Whittier Area Genealogical Society
Whittier Area Genealogical Society
The Four Bricks
The Four Bricks: Uptown Whittier, 1893. Photo courtesy of Whittier Public Library - Whittier Historical Photograph Collection
Welcome to the Whittier Area Genealogical Society
A genealogical society serving the Whittier area
in Los Angeles County, California
Your WAGS Leadership Team is investigating online or conference call
options for our April Board Meeting, Morning Class and General Meeting. 
We will post updates here once those plans have been finalized.
Check out our Area Events page for upcoming online SCGS Webinars,
and our National Events page for upcoming Legacy Family Tree Webinars 
Our next monthly program will be on Saturday, April 18th, 2020


Morning Class - Christine Cohen
11:00 am to 12:00 pm, Saturday, April 18, 2020 
Read the Instructions
A census record can give a "snapshot" of a family on a particular day.  However, when you search in the Federal, State, Veterans, Agricultural and Mortality Censuses, do you take the time to read the column headings, the instructions given to the enumerator on what to enter on the form or the abbreviation codes?  We will review these important items - directions that can assist your understanding of the answers provided.  These forms can provide clues to birth, citizenship, military service, death, social status, and much more.
Lunch Break - Important Change in Reservation Policy!
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Saturday, April 18, 2020
WAGS members have enjoyed the delicious lunches prepared monthly by the Hospitality Committee for many years.  However, our lunch patrons often make reservations too late or forget altogether, which makes it difficult to estimate how many to plan for.
Starting this month, instead of making reservations, lunch will be on a "first come, first served" basis.  We will prepare a tasty meal for the first 30 attendees - still offered for a suggested donation of only $5 - a real bargain!  As always, the lunch will feature a main course, salad, dessert & a beverage.  
Buy your lunch ticket when you arrive, so you do not miss out.
*  Any leftovers may be purchased at 12:45, just before the General Meeting.  The price will vary depending  on what is available.
General Meeting and Speakers - Jane Neff Rollins
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, Saturday, April 18, 2020 
Death Decoded: Documenting Death With or Without a Death Certificate
Identifying where and when an ancestor has died is an essential step for every genealogist. But sometimes the facts about death can be buried as deeply as the ancestor him- or herself.  Learn how to find a wide variety of documents that identify date and place of death (even if a death certificate can't be found) and how to decode what the documents are really telling you

Writer's Group
The next Life Story Writing Group Meeting will be Wednesday, April 8, 2020
The meetings are held at the Whittier Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St., from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month.  Click here for suggested writing topics for the next meeting.

April 4
Southern California Genealogical Society
Foundations to Researching in Euruope - Julie Goucher In this presentation we consider the broad elements of researching a European surname and then expand outwards to include other important factors ...

April 8
Legacy Family Tree
Decoding Social Security: Providing Benefits to our Ancestors - Michael L. Strauss, A.G. The passage of the Social Security Act of 1935 during the height the new deal era and the ...

April 10
Legacy Family Tree
The General Land Office Website—A Genealogical Gem - Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA The GLO website provides access to over 8 million records, some dating back to the late 1700s. ...

April 11
Pomona Valley Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting
This Meeting Has Been Cancelled The Pomona Valley Genealogical Society meets  in the Conference Room at the Pomona Public Library on the second Saturday of each month September through June.. ...

April 14
Legacy Family Tree
Jumpstart Your MyHeritage Family Tree with Instant Discoveries - James Tanner Jump start your family tree by learning how to add and evaluate instant discoveries to your MyHeritage family tree. ...