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THAGS econference:  Back to Research
Saturday, September 23
THAGS econference: Back to Research  (Webinar)
6:30 am to 2:00 pm
The Humble (TX) Area Genealogical Society
FUNDRAISER:  The flooding from Hurricane Harvey had destroyed the homes of 6 society members.  Family History Fanatics and The Humble Area Genealogical Society have agreed to donate 50% of the registration fees to members of their society whose homes were flooded.  Registration is only $15 and they would appreciate all the support they can get.  This is a great opportunity to learn something more about genealogy from fantastic presenters and support fellow genealogists who were impacted by the recent hurricane.
 
For more information, click on here to register or obtain more information on the Conference Page.  Please note, the times above are Pacific time, the times on the Conference page are Central time.
 
Here is the list of topics and presenters:
Amy Johnson Crow         Desperately Seeking Susan:  Finding Female Ancestors
Melissa Finaly                 Which Charles is Which?  Separating Same Name Individuals
Devon Noel Lee              Using FamilySearch More Effectively
Michael L. Strauss          Bankruptcy to Equity:  Using Federal Courts
Panel Discussion            Family History Fanatics' "Genealogy Unscripted"


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, September 27
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 Kristina's writing suggestions for this meeting, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at treasurer@wagswhittier.org
 



Pat Chavarria
Saturday, October 21
Pat Chavarria  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA

Using Genealogical & Historical Societies & Museums in Your Research

Ever wish you had a picture of your great-great grandfather standing at attention in his Civil War uniform? Or a plat map of your grandparents’ property? Can you imagine holding the mixing bowl your grandmother used to make her famous cornbread? All these and more might be found in the local genealogical & historical society or museum of your ancestors’ hometowns.



Bill Beigel
Saturday, October 21
Bill Beigel  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA

Researching WW2 Veterans’ Military Records

This workshop will provide hands-on-learning of practical research methods and the challenges of researching American veterans of World War II. Learn how to piece together military service histories. And methods of researching unit records for Army, Air Corps, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard. Our speaker will provide expert step-by-step instructions on how to locate and interpret service records not available to the public.

 




Christine Johns Cohen
Saturday, November 18
Christine Johns Cohen  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Cousin Bait & Cousin Stalking
Join us as Christine 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!


John Richardson Jr.,  PhD
Saturday, November 18
John Richardson Jr., PhD  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Dear Distant Cousin:  The Role of DNA and a Good Paper Trail
Following a brief business meeting,  John will examine case studies he has solved by combining Autosomal DNA and genealogical records. You will learn to use DNA testing as a tool to further your genealogy research. You can probably tell from our speaker’s topic that DNA is not the “cure all” for easy genealogy or poor research. Come prepared to learn some good research habits and a better understanding DNA.



Youth Genealogy Workshop - Part 1
Saturday, December 16
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 Boy Scout 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 librarian@wagswhittier.org.
 


Holiday Pot Luck Lunch
Saturday, December 16
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 13 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 20, 2018
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 librarian@wagswhittier.org.


Christine Johns Cohen
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Christine Johns Cohen  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Immigration Ports of Entry
 


John Garside
Saturday, January 20, 2018
John Garside  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Forgotten Tales of Southern California:  Behind the Scenes of Local History Documentaries
John Garside produces short local history documentaries usually titled "Forgotten Tales" that focus on little known history in and around the old Ranch La Puente and Whittier areas.  He will share video segments interspersed with background information.  You will learn how he researched and interviewed local history figures and how often photos and details uniquely came together.  John is the TV Station Manager at the City of Whittier (since 2001) and has over 20 years of professional work experience in TV production. 
 
You can search Google or YouTube for documentaries of local history in your ancestors' communities.  You might find documentaries that help you understand your ancestors' lives.  You may need to get creative in these searches to get the results you want. 
 
 
 


Peggy Clemens Lauritzen
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen  (Annual Seminar)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
 
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 Lauritzen, AG. has been involved in genealogy since before her birth.  
 
On her website titled, "Anxiously Engaged", she writes:  "My parents were excellent genealogists, and instilled the same love of family history and family in me and my three sisters.  One of my favorite pictures is of my mother on her way to do cemetery research four days before my birth.  My roots run deep in the South, where I am accredited.  They involve the states of Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Caroline, and some areas of Pennsylvania.  I love the area of Appalachia."
 
Peggy and her husband  currently serve as Family History Center Directors in Mansfield, Ohio.
 
Please see the WAGS 2018 Seminar page for detailed information about the seminar topics. The Seminar flyer with the registration form will also be coming soon.

 

 
 



Class Announcement Pending
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Class Announcement Pending  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Our Program Director is diligently working on scheduling and confirming our topic and presenter for the February 2018 Morning Class.
Check back often - we will update the information as soon as we receive confirmation and details!
 


Gregory Beckman
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Gregory Beckman  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
​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.



Colleen Greene
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Colleen Greene  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
The Bigger Picture:  Using Social History to Fill the Gaps of Your Ancestors' Lives (Hispanic Emphasis)


Rick Frohling
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Rick Frohling  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Using Personal Historian Software
Rick Frohling will present an overview of the Personal Historian software program, showing how it can you help you to finally write your life story or that family history you just don't know how to get started on.  Personal Historian's powerful tools can help you to gather, organize, write and publish your family stories.  Attend this presentation to find out more.
 



Class Announcement Pending
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Class Announcement Pending  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Our Program Director is diligently working on scheduling and confirming our topic and presenter for the April 2018 Morning Class.
Check back often - we will update the information as soon as we receive confirmation and details!
 


Program Update Pending
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Program Update Pending  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Our Program Director is diligently working on scheduling and confirming our topic and presenter for the April 2018 General Meeting Program.
Stay tuned - we will update the information as soon as we receive confirmation and details!
 



Joel Weintraub
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Joel Weintraub  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
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.  
 


Joel Weintraub
Joel Weintraub  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
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 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.