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Gary Fredericksen
Saturday, August 18
Gary Fredericksen  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Identifying Old Pictures in a Family Collection 
From a mostly unidentified family photo collection, Gary scanned and sent the collection to his family on a flash drive.  He will share his own developed process that helped him identify over a third of the pictures.  He will also show his collection of different types of these old photos.


FGS Conference 2018
Wednesday, August 22 through Saturday, August 25
FGS Conference 2018  (National Event)
Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne IN
Hosted by the Federation of Genealogical Societies along with local host Allen County Public Library, FGS 2018 brings you sessions with many of the nation's top family history experts.
 
Learn from leading family history speakers and educators.  Visit companies and organizations providing products and services that will benefit your research.  Meet up with old friends and make new ones.  Leave with a renewed enthusiasm for family history and ready to tackle those challenging research projects. 
 
Whether you're just starting to research your family tree or have been an avid genealogist for years, this is an event you won't want to miss.  FGS conferences are open to anyone with an inkling of finding their past and provide a unique setting to interact, connect, and learn from many of the world's expoert genealogists.  FGS conferences promise to deliver an unparalleled educational and enlightening experience for everyone year after year
 
To find out about the speakers and schedule, click here.  To register for the conference, click here.


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, August 22
WAGS Writer's Group  (Life Story Writing Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Whittier Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St., Whittier, CA
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 Center on Walnut.
 
​For writing suggestions for this meeting, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at treasurer@wagswhittier.org
 



It's All Relative - Genealogy Workshop Part 1
Saturday, September 8
It's All Relative - Genealogy Workshop Part 1  (Area Event)
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Homestead Museum, 15415 East Don Julian Road, City of Industry CA 91745
It's All Relative - a two-part genealogy workshop
Part 1:  Saturday, September 8
Part 2:  Saturday, September 22
Explore your roots in this interactive workshop that may help you learn more about your family tree.  The first meeting will cover the basics of research and how to care for your family documents.  The second will help participants dig deeper with further tricks and tools, along with tips on how to care for family photos.  This workshop is ideal for beginners.
 
Admission is free, but reservations are required and can be made starting July 27.  The workshop is limited to 20 participants.  Call the Homestead Museum at (626) 968-8492 or visit their website, homesteadmuseum.org, and click on Upcoming Events for more information.
 
 
 
 
 
 


Sara Cochran
Saturday, September 15
Sara Cochran  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Locating Records in Archives from Your Couch
​The digital age has brought billions of records to genealogists' living rooms.  However, there is much more only available in hard-copy.  Learn how to track down these valuable resources, wherever they are in the world, without leaving the comfort of your own home.


Sara Cochran
Sara Cochran  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Getting Around the Missing 1890 Census
​The destruction of the 1890 Census has created many brick walls for US researchers, but there are ways to break them down.  Learn about alternative ways of finding your ancestors between the 1880 and 1900 censuses.


It's All Relative - Genealogy Workshop Part 2
Saturday, September 22
It's All Relative - Genealogy Workshop Part 2  (Area Event)
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Homestead Museum, 15415 East Don Julian Road, City of Industry CA 91745
It's All Relative - a two-part genealogy workshop
Part 1:  Saturday, September 8
Part 2:  Saturday, September 22
Explore your roots in this interactive workshop that may help you learn more about your family tree.  The first meeting will cover the basics of research and how to care for your family documents.  The second will help participants dig deeper with further tricks and tools, along with tips on how to care for family photos.  This workshop is ideal for beginners.
 
Admission is free, but reservations are required and can be made starting July 27.  The workshop is limited to 20 participants.  Call the Homestead Museum at (626) 968-8492 or visit their website, homesteadmuseum.org, and click on Upcoming Events for more information.
 
 
 
 
 
 



Bill Cole
Saturday, October 20
Bill Cole  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Breathe Life Into Your Genealogy Through the Power of Story
​Bill consideres himself a master storyteller and hopes to pass along his passion to you.  He believes, "If history and genealgoy were taught in the form of stories, they would never be forgotten."  In his talk, you will experience the power of story and learn systematic methods of how to construct stories.  You will learn the answers to three key questions:  1) What are the elements of a good story?  2) What makes a story powerful?  3) What engages the audience in a story?
 


Diane Henriks
Saturday, October 20
Diane Henriks  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Publishing Your Family History
Family History is a social science that involves other people.  As you learn about family members and their experiences, you should share their story with others.  Join Diane as she teaches you how to organize, prepare, and publish your family stories for your own family and the public.
 



Rick Frohling
Saturday, November 17
Rick Frohling  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Personal Historian 3
Rick will discuss why you should write your personal story,  what may be holding you back from writing your personal history or family history, and ways to overcome these obstacles.  He will provide an overview of the features of the Personal Historian software program and how they can help you.  Finally, he will provide other tools that may help you in your quest to document your personal or family history.


