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WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, June 27
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 in La Mirada
Friday, June 29
Basic Genealogy Presentation in La Mirada  (WAGS in the Community)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd, La Mirada CA 90638
Our WAGS Treasurer, Writing Group Leader, and perennial volunteer, Kristina Newcomer, will deliver a presentation on basic genealogy in La Mirada on Friday, June 29th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the Activity Center located at 13810 La Mirada Blvd.  For details, contact Bridget Hains or Sabrina Sermeno at ssermeno@cityoflamirada.org or 562-902-3160.;



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.


GSNOCC Annual Seminar featuring Kory Meyerink
Saturday, July 28
GSNOCC Annual Seminar featuring Kory Meyerink  (Area Event)
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Danish Lutheran Church and Cultural Center, 16881 Bastanchury Road, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
On July 28th, join our neighbor society to the east in Yorba Linda for the Genealogical Society of North Orange County, California's Annual Seminar featuring Kory Meyerink, Master Genealogist.
Lecture topics for the day are:  Keeping Up With the Joneses; Free State-Provided Sources, Ready and Waiting Online!;  Evaluating Evidence and Resolving Discrepancies; and Cemetery Research on the Internet:  Pitfalls and Promises.
 
For more information about this seminar, visit the GSNOCC's Seminar Web  Page at http://www.gsnocc.org/2018_seminar.html​.
For more information about the speaker, Kory Meyerink, click on the LEARN MORE button below.
For more information about the Genealogicial Society of North Orange County California, visit their website at http://www.gsnocc.org/​



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.


FGS Conference 2018
Wednesday, August 22 through Saturday, August 25
FGS Conference 2018  (National Event)
Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne IN
Hosted by the Federation of Genealogical Societies along with local host Allen County Public Library, FGS 2018 brings you sessions with many of the nation's top family history experts.
 
Learn from leading family history speakers and educators.  Visit companies and organizations providing products and services that will benefit your research.  Meet up with old friends and make new ones.  Leave with a renewed enthusiasm for family history and ready to tackle those challenging research projects. 
 
Whether you're just starting to research your family tree or have been an avid genealogist for years, this is an event you won't want to miss.  FGS conferences are open to anyone with an inkling of finding their past and provide a unique setting to interact, connect, and learn from many of the world's expoert genealogists.  FGS conferences promise to deliver an unparalleled educational and enlightening experience for everyone year after year
 
To find out about the speakers and schedule, click here.  To register for the conference, click here.



Sara Cochran
Saturday, September 15
Sara Cochran  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Locating Records in Archives from Your Couch
​The digital age has brought billions of records to genealogists' living rooms.  However, there is much more only available in hard-copy.  Learn how to track down these valuable resources, wherever they are in the world, without leaving the comfort of your own home.


Sara Cochran
Sara Cochran  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Who Needed It Anyway?  Finding Your Family Despite the Lost 1890 Census
​The destruction of the 1890 Census has created many brick walls for US researchers, but there are ways to break them down.  Learn about alternative ways of finding your ancestors between the 1880 and 1900 censuses.



Bill Cole
Saturday, October 20
Bill Cole  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Breathe Life Into Your Genealogy Through the Power of Story
​More details about this talk  will be added in the coming months - stay tuned!
 


Diane Henricks
Saturday, October 20
Diane Henricks  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Publishing Your Family History
More details about this talk and presenter will be added in the coming months - stay tuned!
 
 



Rick Frohling
Saturday, November 17
Rick Frohling  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Personal Historian 3
Rick will discuss why you should write your personal story,  what may be holding you back from writing your personal history or family history, and ways to overcome these obstacles.  He will provide an overview of the features of the Personal Historian software program and how they can help you.  Finally, he will provide other tools that may help you in your quest to document your personal or family history.


Megan Lee
Saturday, November 17
Megan Lee  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Beginning Autosomal DNA and  Tricks of the Trade​
Learn how to get started using your new DNA results.  This introductory lecture will explain teh basic inheritance patterns and limitations of Autosomal DNA, discuss the X-chromosome, explain how to find and read the results per company, and learn other tricks and tips to find the cousin matches or break through your brick walls.



Youth Genealogy Workshop - Part 1
Saturday, December 15
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 Scouts BSA 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 research@wagswhittier.org.
 


Holiday Pot Luck Lunch
Saturday, December 15
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 12th 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 19, 2019
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 Scouts BSA 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 badge blue card signed off by merit badge counselor.
 
Space is limited.  Register now!  Contact Trish Garcia (genealogy merit badge counselor) at research@wagswhittier.org.


To Be Announced
Saturday, January 19, 2019
To Be Announced  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
To Be Announced
Our Program Chair, Roger Mount, is working diligently to obtain a speaker for this Morning Class.  If you have any suggestions for a presenter, you can email him at program@wagswhittier.org.


Mary Ann Vincent
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Mary Ann Vincent  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Those Who Served and Those Who Would Not Or Could Not:  War of Independence to WWII
More details about this talk will be added in the coming months.  Stay tuned!
 


John P. Colletta
Saturday, January 26, 2019
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 has agreed to be the speaker for our 36th Annual Seminar on January 26, 2019.  We will be announcing the topics for the seminar at a later date.  We will also be launching our 2019 Seminar web page soon.
 
In the meantime, click on the  "Learn More" button below to find out more about our featured speaker