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WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, December 12
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.
 
Due to the Christmas Holiday, there will be no meeting on Wednesday, December 28th, 2018.​
 
​For writing suggestions for this meeting, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at treasurer@wagswhittier.org
 


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.
 


WAGS Annual Holiday Party - Stories & Sweets
Saturday, December 15
WAGS Annual Holiday Party - Stories & Sweets  (Member Show & Tell)
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Our WAGS Annual Holiday Tradition Just Got Sweeter!
Christmas is coming and it's time for Annual December "Show & Tell."  We hope you will begin preparing early to share your genealogy experiences and finds to inspire and inform other members at this always interesting program.  Be sure to let our Program Director, Roger Mount, know if you would like to "Show and Tell."
 
Instead of our usual Pot Luck Lunch this year, we will be providing a selection of delicious holiday desserts, coffee and tea for your enjoyment during the Show & Tell presentations.
 
The meeting will start at 1:00 pm, with dessertas available beginning at 12:30 pm.  Come early and exchange holiday greetings with fellow genealogists.  We are asking for a suggested donation of $3.00 per person.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 12th so that we know how many to plan for:  Miriam Benell - call (562) 695-5431 or email dandmbenell@earthlink.net.



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.


Christine Johns Cohen
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Christine Johns Cohen  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Was Your Ancestor an Inventor?  Did They Have a Patent or Copyright?
Did your farmer ancestor become an inventor and obtain a patent?  Let's explore resources to see the diagrams and schematics of inventions to add interesting details about your ancestors' lives.  Many patents were issued for agricultural implements, ranch tools, and other devices that assisted in running the American homestead.  Did you know that citizenship, name changes, women's maiden names and home addresses are listed on a US patent?  There are 10 million patents issued as of June 2018.  We will also learn if your ancestor penned an article, wrote a novel, or a ballad.
 


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 soon.  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 will be the speaker for our 36th Annual Seminar on January 26, 2019.
 
To download our seminar flyer and registration form - or to register online - click here to visit our 2019 Annual Seminar page.
 
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



Gena Philibert-Ortega
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Gena Philibert-Ortega  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA 90602
That's New to Me - Unfamiliar Websites for Your Genealogy
It's hard to keep up with all the different websites that can help you with your family history but there's a few core ones that are crucial to your research. In this presentation we will explore such websites as WorldCat, ArchiveGrid, and the Digital Public Library of America.


Gena Philibert-Ortega
Gena Philibert-Ortega  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602

Her Name Was Not Unknown:  Researching Female Ancestors
"What's her maidien name?"  "What happened to her father after her husband died?"  "How do I start researching my great-grandmother?"

We've all felt the disappointment of seeing the word "unknown" to describe a female ancestor's name.  How do we go from "unknown" to finding a name?

This presentation will demonstrate, using a 5-step approach - techniques, methodology and resources for researching (and finding) your female ancestors.

 

 



Barbara Randall
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Barbara Randall  (General Meeting and Speaker)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Are You Registered?  . . .  Using the National Registor of Historic Places
Applications for the registration of historic places can be a resource and it’s a great way to learn about the places of your ancestors.


Barbara Randall
Barbara Randall  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Beyond the Passenger List
Passenger lists are more than just a list of names and further searching can lead to more information about your ancestor’s life experiences.



Linda Serna
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Linda Serna  (General Meeting and Speaker)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Tales to Docs to Stories:  Building Your Family Story from Family Tales and Documents
This presentation addresses through specific examples how to build a story from the tales we've been told, the documents we have and other sources available. It also gives ideas for sharing that story once we've put something together.