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Christine Cohen
Saturday, October 19
Christine Cohen  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602
AmericanAncestors.org
The website for the New England Historic Genealogical Society is www.americanancestors.org.   It provides access to more than 1.4 billion records spanning twenty-two countries covering the United States, the British Isles, continental Europe, and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American genealogical records, the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines, and the largest collection of U.S Catholic records online. We will explore all these resources and how they can help you in your research.


Steven Dugan
Saturday, October 19
Steven Dugan  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA 90602
Homestead Museum *
This presentation is an introduction to the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum. It will focus on the two families who lived there, the beginnings and history of the museum, and its programs and events which fulfill the museum's mission.
 
* This presentation will be preceded by a short business meeting.


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, October 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 the current writing suggestions, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at newcomerok@charter.net
 



Rick Frohling
Saturday, November 16
Rick Frohling  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA 90602
Websites - Top to Bottom & Side to Side - Getting More Out of Your Online Visit
This talk will focus on features of genealogy websites (or any website) that you may not be using to your full advantage.  Scroll to what may be hidden at the bottom of the page, and see what is on the sidebars.  Check out FAQs, Help, About Us, Search, Site Maps and other common and uncommon website features that may be the key to unlocking what you need to know.  


Speaker to Be Announced
Saturday, November 16
Speaker to Be Announced  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA 90602
Change in Plans for Our November General Meeting*
We had originally planned to have Kristi Sexton present " Grandma's Dress Quilt - From the Bed to a Book."  Due to unforeseen circumstances, Kristi will be unable to present at our November meeting.  We are hoping to reschedule her presentation sometime in our 2020 meeting lineup.  
 
Our Program Chairs are diligently working to schedule a new featured speaker for November, and we will provide the updated information as soon as it can be confirmed.  
 
*This presentation will be preceded by a short business meeting.



Youth Genealogy Workshop - Part 1
Saturday, December 21
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
Saturday, December 21
WAGS Annual Holiday Party  (Member Show & Tell)
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Our WAGS Annual Holiday Tradition continues!
Christmas is coming and it's time for our Annual December "Show & Tell."  Our Program Chairs, Trish Garcia and Christine Rubalcava are asking our members to prepare short 5-10 minute talks.  The theme for this year's Show & Tell is "Your Genealogy Breakthroughs in 2019."   Sign up sheets will be circulated at our October and November meetings.  Be sure to let our Program Chairs know if you would like to "Show and Tell."
 
This year, we are encouraging WAGS members and WAGS friends to contribute to a dessert pot luck  before we begin the Show and Tell Presentations at 1:00 pm.  Whether you have a favorite family dessert that has been passed down for generations, or a a new holiday favorite treat you would like to try out - bring a sweet treat to share as we enjoy the Show and Tell presentations.  WAGS will provide additional desserts and beverages.  If you are unable to bring a dessert, and still want to contribute to the pot luck, WAGS will gladly accept a recommended $3 donation to help defray our costs.
 
 



Youth Genealogy Workshop - Part 2
Saturday, January 18, 2020
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 research@wagswhittier.org.


Christine Cohen
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Christine Cohen  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602
Indexes are the Key to Unlocking Records
Indexes make your searchs so much easier, but what if you are lost on how to use the index?  Indexing systems are so complex that they require gudies, keys, or tables to decipher.  We will review and master these indexes:  Burr Record, Campbell, Cott System, Liber Index, Page Margin Key Tables, Paul Company Key Table, Russell Key Index, Split Column Indexes, Soundex and Vowel Index.    They are often the key to locating ancestors in Probate or Land records online or at a courthouse.
 
 


To Be Announced
Saturday, January 18, 2020
To Be Announced  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602
Stay Tuned for Updates on our January 2020 Meeting.
Our Program Chairs, Trish Garcia and Christine Rubalcava are working diligently to procure a speaker for this meeting.  We will give you all the details as soon as the speaker and topic have been finalized.


DearMYRTLE (Pat Richley-Erickson)
Saturday, January 25, 2020
DearMYRTLE (Pat Richley-Erickson)  (Annual Seminar)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
37th Annual WAGS Seminar
WAGS is excited to announce that Pat Richley-Erickson, known as DearMYRTLE, will be our speaker for our 37th Annual Seminar on January 25, 2020.
 
We are still in the process of finalizing our topics, and once we do, they will be announced here, on our Seminar web page and in our monthly newsletter. 

Online and mail-in registration will be open by early October.  
 
 
 



Rick Frohling
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Rick Frohling  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA 90602
Don't Miss Out on What's New In Genealogy!
This presentation will focus on ways to keep up on what is new and changing in the world of genealogy:  what new records are now online, what information about your ancestor has just been added to your favorite website, and what changes are coming to your genealogy software or other resource.  We will explore how to choose blogs, newsletters, mailing lists, podcasts and alerts to keep updated - as well as what may be available on YouTube, Facebook, or other social media.


To Be Announced
Saturday, February 15, 2020
To Be Announced  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602
Stay Tuned for Updates on our February 2020 Meeting.
Our Program Chairs, Trish Garcia and Christine Rubalcava are working diligently to procure a speaker for this meeting.  We will give you all the details as soon as the speaker and topic have been finalized.



Christine Cohen
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Christine Cohen  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602
Read the Instructions
A census record can give a "snapshot" of a family on a particular day.  However, when you search in the Federal, State, Veterans, Agricultural and Mortality Censuses, do you take the time to read the column headings, the instrucutions given to the enumerator on what to enter on the form or the abbreviation codes?  We will review these important items - directions that can assist your understanding of the answers provided.  These forms can provide clues to birth, citizenship, military service, death, social status , and much more.
 
 


To Be Announced
Saturday, March 21, 2020
To Be Announced  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602
Stay Tuned for Updates on our March 2020 Meeting.
Our Program Chairs, Trish Garcia and Christine Rubalcava are working diligently to procure a speaker for this meeting.  We will give you all the details as soon as the speaker and topic have been finalized.



Rick Frohling
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Rick Frohling  (Morning Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA 90602
The Family History Guide - Your Free Learning, Research, Training & Activities Center for Family History
So much to learn about Family History - so little time!  Rick will give you an overview of this valuable free online resource designed to help enhance your depth of learning about genealogy research in as little as 15 minutes a day.  Topics covered by the Family History Guide include FamilySearch, Ancestry, MyHeritage, FindMyPast, DNA, United States and international esearch, and much, much more.  The Family History Guide provides a structured method for making sure you are getting the most out of your research, and will also help you track your progress and evaluate your proficiency as you progress through your chosen research track.


To Be Announced
Saturday, April 18, 2020
To Be Announced  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602
Stay Tuned for Updates on our April 2020 Meeting.
Our Program Chairs, Trish Garcia and Christine Rubalcava are working diligently to procure a speaker for this meeting.  We will give you all the details as soon as the speaker and topic have been finalized.