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WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, January 23
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
 


John P. Colletta
Saturday, January 26
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
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.

 

 



OCCGS Genealogy Bash and Book Faire
Saturday, March 9
OCCGS Genealogy Bash and Book Faire  (Area Event)
8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

A Day with Crista Cowan  - The Barefoot Genealogist

Crista will be presenting four exciting topics:

  • DNA and Ancestry - How to Utilize It
  • Ancestry Search Tips and Tricks
  • Finding and Sharing the Stories in Your Family Tree
  • Introduction to the Genealogical Professional Standards

The presentations will be in the comfort of the the Huntington Beach Central Library Theater.  Parking is free with a dedicated entrance.

Visit the Orange County California Genealogical Society's(OCCGS) website, www.occgs.com, for details and online registration.

The Book Faire - OCCGS maintains the 20,000+ book genealogical collection at the Huntington Beach Central Library.  They receive donations on a weekly basis often containing  duplicates that they sell at bargain prices once a year.  Come and build your personal library.  There will be over 1,000 books and periodicals on sale.  There is NO fee to visit the Book Faire.



Barbara Randall
Saturday, March 16
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.  And they are accessible!


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.  Furhter analysis of a passenger list may give you information on your ancestor.  Additional research can lead to information about your ancestor's life in port and at seas, as well as their friends and associates.


Christine Johns Cohen at the Polish Genealogical Society of California
Saturday, March 23
Christine Johns Cohen at the Polish Genealogical Society of California  (Area Event)
1:00 pm
Los Angeles FamilySearch Library, 1631 E Temple Way, Los Angeles CA 90024
Cousin Baiting & Cousin Stalking - Finding Descendants
If you missed this class at WAGS last year, or attended it and would like a refresher, here is your chance.  Join WAGS President, Christine Cohen, as she presents this class on descendant research. 
 
This class will discuss the many wasy to reach out to distant living cousins to help you expand your pedigree chart forward in time.  You may be lucky and find family treasures, photos, and information that will break down a brick wall.
 
We will explore  various resources including online trees, lineage societies, online cemetery indexes, obituaries in newspapers, living people finder websites and social media.
 
(If you come at 6pm, you can also attend the Glendora Genealogical Group's Genealogy Refresher class for an added bonus.)



Linda Serna
Saturday, April 20
Linda Serna  (Morning Class)
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.


Linda Serna
Linda Serna  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Hints for Maximizing Results Using Family Search
Linda's presentation will follow a short business meeting.  More details regarding this presentation will be forthcoming.  Watch this space!



Rick Frohling
Saturday, May 18 through Saturday, May 18
Rick Frohling  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Newspaper Research & More - Using GenealogyBank and NewsBank for Your Research
Rick will discuss the various reasons our ancestors' names may have appeared in newspapers, and how to find articles about them using GenealogyBank and NewsBank.  He will also give tips for searching for your ancestors in these "banks", how to find and use NewsBank, and provide an overview of the additional genealogical resources that are available from GenealogyBank.


To Be Announced
Saturday, May 18
To Be Announced  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Stay Tuned for Updates on Our May Afternoon Speaker & Topic
May is WAGS' birthday, and Roger Mount, our Program Director is working on securing a speaker to headline the celebration of WAGS' 38th Anniversary.  Stay tuned and we will provide the details as soon as they are available.