Whittier Area Genealogical Society
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WAGS Zoom Get-Together
Saturday, August 21
WAGS Zoom Get-Together  (Social Half Hour)
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Sign in early on August 21st to chat with fellow WAGS members and guests.
The Zoom Conference room will be open from 12:30 pm until the General Meeting starts at 1:00 pm for a social half-hour.  Bring your lunch, bring a dessert, bring a friend, or just bring yourself and join us.  You can see your friends on the main screen, participate in the group audio / video chat, or have public or private text chats with one another in the chat box.

Pam Vestal
Saturday, August 21
Pam Vestal  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
This meeting will be held via Zoom Conferencing
What the Heck Does That Say? Overcoming the Challenge of Difficult Handwriting
Whether you struggle to decipher colonial penmanship that doesn't even look like English or contemporary documents that are poorly written, a strategic approach can make all the difference.  We'll look at more than 20 techniques to help you figure out what the chicken scratches on the page say and what the style of writing might reveal about our ancestors. 

Gena Philibert-Ortega
Saturday, September 18
Gena Philibert-Ortega  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA 90602
We're Related to George Washington? Proving (or Disproving) Family Stories
(We are excited to announce that WAGS will be returning to the Whittier Masonic Lodge for our September meeting!)
I have them and you have them. In fact, we all have them  ̶̶̶  that story about our family's brush with greatness. Maybe you're related to Jesse James, or your ancestor was on the Titanic, or you're descended from three brothers who came to America.  But is it true? Learn the methodology for proving or disproving that family story.

Sara Cochran
Saturday, October 16
Sara Cochran  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
My DNA Brought Me to the Forest, but Where Are All the Trees?
Genealogical DNA tests are bringing thousands of new cousins to our attention, but many of them don't have trees yet, or the trees aren't attached to their test. Learn some new techniques for figuring out where how these individuals connect with you. (Focus is on Ancestry.com results system).

Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD
Saturday, November 20
Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD  (Area Event)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Epidemics:  An Issue of Politics, Economics & Religion
Lifestyles were altered by major illness and the fear of it. Learn how far reaching the health concerns of our predecessors stretched, how they touched your own lives, and how they affect your research. Funeral and cemetery records, as well as the ways of handling the dead, will also be discussed.