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
Make Sure to Join us on Saturday, January 27th for our Annual Seminar!
Click here, or visit or WAGS Seminar 2018 page for more details.
We are offering the remaining books in our Library Collection for Sale at our Seminar.
Click here for more information on our Book Sale.
Our Next Regular Meeting will be Saturday, February 17th, 2018.
Morning Class
Class Announcement Pending
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Our Program Director is diligently working on scheduling and confirming our topic and presenter for our February 2018 Morning Class.
Check back  often - we will update the information as soon as we receive confirmation and details!
Lunch Break
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
The Lunch Break is a great opportunity to network with fellow genealogists! 
Thanks to the efforts of the Hospitality Team, we don't need to run out for lunch between the morning and afternoon meeting.  A homemade meal is being planned for February by Pat Stubblefield that includes a main dish, salad, and drink for only a $5 suggested donation.   Please contact our Hospitality Chair, Miriam Benell, at dandmbenell@earthlink.net to make your lunch reservation by Wednesday, February 14th.
General Meeting and Speaker
Gregory Beckman
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
A Civil War Mystery:  The Case of the Wrong Headstone Surname
Augustus Beckmann's family never knew what happened to him after he was shot in the Battle of Shiloh during the Civil War.  Now, back in the family after 154 years, our speaker will detail his quest for locating his burial place and correcting the incorrect information on the headstone marking his grave in Camp Chase Confederate in Columbus, Ohio.
Held at the Whittier Masonic Temple, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90602
Please note that the Radisson Hotel shown on the map is now the Doubletree.

Writer's Group  
The next Life Story Writing Group Meeting will be held January 24, 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.

January 24
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 ...

January 27
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen
  35th Annual Seminar   The WAGS Seminar Committee is excited to announce that the speaker for our 35th Annual Seminar will by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen!   Peggy Lynn Clemens ...

February 17
WAGS Panel Discussion - Genealogy Q&A
Our Program Director, Roger Mount, will moderate a panel discussions featuring six members from the WAGS Board.  Several of our Board Members have volunteered to answer questions about their genealogy journeys ...

February 17
Gregory Beckman
​A Civil War Mystery:  The Case of the Wrong Headstone Surname Augustus Beckmann's family never knew what happened to him after he was shot in the Battle of Shiloh during ...

March 17
Colleen Greene
Social History:  Painting a Bigger Picture of Your Hispanic Ancestors' Lives