Whittier Area Genealogical Society
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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
​Bill consideres himself a master storyteller and hopes to pass along his passion to you.  He believes, "If history and genealgoy were taught in the form of stories, they would never be forgotten."  In his talk, you will experience the power of story and learn systematic methods of how to construct stories.  You will learn the answers to three key questions:  1) What are the elements of a good story?  2) What makes a story powerful?  3) What engages the audience in a story?
 


Diane Henriks
Saturday, October 20
Diane Henriks  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Publishing Your Family History
Family History is a social science that involves other people.  As you learn about family members and their experiences, you should share their story with others.  Join Diane as she teaches you how to organize, prepare, and publish your family stories for your own family and the public.
 


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, October 24
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
 


Sorrowful Soirée
Sunday, October 28
Sorrowful Soirée  (Area Event)
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum, 15415 East Don Julian Road City of Industry, California 91

Celebrate life as you learn about death at the Homestead Museum's very first Sorrowful Soirée. People's relationship with death changed dramatically during the time that the Workman and Temple families lived at the Homestead. Come and learn more as you enjoy the Homestead Museum's special tours and activities.

Free; picnics are welcome.




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.


Christine Johns Cohen at Glendora Genealogical Group
Tuesday, November 27
Christine Johns Cohen at Glendora Genealogical Group  (Area Event)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
La Fetra Center, Elm Room, 2nd Floor, 333 E Foothill Blvd, Glendora CA 91741
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.)



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.
 


WAGS Annual Holiday Party - Stories & Sweets
Saturday, December 15
WAGS Annual Holiday Party - Stories & Sweets  (Member Show & Tell)
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Our WAGS Annual Holiday Tradition Just Got Sweeter!
Christmas is coming and it's time for Annuel December "Show & Tell."  We hope you will begin preparing early to share your genealogy experiences and finds to inspire and inform other members at this always interesting program.  Be sure to let our Program Director, Roger Mount, know if you would like to "Show and Tell."
 
Instead of our usual Pot Luck Lunch this year, we will be providing a selection of delicious holiday desserts, coffee and tea for your enjoyment during the Show & Tell presentations.
 
The meeting will start at 1:00 pm, with dessertas available beginning at 12:30 pm.  Come early and exchange holiday greetings with fellow genealogists.  We are asking for a suggested donation of $3.00 per person.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 12th so that we know how many to plan for:  Miriam Benell - call (562) 695-5431 or email dandmbenell@earthlink.net.



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.


Christine Johns Cohen
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Christine Johns Cohen  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Was Your Ancestor an Inventor?  Did They Have a Patent or Copyright?
Did your farmer ancestor become an inventor and obtain a patent?  Let's explore resources to see the diagrams and schematics of inventions to add interesting details about your ancestors' lives.  Many patents were issued for agricultural implements, ranch tools, and other devices that assisted in running the American homestead.  Did you know that citizenship, name changes, women's maiden names and home addresses are listed on a US patent?  There are 10 million patents issued as of June 2018.  We will also learn if your ancestor penned an article, wrote a novel, or a ballad.
 


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 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



Saturday, February 16, 2019
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
More details to follow on this presentation.
 


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
More details to follow on this presentation.