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WAGS eNews - Issue 48 June 2017

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Issue 48: June 2017



agm.jpgSunday 25 June
3:00pm - 4:00pm         
Bayswater Senior Citizens Centre
27 King William Street

Researching Your WA Ancestors

Wednesday 7 June
9:30am - 1pm
State Library of Western Australia, Perth
WAGS volunteers are at the State Library
on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (9:30am -1pm)
to help with your worldwide research.

To celebrate WA week, on 7 June, WAGS volunteers
will join with the Genealogy Centre volunteers
to help you with your Western Australian research.

No need to book, just come along
Enquiries: Email Lorraine Clarke


Special Interest Groups

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

Saturday 3 June at 2:00pm DNA Group
Topic: How to use the Gedmatch tools
This session will focus on how to use the Gedmatch One-to-Many tool, which is the most useful tool for understanding the ways Gedmatch can help you apply your DNA results to your family history research. We will also hear from other members about how they have used DNA in their own family history research.

Saturday 10 June at 11:00am Computer Group
Topic: We’ll have a look at WAGS EDR; what it is, how it works and how to get the best out of it. We’ll also take a look at Internet Security and in particular CC Cleaner as well as making some time for Q & A.

Sunday 11 June at 10:00am North of England Group
Topic: About Members Interests Directory

Sunday 11 June at 2:00pm South Australian Group
Topic: Property titles. See how you can down load FREE Certificates of Title. Also, bring along your brickwalls and we will try and assist you.

Saturday 17 June at 10:30am India & South East Asia Group
Topic:  AGM and The Genealogist
We will meet in unit 6 and have a short AGM followed by a look at the 'British in India Collection' that has been released on The Genealogist website.  There will be time to do your own research.

Saturday 17 June at 11:00am London & South of England  Group

Sunday 18 June at 2:00pm Legacy User Group

Friday 30 June at 12:00pm Irish Group - Four Courts Memorial Lunch
Where: Rosy O'Grady's, corner James and Milligan, Northbridge.
Limited places. RSVP to Maureen by 25 June M  0438 503 668 Email


Vacancies: VIP Roleskitchener_2634167b.jpg

After 9+ Years as WAGS Webmaster Chris, is moving on to other interests. Consequently, WAGS needs a new Web Master and an IT Coordinator. Yes, two positions but Chris will assist with training and backup.

  1. Needs an inquisitive mind and a willingness to learn how to populate a website. Technical backup available from our web hosting company.

Please get in touch with the WAGS Volunteer Co-ordinator if you are willing to give it a go and help out, email: WAGS Volunteers

Editor's note: WAGS cannot continue to provide its impressive range of services and support to members without these roles, so I urge those of you that have an interest and/or skills in this area to give thuis request serious consideration.

future_direction.jpgWAGS Looking to the Future

Dear Members
You will have read in the March 2017 Western Ancestor (p251) about the Future Directions workshop held by WAGS in January to plan for the future of your Society.  In order to grow and develop the Society and membership into the future, Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS) is moving forward.

By 2020 we want WAGS to be known as the ‘go-to’ place in WA for worldwide family history research, data, and learning. The world of genealogy and family history is changing rapidly, and we need to continually examine options to attract new members and increase our services and the use of our facilities. An early, important step we want to take in this journey, is the introduction of a new ‘brand’ name, Family History WA. This will entail renaming the May Street facilities as the Family History Research Centre, including the B. J. Croker Library and Unit 4 meeting room/offices. 
FamilyHistoryWA is the business name registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and will be the public face of WAGS.  This will be WAGS trading as FamilyHistoryWA.

The Family History Research Centre will continue to provide Western Australian and Worldwide resources, but also the skills and knowledge to assist people to go about tracing their family history.  At the core of these ‘changes’ the existing WAGS structure will continue with membership, volunteers, website and online presence, Journal, management, Special Interest Groups etc., but with some new options to attract new members and increase the use of our facilities. 

WAGS is a membership organisation for genealogists and family historians and will continue to be so.  More information will be published in the June Western Ancestor.  If you have comments, suggestions or queries please email the WAGS secretary, or chat with a member of the Management Committee.

Ian Simon


Genie Chatter

Monday 12 June
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Unit 4
Topic: Genealogy vs Family History – Diane Foster
The term Genealogy and Family History are often used interchangeably. What is the difference?
Tea and coffee available - bring along your lunch
Enquiries email Activities

2-4_mach-gun-bat.jpg2/4th Machine Gun Battalion Web Site

This new website , developed by the Ex-Members Association, was created as a memorial to 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion, West Australian raised in WW2, who spent 3 1/2 years as POWs of Japan. 
This is a developing project to share the history and life of POWs.  The next phase of the website is mapping, POW Camps, and tagging of men to the camps.

The Association is encouraging families to look through their family archives.  Copy and send information, photos, letters, etc  and family stories passed down the years. The Association wants to gather this information before we, the children/grandchildren of these men are gone and the history lost.  It is for the families of these men - an opportunity to record forever the story of their father/grandfather/uncle for the next generations. Information can be submitted via the web site.


Family History Societies

Rockingham Family History Society
Saturday 3 June at 2pm
Topic: Julie Martin will speak on "Kill your Darlings: Writing for Family History."
For more information click here

Mandurah Family History Society
Saturday 10 June at 1:30pm
Topic: Mabs Marland, who will be telling us about her recollections of life and growing up in Kent - and her experience as a child during World War II.
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
Email: activities

Getting started with family historygetting started.jpg
Thursday 8 June
Unit 4 WAGS
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
Non-members $10
Payment is required at time of registration
Enquiries: email Activities

Orientation Session
Wednesday  21 June at 10:00am - 12:00noon
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Unit 4 WAGS
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

Workshop - Getting More from FamilySearch

with Ian Simon
Tuesday  27 June
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Units 4, 5, 6 WAGS
Ian will take you on a tour of the FamilySearch website.
How to use the Catalog to further your research
How to locate and view online records
How to use the Wiki to learn where to find record collections
How to order microfilms and have them sent to your family history library
This hands-on workshop will give you time to practice what you have learned.   

Cost: members $10; non-members $15
Bookings are essential; click here
For further information - Email Activities or phone WAGS Library 9271 4311

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