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Sara Cochran
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Sara Cochran
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
My DNA Brought Me to the Forest, but Where Are All the Trees?
 
Genealogical DNA tests are bringing thousands of new cousins to our attention, but many of them don't have trees yet, or the trees aren't attached to their test. Learn some new techniques for figuring out where how these individuals connect with you. (Focus is on Ancestry.com results system).


WAGS Zoom Get-Together
Saturday, October 16, 2021
WAGS Zoom Get-Together
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Sign in early on October 16th 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.
 


WAGS Writers Group
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
WAGS Writers Group
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
WAGS members and the public are invited to attend the Life Story Writing Group.  
This meeting will be held via Zoom.  For instructions on how to join the meeting email president@wagswhittier.org.
 
See the current writing suggestions at:  https://wagswhittier.org/blog.php?sid=2
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at newcomerok@charter.net



Gena Philibert-Ortega
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Gena Philibert-Ortega
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
We're Related to George Washington? Proving (or Disproving) Family Stories
(We are excited to announce that WAGS will be returning to the Whittier Masonic Lodge for our September meeting!)
 
I have them and you have them. In fact, we all have them  ̶̶̶  that story about our family's brush with greatness. Maybe you're related to Jesse James, or your ancestor was on the Titanic, or you're descended from three brothers who came to America.  But is it true? Learn the methodology for proving or disproving that family story.


WAGS Zoom Get-Together
Saturday, September 18, 2021
WAGS Zoom Get-Together
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Sign in early on September 18th 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.
 


WAGS Writers Group
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
WAGS Writers Group
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
WAGS members and the public are invited to attend the Life Story Writing Group.  
This meeting will be held via Zoom.  For instructions on how to join the meeting email president@wagswhittier.org.
 
See the current writing suggestions at:  https://wagswhittier.org/blog.php?sid=2
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at newcomerok@charter.net
 
 



Pam Vestal
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Pam Vestal
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
This meeting will be held via Zoom Conferencing
What the Heck Does That Say? Overcoming the Challenge of Difficult Handwriting
Whether you struggle to decipher colonial penmanship that doesn't even look like English or contemporary documents that are poorly written, a strategic approach can make all the difference.  We'll look at more than 20 techniques to help you figure out what the chicken scratches on the page say and what the style of writing might reveal about our ancestors. 


WAGS Zoom Get-Together
Saturday, August 21, 2021
WAGS Zoom Get-Together
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Sign in early on August 21st 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.
 



Tamara Hallo, MLS
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Tamara Hallo, MLS
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
This meeting will be held via Zoom Conferencing
How to Get the Most Out of FamilySearch.org
Explore all that FamilySearch.org has to offer including powerful search features, online family trees, family activities, digitized books, an exciting app feature, Memories (a digital scrapbook), the research wiki, and how to get help from the FamilySearch community.


WAGS Zoom Get-Together
Saturday, July 17, 2021
WAGS Zoom Get-Together
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Sign in early on July 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.
 


WAGS Writers Group
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
WAGS Writers Group
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
WAGS members and the public are invited to attend the Life Story Writing Group.  
This meeting will be held via Zoom.  For instructions on how to join the meeting email president@wagswhittier.org.
 
See the current writing suggestions at:  https://wagswhittier.org/blog.php?sid=2
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at newcomerok@charter.net
 
 



Rick Frohling
Saturday, June 19, 2021
Rick Frohling
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
This meeting will be held via Zoom Conferencing
What's In a Name?
This presentation will focus on how aspects of names can help us to learn more about our ancestors and might even help us to break through some brick walls.
  • Every name has at least one story behind it - do you know the stories behind your ancestors' names?  The stories behind your own name? What clues to your family history are embedded in the names of your ancestors?  Your living relatives?
  • Many of our ancestors were known by more than one name during their lifetime.  How can we track down these names and use them to make sure we are finding out all we can about our family member?
Find out more about how a new look at names might unlock clues to your family history.
 


WAGS Zoom Get-Together
Saturday, June 19, 2021
WAGS Zoom Get-Together
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Sign in early on June 19th 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.
 


WAGS Writers Group
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
WAGS Writers Group
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
WAGS members and the public are invited to attend the Life Story Writing Group.  
This meeting will be held via Zoom.  For instructions on how to join the meeting email president@wagswhittier.org.
 
See the current writing suggestions at:  https://wagswhittier.org/blog.php?sid=2
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at newcomerok@charter.net
 
 



Rick Crume
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Rick Crume
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.


WAGS 40th Birthday
Saturday, May 15, 2021
WAGS 40th Birthday
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Sign in early on May 15th to chat with fellow WAGS members and guests.
We plan to have some special events during the hour to celebrate our 40th birthday!
The Zoom Conference room will be open from 12:00 pm until the General Meeting starts at 1:00 pm for a social half-hour.  Bring some cake and a candle for the birthday celebration, bring your lunch t, 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, 2021
Christine Cohen
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, April 17, 2021
WAGS Zoom Get-Together
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.
 


WAGS Writers Group
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
WAGS Writers Group
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
WAGS members and the public are invited to attend the Life Story Writing Group.  
This meeting will be held via Zoom.  For instructions on how to join the meeting email president@wagswhittier.org.
 
See the current writing suggestions at:  https://wagswhittier.org/blog.php?sid=2
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at newcomerok@charter.net
 
 



Dr. Penny Walters
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Dr. Penny Walters
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, March 20, 2021
WAGS Zoom Get-Together
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.
 


WAGS Writers Group
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
WAGS Writers Group
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
WAGS members and the public are invited to attend the Life Story Writing Group.  
This meeting will be held via Zoom.  For instructions on how to join the meeting email president@wagswhittier.org.
 
March writing suggestions will be updated in late February.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at newcomerok@charter.net
 
 



Lisa Lisson
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Lisa Lisson
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, February 20, 2021
WAGS Zoom Get-Together
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.
 



WAGS 38th Annual Seminar
Saturday, January 30, 2021
WAGS 38th 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.
 
Click here to see our seminar flyer with more information on our schedule, speakers, and topics.
 


Lisa Louise Cooke
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Lisa Louise Cooke
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
This meeting will be held via Zoom Conferencing
Future of Technology & Genealogy:  5 Strategies You Need*
Envision your genealogy as technology speeds ahead into the future. In this exciting presentation you will learn strategies that you can use to make the ride easier, and the results more effective. We will explore some of the newest technology and predictions on the impact it could have on genealogy. We’ll also reveal some of the pitfalls of this brave new world and show you how to work around them.
 
