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Western Ancestor - June 2018 - Issue 158

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From Foundlings to Fremantle and much moreWA158-cover-sml

The June 2018 edition of the journal of the Western Australian Genealogical Society is out, and now,  if you are a WAGS member you can read it online.

As usual, the journal is packed with fascinating stories of families found, and a special feature Fremantle Fortress, about the role played by Rottnest in the defence of the Port of Fremantle during WWII.

Members can browse or download the electronic copy in the Member’s Only Section (you will have to log in) of this website under the Journal 2018 menu item.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:14


Western Ancestor - March 2018 - Issue #157

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Western Ancestor - March 2018 Issue - in your letterbox soon... WA157-201803-cover

The March 2018 edition of the journal of the Western Australian Genealogical Society is on the way to a letterbox near you - or maybe you just want to read it online.

Members can browse or download the electronic copy in the Member’s Only Section (you will have to log in) of this website under the Journal menu item.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2019 12:02


WAGS Journal - Back Issues - Vol. 08 2000-2002

Western Ancestor - Volume 8 (2000-2002)WA085-200003

The Western Ancestor is published quarterly in March, June, September and December of each year. Each Volume covers a three year period and consists of 12 editions. The first edition was issued in March 1979.

This page covers Volume 8, from Issue No. 01 in March 2000 through to Issue No. 12 in December 2002.  A total of 96 editions of the journal were published up to that date are now available online for WAGS members. 

Public access to back issues is available to Volumes 1 through 6.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 January 2018 13:36


Protect your online legacy

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cig 17-12 WillGetting your affairs in order - your 2018  challenge

You've made your Will, you say.  The house, the car, the books, the family albums are all clearly designated for distribution.  Your executors are chosen, your Will is in a safe place.

But what about your online presence? 

"We all have one these days," said Jenni Ibrahim, Convenor of WAGS Irish SIG.  "Email accounts, Facebook, photos on your phone.  Have you made provision for them? Who will responsible for closing them down?  What about your online family tree comprising years of hard work?"

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 October 2018 12:28


1906-1941 WA Birth Indexes

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For WAGS Members - A little something to keep you busy!bdms family notices

1906-1941 Western Australian Birth Indexes 

Compiled by WAGS volunteers from The West Australian, Western Mail & the Sunday Times newspaper births in the family notices columns, we now have available the 1906-1941 Births Index - in the Indexes and Database section of the Members Only Area (MOA) of the website. You need to log in to view the data.

The BDMs indexing is an ongoing WAGS Project Team effort and will provide additional indexes for the WAGS website as they are completed.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:15


WAGS 2017 Raffle

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Raffle Winner 132017 WAGS Raffle

Congratulations to 1st Prize Winner ($4,000): 

S Fleming - Doubleview

4 Runner prizes of $250 went to:

T Chilton- Bentley; J Russell - Orelia; T Mahony - Bedford and D Hudd - Bibra Lake

Last Updated on Monday, 04 December 2017 12:10


Webmaster Chris Loudon retires

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Chris Loudon 2013After almost a decade in the role, Chris Loudon is stepping down as Webmaster, a position he has occupied since 2008.

Chris’s contribution to WAGS has been extraordinary. He has not only maintained and expanded the WAGS website over this lengthy period but has also been the Society’s IT Co-ordinator and social media advisor as well as the instigator and project leader of the 11th Battalion Cheops Project. During this time he has also provided wise and knowledgeable counsel to Management on a range of issues.

Under his direction, the WAGS website has won several Federation of Family History Society awards and in 2015, Chris was made a Life Member of WAGS in recognition of his exceptional service.

Our sincere thanks to Chris for his sustained and significant commitment to the Society and our best wishes for his future endeavours.

Anne Giles and Lorna McLean have jointly taken on the role of Webmaster and we thank them for committing to this important position.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 16:56

Annual Volunteers Morning Tea

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Tuesday 28 November 2017 from 10:00am - 11:00am in Unit 4, 48 May Street, Bayswater

This event is the Society's way of acknowledging the contribution of the many volunteers whose efforts keep our operations running so smoothly.

We invite all WAGS volunteers to join us for morning tea onTuesday

To assist with catering please RSVP: Volunteers Co-ordinator


Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 16:57

Remembrance Day 2017 - WAGS Commemorative Event

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Photograph 4aThe 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month has a special significance - it was the moment in 1918, when hostilities ceased on the Western Front and brought about an end to the dreadful carnage. WAGS will observe the 99th anniversary of this significant day in Unit 4/48 May St on Saturday, 11th November.

At 10.30am, Julie Martin from WAGS Cheops Project will tell of the events leading up to the men of Western Australia’s 11th Battalion being photographed on the Great Pyramid in Egypt and outline the stories of the some of the men who appear in this famous image.

Precisely at 11am, one minute’s silence will be observed and be followed by the Last Post to remember and honour those Australians who died or suffered in war and armed conflicts. Please join us for this special commemoration. Family and friends are most welcome.  The Computer Special Interest Group will meet after the Remembrance Day ceremony. 

remembrance-day-ausLest we forget



Last Updated on Friday, 03 November 2017 07:26

WAGS Military SIG meeting

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Military Interest Group presentation - Advance noticeKetterer, Victor Lt MC 16Bn - AWM Collection C997871

Not to be missed - MIlitary Special Interest Group Meeting

Saturday, 18 November 2017 starting at 1.30pm in Unit 4, 48 May Street Bayswater 

Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Dr Mike Galvin, Patron of the Military History Society of Western Australia.  Mike will present a paper about Lt Victor Ketterer MC, 16th Battalion titled 'First to Last and then Some'

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 12:42


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