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WAGS eNews - Issue 40 September 2016

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Issue 40: September 2016


genie-chatter.jpgGenie Chatter

Monday 12 September
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Unit 4
Topic: Censuses and their alternatives
 Lee-Ann Atkinson - In addition to counting the inhabitants of an area, the census provides information about each member of the household. Genealogists use clues found in census records to uncover other records about an individual. What important fact have you discovered in a census record? In the absence of a census what alternative record have you used to further your research?

mix-mingle-logo.jpgMix and Mingle

Thursday 15 September
Unit 4
Topic: New Aspects of Our Convict Past
Our speaker is social historian Dr Bill Edgar, teacher, archivist, curator, historian, author of a dozen books, with a PhD in Australian history will talk about: New Aspects of our Convict Past.
Drinks and Nibbles from 7pm. Following this presentation, coffee and cake will be served, allowing time to mix and mingle.  Admission $5 at the door (includes ticket for door prize) Please book by phone 9271 4311 or email

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National Family History Month
This was a very successful month for WAGS with lots of events and publicity.  A big thank you to everyone who helped during the month.

WAGS at the Royal Show
Saturday 24 September - Saturday 1 October (9am - 6pm)
WAGS will again have a display in the Hall of Fame Building at the Royal Show.  Please contact Liana; email if you are able to help on any day.


Special Interest Groups

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

Saturday 3 September at 11:00am London & South of England Group
Topic: "Cornwall...it's easy!" by Ian Simon

Saturday 3 September at 2:00pm DNA Group
Topic: Exploring GEDmatch and DNA third party tools. Guest presenter: Graham Wilkie continues his journey to find his paternal grandfather.

Saturday 10 September at 11:00am Computer Group

Saturday 10 September at 2:00pm Western Australian Group
Topic: “The Forgotten Grave” by Sid Breeden - finding James Stirling's Grave.

Sunday 11 September at 10:00am North of England Group
Topic: Meeting followed by an exploration of the library and computer room.

Saturday 24 September at 10:00am SIG Convenors meeting

Sunday 25 September at 2:00pm Legacy User Group

new.jpgWestern Ancestor news

September Western Ancestor will be mailed out very soon. But you can Download or view the electronic version now. Log into wags as a member, click on journal, and then 2016 issues. You can then view or download the current mystery-themed issue.

Enjoy, Mike and Lesley, editors

Family History Societies

Rockingham Family History Society
Saturday 3 September at 2pm
Topic: Guest speaker Gordon Park on Military Cap Badges and also presenting a book written on his Family Military History.
For more information Click here

Mandurah Family History Society
Saturday 10 September at 1:30pm
Topic: Dom Christopher Power OSB has been a monk at New Norcia for 35 years and will speak about the fascinating life of Bishop Salvado.
For more information Click here


raffle.gifAnnual Raffle News

The big mail out has been done and ticket sales officially commenced on 16 August. I have discovered that a list of people were inadvertently "filtered out" of the mailing list. This will be corrected on 30 August and those people should get their raffle books that week.

If you have not received your books by 5 September, or if you have recently joined WAGS and would like to sell raffle tickets email  with your name, address & the number of books you would like to receive.

There will still be plenty of time to sell tickets as the early bird draw prize is 12 October and the closing date for selling tickets is 14 November, so don't hesitate! This is our big fund raiser for the year.

NEEDED /Data Entry Volunteer

volunteer-cartoon.jpgWork involves assisting the Data Entry Team and the  skills needed are:
XL spreadsheet or willing to learn.
Consolidating spreadsheets into form suitable for publishing.
Proof reading.
Checking a donated collection.
For more information contact Volunteers Co-ordinator email


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

Getting started with your family historygetting
Thursday 1 September 2016
10:00am – 12 noon
Unit 4

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 Sessionwags orientation ausworld3.png
Wednesday 21 September at 10:00am - 12:00noon
Unit 4
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

Workshop - Writing Your Family History: An Introductionfam_hist_enews_4.jpg
Mike Murray & Lesley Silvester
Tuesday 27 September at 13:00pm - 15:00pm
Units 4.5 & 6

Family histories can be boring. How can you keep the reader interested in your story? In this workshop Mike and Lesley will share some useful tips about story structure, writing creatively, editing your own work and getting the story into print.

Members: $10; Non-Members :$15

Payment is required at time of registration.

By mail or in person – please fill out a registration form, which are available on the WAGS website under Activities, or at the WAGS Library.
Phone 9271 4311 between 9:30am and 2:30pm weekdays (except Tuesday) and Saturday between 1 and 5pm
Queries contact Activities coordinator

Library News

Monday, 26 September: Public Holiday -

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Last Updated on Sunday, 28 August 2016 22:29

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