WAGS members will receive an invitation with meeting details in January.  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, January 16, 2021
WAGS Zoom Get-Together
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Sign in early on January 16th 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.
 


WAGS Writers Group
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
WAGS Writers Group
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
WAGS members and the public are invited to attend the Life Story Writing Group.  
This meeting will be held via Zoom.  For instructions on how to join the meeting email president@wagswhittier.org
 
Click on the Learn More button below to see the current writing suggestions.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at newcomerok@charter.net
 
 



WAGS Annual Holiday Party
Saturday, December 19, 2020
WAGS Annual Holiday Party
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Our WAGS Annual Holiday Tradition continues!
Our Annual Holiday Show & Tell will start at 1 pm, following a short business meeting. We want to hear your WAGS Family Tale! You can display heirlooms or exciting new finds, tell us a story about a brick wall break-through, or share any of your recent genealogy news.  If you have photographs on your computer, or a brief PowerPoint presentation, we will have screen sharing capability.
 
Signing up is easy.  Here are the two ways you can contact our Program Chairs, Trish Garcia and Christine Rubalcava, to sign up:
 
You can click on the link below or  copy and paste it into your browser.  Include your name and topic (topic is optional):
 
You can also send your name and topic, update your topic, or cancel your availability by emailing program@wagswhittier.org.
 
*WAGS members will receive email invitations with meeting details in December.  If you are not a WAGS member, you are welcome to attend. Email   program@wagswhittier.org, and an invitation will be sent to you.  Join us 30 minutes before our scheduled meeting and speaker for a Zoom social half-hour.
 


WAGS Zoom Get-Together
Saturday, December 19, 2020
WAGS Zoom Get-Together
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Sign in early on December 19th 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.
 


WAGS Writers Group
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
WAGS Writers Group
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
WAGS members and the public are invited to attend the Life Story Writing Group.  
This meeting will be held via Zoom.  For instructions on how to join the meeting email president@wagswhittier.org.
 
December writing suggestions will be updated in late November.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at newcomerok@charter.net
 
 



Mark Cross
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Mark Cross
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Cite Your Sources:  Ways to Communicate Your Research to the World and Prove You're Trustworthy *
If you don't know what a source citation is, are fearful of doing it wrong, or intimidated by what experts say it should be, this class will cover the necessities and more. A citation should not strike fear in the hearts of researchers. Instead, it should be something we all practice in our daily research. Become familiar with simple practices that we can all easily learn, and why we do it.
 
If you are not a WAGS member, you are welcome to attend.  Send an email to program@wagswhittier.org and an invitation will be sent to you.
 
*  There will be a brief business meeting prior the speaker's presentation.


WAGS Zoom Get-Together
Saturday, November 21, 2020
WAGS Zoom Get-Together
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Sign in early on November 21st 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 if you like 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.
 


WAGS Writers Group
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
WAGS Writers Group
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
WAGS members and the public are invited to attend the Life Story Writing Group.  
This meeting will be held via Zoom.  For instructions on how to join the meeting email president@wagswhittier.org.
 
November writing suggestions will be updated in late October.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at newcomerok@charter.net
 
 



Randy Seaver
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Randy Seaver
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Using Collaborative "BIG" Family Trees *
Not "your tree," not "my tree," but "our tree!"  Each historical person should have one profile in a collaborative tree, and the goal should be to make that profile complete and accurate with sources, notes and media.  In these trees, any registered user can add, edit or delete content and provide a reason for doing so.  This presentation discusses the features, uses, benefits, and drawbacks of WikiTree (free), Geni.com ($$), Ancestry ($$), and FamilySearch Family Tree (free).
 
WAGS members will automatically receive an email invitation with instructions on how to join in on the meeting.  If you are not a WAGS member, or have opted out of email notifications, please contact us at program@wagswhittier.org, and you will be send an invitation with instructions as well.
 
*  There will be a brief business meeting prior the speaker's presentation.


WAGS Zoom Get-Together
Saturday, October 17, 2020
WAGS Zoom Get-Together
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Sign in early on October 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 if you like 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.
 


WAGS Writers Group
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
WAGS Writers Group
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
WAGS members and the public are invited to attend the Life Story Writing Group.  
This meeting will be held via Zoom.  For instructions on how to join the meeting email president@wagswhittier.org.
 
​For the current writing suggestions, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at newcomerok@charter.net
 



Amy Johnson Crow
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Amy Johnson Crow
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
The Genealogy Research Process: The WANDER Method
Genealogy research isn’t a matter of just getting more and more records. The drive to continually add more records leads us to going down rabbit holes, wasting time, and getting frustrated. It’s time to take a look at the research process so you can make more discoveries.
 
WAGS members will automatically receive an email invitation with instructions on how to join in on the meeting.  If you are not a WAGS member, or have opted out of email notifications, please contact us at program@wagswhittier.org, and you will be send an invitation with instructions as well.
 


WAGS Zoom Get-Together
Saturday, September 19, 2020
WAGS Zoom Get-Together
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Sign in early on Sep 19th 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 if you like 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.
 


WAGS Writers Group
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
WAGS Writers Group
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
WAGS members and the public are invited to attend the Life Story Writing Group.  
This meeting will be held via Zoom.  For instructions on how to join the meeting email president@wagswhittier.org.
 
​For the current writing suggestions, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at newcomerok@charter.net
 



Dr. Penny Walters
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Dr. Penny Walters
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
The Psychology of Searching
Dr. Penny Walters, author of  'The Psychology of Searching' (Amazon, 2020) explains that family history research and compiling pedigrees was historically needed for landed gentry, but is now a popular hobby.  Why the sudden interest?  This session will look at psychological explanations as to why we are interested in our family trees and our ancestors' pasts.  We will look at the psychology of contextualizing ourselves, tribal territoriality, kinship, experiencing genealogical voids from separation, the notion of homelands, romanticized heritages, cultural deja vu, race memory, and inherited trauma.  How do we develop an apparently seamless narrative based on fragmented information we have gleaned from various sources?  Why do we eagerly research ancestory we share so little DNA with, and feel less connection to 2nd cousins?  Has social media made us lonely, and we hoard people?  How many people do your interact with on your tree?  Does your personality influence your interest in compiling your family tree?  Is it all a type of jigsaw puzzle connecting these people?  Are we searching for who they were, or who we are?  www.searchmypast.co.uk.
 
