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WAGS eNews - Issue 38 July 2016

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Issue 38: July 2016


Making History Seminar


 Saturday 30 July 2016 at
10:15am - 15:30pm
City of Perth Library, 573 Hay St Perth

Cost: Members $15 Public $25
Session topics; Love, Sex and Damn Lies - Demolishing Brick Walls - Online Sharing (Janelle Gildea, Finders Cafe) - It's not all online.

WAGS will be holding a seminar to coincide with the launch of NFHM. Come along and hear about some of the snags & tricks to researching family history.
For more information & registration click here



Special Interest Groups

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

Sunday 3 July at 2:00pm Legacy User Group

Saturday 9 July at 11:00am Computer Group

Sunday 10 July at 1:30pm Convict Group
Topic: Michelle Urban will talk “Jewish Convicts in Western Australia 1850 - 1868 and Beyond”

Saturday 16 July at 10:00am Enrolled Pensioner Guards Group
Topic: The DNA SIG and braking that brick wall - Cate Pearce

Sunday 17 July at 2:00pm Irish Group
Topic: “An opportunity for Personal Research in the WAGS Library, sharing of research tips and work on the County Guides Project”.

Introducing the new WAGS Committee

President: Ian Simon
Vice President: Robert Rowbottam
Treasurer: Neil Bradley
Secretary: Wendy White
Librarian: Edwina Shooter
Public Relations: Liana Fitzpatrickcmte.jpg
Publications Officer: Lyn Watt
Liaison Officer: Gwyn Williams
Committee Members: Ian Barnes, Geoff Barber, Robert Atkins

Two positions remain vacant: Vice President & a committee member.

If you are interested in being involved with running the

affairs of WAGS contact Ian Simon for a chat.

WAGS  AWARDS 2015-16

At the WAGS AGM held on 26th June 2016, the following awards were presented:-

Audrey HOLLAND    # 1577   was awarded a SIG Award.
Nigel TYSON   #  9637   was awarded a Service Award.awards-service.jpg
Lawrence DORAN   #  7097   was awarded a Service Award.
Mike MURRAY   # 6777   was awarded a Merit Award.
Lesley SILVESTER    # 6778   was awarded a Merit Award.

Beverley RUSSELL   # 412   was elected a Life Member of the Society.
Margaret HICKEY   # 686   was elected a Life Member of the Society.

Ian Barnes   #9003
WAGS  Awards  Convenor   2015-6

Congratulations to this year's deserving Award winners. Nine nominations for seven people - that is a record. Could you now consider your nominations for this coming year. Do not leave it until the new closing date in February.

Archiving - a vital WAGS activity

help.jpgWANTED  -  opportunity to delve into the WAGS archives.   Our Archivist, Diane Foster, would be grateful for some assistance to bring the diverse content of the WAGS archives into a more accessible and useful resource.   The Archives collection documents the development of the WAGS: focusing on its vision for providing a resource for genealogists / family historians and local history through its programs and projects over the years.

Contact: The Archivist

Family History Societies

Rockingham Family History Societyfam_hist_enews_1.jpg
Saturday 2 July at 2pm

Topic: Peter Godfrey speaking on Timeline For Genealogy in Britain 1500’s to Present
For more information click

Mandurah Family History Society
Saturday 9 July at 1:30pm

Topic: Crims & Crime in the early Swan River Colony by Graham Bown
For more information click

National Family History Month - advanced notice


August is National Family History Month and WAGS has organised an exciting month of activities. 

Book now for the sessions you want to attend during the 'Grow your Family Tree' presentations at the State Library on 9th and 10th August.

Full program and booking details are in the NFHM brochure that was enclosed with your June Western Ancestor and also on the WAGS and SLWA website.


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 11 July at 12:00pm Free Lunchtime discussion, no need to book

Topic: Cemeteries in Australia
Locating the final resting places of our forebears is an important aspect of family history research. Information provided on headstones or in burial records may provide
important clues to further your research. Where do I start?

Bring your lunch. Tea and coffee is available.

Mix & Mingle
Wednesday 13 July at 7:00pm

The guest speaker will be Richard Offen, the Executive Director of Heritage Perth - a well known lecturer and broadcaster.
His topic will be "20th Century W.A. - a history of Perth and W.A. from the gold rush onwards"

Drinks and nibbles begin at 7.00pm in Unit 4 at WAGS and admission is $5 at the door.

Your 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 task and position in this segment.


Become a Library Volunteer - a very rewarding experience

Friday morning immediately, either weekly, fortnightly to assist visitors and members to effectively access computer programs, library books and other resources.

There is also a vacancy on Thursdays.

Although the work involves a variety of skills, library volunteers work as part of a team so others who have experience in a particular area will assist you.

However, the best reward for volunteers is learning about a variety of research areas.

Please contact: Edwina Shooter here

Guidance will be given and ongoing support is available.



E: WAGS eNews editor

If you have an item of WAGS related activity for eNews please send it to the Editor by the 20th of the month prior.


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