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WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, December 11
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 the current writing suggestions, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at newcomerok@charter.net
 


Youth Genealogy Workshop - Part 1
Saturday, December 21
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.
 


WAGS Annual Holiday Party
Saturday, December 21
WAGS Annual Holiday Party  (Member Show & Tell)
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Our WAGS Annual Holiday Tradition continues!
Christmas is coming and it's time for our Annual December "Show & Tell."  Share your genealogical successes and brickwall-busting stories of 2019.  We’ll celebrate together all our hard work.  Sign up to speak for 5 to 10 minutes.   Sign up sheets will be circulated at our October and November meetings.  Be sure to let our Program Chairs know if you would like to "Show and Tell."
 
This year, we are encouraging WAGS members and WAGS friends to contribute to a dessert pot luck  before we begin the Show and Tell Presentations at 1:00 pm.  Whether you have a favorite family dessert that has been passed down for generations, or a a new holiday favorite treat you would like to try out - bring a sweet treat to share as we enjoy the Show and Tell presentations.  WAGS will provide additional desserts and beverages.  If you are unable to bring a dessert, and still want to contribute to the pot luck, WAGS will gladly accept a recommended $3 donation to help defray our costs.
 
 



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
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 the current writing suggestions, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at newcomerok@charter.net
 


Youth Genealogy Workshop - Part 2
Saturday, January 18, 2020
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 Boy Scout 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 bade blue card signed off by merit badge counselor.
 
Space is limited.  Register now!  Contact Trish Garcia (genealogy merit badge counselor) at research@wagswhittier.org.


Christine Cohen
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Christine Cohen  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602
Indexes are the Key to Unlocking Records
Indexes make your searches so much easier, but what if you are lost on how to use the index?  Indexing systems are so complex that they require guides, keys, or tables to decipher.  We will review and master these indexes:  Burr Record, Campbell, Cott System, Liber Index, Page Margin Key Tables, Paul Company Key Table, Russell Key Index, Split Column Indexes, Soundex and Vowel Index.    They are often the key to locating ancestors in Probate or Land records online or at a courthouse.
 
 


To Be Announced
Saturday, January 18, 2020
To Be Announced  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602
Stay Tuned for Updates on our January 2020 Meeting.
Our Program Chairs, Trish Garcia and Christine Rubalcava have secured a speaker for this meeting.  We are just waiting for the ink to dry on the contract before we can announce our speaker and topic for this meeting.  Watch this space!


DearMYRTLE (Pat Richley-Erickson)
Saturday, January 25, 2020
DearMYRTLE (Pat Richley-Erickson)  (Annual Seminar)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
37th Annual WAGS Seminar
WAGS is excited to announce that Pat Richley-Erickson, known as DearMYRTLE, will be our speaker for our 37th Annual Seminar on January 25, 2020.
 
The Seminar Committee has selected four diverse topics for our 2020 Seminar.  Click on each topic for more details:
 
 
Click here for Help with Online Registration for the WAGS 2020 Seminar.
 
Click here for Online Registration for the WAGS 2020 Seminar.
 
Click here to print the WAGS Seminar Registration Form to mail in or bring to the WAGS Meeting.
 
Click on the Learn More button below to learn more about our speaker.



Rick Frohling
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Rick Frohling  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA 90602
Don't Miss Out on What's New In Genealogy!
This presentation will focus on ways to keep up on what is new and changing in the world of genealogy:  what new records are now online, what information about your ancestor has just been added to your favorite website, and what changes are coming to your genealogy software or other resource.  We will explore how to choose blogs, newsletters, mailing lists, podcasts and alerts to keep updated - as well as what may be available on YouTube, Facebook, or other social media.


Bill Cole
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Bill Cole  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602

Bullion Bend: Confederate Stagecoach Robbers, Murder Trials, and the California Supreme Court – Oh My!
Passionate Genealogist and author, William E. Cole, dug deep into the California State Archives to uncover the story of Bullion Bend. Named for a California stagecoach robbery’s site during the Civil War’s final year, this Wild West caper involved his relative and tells an amazing story where fact is truly stranger than fiction.

Not only will Cole share the story’s details captured in his most recent book, but he’ll also share the golden gems available for genealogists to find in the California State Archive’s treasure troves. This fun-filled informative presentation is one not to miss!