WAGS members will automatically receive an email invitation with instructions on how to join in on the meeting.  If you are not a WAGS member, or have opted out of email notifications, please contact us at program@wagswhittier.org, and you will be send an invitation with instructions as well.
 


WAGS Zoom Get-Together
Saturday, August 15, 2020
WAGS Zoom Get-Together
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Sign in early on August 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.  Beat the heat, bring your lunch if you like 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.
 


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
WAGS Writer's Group
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
WAGS members and the public are invited to attend the Life Story Writing Group.  
This meeting will be held via Zoom.  For instructions on how to join the meeting email president@wagswhittier.org.
 
​For the current writing suggestions, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at newcomerok@charter.net
 



Kristi L. Sexton
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Kristi L. Sexton
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
This meeting will be held via Zoom Conferencing
Grandma's Dress Quilt:  From the Bed to a Book*
Kristi was unable to present in June - We are happy to announce that she has agreed to reschedule this presentation for our July Meeting.
A little bit of a biography about Grandma's quilt, how it came to be, and what to do with it. What do we do with heirlooms we inherit, grab, pass down. Do we keep them? Pass them on? Display them? Your story and your heirlooms will determine your results.
 
WAGS members will receive an invitation with meeting details in July.  If you are not a WAGS member, you are welcome to attend.  Send an email with to programs@wagswhittier.org and an invitation will be sent to you.
 
*  This presentation will be preceded by a brief brief business meeting.


Ice Cream Social - From A Distance
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Ice Cream Social - From A Distance
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Just because we can’t be together in person doesn’t mean we can’t continue our WAGS tradition of an Ice Cream Social in July!
Sign in early to our July Meeting.  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.  Beat the heat, prepare your favorite ice cream dish to enjoy at home as you join in.
 
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.
 
If you are a WAGS Member, you will automatically receive an email announcing the pre-meeting chat and General Meeting. 
 
If you are not a current WAGS Member, send an email to program@wagswhittier.org and let us know you want to join in.  The email will include all you need to know to join the chat and the General Meeting.
 


No WAGS Morning Class or Lunch for July
Saturday, July 18, 2020
No WAGS Morning Class or Lunch for July
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
WAGS Morning Classes are taking a break for the summer.  We hope to resume classes on Saturday, September 19th.


Questing Heirs Genealogical Society
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Questing Heirs Genealogical Society
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Immigration Ports of Entry - Christine Cohen
Let's explore how to locate when and where your ancestor immigrated to the United States. We all know about New York's Ellis Island. But have you looked in New Orleans, Baltimore or Providence? Do you know what Census will give you clues? Have you searched by home town, by companion, or ethnic group?
 
For more information:  http://qhgs.info/ 
 
 


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
WAGS Writer's Group
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
WAGS members and the public are invited to attend the Life Story Writing Group.  
This meeting will be held via Zoom.  For instructions on how to join the meeting email president@wagswhittier.org.
 
​For the current writing suggestions, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at newcomerok@charter.net
 



Lisa Lisson
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Lisa Lisson
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
This meeting will be held via Zoom Conferencing
Before She Was A Mrs. . . Discover your Female Ancestors*
Finding female ancestors often feels like an impossible task. Learn strategies to discover her in the traditional and non-traditional records
 
WAGS members will receive an invitation with meeting details in June.  If you are not a WAGS member, you are welcome to attend.  Send an email with to programs@wagswhittier.org and an invitation will be sent to you.
 
*  This presentation will be preceded by a brief brief business meeting.


No WAGS Morning Class or Lunch for June
Saturday, June 20, 2020
No WAGS Morning Class or Lunch for June
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
WAGS Morning Classes are taking a break for the summer.  We hope to resume classes on Saturday, September 19th.


Kristi L. Sexton
Friday, June 19, 2020
Kristi L. Sexton
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
This meeting will be held via Zoom Conferencing
Grandma's Dress Quilt:  From the Bed to a Book*   (Cancelled Due to Illness - Scheduled for 6/20/2020)
A little bit of a biography about Grandma's quilt, how it came to be, and what to do with it. What do we do with heirlooms we inherit, grab, pass down. Do we keep them? Pass them on? Display them? Your story and your heirlooms will determine your results.
 
WAGS members will receive an invitation with meeting details in June.  If you are not a WAGS member, you are welcome to attend.  Send an email with to programs@wagswhittier.org and an invitation will be sent to you.
 
*  This presentation will be preceded by a brief brief business meeting.



Sara Cochran
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Sara Cochran
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
This meeting will be held via Zoom Conferencing
Networking for Genealogists
Genealogy Societies, Conferences, and Institutes are a great way to meet new genealogy friends, colleagues, and occasionally, a cousin.  Visiting time at these events is often limited, so how do you get the most out of those few minutes of meet and greet? Let's take some tips from the business world and apply them to family history.
 
WAGS members will receive an invitation with meeting details in May.  If are not a WAGS member, you are welcome to attend.  Send an email to program@wagswhittier.org, and an invitation will be sent to you.



Christine Cohen
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Christine Cohen
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
This Event will be held via Zoom Conferencing
Read the Instructions - Census Records
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 instructions 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.
 
 



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
WAGS Writer's Group
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Whittier Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St., Whittier, CA
THIE MARCH 25th MEETING OF THE WRITER'S GROUP HAS BEEN CANCELLED
The Uptown Senior Center will be closed until March 31st
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
 


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
WAGS Writer's 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
 



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
WAGS Writer's 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
 


Bill Cole
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Bill Cole
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602

Bullion Bend: Confederate Stagecoach Robbers, Murder Trials, and the California Supreme Court – Oh My!
Passionate Genealogist and author, William E. Cole, dug deep into the California State Archives to uncover the story of Bullion Bend. Named for a California stagecoach robbery’s site during the Civil War’s final year, this Wild West caper involved his relative and tells an amazing story where fact is truly stranger than fiction.

Not only will Cole share the story’s details captured in his most recent book, but he’ll also share the golden gems available for genealogists to find in the California State Archive’s treasure troves. This fun-filled informative presentation is one not to miss!

