Whittier Area Genealogical Society
Whittier Area Genealogical Society
Whittier Founders
Whittier Founders: 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
 
Our Next Regular Meeting will be Saturday, May 19th, 2018.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Morning Class
Joel Weintraub
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
What Happened at Ellis Island?  The Name Change Myth
Did your ancestors come through Ellis Island?  Does your family story include a name change by an immigration inspector?  Joel Weintraub will review the evidence of name changes and the procedures that were followed in the processing of newly arrived immigrants.  These include the legal documents that accompanied immigrants and official documents that were generated in the course of detentions at the station.  
 
Lunch Break
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Join us in May for lunch & to celebrate WAGS' 37th Birthday -  there will be cake! 
Pat Stubblefield will be preparing chicken salad sandwiches, salad, and a special birthday carrot cake for lunch.  Relax and enjoy good food and the company of your fellow genealogists between the morning and afternoon sessions.  Wish WAGS Happy Birthday, and be sure to make your lunch reservation - still for  only a $5 suggested donation.  Make sure to thank Pat and the other volunteers who make this happen every month
Please contact our Hospitality Chair, Miriam Benell, at dandmbenell@earthlink.net to make your lunch reservation by Wednesday, May 16th.
 
General Meeting and Speaker
Joel Weintraub
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Crowdsourcing the Path to the 1950 Census
Following a short business meeting, which will include the installation of our 2018-2019 Leadership Team, Joel Weintraub will present a special preview of what will be happening with the 1950 Census before its release in April 2022.
 
The 1940 U.S. Census opened in 2012 without a name index. A FamilySearch led consortium used 160,000 volunteers to name index that census in 4 months. In addition, Joel and Steve Morse, over seven years with about 125 volunteers, developed free utilities to find which of 150,000 census districts someone was in, when a location or address is known. These projects are examples of crowdsourcing. Steve and Joel are now doing a similar project for the 1950 Census. Joel will discuss differences between the 1940 and 1950 censuses that impacted their planning and project design. The film scanning, publicity, volunteer response, Yahoo Group site, cloud storage, software, One-Step utilities, and project phases will be discussed. All 233,800 1950 enumeration district definitions have now been transcribed. Street indexes will also be completed for over 2,000 communities (over 900 already done at this time) to help find 1950 census district numbers. Original 1950 census documents will be displayed.
 
Held at the Whittier Masonic Temple, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90602
 
  

 
Writer's Group  
 
The next Life Story Writing Group Meeting will be held April 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm.   
 
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 25
WAGS Writer's Group
WAGS members and the public are invited to attend the Life Story Writing Group.  Meetings are held every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month at the Uptown  Whittier Senior ...

May 12
Whittier Founders Day
Come visit the WAGS booth at Whittier Founder's Day, an event presented by the Whittier Historical Society and the City of Whittier.  Founders Day Day is a free, fun, family event.  ...

May 19
Joel Weintraub
What Happened at Ellis Island?  The Name Change Myth Did your ancestors come through Ellis Island?  Does your family story include a name change by an immigration inspector?  Joel Weintraub ...

May 19
Joel Weintraub
Crowdsourcing the Path to the 1950 Census The 1940 U.S. Census opened in 2012 without a name index. A FamilySearch led consortium used 160,000 volunteers to index the names in ...

June 16
Los Angeles Public Library Road Trip
Road Trip!  Los Angeles Public Library   Our Program Director, Roger Mount, is planning a road trip to the Los Angeles Public Library for our June Meeting.  We will meet ...