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WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, December 13
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
 


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
Let's explore how to locate when and where your ancestor immigrated to the United States. We all know about New York's Ellis Island. But have you looked in New Orleans, Baltimore or Providence? Do you know what Census will give you clues? Have you searched by home town, by companion, or ethnic group?
 


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
Social History:  Painting a Bigger Picture of Your Hispanic Ancestors' Lives


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
Personal Historian: Software to Hep You Write Your Family History or Your Own Life Story
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.