**Bill will have books to purchase after his talk**

Click the following YouTube link to learn more of what’s in store on February 15th with Cole’s two-minute interview: https://youtu.be/-uAqFOZ_AVE.



Rick Frohling
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Rick Frohling
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.


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
WAGS Writer's 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
 


Survey of the Big 3 Genealogy Programs - Did Not Actually Get Presented
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Survey of the Big 3 Genealogy Programs - Did Not Actually Get Presented
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602
Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, Roots Magic.
For our 39th birthday celebration in May, WAGS is getting three morning presenters and three morning classes for the price of one.  Each presenter will give a brief overview of one of the "Big Three" genealogy software programs.  Christine Cohen will show show us the features of Legacy Family Tree, Trish Garcia will give an overview of Roots Magic, and Rick Frohling will demonstrate Family Tree Maker.  Each presenter will give us some of the basics of their assigned program - and they might throw in some tips or tricks for our more experienced users.



DearMYRTLE (Pat Richley-Erickson)
Saturday, January 25, 2020
DearMYRTLE (Pat Richley-Erickson)
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.
 
The Seminar Committee has selected four diverse topics for our 2020 Seminar.  Click on each topic for more details:
 
 
Click here for Help with Online Registration for the WAGS 2020 Seminar.
 
Click here for Online Registration for the WAGS 2020 Seminar.
 
Click here to print the WAGS Seminar Registration Form to mail in or bring to the WAGS Meeting.
 
Click on the Learn More button below to learn more about our speaker.


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
WAGS Writer's 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
 


Paul, Phil & Tim White
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Paul, Phil & Tim White
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA 90602
History of Funeral Services in Whittier
Fifth- and sixth-generation owners of White Emerson Mortuary, Phil White and Paul White are joined by Tim White to share the history of funeral service in Whittier.  Tim, who has found work outside the funeral industry, is the family historian and very knowledgeable about the history of the Quakers and Whittier.  We anticipate a fun and informative session about Whittier history and funeral service in this area over the past century.


Christine Cohen
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Christine Cohen
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 searches so much easier, but what if you are lost on how to use the index?  Indexing systems are so complex that they require guides, 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.
 
 


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
WAGS Writer's 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
 



WAGS Annual Holiday Party
Saturday, December 21, 2019
WAGS Annual Holiday Party
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."  Share your genealogical successes and brickwall-busting stories of 2019.  We’ll celebrate together all our hard work.  Sign up to speak for 5 to 10 minutes.   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 1
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Youth Genealogy Workshop - Part 1
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 Writer's Group
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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
 



Dan Earl
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Dan Earl
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA 90602
Funeral Homes and Family History:  They Are Dying to Meet You!*
We are very fortunate to have nationally known speaker and genealogist, Dan Earl, join us all the way from Michigan via our first ever live webinar in November:
 
Most of us know to look in cemetery records but miss a valuable resource, the funeral home. This lecture looks at the history of funeral homes and the records they kept. We will also look at a case study showing the value of these historic and unique records.
 
* The presentation will be preceded by a short business meeting.


Rick Frohling
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Rick Frohling
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.  


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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
 



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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
 


Steven Dugan
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Steven Dugan
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.


Christine Cohen
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Christine Cohen
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.


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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
 



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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
 


David Flint
Saturday, September 21, 2019
David Flint
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA 90602
Location Finding Aids:  Maps, Gazetteers and Websites to Find Your Places in England *
This presentation will focus on location finding aids to help you find the places in England where your ancestors lived, including maps, gazetteers and websites. The talk will include demonstrations for using specific websites that are helpful in researching place names and counties in England. A printed handout, with bibliography, will be provided.
 
* This presentation will be preceded by a short business meeting.

 



David Flint
David Flint
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA 90602
Overview of Genealogy Research in England
This program reviews the three main record groups you are likely to use when doing genealogy research in England: Census records, Civil Registration records and Church parish records. Each of these record types covers a different time period ranging from 1538 to the present, and each can provide key information about your ancestors in England. The program will compare the different types of records with illustrations of the content, historical context, and some websites to access them online. A printed handout, with bibliography, will be provided.

 

 




WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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
 
NOTICE:  There will be no Life Story Writing Group on Wednesday, September 11th.


Huntington Beach Central Library Road Trip
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Huntington Beach Central Library Road Trip
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Road Trip!  Huntington Beach Public Library
We had such a good time with our summer road trip last summer that WAGS is planning another road trip for our August meeting.  This time we are heading south to the Huntington Beach Central Library to explore the genealogical library collection of the Orange County California Genealogical Society.    
 
Meet at the Whittier Masonic Lodge at 10 a.m. to organize carpools, or you can travel on your own to the library, planning to arrive by 11 a.m..  The library closes at 5 p.m. 
 
The Huntington Beach Central Library is located at 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach CA 92648.   In order to prepare, you can check out the Genealogical Collection catalog by clicking here.
 


No WAGS Morning Class or Lunch for August
Saturday, August 17, 2019
No WAGS Morning Class or Lunch for August
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
WAGS Morning Classes and  lunches are taking a break for the summer. 
In lieu fo the morning and afternoon classes in August, join us for our 2nd Annual Genealogy Road Trip on August 17th, heading south this time to the Huntington Beach Central Library..  
We will begin our fall schedule on September 21st with a double feature on English research from David Flint, who will cover both the morning and afternoon classes.  Christine Cohen and Rick Frohling will present morning classes in October and November.  Last but not least, Pat Stubblefield will resume providing a hot lunch for our noon break!


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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
 



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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
 


Show & Tell and Ice Cream Social
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Show & Tell and Ice Cream Social
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.  If you would like to share, sign up at our June meeting, or contact our Program Chairs at program@wagswhittier.org.


No WAGS Morning Class or Lunch for July
Saturday, July 20, 2019
No WAGS Morning Class or Lunch for July
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
WAGS Morning Classes are taking a break for the summer.  Classes will resume on Saturday, September 21st.
We will begin our fall schedule on September 21st with a double feature on English research from David Flint, who will cover both the morning and afternoon classes, following with presentations by Christine Cohen in October and Rick Frohling in November.


