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WAGS eNews - Issue 47 May 2017

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Issue 47: May 2017


Voices From The Past

Tuesday 2 May 2017
WAGS Family History Research Centre 
unit 4 / 48 May St, Bayswater
Do you have family stories that have been handed down through the generations?  Come
along and listen to these amazing tales and then hear how you can start writing down
your own family stories.  
gold coin donation
Please register:  email   or  phone 9271 4311

Irish Family History Seminar

irish17-04.jpgSunday 28 May 2017
1:00pm - 7:00pm
State Library of WA
Gillian Hunt and Fintan Mullan, from the Ulster Historical Foundation, will be presenting at this exciting event, , hosted by the Irish SIG. They will cover both researching in the Republic and Northern Ireland. $40 members, $50 non members. Limited places left.

Booking essential. Registration forms available at WAGS and from the WAGS website


Special Interest Groups

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

Saturday 6 May at 11:00am The Master Genealogist Group
Topic: Second Site, Gedsite, TMG show stoppers and anything that takes your fancy.

Sunday 7 May at 2:00pm European Group

Saturday 13 May at 11:00am Computer Group
Topic: Robert Holloway, our newest CSIG committee member and semi-retired surveyor and geodesist will give us an insight into WA land records. In addition, WAGS stalwart, Ray Smith will demonstrate two new Internet sites, Twile and Zoompast. There’ll be other bits and bytes and time for a chat over morning tea. A plate to share will be very welcome.

Tuesday 16 May at 2:00pm Legacy User Group

Saturday 20 May at 10:00am Eastern Australian  Group
Topic: AGM & Lee-Ann Atkinson will give a talk on a family heirloom that she wrote about for the genealogy course she is studying through the University of Tasmania.

Saturday 20 May at 1:30pm Military Group
Topic: AGM and talk by William Duperouzel, author of 'Somewhere in France', the story of his Uncle Jim who was lost on the Somme in 1916.

Sunday 21 May at 2:00pm Scottish Group


Family Tree Maker updates - Newsfamily tree

Some members may have seen the advertisement in Western Ancestor from VicGUM regarding purchasing updates of Family Tree Maker. We have received this advice from VicGUM

"Advice received from Software Mackiev is that 2014.1 is being replaced by version 2017.
We have no 2014.1 and will not receive any more. At the moment release of version 2017 is expected around the end of March, there is however no firm date. It will be in the interest of all FTM users to ensure that there software has been registered and that they log in to the Software Mackiev website and sign up to receive their newsletter. In this way they will receive information about the actual release date.
Log in to Mackiev  and select: mailing  list, then follow the prompts”

Genie Chatter

fam_hist_enews_3.jpgMonday 8 May
12:00pm - 13:30pm
Unit 4
Topic: Publishing your family history with Geoff Barber & Steve Barwick
Tea and coffee available - bring along your lunch
Enquiries email Activities

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The number of membership renewal payments received so far has been very encouraging.
We still have quite a number of members with renewal dates from Jan 1st to April 30th who have yet to renew. Invoices were sent out on the reverse side of The Western Ancestor mailing address page or you can check your renewal date online. If you have any issues logging in online send an email to membership


Family History Societies

Mandurah Family History Society
Saturday 13 May at 1:30pm
Topic: AGM
For more information click

Rockingham Family History Society
Saturday 6 May at 2pm
Topic: Cate Pearce "Essential Tool for DNA - Gedmatch"
 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
Email: activities

Orientation Session
Wednesday 17 May at 10:00am - 12:00noon
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Unit 4
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    Activities

dna.jpgIntroduction to DNA - Cate Pearce
Tuesday 23 May 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Unit 4   
Cate Pearce is the convenor for the DNA SIG at WAGS and has been using DNA testing to further her own family history research, as well as helping others to break through brick walls using a combination of DNA testing and traditional archival methods. This talk introduces you to the kinds of tests you can take, what you can do with your results, and how DNA fits in with traditional family history research.

Cost $5
Bookings are essential click here
For further information - Email Activities or phone WAGS Library 9271 4311

Library News

library.jpgWe are seeking an extra copy of the following title for the Library if you have a spare lying around, please:
ERICKSON, Rica & O'MARA, Gillian
Convicts in Western Australia 1850-1887
Nedlands: University of Western Australia Press, 1994.

Thank you
Edwina Shooter – WAGS Librarian

Please note the deadline for the June issue has been brought forward.edit1.jpg


Robert Atkins

E: WAGS eNews editor

If you have an item of WAGS related activity for eNews please send it to the Editor by the 11th May 2017

eNews of The Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc.
6/48 May St., Bayswater, WA. 6053 - Phone: (08) 9271 4311



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