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WAGS eNews - Issue 39 August 2016

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Issue 39: August 2016


WAGS Family History Open Day

Sunday 28 August 2016
10:00am - 16:00pm


Family History Open Day @ WAGS Library 48 May St, Bayswater. Open to the public. Free. Tour the vast family history library and computer based resources. Speak to experienced family historians.

National Family History Month


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 Here

Please contact Liana  if you can help at any of the NFHM events. 

SLWA National Family History Month Talks

Tuesday 16 August 2016
Presenters Leonie Hayes and Tricia Fairweather

Getting the best out of Ancestry -10.00am-11.30am
Learn about the main databases within Ancestry and pick up lots of tips on how to search them for the best results. Examples of search techniques are given.

 Social Context: bringing your ancestor to life -1.00pm-2.30pm
Ideas, resources, places to look and details to help put colour into the story of a life.

Sessions at the State Library of Western Australia FREE but bookings are essential. Please book at email
or 9427 3111.

Introducing the new WAGS Committee

President: Ian Simon
Vice President 1:
Robert Rowbottam
Vice President 2: vacant
Neil Bradley
Wendy White
Edwina Shooter
Public Relations:
Liana Fitzpatrick
Publications Officer:
Lyn Watt
Liaison Officer:
Gwyn Williams
Committee Members:
Ian Barnes, Geoff Barber, Robert Atkins & Margaret Pike.

A  Vice President position remains vacant. If you are interested in being involved with running the affairs of WAGS contact Ian Simon for a chat.

A Thank you from our Archivist

It is great to see that advertising works!   After two pleas for assistance with the organisational archives though the e-news and attendance at the AGM in June, two people came forward to lend a hand. We will be commencing the projects sometime in August and I am grateful to the two ladies who came forward.thank you.jpg


Diane Foster WAGS Archivist






Special Interest Groups

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

Saturday 6 August at 11:00am The Master Genealogist Group
Topic: Discussion forum & sort out any problems brought to the meeting.

Sunday 7 August at 2:00pm European Group
Topic: Guest speaker Lesa Melnyczuk on history and family history research in the Ukraine.

Saturday 13 August at 11:00am Computer Group

Sunday 14 August at 2:00pm South Australian Group
Topic: This meeting is in Units 5 and 6 where we can use the library resources. Come and discover some of the records gems hidden in the microfiche cabinets and on the bookshelves.

Saturday 20 August at 10:30am Eastern Australian Group
Topic:Records Offices – an introduction ‘Where there’s a will there’s a way’ with Lee-Ann Atkinson and Edwina Shooter.

Saturday 20 August at 1:30pm Military Group
Topic:  Presentation by Diane Oldman 'British Army (and Navy) Resources for military ancestors in Western Australia' with a particular focus on Crimean War Veterans.

Sunday 21 August at 2:00pm Scottish Group
Topic: Mary Byrne on "My Internal Migration Story".

Saturday 27 August at 10:30am India & South East Asia  Group
Topic: Come along and see what Indian and SE Asian records are in units 5 and 6.  - If you are interested in keeping the Group going please contact Liana

NEWS! For BDM records hunters!

genealogy_postcard.jpgUncertified plain paper copies of original handwritten or typed Western Australian birth, death and marriage records are available on application to the Perth Registry only. For more information Click



WAGS Volunteers for Appointed Positions

Each year WAGS Management appoints or re-appoints members to a variety of Appointed Positions (see below) within the society. 

Some of these positions operate independently, some have sub committees and others require volunteers on an occasional basis. Would you like to help in any of these areas? For more information or to offer to assist, please contact the Secretary or the Volunteers Coordinator

Archivist, Bookshop, Education, Finance, Grants, Internet, IT, Legal Adviser, Library, Membership, Operations, Outside Speakers, Periodicals, PR, Projects, Property, Raffle, Research, Social, Stationery, State Library Genealogy Centre, Western Ancestor.

We encourage members to assist where possible - all contributions are valuable.  With the wide variety of volunteering areas, there is bound to be something that appeals to you.

Ian Simon

Family History Societies

Rockingham Family History Society

For information click

Mandurah Family History Society
Saturday 13 August at 1:30pm

For more information click

Do you have an interest in Goldfields Family History?

You may find this website of interest, click 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 or Email

Getting started with your family history
Thursday 4 August 2016getting started.jpg
10:00am – 12 noon

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, but bookings required.
Non-members $10

Orientation Session
wags orientation ausworld2.pngWednesday 17 August at 10:00am - 12:00noon
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



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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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