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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 treasurer@wagswhittier.org
 



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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 treasurer@wagswhittier.org
 


Glen Creason
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Glen Creason
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA 90602
Secrets of the Los Angeles Public Library Map Collection*
The Map Collection of the Los Angeles Public Library's Central Library is one of the largest in American public libraries. In this collection are 85,000 maps, some 2,000 atlases, over 1,000 gazetteers, some 20 serial titles and over one thousand books supporting the study of maps and mapping. The emphasis of this collection is on Los Angeles, Southern California and California but in many cases the scope extends to national and international coverage.  Folloowing a short business meeting, Glen will  show us how to access this vast collection.
 
* This presentation will be preceded by a short business meeting.
 


No WAGS Morning Class or Lunch for June
Saturday, June 15, 2019
No WAGS Morning Class or Lunch for June
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
WAGS Morning Classes are taking a break for the summer.  Classes will resume on Saturday, September 21st.
We will begin our fall schedule on September 21st with a double feature on English research from David Flint, who will cover both the morning and afternoon sessions, following with presentations by Christine Cohen in October and Rick Frohling in November.


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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
 



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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
 


E. Randol Schoenberg
Saturday, May 18, 2019
E. Randol Schoenberg
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Privacy Issues with Online Family Trees
Privacy remains an issue for many genealogists and their family members.  Personal genealogy websites, as well as Online Collaborative Trees available at Geni, My Heritage, Ancestry, WikiTree, WeRelate, FamilySearch and OneGreatFamioly, each offer different levels of privacy protection.  This lecture will discuss the vaired approaches to the question privacy, focusing especially on legal and ethical considerations.   For example, how should a genealogist respond if someone say she does not want to be on your online tree?  Should minors be allowed to use online genealogy platforms?  Can the right to privacy ever be reconciled with online collaborative genealogy?  As genealogyist increasingly utilize public, or semi-public online collaborative genealogy platforms, these questions are becoming more common.  This lecture will use real-world examples to analyze the problem and proposed solutions.
 


Rick Frohling
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Rick Frohling
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Newspaper Research & More - Using GenealogyBank and NewsBank
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, including the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).


Whittier Founders Day
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Whittier Founders Day
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Whitter Central Park, 6532 Friends Avenue, Whittier CA 90601
Come visit the WAGS booth at Whittier Founder's Day, an event presented by the Whittier Historical Society and the City of Whittier.  Founders Day Day is a free, fun, family event.  Music, dance, food, and booths from a range of Whittier institutions, clubs, and non-profit organizations.  You can even pick up a last minute Mothers Day gift!
 


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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
 



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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
 


Linda Serna
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Linda Serna
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.  "Hints for Maximizing Results Using Family Search" talks about what's available on FamilySearch.org as well as on the Wiki.  It then gives ideas on how to best use the site to achieve better results.


Linda Serna
Linda Serna
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. Then, it gives things to consider once we've put something togther.  Finally, it also gives ideas for sharing that story once we've put something together.


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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
 



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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
 


Christine Johns Cohen at the Polish Genealogical Society of California
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Christine Johns Cohen at the Polish Genealogical Society of California
1:00 pm
Los Angeles FamilySearch Library, 1631 E Temple Way, Los Angeles CA 90024
Cousin Baiting & Cousin Stalking - Finding Descendants
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.
 


Barbara Randall
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Barbara Randall
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.


Barbara Randall
Barbara Randall
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!


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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
 


OCCGS Genealogy Bash and Book Faire
Saturday, March 9, 2019
OCCGS Genealogy Bash and Book Faire
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.




WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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
 


Gena Philibert-Ortega
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Gena Philibert-Ortega
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.

 

 


Gena Philibert-Ortega
Gena Philibert-Ortega
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.


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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, 2019
John P. Colletta
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 is our 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


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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
 


Mary Ann Vincent
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Mary Ann Vincent
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
You may have ancestors who served in the nation's military during these periods - or if you are wondering why they did not serve - you won't want to miss this informative presentation.  Mary Ann Vincent will be speaking after a short business meeting.
 


Christine Johns Cohen
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Christine Johns Cohen
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.
 


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
WAGS Writer's 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
 



WAGS Annual Holiday Party - Stories & Sweets
Saturday, December 15, 2018
WAGS Annual Holiday Party - Stories & Sweets
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 Annual 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 desserts 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 1
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Youth Genealogy Workshop - Part 1
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 Writer's Group
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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.
 
Due to the Christmas Holiday, there will be no meeting on Wednesday, December 28th, 2018.​
 
​For writing suggestions for this meeting, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at treasurer@wagswhittier.org
 



Christine Johns Cohen at Glendora Genealogical Group
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Christine Johns Cohen at Glendora Genealogical Group
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.)


Megan Lee
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Megan Lee
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 the 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.


Rick Frohling
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Rick Frohling
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.


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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.
 
Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, there will be no meeting on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018.​
 
​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, 2018
Sorrowful Soirée
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.



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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
 


Diane Henriks
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Diane Henriks
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.
 


Bill Cole
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Bill Cole
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?
 


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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
 


Christine Johns Cohen at the Czech Area Genealogical Club
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Christine Johns Cohen at the Czech Area Genealogical Club
1:30 pm
Jaeger House, 2525 E Ball Rd, Anaheim CA 92806
Cousin Baiting & Cousin Stalking - Finding Descendants
This class will discuss the many ways 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 treas, lineage societies, online cemtery indexes, obituaries in newspapers, living people finder websites and social media.



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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
 


Sara Cochran
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Sara Cochran
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Getting Around the Missing 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.


Sara Cochran
Sara Cochran
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.


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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
 



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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
 


FGS Conference 2018
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 through Saturday, August 25, 2018
FGS Conference 2018
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.


Gary Fredericksen
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Gary Fredericksen
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Identifying Old Pictures in a Family Collection 
From a mostly unidentified family photo collection, Gary scanned and sent the collection to his family on a flash drive.  He will share his own developed process that helped him identify over a third of the pictures.  He will also show his collection of different types of these old photos.


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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
 



GSNOCC Annual Seminar featuring Kory Meyerink
Saturday, July 28, 2018
GSNOCC Annual Seminar featuring Kory Meyerink
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/​


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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
 


Show & Tell and Ice Cream Social
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Show & Tell and Ice Cream Social
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.


