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WAGS eNews - Issue 43 December 2016

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Issue 43: December 2016


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The President and Management Committee wishes all WAGS members and volunteers a
very merry Christmas and a genealogically prosperous New Year.

We look forward to advancing our family history knowledge in 2017

Ian Simon
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Special Interest Groups

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

Saturday 3 December at 11:00am London, South of England and Wales Group
Topics: : “Innkeepers” - presentation by member Marian Crew.
- New GRO features makes it easier to find and order English/Wales certificates by Lesley
- As it’s the end of year meeting, please bring a plate of something to share. We’ll need to
finish in time for the next meeting to set up.

Saturday 3 December at 2:00pm DNA Group
Topic: Security of your DNA Data plus Open Forum Review of 2016
For our end-of-year meeting we invite all members to share their experiences of using
DNA this year, whether that means break-throughs, small steps forward, more puzzles or
problems. Cate will also give a presentation on aspects of security regarding your DNA
data and the companies that test.

Saturday 10 December at 11:00am Computer Group
Topic: The last Computer Group meeting for 2016 is an opportunity to give your opinion
and suggestions about the Group’s direction in 2017. Please go to the WAGS CSIG Forum
for a list of queries/topics to be discussed and give them some considered thought before
the meeting. Bring any computer/Internet related queries and problems to the meeting for
discussion and also your best party hat and a small plate of Xmas goodies to share. 

Members will also have the opportunity to find out what happens on an APT Kimberley
Cruise as well as a look at the amazing wildlife sighted (both animal and human) and the
magnificent scenery – not to be missed!

Sunday 11 December at 10:00am North of England Group
Topic: Pat Buxton will present a talk entitled "Coal Mines in County Durham".
She will talk generally about coal mining and employment in the area and then will
comment on related historical and social and political aspects.

Sunday 8 January 2017 at 1.30pm Convict Group
Topic: Our next meeting on Sunday 8th January should be very interesting.  Members are invited to talk for 5-10 minutes about their convict/s.  Please email Convenor Eva if you would like to participate. We will also have a Convict Era Q & A Forum to conclude our day, so if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to ask.

Sunday 15 January 2017 at 2:00pm Irish Group
Topic: Brick Walls Workshop. A number of the new Irish County Research Guides will be

Sunday 22 January 2017 at 2:00pm Legacy Group


Vale Maurice Burns

It is with regret WAGS members are informed that Maurice Burns, member 7345, passed
away in Sir Charles Gardner Hospital on 18 November.  There will be many people in
WAGS who will remember Maurice and his great contribution over previous years to
various projects including planning the rearrangement of the Library, to Finance
Committee as well as the North of England, Scottish, Computer and London and South of
England Special Interest Groups. Maurice was like an elder statesman able to offer wise
words and was generous to others with their research.

Our sincere condolences go to his wife Beryl and his family.

Kind regards
Ian Simon
WAGS President


Carpet Cleaning @ WAGS

The carpets will be cleaned in the morning of Thursday 15th December.

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WAGS PO Box 265 is being discontinued. 
Please remove this postal address from all correspondence, documents, web pages and

Western Ancestor - December journal

The latest bumper edition of the Western Ancestor is currently being distributed and you
should receive your copy shortly. In the meantime you can view/download the electronic
version from the members’ section of the WAGS website.


Eastern Australian SIG 30th birthday celebrations

celebration.jpgAt our meeting yesterday a thirtieth birthday cake was cut to mark our birthday.  In 1986
(the same year WAGS was established at Bayswater) we began life as the Victorian SIG
then, just this year we transformed ourselves by widening our research field to extend our
cover to include Queensland, New South Wales, ACT and Tasmania, and become the
Eastern Australian SIG.  Elaine Dickson, Glenda Rowe and Edwina Shooter were chosen to
preform the cutting of the cake.  A very good meeting and a good time was had by all. 

Ernie Fowler
Co-convenor Eastern Australian SIG


Big Changes Are Coming to Victorian Genealogy

There are a number of family history societies in existence in Melbourne each of which are
experiencing a reduction in their membership due to multiple causes. As a consequence
discussions have commenced between the GSV, the Australian Institute of Genealogical
Studies and the Cornish Association of Victoria to explore the viability of establishing a
new family history entity. The Societies would combine their resources and establish the
new entity. These discussions have only recently commenced and it is anticipated that
they will continue for some time.

For more information published in a letter to members from the President of GSV click here

santa.jpegChristmas Closures @ WAGS

The WAGS Library and WAGS office will be closed for the Christmas season from 5pm
Saturday 10th December 2016.

The Library will re-open at 9:30am on Monday 9 January 2017

From the Editor's Desk


The next edition of Enews will be February 2017.

Thank you for your readership in 2016, wishing you a Happy Christmas and I look forward to bringing you the latest WAGS news in 2017.



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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