Whittier Area Genealogical Society
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WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, February 28
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

Basic Genealogy Presentation
Thursday, March 8
Basic Genealogy Presentation  (WAGS in the Community)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
El Monte Library, 3224 Tyler Avenue, El Monte CA 91731
Kristina Newcomer will present a Basic Genealogy program at the El Monte Library, covering genealogical forms, locating and evaluationg sources, building a family tree, free and pay website use, and more.
After the presentation, the library is including an art project to complement the information learned in the class.
For more information about the art project, or more information about the El Monte Library, call them at  (626) 444-9506 or email kesquer@library.lacounty.gov.

Colleen Greene
Saturday, March 17
Colleen Greene  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Social History:  Painting a Bigger Picture of Your Hispanic Ancestors' Lives
Our ancestors' lives did not consist of just the facts we typically look for in historical records. Cultural customs and conventions, political and economic factors, and the different communities in which they lived, worked, and worshipped impacted their everyday lives as well as the major decisions in their lives. Social history helps us develop a holistic approach to research. NOTE: This version of the lecture has a Hispanic focus.

Rick Frohling
Saturday, March 17
Rick Frohling  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Personal Historian: Software to Help You Write Your Family History or Your Own Life Story
After a short business meeting, 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.

Barbara Randall
Saturday, April 21
Barbara Randall  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Mine Your Local History for Gold​
Local history books offer insights into the personalities, challenges and communities of your ancestors.  There are many ways to find these treasures, but not all local histories are the treasures they seem to be.  Don't forget that local histories tend to be sourced in town and local records.

Barbara Randall
Barbara Randall  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Context is a Pro . . . Not a Con
Genealogical research can give you dates and places, but does not necessarily give you a context into which to put that information.  Using your reearch, your ancestor FANs, and other sources can take you back into their life and add the context.  Context is the "how" and ":why".  So ask the questions that lead to context.

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 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.

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.  Stay tuned for more details!
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.