Jean Wilcox Hibben at La Habra Library
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Jean Wilcox Hibben at La Habra Library
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
La Habra Library, 221 E La Habra Blvd, La Habra CA 90631
America:  Land of the Farm, Home of the Plow
Presented by Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, Sponsored by OC Public Libraries
 
Farmers were our first settlers.  They created the first towns, invented implements that touched other industries, and established a unique approach to life in general.  Jean Wilcox Hibben reveals the records generated by farmers, touches on the history of farming in America, and shares a few songs.


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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, 2018
Basic Genealogy Presentation in La Mirada
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.;


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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
 


Los Angeles Public Library Road Trip
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Los Angeles Public Library Road Trip
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Road Trip!  Los Angeles Public Library
 
Our Program Director, Roger Mount, is planning a road trip to the Los Angeles Public Library for our June Meeting.  We will meet at the Whittier Masonic Lodge at 10:00 AM, and will organize carpools to travel to the main branch of the Los Angeles Public Library in downtown Los Angeles.  We are planning to arrive at the library by 11:00 AM if you would like to join us there.  If you couldn't make it to the May meeting and can help us out by driving in June, or you need a ride, email program@wagswhittier.org to sign up, or to get more information.
 
The Genealogy Collection at Central Library numbers more than 40,000 volumes, including more than than 10,000 genealogies. A family name index to the collection is available through the databases link on the library home page.  


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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
 


Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree 2018
Friday, June 1, 2018 through Saturday, June 2, 2018
Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree 2018
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel - Burbank, California
The 49th Annual Genealogy Jamboree will again bring your nationally known speakers to keep you in touch with the latest developments in the field of genealogy.  From coast to coast, from North to South, from our neighbors - Canada and Mexico, and from the Old World, our speakers can help you find your ancestors' lives and stories.  You'll be able to learn from many tried and true speakers and get surprising insights from speakers that are new to Jamboree.

By popular request, the sessions will run Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.  The Exhibit Hall will open at 12:30 PM on Thursday and be open through early afternoon on Saturday.  

Research Assistance, Database Research Tech Zone, Round Tables, and Door Prizes - all add to the fun that everyone expects from Jamboree!
 
​For more information, click here to visit the Jamboree 2018 website.
 



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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
 


Joel Weintraub
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Joel Weintraub
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Crowdsourcing the Path to the 1950 Census
The 1940 U.S. Census opened in 2012 without a name index. A FamilySearch led consortium used 160,000 volunteers to index the names in that census in 4 months. In addition, Joel and Steve Morse, over seven years with about 125 volunteers, developed free utilities to find which of 150,000 census districts someone was in, when a location or address is known. These projects are examples of crowdsourcing. Steve and Joel are now doing a similar project for the 1950 Census. Joel will discuss differences between the 1940 and 1950 censuses that impacted their planning and project design. The film scanning, publicity, volunteer response, Yahoo Group site, cloud storage, software, One-Step utilities, and project phases will be discussed. All 233,800 1950 enumeration district definitions have now been transcribed. Street indexes will also be completed for over 2,000 communities (over 900 already done at this time) to help find 1950 census district numbers. Original 1950 census documents will be displayed.


Joel Weintraub
Joel Weintraub
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
What Happened at Ellis Island?  The Name Change Myth
Did your ancestors come through Ellis Island?  Does your family story include a name change by an immigration inspector?  Joel Weintraub will review the evidence of name changes and the procedures that were followed in the processing of newly arrived immigrants.  These include the legal documents that accompanied immigrants and official documents that were generated in the course of detentions at the station.  
 


Whittier Founders Day
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Whittier Founders Day
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Whitter Central Park, 6532 Friends Avenue, Whittier CA 90601
Come visit the WAGS booth at Whittier Founder's Day, an event presented by the Whittier Historical Society and the City of Whittier.  Founders Day Day is a free, fun, family event.  Music, dance, food, and booths from a range of Whittier institutions, clubs, and non-profit organizations.  You can even pick up a last minute Mothers Day gift!
 


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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
 



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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
 


Barbara Randall
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Barbara Randall
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Context is a Pro . . . Not a Con
Genealogical research can give you dates and places, but does not necessarily give you a context into which to put that information.  Using your reearch, your ancestor FANs, and other sources can take you back into their life and add the context.  Context is the "how" and ":why".  So ask the questions that lead to context.


Barbara Randall
Barbara Randall
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Mine Your Local History for Gold​
Local history books offer insights into the personalities, challenges and communities of your ancestors.  There are many ways to find these treasures, but not all local histories are the treasures they seem to be.  Don't forget that local histories tend to be sourced in town and local records.
 


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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
 



Wednesday, March 28, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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
 


Christine Johns Cohen
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Christine Johns Cohen
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Naturalization Research
After a short business meeting, Christine Johns Cohen will present "Where to find Naturalization Records." Let's explore the resources for locating if and when your Ancestor
filed a Letter of Intent, First Papers and a Certificate of Naturalization.There are many laws
that effected the timing of obtaining citizenship. We will review important dates, relevant State and
Federal Censuses and where clues for time and place are located in historical records. Do you know what derivative citizenship means, or the Alien Registration Act of 1940? Let's learn!
 


Colleen Greene
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Colleen Greene
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Social History:  Painting a Bigger Picture of Your Hispanic Ancestors' Lives
Our ancestors' lives did not consist of just the facts we typically look for in historical records. Cultural customs and conventions, political and economic factors, and the different communities in which they lived, worked, and worshipped impacted their everyday lives as well as the major decisions in their lives. Social history helps us develop a holistic approach to research. NOTE: This version of the lecture has a Hispanic focus.


Colleen Fitzpatrick
Friday, March 16, 2018
Colleen Fitzpatrick
2:00 pm
San Clemente Library, 242 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente CA 92672

As part of the Orange County Public Libraries Genealogical Speakers series, internationally recognized forensic genealogist, Colleen Fitzpatrick, will share information about Irish Genealogy resources and details from her research experiences.  Her work has been shared in hundreds of domestic and international newspapers and magazines and on radio and television programs throughout the world.

Author of three books: Forensic Genealogy, DNA & Genealogy, and The Dead Horse Investigation: Forensic Photo Analysis for Everyone.



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Basic Genealogy Presentation
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
El Monte Library, 3224 Tyler Avenue, El Monte CA 91731
Kristina Newcomer will present a Basic Genealogy program at the El Monte Library, covering genealogical forms, locating and evaluationg sources, building a family tree, free and pay website use, and more.
 
