Whittier Area Genealogical Society
Whittier Area Genealogical Society
Golden Rule Store
Golden Rule Store: 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

The WAGS Life Story Writers Group will meet
Wednesday, March 10th at 1 p.m.

Our Next Monthly General Meeting Will Be
Saturday, March 20th at 1 p.m.

Life Story Writers Group
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Wednesday, March 10, 2021
The Life Story Writers Group is meeting on Zoom.  Join us at our virtual home on the second Wednesday of each month to meet with fellow writers, share your stories and get some tips.  You can contact our group facilitator at president@wagswhittier.org to be added to the Life Story Writers Group mailing list and receive information on how to join the Zoom Meeting Room.


WAGS Social Half Hour on Zoom
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm, Saturday, March 20, 2021
Sign in early on March 20th to chat with fellow WAGS members and guests.
The Zoom Conference room will be open from 12:30 pm until the General Meeting starts at 1:00 pm for a social half-hour.  Bring your lunch, bring a dessert, bring a friend, or just bring yourself and join us.  You can see your friends on the main screen, participate in the group audio / video chat, or have public or private text chats with one another in the chat box.

WAGS Monthly Meeting
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, Saturday, March 20, 2021
Mixing DNA With A Paper Trail*
Featured Speaker:  Dr. Penny Walters
Dr. Penny Walters, author of ’Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’ and ‘The Psychology of Searching’ (Amazon) in this session, will explain how to merge established paper trails with DNA results. The biology and jargon of DNA can be overwhelming and people have had to learn this new branch of genealogy quickly. Through DNA testing, people receive ethnicity estimates, a heritage map, a list of people that DNA ‘matches’ (overlaps) with, and the opportunity to contact them and collaborate if both parties want to. Many people don’t know what to do with all that information, and just focus on their ethnicity result. The advantages and disadvantages of different DNA tests will be explored; a consanguinity chart will be provided; useful information for adopted people will be given; uploading to GEDmatch and utilising the MRCA (most recent common ancestor) information, and triangulation will be explained. Attendees will be shown how to add ‘useful’ DNA matches to their tree to inform a re-structured paper trail. A variety of ethical dilemmas will be outlined.
WAGS members will receive an invitation with meeting details in February.  If you are not a WAGS member, you are welcome to attend.  Send an email with to program@wagswhittier.org and an invitation will be sent to you.
*  This presentation will be preceded by a brief business meeting.



March 2
Legacy Family Tree
British Genealogy Online:  The Top English & Welsh Family History Websites - Rick Crume Researching your family history in England and Wales has never been easier. Many digitized church records, ...

March 3
Legacy Family Tree
La Madre Chiesa:  Italian Catholic Parish Records - Suzanne Russo Adams, AG The presentation will discuss researching in baptismal, marriage and burial records of the Catholic Church in Italy. Tips ...

March 5
Legacy Family Tree
The Ten Percent:  Free People of Color - Nicka Smith In 1860, there were more than 4 million enslaved people of African descent living in the United States. At the ...

March 6
Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS)
8th Annual OCCGS Genealogy BASH & Book Faire - Featuring Michael Strauss, AG®   Save the date and visit the OCCGS website for more information about this event or ...

March 6
Southern California Genealogical Society
Alcoholics and Teetotalers:  Finding Yours in America's Temperance Movement - Michael Brophy, MBA The Temperance Movement was a social movement in the United States to reduce the consumption of alcohol ...