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WAGS eNews - Issue 42 November 2016

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Issue 42: November 2016


The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience (SACE)

Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre: 29th November - 11th December 2016
Tickets are FREE but must be booked by visiting the web site here

Have A Go Day

Burswood Park
Wednesday 9 November
09:00am - 15:00pm
Free activities and information day for over 45's - and is organised by Seniors Recreation
Council of WA. Come and visit the WAGS display (tent 113) to see what information is available to help you with your family history research. For more information click here

If you are able to help for an hour or two during the day please contact Liana

Volunteers Morning Tea

Tuesday 29 November
WAGS Unit 4
A special morning tea to thank volunteers for all the hard work they put into making WAGS
a great society. The annual raffle will also be drawn.

Special Interest Groups

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

Saturday 5 November at 11:00am The Master Genealogist
Topic: Discussion forum & sort out any problems brought to the meeting

Saturday 12 November at 11:00am Computer Group

Saturday 6 November at 10:30am European Group
Topic: Bring along and share successes and brickwalls. Let's see if we can knock them

Saturday 19 November at 10:30am Eastern Australian Group
Topic:   “What can you find in Valuation Rolls, Rate Books and Government Gazettes?”
Presenters:   Lee-Ann Atkinson and Edwina Shooter

Saturday 19 November at 10:45am Military Group
Topic: Tour of WA Army Museum in Burt Street, Fremantle. Cost $7.  Meet at 10:45. Tour
takes approx 1 1/2 to 2 hours and will also include an opportunity to see archival material
held by the Museum. A light lunch will be provided after the tour.  To assist with catering
please RSVP to Angela

Sunday 20 November at 2:00pm Scottish Group
Topic: Jon Bennett will discuss how he researches and what he does to display his

Tuesday 22 November at 2:00pm Legacy User Group

Saturday 26 November at 10:30am India & South East Asia Group
Topic: Ainslie Sharpe will talk about how Families in British India Society (FIBIS) can help
us with our research; including their journal, website and FIBIwiki. As it is our last
meeting before Christmas, please bring a small plate of goodies to share for lunch.

Sunday 27 November at 2:00pm South Australian Group


Road Works in May Street - Access Disruption

The City of Bayswater will commence construction of a 'Bike Boulevard'
in all of May St for a period of four to six weeks (depending on weather, etc)
starting in early November.
There will be periods of disruption to your visits to WAGS, so please allow extra time.
Also please consider car pooling when attending any meetings as access and parking will
also be a problem

Making good use of your membership

To make best use of the WAGS website, members should be able to log
into the members only area.

To do this, you must have your username and password for entry at the
top right hand corner of the home screen.
If you have lost these you can click on the "forgot" links.

Once logged in, your name will appear, and you can do several useful
1 Access the treasure trove of members only family history information.
2 Update your own information at the "my profile page".
3 Renew your membership online. Did you notice that the address label
on this Western Ancestor has your membership expiry date, and your
membership number.

If you have trouble with any of these things, you can email
membership, and our volunteers will help you

Our Australasian Really Useful Information Leaflet

Produced by the Federation of Family History Societies, in association with
Society of Australian Genealogists and Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations Inc
With an ever-increasing amount of information available on the Internet, provided by commercial, as well as volunteer organisations, there has never been a better time to research your family history. Take a look at our list of useful websites on pages 3 and 4 of this leaflet to get an idea of just how much information is available to you. Click here

WAGS Awards

Awards recognize those members who are the backbone of our society.
These award categories are listed on the WAGS website.

Any member can nominate another member for an award.  Nominations must be submitted on an Awards Nomination Form - copies are available from the Convenor of the Awards sub-committee or download from the website.
Please note the Nominations must be now received no later than the 15th February.
Why Wait – you can submit your nomination now!


Genie Chatter

Monday 14 November
12:00pm - 13:30pm
Topic: Today's topic is Law and Order led by Lee-Ann Atkinson

It doesn’t matter which side of the tracks your ancestors were on they may be mentioned
in police or court records. Court records provide details about crimes and include the
names of witnesses, victims, policemen and the accused. Police gazettes also provide a
wealth of material for the family historian. Information varies and may include theft, arson,
drunkenness, licences, unpaid fines and child desertion as well as police appointments.

Tea and coffee available - bring along your lunch
Enquiries email Activities Convenor

Annual Raffle News

Early Bird Draw held 12 October 2016
Congratulations to the Collie Family History Society on winning the draw for the early bird
seller's prize of $300.

We are nearly there!
Raffle sales close 15 November
A reminder that members must return sold raffle book butts, money and unsold books by 
15 November. The Raffle is drawn on 29 November.
Results published in the West Australian Newspaper Wednesday 7 December 2016.


Membership Team needs Assistance!

The Membership Team would welcome a fifth WAGS member to join them on Fridays
9am-noon to deal with membership matters. This includes filing, compiling and mailing kits
to new members, dealing with queries, maintaining the Membership database and mail
outs to members. Computer skills are not essential. There is a contact available to explain
more about the work.
For more information contact the Volunteers Co-ordinator



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

Orientation Session
Wednesday 16 November 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    

Workshop - Manorial Records for UK Researchers - Geoff Barber
Tuesday 22 November at 10:00am - 12:00pm    
Units 4.5 & 6
An advanced topic for UK researchers, manorial records is often an area considered “too
hard” for the average genealogist. However, it is an area that bridges genealogy and
history – a potential goldmine of property ownership information, sometimes making up for
information missing in church registers.

Manorial records changed Geoff from a collector of names, dates and places to a student
of local history. Availability and access to manorial records can be an issue but knowledge
of what manorial records can provide is a must for the serious genealogist.

This talk will discuss manorial history and their records and show many examples from
personal research, in particular how Geoff was able to use them to locate properties held
by ordinary people.

$10 members    (Log in & go to the Shop > Courses & Seminars > Members)
$15 non members  Public
Enquiries: Activities Convenor



Due to WAGS email problems I was unable to send the draft to SIG Convenors, my apologies.

Sorry no cartoons this time, I ran short of time!


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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