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WAGS eNews - Issue 36 May 2016

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Issue 36: May 2016



Special Interest Groups

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

Sunday 1 May at 2:00pm European Group
Topic: guest speaker Dr Nonja Peters will talk about her Dutch family history research. Dr Peters has created a template for Dutch research which can also be used for other European Countries

Saturday 7 May at 11:00am The Master Genealogist Group
Topic: Topic: Discussion forum & sort out any problems brought to the meeting

Saturday 14 May at 11:00am Computer Group
Topic: the latest in what's happening in the world of computers, the Internet and online genealogy

Sunday 15 May at 2:00pm Scottish Group
Topic: AGM followed by personal research; tackle your brick walls with help from the group

Tuesday 17 May at 2:00pm Legacy User Group

Saturday 21 May at 10:30am Eastern Australian Group
Topic: Meeting/AGM; E-resources – what your State and National Library cards will give you, with Edwina Shooter and Lee-Ann Atkinson

Saturday 21 May at 1:30pm Military Group
Topic: Guest speaker Gerard Foley from the State Records Office will make a presentation on the topic of soldiers wills.  This meeting will also be combined with an Annual General Meeting.  Those interested in nominating for committee positions, please contact Angela 

Sunday 22 May at 2:00pm South Australian Group
Topic: Topic: Immigration. How did people get to South Australia in the 19th century? What records are available to researchers? Why cannot I find their arrival?

Saturday 28 May at 10:30am India & South East Asia Group

m-taylor-may.jpgMary Ann Taylor Travel Box - update

The Mary Ann Taylor Travel box community history project will
come to an exciting conclusion on the weekend 7 - 8 May. Some
of Mary Ann’s descendants will place garments created by WAGS
volunteers into the replica travel box made in Galway. The
garments have been made to be as close to historical accuracy
as possible (except for hand-sewing). This event will
commemorate the life of Mary Ann Taylor, an Irish workhouse
emigrant who arrived in Western Australia in 1852 and settled
in the York - Toodyay area.  It also commemorates the lives
of all those affected by The Great Hunger, the mid nineteenth
century Irish Famine.

The travel box will be blessed in a ceremony at St Patricks
Catholic Church, South Street, York at 11.30am on Sun 8 May
to which you are invited. Then the travel box will be
presented to the York Residency Museum where it will be
available to view later that day. On the Saturday night, 7
May, from 7pm, there will be an Irish music session in the St
Patrick’s church hall and the community is invited to join
in.  Do join us in York.

By-laws amendments

The annual review of the By-laws has been completed. The amended by-laws and a new by-law for associate members and notice of alteration of by-laws have been posted on the members/business web page click to go there

The next WAGS Management Committee

A new committee will be elected at the AGM on 26 June for the next year. This is an opportunity for members to join the committee and contribute to the running of this great organisation! Please consider nominating for a position on the WAGS Management Committee. Nominations close on 20 May. If you have any questions please contact the President's  email

Family History Societies

Rockingham Family History Society
Saturday 7 May at 2pm
Topic: Karen Tregenza, will be presenting a talk on ‘Finding Your Scottish Ancestors’
For more information click

Mandurah Family History Society
Saturday 14 May at 1:30pm
Topic: AGM
For more information click


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

genie-chatter.jpgGenie Chatter
Monday 9 May at 12:00pm Free Lunchtime discussion, no need to book
Topic: Ancestors in Church – Lee-Ann Atkinson
Using church publications for family history. What information have you uncovered?

Bring your lunch. Tea and coffee is available.

Orientation Session
Wednesday 18 May 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

computer-geek.jpgWorkshop - Family Tree Software - Legacy Family Tree 8.0 & RootsMagic; with Cathy Pinner & Julie Martin

Tuesday 24 May at 13:00pm - 15:00pm
Unit 4 WAGS   
Cost: $10 members Non-members $15
Bookings: Payment is required at time of registration
Activities or phone WAGS Library 9271 4311



Robert Atkins

E: WAGS eNews editor

eNews of The Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc.
6/48 May St., Bayswater, WA. 6053 - Phone: (08) 9271 4311

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2016 15:49

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