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Western Ancestor - 2019 December

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THERE’S lots about DNA in this issue, and our cover depicts Blaine Bettinger and Louise Coakley,2019 Dec Western Ancestor Cover

together with members of the DNA Special Interest Group about to climb our DNA Tower in Kings Park.

Blaine and Louise were in town to speak at the recent oneday DNA Down Under Seminar.

The 15 metre high DNA Tower was built on the highest part of the Park more than 50 years ago, in 1966.

The design is based on the famous double helix shape of the DNA molecule. 

The journal is now available online for FamilyHistoryWA members only.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2020 10:31


Live South of the River? Join our House Group

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The South of the River house group meets in Willetton on the 1st Wednesday of every month except January.

New members are always welcome- no special commitment necessary,

Join a great group of family historians who are interested in researching their family, plus uncovering mysteries and overcomming brick walls along the way.

Check the South of the River House Group page for further information.

We produce 'Of Interest' documents that are relevant to family history - breaking news, free databases, opinion....every month a new page is attached to a meeting reminder.

I'll catch up on some of these to show that we have been busy since 2015!

Hoping to see you in 2020

Best wishes,


Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2019 10:20

Western Ancestor - Sept 2019

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Western Ancestor the Journal of Family History WA - Setptember 2019 Western Ancestor Sept 2019

Don't restrict yourself to tracing your ancestors. Your more distant relatives might have interesting stories. We have some in this issue...

Au lendemain de lar conference de Sesheke, preparation des embarcations. Arbe de Livingstone a l'arriere plan / Burnier (1907). Researched by Gail Thomas who has distant cousins who were missoranaries in Barotseland, now Zambia.

Romantic Fortune Story - An article from the Perth Sunday Times, about a fraudster. Researched by Mike Kiely.

e-editions (PDF) of Western Ancestor are availble to financial members of our organisation.

Family History WA  for new and ongoing genealogy research and exploration. JOIN TODAY

Western Ancestor - March 2019

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Western Ancestor - March 2019 

Celebrating 161 issues, our journal this month honours some of our past Presidents whose committment eipiotmises the hundreds of people who have given their time, effort and ideas to Family History WA.

This issue of Western Ancestor is full of contributions from members, including a fascinating story about WA's bridge-building past, and an exploration of the new DNA technology is helping to rediscover the ancient roots of Australia's Aboriginal people.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 May 2020 09:20


Completed - new car park at 48 May Street

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 FHWA new car parkConstruction work on the rear car park at 48 May Street commenced on Monday 4 February and is now completed.

Gone is the eyesore and wasted space and our new parking area is in operation and suitable for use by small cars.



Last Updated on Saturday, 24 August 2019 15:02

A quick tip for using the Events Calendar

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When you want to access the Events Calendar, click using the right button of your mouse.  This will give you the option to "Open in a New Tab" and leave the website open while you use TryBooking.  Having the website open in another tab is a quick way to get back to the website when you have finished your booking or to swap between the website and the TryBooking Events Calendar.

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Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2019 12:40

WAGS IS 40!!!!

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Celebrating forty years and going strong

WAGS is the product of our members' dedication and passion. Thank you to all who helped grow our family history community over the past four decades and especially those who gave their time and energy to build our Society. 


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Last Updated on Saturday, 24 August 2019 15:26

Armistice Day - 11th November 1918

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REMEMBRANCE DAY, 2018CC Remembrance Day 2017

The 400,000 Australians who enlisted,  the 60,000 who never returned.  We will remember them.  

Amidst the celebrations of the war's end, a story of tragedy at home.  "It was a dreadful thing": a story around Armistice Day, 1918,  now featured on the  WAGS blog.

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Last Updated on Friday, 11 January 2019 12:53

New service for Members Only

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Unwanted Certificates - now available in pdf  Marriage cert web

AS the collection of unwanted certificates grows, we are pleased to let members know that some are now available in digital format which can be emailed directly to you.

This little treasure trove, indexed by WAGS members, comprises nearly 4000 records.  With 5,500 birth and baptism certificates, 1111 death certificates,1030  marriage certificates, as well as 9 wills and 4 census records, it is valuable resource.

At only $5 a certificate, this service can save you $$$ and time.  Check here now to find one of those elusive family members.

You are also encouraged to donate your unwanted certificates to this collection.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2019 09:52

Western Front War dead

Western Australian WW1 soldiers honouredAWM Honour Roll, Canberra ACT

Announcing the completion of the first comprehensive list of West Australians who served and died on the Western Front in WW1, Shannon Lovelady said that her team of researchers had discovered 158 soldiers whose names were not on the Western Australian State War Memorial.

You can explore the checklist on the Western Front Dead from Western Australia project page.

This Western Australia project (WFDWA) is the second 'Dead from Western Australia' project supported by WAGS which has been proposed, led and administered by Shannon Lovelady. This project commenced in January 2016.

The project is nearing completion and now honours 5,209 names of Western Australians who lost their lives in World War 1.  Shannon is interviewed on the ABC (see link below) where she talks about some of the highlights of her work and the complexity of the project which involved three years work, by 70 volunteers.

This penultimate database has been added to the WAGS website.

ABC: Unknown WWI soldiers honoured in project to track down all WA men killed on Western Front

- the Commonwealth War Grave Commission's database
- WA's State War Memorial
- Kings Park Honour Avenues plaques
- Various WA battalions’ Rolls of Honour
- Casualty lists 1916-1919

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 August 2019 15:30

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