Welcome to the first edition for 2017
Because WAGS is a volunteer organisation our AWARDS recognize those members who are the backbone of our society.
The various award categories are listed on the WAGS website in the WAGS MEMBERSHIP section.
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 downloaded from the website.
Please note the Nominations must be received no later than the 15th February 2017 to be considered this year.
Why Wait – you can submit your nomination now!
Future Directions Workshop
The Future Directions Workshop 21 January 2017 was an excellent opportunity for 29 WAGS members to interact, and discuss and plan possible changes to WAGS anticipated to be done by 2020.
The workshop was facilitated by Mike Murray and attended by invited members, representative across the Society’s business and activities. Morning tea and lunch were catered by Heather Simon and Evadne Spickett.
Several working groups were setup to investigate, and report on, a number of operational matters. The full action plan from the workshop will be submitted to Management Committee for its February meeting. Most groups will make an initial report to Management Committee at the March meeting. The action plan will be available to members in March.
22 January 2017
Membership Subscriptions - IMPORTANT NOTICE
Due to rising cost pressures on the Society, the management committee has reluctantly increased the annual subscriptions. The following subscriptions will be effective from 1 March 2017:
Single Membership will be $70
Joint Membership will be $105
Special Interest Groups
SIGs meet at unit 4, WAGS 48 May Street Bayswater, unless otherwise stated.
Saturday 4 February at 11:00am The Master Genealogist Group
Topic: Importing GEDCOM dataset into TMG : bonuses & pitfalls- a live exercise provided by Edwina! Also an Introduction to GedSite with Neil.
Sunday 5 February at 2:00pm The European Group
Topic: Bring along and share successes and brick walls. Let's see if we can knock them down.
Saturday 11 February at 11:00am The Computer Group
Topic: Neil Bradley will get the CSIG off to an interesting start for 2017 with a detailed look at GEDSITE, a Genealogy web site builder for GEDCOM files.
Liana will tell us about her novel idea for spreading the word about her family's history and furthering interest in the younger generation.
There will be the usual Q&As, show and tells and time for a chat over coffee.
Tuesday 14 February at 2:00pm The Legacy User Group
Saturday 18 February at 10:00am The Eastern Australian Group
Topic: Liana Fitzpatrick will explain the benefits of the WAGS website.
Saturday 18 February at 1:30pm The Military Group
Topic: “Sharing questions and solutions, research tips and techniques and news about a couple of potential projects for the SIG group.”
Sunday 19 February at 10:30am The Enrolled Pensioner Guards Group
Topic: Liana Fitzpatrick using the Wags website.
Sunday 19 February at 2:00pm The Scottish Group
Topic: Workshop/Problem solving
Saturday 25 February at 10:30am The India & South East Asia Group
Topic: A short meeting and then time to do your own research in the WAGS Library.
Sunday 26 February at 2:00pm The South Australian Group
Topic: Wills - what is available and how to obtain them; bring along examples. Also, bring along your brickwalls and we will try and assist you.
SIG Convenors Meeting
Saturday 25 February at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Unit 4 WAGS
First Aid Notice: Defibrillator
WAGS has a Defibrillator installed in units 4 and 5 (red boxes mounted on the wall)
WAGS is registered with St John's as a "Community First Responder" site and therefore has committed to making our Defibrillators available, during opening hours, to the general public in an emergency.
So, if someone comes in asking for a Defibrillator, please show them where it is without question or delay.
Volunteers are what makes WAGS work!
Are you a potential volunteer?
Contact the Volunteers Coordinator with your ideas of what you would like to do for WAGS including how many hours a week, month or year you can contribute and it is helpful to add a note of previous experience.
There are regular positions, occasional jobs and one off spots which need a variety of time and expertise.
Monday 13 February
12:00pm - 13:30pm
Have you never used Facebook? Or wondered how others use it to help with their research. Come along and discover the benefits of Facebook for family history research. If you do already use Facebook, bring along your favourite genealogy Facebook pages.
Tea and coffee available - bring along your lunch
Mix and Mingle CORRECTION
The date published in the December issue of Western Ancestor had an error in it.
The actual date is Tuesday 14 March
Family History Societies
Mandurah Family History Society
Saturday 11 February at 1:30pm
Topic: Cate Pearce: Introduction to DNA Testing
For more information click
Rockingham Family History Society
Saturday 4 February at 2pm
Topic: John MacDonald will speak on "Nelsons Navy The Myths And The Legend."
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
Getting started with your family history
Thursday 9 February
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.
Wednesday 15 February at 10:00am - 12:00noon
FREE to all, including non-members, 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 - Trove Newspapers
Tuesday 28 February 13:00pm - 15:00pm
Presenter: Ian Simon
Ian will demonstrate the National Library of Australia's website Trove. This hands-on workshop will give participants time to brush up on search techniques. Explore the wealth of family history material available at your fingertips.
Cost: Members $10
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6/48 May St., Bayswater, WA. 6053 - Phone: (08) 9271 4311