After the presentation, the library is including an art project to complement the information learned in the class.
 
For more information about the art project, or more information about the El Monte Library, call them at  (626) 444-9506 or email kesquer@library.lacounty.gov.


Genealogy BASH - OCCGS
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Genealogy BASH - OCCGS
8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL  - The Legal Genealogist

Judy will be presenting four exciting topics:

  • More Than Just Names: Advanced US Census Research
  • NARA Mythbusters: Your Family IS in the Archives
  • When Worlds Collide: Revolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records
  • "Don't Forget the Ladies" - A Genealogist's Guide to Women and the Law

The presentations will be the Huntington Beach Central Library Theater. This professional theater accommodates 319 people with very comfortable seating. Parking is free and there is a dedicated entrance to the theater.

The BASH is sponsored by the Orange County California Genealogical Society.

For more information about the BASH, click here for the OCCGS BASH Home Page.




WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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
 


Gregory Beckman
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Gregory Beckman
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
​A Civil War Mystery:  The Case of the Wrong Headstone Surname
Augustus Beckmann's family never knew what happened to him after he was shot in the Battle of Shiloh during the Civil War.  Now, back in the family after 154 years, our speaker will detail his quest for locating his burial place and correcting the incorrect information on the headstone marking his grave in Camp Chase Confederate in Columbus, Ohio.


WAGS Panel Discussion - Genealogy Q&A
Saturday, February 17, 2018
WAGS Panel Discussion - Genealogy Q&A
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Our Program Director, Roger Mount, will moderate a panel discussion featuring members from the WAGS Board.  Four of our Board Members have volunteered to answer questions about their genealogy journeys and share their discoveries, including how they may have found and used family and public sources to advance their research.   Roger has prepared eight questions for our panel that are sure to bring out some useful insights you can use in your research.
 
We have had these panel discussions occasionally, and they can be very useful, enlightening and full of surprises.  You won't want to miss this one!
 
 


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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 Kristina's writing suggestions for this meeting, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at treasurer@wagswhittier.org
 



Peggy Clemens Lauritzen
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
 
35th Annual Seminar
 
The WAGS Seminar Committee is excited to announce that the speaker for our 35th Annual Seminar will by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen!
 
Peggy Lynn Clemens Lauritzen, AG. has been involved in genealogy since before her birth.  
 
On her website titled, "Anxiously Engaged", she writes:  "My parents were excellent genealogists, and instilled the same love of family history and family in me and my three sisters.  One of my favorite pictures is of my mother on her way to do cemetery research four days before my birth.  My roots run deep in the South, where I am accredited.  They involve the states of Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Caroline, and some areas of Pennsylvania.  I love the area of Appalachia."
 
Peggy and her husband  currently serve as Family History Center Directors in Mansfield, Ohio.
 
Please see the WAGS 2018 Seminar page for detailed information about the seminar topics. The Seminar flyer with the registration form will also be coming soon.

 

 
 


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 through Wednesday, January 24, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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 Kristina's writing suggestions for this meeting, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at treasurer@wagswhittier.org
 


John Garside
Saturday, January 20, 2018
John Garside
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Forgotten Tales of Southern California:  Behind the Scenes of Local History Documentaries
John Garside produces short local history documentaries usually titled "Forgotten Tales" that focus on little known history in and around the old Ranch La Puente and Whittier areas.  He will share video segments interspersed with background information.  You will learn how he researched and interviewed local history figures and how often photos and details uniquely came together.  John is the TV Station Manager at the City of Whittier (since 2001) and has over 20 years of professional work experience in TV production. 
 
You can search Google or YouTube for documentaries of local history in your ancestors' communities.  You might find documentaries that help you understand your ancestors' lives.  You may need to get creative in these searches to get the results you want. 
 
 
 


Christine Johns Cohen
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Christine Johns Cohen
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Immigration Ports of Entry
Let's explore how to locate when and where your ancestor immigrated to the United States. We all know about New York's Ellis Island. But have you looked in New Orleans, Baltimore or Providence? Do you know what Census will give you clues? Have you searched by home town, by companion, or ethnic group?
 


Youth Genealogy Workshop - Part 2
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Youth Genealogy Workshop - Part 2
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 librarian@wagswhittier.org.


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
WAGS Writer's 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 Kristina's writing suggestions for this meeting, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at treasurer@wagswhittier.org
 



Holiday Pot Luck Lunch
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Holiday Pot Luck Lunch
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 13 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 1
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Youth Genealogy Workshop - Part 1
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 Boy Scout 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 librarian@wagswhittier.org.
 


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
WAGS Writer's 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 Kristina's writing suggestions for this meeting, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at treasurer@wagswhittier.org
 



John Richardson Jr.,  PhD
Saturday, November 18, 2017
John Richardson Jr., PhD
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Dear Distant Cousin:  The Role of DNA and a Good Paper Trail
Following a brief business meeting,  John will examine case studies he has solved by combining Autosomal DNA and genealogical records. You will learn to use DNA testing as a tool to further your genealogy research. You can probably tell from our speaker’s topic that DNA is not the “cure all” for easy genealogy or poor research. Come prepared to learn some good research habits and a better understanding DNA.


Christine Johns Cohen
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Christine Johns Cohen
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Cousin Bait & Cousin Stalking
Join us as Christine presents this class on descendant research.  The class will discuss a way to reach out to distant living cousins to help you expand your pedigree chart.
You may be lucky and find family treasures that will break down a brick wall.
We will explore the many resources to locate living people of help them find you!


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
WAGS Writer's 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 Kristina's writing suggestions for this meeting, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at treasurer@wagswhittier.org
 



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
WAGS Writer's 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 Kristina's writing suggestions for this meeting, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at treasurer@wagswhittier.org
 


Bill Beigel
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Bill Beigel
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA

Researching WW2 Veterans’ Military Records

This workshop will provide hands-on-learning of practical research methods and the challenges of researching American veterans of World War II. Learn how to piece together military service histories. And methods of researching unit records for Army, Air Corps, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard. Our speaker will provide expert step-by-step instructions on how to locate and interpret service records not available to the public.