Megan Lee
Saturday, November 17
Megan Lee  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Beginning Autosomal DNA and  Tricks of the Trade​
Learn how to get started using your new DNA results.  This introductory lecture will explain teh basic inheritance patterns and limitations of Autosomal DNA, discuss the X-chromosome, explain how to find and read the results per company, and learn other tricks and tips to find the cousin matches or break through your brick walls.


Christine Johns Cohen at Glendora Genealogical Group
Tuesday, November 27
Christine Johns Cohen at Glendora Genealogical Group  (Area Event)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
La Fetra Center, Elm Room, 2nd Floor, 333 E Foothill Blvd, Glendora CA 91741
Cousin Bait & Cousin Stalking
If you missed this class at WAGS last year, or attended it and would like a refresher, here is your chance!
Join WAGS President, Christine Cohen, as she presents this class on descendant research.  The class will discuss a way to reach out to distant living cousins to help you expand your pedigree chart.
You may be lucky and find family treasures that will break down a brick wall.
We will explore the many resources to locate living people of help them find you!
(If you come at 6pm, you can also attend the Glendora Genealogical Group's Genealogy Refresher class for an added bonus.)



Youth Genealogy Workshop - Part 1
Saturday, December 15
Youth Genealogy Workshop - Part 1  (Youth Program)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
WAGS is offering a FREE Genealogy Workshop for youth to encourage interest in family history.  The workshops are based on the Scouts BSA Genealogy Merit Badge Workbook.  Scouts who complete the course will be eligble for the badge.  The class is open to all youth age 11-17, boys and girls, whether or not they are scouts.  Parents are welcome to stay through the class.  If you are working on the merit badge, please arrive in class A uniform and with your signed blue card.
 
In preparation for the class in December, it's a good idea to flip through the Genealogy merit badge book, then print out the worksheets to bring with you:  Genealogy Merit Badge Workbook
 
The class is presented in two parts, December and January.
December class:  Overview of genealogy and family research, explanation and tips for filling out group sheets, pedigree charts, interviewing a relative, and other requirements.
 
Space is limited.  Register now!  Contact Trish Garcia (genealogy merit badge counselor) at research@wagswhittier.org.
 


Holiday Pot Luck Lunch
Saturday, December 15
Holiday Pot Luck Lunch  (Member Show & Tell)
12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Join us for our WAGS Annual Holiday Tradition
The festivities start with the Holiday Potluck at noon.  Members are asked to bring a salad or dessert or $5.00 per person.  WAGS will provide meatballs, baked beans, rolls and beverage.  Please sign up at our November meeting, or contact our Hospitality Chair, Miriam Benell at hospitality@wagswhittier.org by Wednesday, December 12th so we will know how many attendees to plan for.
 
The December Show & Tell starts at 1:00 pm. Share information you found out about your family tree this past year, a brick wall breakthrough, a family story, or a family treasure.  Presentations should be about five minutes long.  To sign up, contact our Program Chair, Roger Mount, at program@wagswhittier.org.



Youth Genealogy Workshop - Part 2
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Youth Genealogy Workshop - Part 2  (Youth Program)
10:30 am
WAGS is offering a FREE Genealogy Workshop for youth to encourage interest in family history.  The workshops are based on the Scouts BSA Genealogy Merit Badge Workbook.  Scouts who complete the course will be eligible for the badge.  The class is open to all youth age 11-17, boys and girls, whether or not they are scouts.  Parents are welcome to stay through the class.  If you are working on the merit badge, please arrive in class A uniform and with your signed blue card.  You MUST attend the December Workshop - Part 1 in order to attend the January Workshop - Part 2.
 
January Class:
Final topics and review of what was learned, submit work completed over the past month, have merit badge blue card signed off by merit badge counselor.
 
Space is limited.  Register now!  Contact Trish Garcia (genealogy merit badge counselor) at research@wagswhittier.org.


To Be Announced
Saturday, January 19, 2019
To Be Announced  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
To Be Announced
Our Program Chair, Roger Mount, is working diligently to obtain a speaker for this Morning Class.  If you have any suggestions for a presenter, you can email him at program@wagswhittier.org.


Mary Ann Vincent
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Mary Ann Vincent  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Those Who Served and Those Who Would Not Or Could Not:  War of Independence to WWII
More details about this talk will be added in the coming months.  Stay tuned!
 


John P. Colletta
Saturday, January 26, 2019
John P. Colletta  (Annual Seminar)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
36th Annual WAGS Seminar
WAGS is excited to announce that John P. Colletta has agreed to be the speaker for our 36th Annual Seminar on January 26, 2019.  The topics for the Seminar are listed below.  Click on the title for a detailed description of the lecture.
 
 
Click on the  "Learn More" button below to find out more about our featured speaker