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DNA - Neanderthals in your family?

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Spoilt - Two WAGS DNA events in March Neanderthal family in a cave - Image ex ABC News article, click to view

The WAGS DNA SIG is meeting this coming Saturday (March 5th) and there is a DNA workshop on Tuesday March 22nd.

Are there any Neanderthals in your family? Studies have found that there is Neanderthal DNA tucked away in the human genome, but there is now evidence that there is Human DNA in Neanderthals as well.

Our two events may not cover these issues, but there is a lot to know about how DNA can help in our family as well as our social history, see topics below...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 March 2016 22:10


WAGS Military SIG - Inaugural meeting

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Inaugural Military Interest Group meeting - Sat 20 Feb 1:30pmWAGS Military SIG

The initial meeting of the WAGS Militiary Interest Group (MIG), held on Saturday 17th October was a huge success and now the first SIG meeting is being held this coming Saturday at WAGS Unit 4, 48 May St Bayswater.

The inaugural guest speaker is one of the most engaging archivists in town, a regular WAGS supporter and member, Marjorie Bly is Assistant Director at the National Archives office in Perth and has great depth of knowledge about the military material within the National Archives collection.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2016 12:28


Orientation Wed Feb 17 2016 10am

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Wednesday Feb 17 2015 - 10:00 am to 12:30 Strahov Abbey Theological Hall, Prague, Czech Republic

Take a fresh look at WAGS Library & get the most out of your 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.

Each orientation session includes information and demonstrations on how to use WAGS library and catalogue, what resources are available on our computers, Activities program, Special Interest Groups (SIG's), WAGSnet, WAGS forum, WAGS website plus lots more.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 March 2016 14:06


Unscrambling Eggs

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WAGS CIG Unscrambling Eggs

Saturday 13 February 2016 at 11:00 to 13:00

Topic: Chaos, Clusters, Neural Networks, Family Trees, Story Telling and Unscrambling Genealogy Eggs.

Sounds interesting eh!

Come along and see what these things have in common and how you can put a theme and little used tool to good use.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 February 2016 22:22


DNA SIG inaugural meeting

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WAGS NEW Genetic Genealogy / DNA SIG meetingDNA image - WAGS DNA SIG

Inaugural meeting of the newly formed DNA SIG - don't miss this - Saturday 06 Feb - 14:00 at WAGS Unit 4, Bayswater

The aim is to collaborate and help one another to interpret and apply their DNA results: helping to confirm their family tree lines, break down “walls”, explore other family connections, as well as being involved in international surname projects and encouraging further exploration of DNA tools.

Guest speaker: Geoff Barber

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2016 12:56


Getting Started - Feb 2016

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or - Getting started on your Family History

Haven't booked yet - there is still time but slots are filling fast, don't miss outon this introductory WAGS Course...

Thursday 04 February 2016    10am to 12:00pm 
Cost:  Members Free (Click to register)   -   Non Members $10.00 (click to pay online)   Course limit: 20 

Bookings are required by phoning the Library on [9271 4311] or emailing>> WAGS Activities
Please also register your attendance on the Event Calendar (Log in & click here to register attendance)

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2016 11:45


Australia Day 2016

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Says it all really...

This version of "I am Australian" was performed by Bruce Woodley and his daughter Claire at the Victorian Bushfire Memorial Service for the 'Black Saturday' bushfires on the 7th February 2009; it includes two new verse's penned by Bruce Woodley for the Memorial and seems very relevant with the disasterous bushfires in Australia over the 2015 Christmas 2016 New Year period, especially for people affected by the recent fires in Western Australia's south west, and those in South Australia and Victoria.

We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice:
I am, you are, we are Australian

Watch the Video below...

Last Updated on Monday, 25 January 2016 08:41


The Old Year 2015

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2015 Closes, Welcome The New YearSunset 2015, image per Chris Loudon, poem by Henry Kendall

The President and Committee of The Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc. (WAGS) wish all of its present and past members, affilliated societies, associate members, families and friends all the best for the New Year 2016.

We hope to see you all back in 2016 chasing the "elusives" in your family history.

Words to "The Old Year" by Henry Kendall below...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 December 2015 22:06


The Genealogy Curmudgeon

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Latest from our Guest Blogger - They came on a boat... Small boat lost at sea: painting by C Leipold

Our Genealogy Curmudgeon is showing their frustration at the terminology used by family historians.

Short but sweet, or is that bitter...

Curmudgeons are a special breed of the human condition, generally mistaken for a grump. Family history and genealogy do not escape their attention even here in Perth Western Australia.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2015 22:06


2015 Raffle Winners

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Raffle Winner 13Congratulations to 1st Prize Winner: 

FIRST Prize – Isabel Parker – Safety Bay

4 Runner prizes of $250 went to:

Second Prize – Ken Richards – City Beach; Third Prize – Julie Arrowsmith - Darlington; Fourth Prize – Sue Ridgeway - Como; Fifth Prize – A.E. Brown – Mt. Claremont

Prizes were drawn on November 24 at WAGS Volunteers morning tea, by WAGS patron Ruth Reid. Congratulations to all our winners, and our thanks for supporting WAGS.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015 17:13


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