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WAGS 38th Annual Seminar
Saturday, January 30
WAGS 38th Annual Seminar  (Annual Seminar)
8:30 am to 1:30 pm
This meeting will be held via Zoom Conferencing
WAGS 38th Annual Seminar on Saturday, January 30th will be an virtual event featuring three speakers, Lisa Alzo, Colleen Robledo Greene, and Thomas McEntee.
 
This year, registration is only $25 for all all attendees.  Registration will be online only, using your debit card, credit card or Paypal account.  Registration is now open. 
 
Our virtual doors will open at 8:30 am Pacific time, with our first speaker's presentation starting shortly after 9:00 am Pacific time.
 
 



WAGS Zoom Get-Together
Saturday, February 20
WAGS Zoom Get-Together  (Social Half Hour)
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Sign in early on February 20th 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.
 


Lisa Lisson
Saturday, February 20
Lisa Lisson  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
This meeting will be held via Zoom Conferencing
Find and Use Uncommon Resources in Your Genealogy Research*
Genealogy researchers create their own brick walls in research projects by failing to look beyond the traditional genealogical records. Researchers must think "outside the box" and explore lesser known record sets and records unique to an ancestor's community to start breaking down those genealogical brick walls. This lecture will discuss uncommon genealogy resources and where to find them. 
 
WAGS members will receive an invitation with meeting details in February.  If you are not a WAGS member, you are welcome to attend.  Send an email with to program@wagswhittier.org and an invitation will be sent to you.
 
*  This presentation will be preceded by a brief brief business meeting.



WAGS Zoom Get-Together
Saturday, March 20
WAGS Zoom Get-Together  (Social Half Hour)
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Sign in early on March 20th 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.
 


Dr. Penny Walters
Saturday, March 20
Dr. Penny Walters  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
This meeting will be held via Zoom Conferencing
Mixing DNA with a Paper Trail*
Dr. Penny Walters, author of ’Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’ and ‘The Psychology of Searching’ (Amazon) in this session, will explain how to merge established paper trails with DNA results. The biology and jargon of DNA can be overwhelming and people have had to learn this new branch of genealogy quickly. Through DNA testing, people receive ethnicity estimates, a heritage map, a list of people that DNA ‘matches’ (overlaps) with, and the opportunity to contact them and collaborate if both parties want to. Many people don’t know what to do with all that information, and just focus on their ethnicity result. The advantages and disadvantages of different DNA tests will be explored; a consanguinity chart will be provided; useful information for adopted people will be given; uploading to GEDmatch and utilising the MRCA (most recent common ancestor) information, and triangulation will be explained. Attendees will be shown how to add ‘useful’ DNA matches to their tree to inform a re-structured paper trail. A variety of ethical dilemmas will be outlined.
 
WAGS members will receive an invitation with meeting details in March.  If you are not a WAGS member, you are welcome to attend.  Send an email with to program@wagswhittier.org and an invitation will be sent to you.
 
*  This presentation will be preceded by a brief brief business meeting.



WAGS Zoom Get-Together
Saturday, April 17
WAGS Zoom Get-Together  (Social Half Hour)
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Sign in early on April 17th 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.
 


Christine Cohen
Saturday, April 17
Christine Cohen  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
This meeting will be held via Zoom Conferencing
Probate:  Where There's a Will or Not *
Probate records after an individual's death relate to a court's decisions regarding the distribution of the estate to the heirs or creditors and the care of dependents. This process took place whether there was a will (testate) or not (intestate). Various records may be found in probate files, including wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. These documents are extremely valuable to genealogists and should not be neglected.
 
WAGS members will receive an invitation with meeting details in April.  If you are not a WAGS member, you are welcome to attend.  Send an email with to program@wagswhittier.org and an invitation will be sent to you.
 
*  This presentation will be preceded by a brief brief business meeting.



WAGS Zoom Get-Together
Saturday, May 15
WAGS Zoom Get-Together  (Social Half Hour)
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Sign in early on May 15th 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.
 


Rick Crume
Saturday, May 15
Rick Crume  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
This meeting will be held via Zoom Conferencing

Tree Keeping:  Genealogy Software vs Online Family Trees*

If you're very serious about genealogy, you need tools to help you record names, dates and places, not to mention family stories and photographs. Genealogy software, an online tree or a combination of the two can help you accomplish those tasks. Rick will compare the most popular options, including RootsMagic and Family Tree Maker software, Ancestry Member Trees and the FamilySearch Family Tree.

WAGS members will receive an invitation with meeting details in May.  If you are not a WAGS member, you are welcome to attend.  Send an email with to program@wagswhittier.org and an invitation will be sent to you.
 
*  This presentation will be preceded by a brief brief business meeting.