**Bill will have books to purchase after his talk**

Click the following YouTube link to learn more of what’s in store on February 15th with Cole’s two-minute interview: https://youtu.be/-uAqFOZ_AVE.




Christine Cohen
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Christine Cohen  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602
Read the Instructions
A census record can give a "snapshot" of a family on a particular day.  However, when you search in the Federal, State, Veterans, Agricultural and Mortality Censuses, do you take the time to read the column headings, the instructions given to the enumerator on what to enter on the form or the abbreviation codes?  We will review these important items - directions that can assist your understanding of the answers provided.  These forms can provide clues to birth, citizenship, military service, death, social status, and much more.
 
 


Mark Cross
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Mark Cross  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602
Cite Your Sources:  Ways to Communitcate Your Research to the World and Prove You're Trustworthy
If you don't know what a source citation is, are fearful of doing it wrong, or intimidated by what experts say it should be, this class will cover the necessities and more. A citation should not strike fear in the hearts of researchers. Instead, it should be something we all practice in our daily research. Become familiar with simple practices that we can all easily learn, and why we do it.



Rick Frohling
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Rick Frohling  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA 90602
The Family History Guide - Your Free Learning, Research, Training & Activities Center for Family History
So much to learn about Family History - so little time!  Rick will give you an overview of this valuable free online resource designed to help enhance your depth of learning about genealogy research in as little as 15 minutes a day.  Topics covered by the Family History Guide include FamilySearch, Ancestry, MyHeritage, FindMyPast, DNA, United States and international research, and much, much more.  The Family History Guide provides a structured method for making sure you are getting the most out of your research, and will also help you track your progress and evaluate your proficiency as you progress through your chosen research track.


Jane Neff Rollins
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Jane Neff Rollins  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602
Death Decoded: Documenting Death With or Without a Death Certificate
Identifying where and when an ancestor has died is an essential step for every genealogist. But sometimes the facts about death can be buried as deeply as the ancestor him- or herself.  Learn how to find a wide variety of documents that identify date and place of death (even if a death certificate can't be found) and how to decode what the documents are really telling you.



To Be Announced
Saturday, May 16, 2020
To Be Announced  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602
Stay Tuned for Updates on our May 2020 Class.
Our Program Chairs, Trish Garcia and Christine Rubalcava are working diligently to procure a speaker for this class.  We will give you all the details as soon as the speaker and topic have been finalized.


Sarah Cochran
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Sarah Cochran  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602
Networking for Genealogists
Genealog Societies, Conferences, and Institutes are a great way to meet new genealogy friends, colleagues, and occasionally, a cousin.  Visiting time at these events is often limited, so how do you get the most out of those few minutes of meet and great? Let's take some tips from the business world and apply them to family history.



No WAGS Morning Class or Lunch for June
Saturday, June 20, 2020
No WAGS Morning Class or Lunch for June  (Morning Class)
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
WAGS Morning Classes are taking a break for the summer.  Classes will resume on Saturday, September 19th.


Kristi L. Sexton
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Kristi L. Sexton  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602
Grandma's Dress Quilt:  From the Bed to a Book
A little bit of a biography about Grandma's quilt, how it came to be, and what to do with it. What do we do with heirlooms we inherit, grab, pass down. Do we keep them? Pass them on? Display them? Your story and your heirlooms will determine your results.



No WAGS Morning Class or Lunch for July
Saturday, July 18, 2020
No WAGS Morning Class or Lunch for July  (Morning Class)
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
WAGS Morning Classes are taking a break for the summer.  Classes will resume on Saturday, September 19th.


Show & Tell and Ice Cream Social
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Show & Tell and Ice Cream Social  (Member Show & Tell)
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Ice Cream Social and WAGS Member Show & Tell
Join us for the Ice Cream Social at 12:30 pm.  Then at 1:00 pm, it’s time for WAGS members and friends to share about their family history.  This could include bringing a family heirloom and telling a story about it, sharing an interesting fact or recollection of a family member, or explaining how one broke through a brick wall to find an ancestor.  If you would like to share, sign up at our May or June meeting, or contact our Program Chairs at program@wagswhittier.org.