convict Group
Topic: Diane Evans on “The Convicts of the Geraldton District”

Saturday 16 April at 10:00am Enrolled Pensioner Guards Group
Topic: AGM with two speakers: Angela Heymans on the new WAGS Military SIG and Julie Martin on ‘Facebook for Fuddy Duddies’.

Saturday 16 April at 10:30am Eastern Australian Group
Topic: Workshop in units 5 & 6; Bring along your brick wall problems and we will try to help you solve them.

Sunday 17 April at 2:00pm Irish Group
Topic: Mary Byrne will speak about nineteenth century internal migration between Ireland and other parts of the British Isles, and Anne Walsh will speak on A Terrible 1916uprising.jpgBeauty is Born: Easter Rising 1916, an important point in Irish history being commemorated this year. Hear too about the WAGS members making garments for the Mary Ann Taylor Travel Box project. A (short) AGM will be held as well. 

Sunday 24 April at 2:00pm Legacy User Group

stop_hand.pngStop Cuts to National Library of Australia & Save Trove

The National Library of Australia (NLA) is a significant tool for Genealogists. The Federal Government has imposed harsh “efficiency dividends” on the National Library of Australia that will severely disrupt existing services. Trove, an internationally recognised “collection of collections”, will have important parts of the service scrapped to meet these cuts, especially aggregation of content from museums and universities.trove.jpg

For more information & what you can do about it, click here

kitchener_2634167b.jpgYour opportunity to help!

WAGS can only deliver its wonderful programs & services with the help of volunteers. Without you nothing happens! So if you have enthusiasm and some time, please consider the tasks and positions in this segment.

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Request and return LDS films as required.

Work involves keeping the online LDS information page up to date, supervising bookings assisting very friendly users!

Please contact: Bev Seaward email

Current LDS Film volunteer will instruct the new volunteer and would like to hand over by May. More details are on the WAGS site.

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Co-ordinate Research Team work.

As a service to the public, WAGS provides a Genealogy Research Service to people who live outside the Perth Metropolitan area, or for those who are physically unable to visit WAGS premises.

General research skills are required to work with the Research Team who are a very friendly group!

Please contact Bev Russell email

The Research Co-ordinator is willing to assist with the transition. See current Western Ancestor for a recent successful research story. More details are on the WAGS site.


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The Activities group are seeking an additional person or persons to assist with food preparation and kitchen duties at events.

Mix and Mingle events are held in the evening and assistance is required from 6:30pm-9:30pm.

Workshops require an assistant to welcome members and prepare morning or afternoon tea and tidy up afterwards. Workshops are held once a month on a Tuesday 9:30am-12:00noon or 12:30pm-3pm.

Email Activities

Family History Societies

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Saturday 2 April at 2pm
Topic: Janice Jensen from Leanne O’Dea discussing "Dying, Death and Funeral Arrangements".

For more information go to FHSRD

Mandurah Family History Society
Saturday 9 April at 1:30pm
Topic: Bill Bunbury: "Lesson from War, The effects of conflict
on individuals and families".

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.jpgGetting Started with Your Family Tree
When: Thursday 7 April 10:00am - 12:00noon

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
RSVP to the Library -  9271 4311  or email Activities

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Monday 11 April at 12:00pm; Free Lunchtime discussion, no need to
Topic: Military photos– Lee-Ann Atkinson
A pictorial history of an Australian soldier. Please join me in this tribute by bringing along your special photo of your serviceman or woman to display on the day. Bring your lunch. Tea and coffee is available.

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Tuesday 19 April

Trove Digital Newspapers & British Newspapers Online - Ian Simon
Discover your family history online in newspapers. Ian Simon will demonstrate search techniques to ensure your success. You will learn how to search, print and save your results in this hands-on workshop.

For those who missed the first workshop, this is a repeat.
Cost: $10 members Non-members $15
Bookings: Payment is required at time of registration

Only 4 places remaining register with Activities coordinator to secure a place 9498 7088 or email Activities

Orientation Session
Saturday 30 April at 10:00am - 12:00noon
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FREE, but bookings required

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 Activities

Library News

library.jpgLibrary closed for ANZAC Day: 25 April

Library Volunteers Needed

The Library is in urgent need of some extra volunteers to add to the roster.

Would you like to become more familiar with the WAGS Library collection? Would you like to challenge your brain cells by helping others with their research?  From easy to tricky questions- there is room for you as a volunteer.

Being a Library volunteer has a side benefit for your own research as you learn more ways to tackle your own research. Once a month, once a fortnight, once a week, or more often are the options for volunteering.

As well, you can feel happy that you've helped others trace their family tree.

If you would like to join a happy group of volunteers please contact the librarian, Edwina Shooter email  or contact her at WAGS on Monday and Saturday 


Robert Atkins


E: WAGS eNews editor

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