Whittier Area Genealogical Society
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WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, April 25
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

Whittier Founders Day
Saturday, May 12
Whittier Founders Day  (WAGS in the Community)
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Whitter Central Park, 6532 Friends Avenue, Whittier CA 90601
Come visit the WAGS booth at Whittier Founder's Day, an event presented by the Whittier Historical Society and the City of Whittier.  Founders Day Day is a free, fun, family event.  Music, dance, food, and booths from a range of Whittier institutions, clubs, and non-profit organizations.  You can even pick up a last minute Mothers Day gift!

Joel Weintraub
Saturday, May 19
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 index the names in 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.

Los Angeles Public Library Road Trip
Saturday, June 16
Los Angeles Public Library Road Trip  (General Meeting and Speaker)
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Road Trip!  Los Angeles Public Library
Our Program Director, Roger Mount, is planning a road trip to the Los Angeles Public Library for our June Meeting.  We will meet at the Whittier Masonic Lodge at 10:00 AM, and will organize carpools to travel to the main branch of the Los Angeles Public Library in downtown Los Angeles.  We will have sign up ssheets in our upcoming meetings looking for volunteers to drive and to find out how many would like to participate.  We are planning to arrive at the library by 11:00 AM if you would like to join us there.  If you can't make it to the May meeting and can help us out by driving in June, or you need a ride, email program@wagswhittier.org to sign up, or to get more information.
The Genealogy Collection at Central Library numbers more than 40,000 volumes, including more than than 10,000 genealogies. A family name index to the collection is available through the databases link on the library home page.  

Show & Tell and Ice Cream Social
Saturday, July 21
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.

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 family photo collection, mostly unidentified, that was scanned and sent to him on a flash drive, Gary Fredericksen developed a process that helped him identifyh over a third of the pictures.  During the August meeting, Gary will share this process with us.  He will also share with us his collection of differnt types of all of these old photos.