Whittier Area Genealogical Society
Whittier Area Genealogical Society

WAGS Annual Seminar

For your convenience, there are three ways to register for the seminar:
1. At our regular WAGS meetings.
2. Register by Mail here.  Print out the flyer, and mail the completed form in with your check.
3. Register Online.  For detailed instructions on the online registration process, please click here.
The WAGS 37th Annual Seminar will be held on January 25, 2020. We are fortunate to have an outstanding speaker, Pat Richley-Erickson, also known as DearMYRTLE.
DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson, author of the award-winning DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog and the new Myrt’s Musings where the focus is beginning genealogy topics. DearMYRTLE hosts several weekly webinars including Mondays with Myrt and Wacky Wednesday. She and Cousin Russ moderate intensive study groups including Beginning Genealogy, Gen-Doc Mastering Genealogical Documentation, and others. DearMYRTLE’s YouTube Channel has over 1,000 archived webinars.
DearMYRTLE is a co-founder of the Genea-Quilters group on Facebook, and founder of GeneaWebinars, a centralized calendar and blog for all known genealogy webinar hosts and virtual presenters. She serves as co-admin for the 32,000 member The Organized Genealogist Facebook Group together with her hangout co-host, her real-life Cousin Russ Worthington.
Myrt is a speaker at regional and national conferences including several livestreamed from RootsTech. She has served as an official RootsTech blogger and ambassador (2011-2018). Myrt serves the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy’s virtual courses as SLIG Virtual Tech. She is on the board for THE Genealogy Show to be held at the NEC in Birmingham, England, June 2019.
Online since 1985 in membership development with Q-Link's Your Family Tree and later with the leadership team of AOL's Golden Gate Genealogy Forum, Pat is a retired post-secondary and corporate software instructor. She and her husband live in Salt Lake City, Utah, just a stone's throw from the Family History Library. 
The Seminar Committee has selected four diverse topics for our 2020 seminar:
1. Technology for 21st Century Genealogists - DearMYRTLE's top 15 suggestions for getting the job done using mainstream computer and internet resources in addition to genealogy-specific tools. In this session we discuss the pros and cons of web hinting and the necessity of certain cloud services.
2. Family Search: 6 Ways to Jumpstart Your 2020 Research - What do researchers do when they understand only 11% of Family Search digital records sets are indexed? This session covers an important work-around, and "Browse" doesn't begin to cut it.
3. The Clothesline Approach to Family History Research - All documents are not created equal. This session provides insights for weighing the reliability of individual info items in a document, the motivation of the informant, the age of the document, whether the information is first or second hand, and if the evidence directly or indirectly answers the research question. We refer to Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence Analysis Process Map.
4. Proven Strategies for Staying on Track - More than keeping a research log, organized genealogists need to keep track of ideas that occur when working on another segment of their research. This session details 5 essential tips and tricks.