Have A Go Day
City of Bayswater
Sunday 9 April 2017
10:00am - 1:00pm
at The Rise, 28 Eighth Avenue, Maylands
A free community-led event providing 'Have a Go' activities. The initiative aims to connect
residents to local clubs, groups and businesses that provide opportunities to participate in
cultural, recreational or sporting activities.
WAGS will have a stall, so come along and join in.
Irish Family History Seminar
Sunday 28 May 1-7pm
at the State Library.
Featuring Gillian Hunt and Fintan Mullan from the Ulster Historical Foundation
Bookings are now open. $40 members/ $50 non-members. Click here for
registration forms and further information.
Special Interest Groups
SIGs meet at unit 4, WAGS 48 May Street Bayswater, unless otherwise stated.
Saturday 8 April at 11:00am Computer Group
Topic: There were several requests to continue with the Family Photos discussion so we'll revisit the conversation on photo naming conventions as well as looking at best practice for storing original prints and documents. We'll round off the meeting with a look at Elephind and take queries and comments from the floor. Edible contributions for morning tea are most welcome!
Sunday 9 April at 1:30pm Convict Group
Topic: Guest Speaker: Bevan Carter; "Changes in Convict Research" and Bevan will use a couple of convicts to illustrate his talk.
Saturday 22 April at 10:00am Enrolled Pensioner Guards Group
Topic: AGM and speaker Edwina Shooter: One way to organise your genealogy files
Sunday 23 April at 10:00am Irish Group
This is a change from the usual Sunday afternoon meeting time. Census substitutes: A short presentation and two demonstrations of finding someone on the Tithes Applotments and Griffiths Valuation. Booking open for the annual Four Courts Memorial Lunch to be held in Northbridge on Friday 30 June contact Maureen. New members and visitors always welcome at meetings. Please bring details of the Irish ancestors you are researching. Gold coin donation.
Contact Email T 92714311.
Sunday 23 April at 2:00pm Legacy Users Group
Saturday 29 April at 10:00am SIG Convenors Training
What's Your Family Secret?
The Australian co-producers of the hit series Who Do You Think You Are? (Series 1-7) are looking for participants for a new family history series.
The series will help high profile Australians and the family next door find answers to fundamental questions: Who is my father? Do I have siblings I don’t know about? Did my mother really die? etc. Would you like their help to investigate your family secret?
If so, email Liana for more information
WANTED Webmaster & IT Coordinator
The WAGS Webmaster and IT Coordinator is retiring from the roles that he has been doing for the past 9+ years. Consequently two vacancies are available for people to help WAGS move into the future.
Some technical knowledge of computers and software is needed for the IT Coordinator role. A high level of technical backup is available from our IT contractors. The webmaster role does not require specific knowledge about the world of websites, just an inquisitive mind and a willingness to learn how to populate a website. Technical backup is available from our web hosting company.
Training will be provided to the people who undertake these important roles for WAGS, as well as backup from the current incumbent.
Please get in touch with the WAGS Volunteer Co-ordinator if you are willing to give it a go and help out, at: Email WAGS Volunteers
Fees are due now for about 70% of members. Please check your Western Ancestor address sheet or online if you haven't already renewed.
March Western Ancestor
some copies have been late
While most members received their March journal on 8/9 March, we are concerned that some members received their copy of the March Journal much later than others. We’re looking at the whole production and distribution process to determine where the hold-ups have been. We want to get the journal into your hands early in the month of publication and we will work towards that goal. Don’t forget that the electronic version of the journal is available a couple of days before the beginning of the month, so you can always check on what’s happening by logging into the WAGS website and flicking through the online version.
Cheers, Lesley Silvester and Mike Murray, joint editors
Did not receive your March Western Ancestor?
Western Ancestor delivery has been unreliable but we are still trying to determine its extent. So if you have NOT received your journal to contact Lyn Watt at email publications and let her know.
Monday 10 April
12:00pm - 13:30pm
Topic: Outback Graves
Presenters: Trevor Tough and Alex Aitken
"This talk traces how a good idea between two friends has become a national project to mark and record lonely graves of Australia's pioneers. The fast moving yarns cover some little known historical events, leading to plenty of captivating facts about the fate and personal stories of many early characters."
Tea and coffee available - bring along your lunch
Enquiries email Activities Convenor
Family History Societies
Mandurah Family History Society
Saturday 8 April at 1:30pm
Topic: Linda Bettenay on "Secrets Mothers Keep"
For more information click here
Rockingham Family History Society
Saturday 1 April at 2pm
Topic: Diane Foster will speak on Preserving Your Family History - Part 2
For more information click here
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 family history
Saturday 1 April
10:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter – Lee-Ann Atkinson
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.
Cost: Members FREE
Payment is required at time of registration
Enquiries: email Activities Convenor
University of Tasmania Diploma of Family History; ‘Convict Ancestors’
UTAS is offering a family history unit commencing on 24th April 2017, as part of our Diploma of Family History; the unit is entitled ‘Convict Ancestors’. The unit is fully online and has a 100% HECS scholarship for domestic students, meaning that you will not incur a tuition fee or debt for studying the unit. The unit includes important information on how to read and interpret convict records, as well as tips on how to make sense of trial records and information from other judicial and penal series.
Applications are open now, and you can apply here. We would appreciate you sharing the unit with anyone who may be interested in studying it.
Australian Heritage Festival
18 April to 21 May 2017
Get involved with Australia’s unique heritage! The National Trusts are organising Australia’s largest heritage event with a festival in each state and territory. The Australian Heritage Festival offers loads of performances, tours, exhibitions, family events and talks in cities and towns across Western Australia.
Find out more at australianheritagefestival or in the comprehensive WA programme. Keep up to date with events by subscribing to the festival’s WA mailing list.
The Australian Heritage Festival is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Trusts Partnership Program. WAGS has an event "Voices from the Past" on 2 May.
Easter closures: Friday 14 April and Monday 17 April
ANZAC Day closure: Tuesday 25 April
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