 



Pat Chavarria
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Pat Chavarria
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA

Using Genealogical & Historical Societies & Museums in Your Research

Ever wish you had a picture of your great-great grandfather standing at attention in his Civil War uniform? Or a plat map of your grandparents’ property? Can you imagine holding the mixing bowl your grandmother used to make her famous cornbread? All these and more might be found in the local genealogical & historical society or museum of your ancestors’ hometowns.



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
WAGS Writer's 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 Kristina's writing suggestions for this meeting, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at treasurer@wagswhittier.org
 



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
WAGS Writer's 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 Kristina's writing suggestions for this meeting, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at treasurer@wagswhittier.org
 


THAGS econference:  Back to Research
Saturday, September 23, 2017
THAGS econference: Back to Research
6:30 am to 2:00 pm
The Humble (TX) Area Genealogical Society
FUNDRAISER:  The flooding from Hurricane Harvey had destroyed the homes of 6 society members.  Family History Fanatics and The Humble Area Genealogical Society have agreed to donate 50% of the registration fees to members of their society whose homes were flooded.  Registration is only $15 and they would appreciate all the support they can get.  This is a great opportunity to learn something more about genealogy from fantastic presenters and support fellow genealogists who were impacted by the recent hurricane.
 
For more information, click on here to register or obtain more information on the Conference Page.  Please note, the times above are Pacific time, the times on the Conference page are Central time.
 
Here is the list of topics and presenters:
Amy Johnson Crow         Desperately Seeking Susan:  Finding Female Ancestors
Melissa Finaly                 Which Charles is Which?  Separating Same Name Individuals
Devon Noel Lee              Using FamilySearch More Effectively
Michael L. Strauss          Bankruptcy to Equity:  Using Federal Courts
Panel Discussion            Family History Fanatics' "Genealogy Unscripted"


Letty Rodella
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Letty Rodella
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Researching Your Hispanic Ancestors
Currently, over thirty percent of Californians claim Mexican heritage. While many of those ancestors left traces of their lives in documents located in the United States, eventually this genealogical quest leads to research in Mexico. Letty Rodella has spent thirteen years pursuing her Hispanic ancestry to findings dating from the 1500s. As President of the Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research, she works to educate others in how to research their Hispanic roots.


Rick Frohling
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Rick Frohling
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Legacy Family Tree 9 - A Review and What's New
In this overview of Legacy Family Tree, Rick will review the some of basics of Legacy Family Tree, explore some of the program's special features, share some Tips & Tricks for Legacy Family Tree users, and demonstrate the new features in the latest Legacy Family Tree release.  If you are a Legacy Family Tree user, are considering switching to Legacy, or just want to keep up with the competition, you'll want to make sure to attend this presentation.


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
WAGS Writer's 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 Kristina's writing suggestions for this meeting, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at treasurer@wagswhittier.org
 



WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
WAGS Writer's 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 Kristina's writing suggestions for this meeting, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at treasurer@wagswhittier.org
 


Sara Cochran
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Sara Cochran
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
From A Box In The Closet to a Treasured Family Heirloom:  Organizing and Digitizing Your Family Photos
 
​Photos remain at the root of Sara's love of family history.  These precious glimpses into the lives of our ancestors are a treasure in their own right, and without proper care they will be lost to time.  Today, Sara will provide some insight into the history of the photograph and provide strategies for organizing your own photo collections so that both current and future generations can enjoy them.
 
As a teenager attending a family reunion, Sara was awed by her Grandmother's collection of photos that documented the early years of her family.  Inspired to know more about the people in the photos and bitten by the genealogy bug after exploring just some of the information her Grandmother had gathered over the years, Sara began her own explorations into the family tree, which has roots in Britain, Ireland, Italy, and Austria, as well as most of the United States.
 
 


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
WAGS Writer's 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 Kristina's writing suggestions for this meeting, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at treasurer@wagswhittier.org
 



GSNOCC Annual Seminar Featuring Thomas McEntee
Saturday, July 29, 2017
GSNOCC Annual Seminar Featuring Thomas McEntee
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Danish Lutheran Church and Cultural Center, 16881 Bastanchury Road, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Join our neighboring society, the Genealogicaol Society of North Orange County, California for their seminar featuring Thomas McEntee, owner of High-Definition Genealogy, and founder of GeneaBloggers.  Click here for more information about the seminar, and here to download the registration form.


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
WAGS Writer's 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 Kristina's writing suggestions for this meeting, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at treasurer@wagswhittier.org
 


Show & Tell and Ice Cream Social
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Show & Tell and Ice Cream Social
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.


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
WAGS Writer's 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 Kristina's writing suggestions for this meeting, click on the Learn More button.
 
For more information, contact Kristina Newcomer at treasurer@wagswhittier.org
 



Julie Huffman
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Julie Huffman
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Genealogical Resources at the Los Angeles Public Library
 
The Genealogy Collection at Central Library numbers more than 40,000 volumes, including more than than 10,000 genealogies. A family name index to the collection is available through the databases link on the library home page.  Join us in June as Jullie Huffman discusses the impressive genealogical resources available at the Los Angeles Public Library. 


Corner Bakery Fundraiser for WAGS
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Corner Bakery Fundraiser for WAGS
7:00 am to 10:00 pm
Corner Bakery, 13515 Whittier Blvd, Whittier CA 90605
Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Corner Bakery in Whitier and help support WAGS.
Click here for our fundraiser flyer - print it out and bring it with you to the Corner Bakery in Whittier any time on our June meeting day, and they will contribute 15% of your purchase price to WAGS!
We will also have flyers available for pick up at the May and June WAGS meetings.
Stop by for breakfast or lunch on your way to the June meeting, or pick up a lunch to go and bring it with you to the June meeting, or stop by after the meeting any time on June 17th!
 
 
 


WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
WAGS Writer's 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 Senior Center. 
 
Click the Learn More button below for current writing suggestions and more information.
 


48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Friday, June 9, 2017 through Sunday, June 11, 2017
48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel - Burbank, California

Hunting Your Heritage

One of the largest genealogy conferences, the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree offers a wealth of educational opportunities for family historians and genealogists of all experience levels.

Jamboree welcomes all attendees interested in genealogy and the expansion of research knowledge and skills. Heritage focuses for 2017 include the British Isles and Ireland, Armenia and the Caucasus, and African American Research. Topics covered will include research methods, analysis and problem solving, organization techniques, family history writing, the use of technology, and more.

Click here for more information.



Genetic Genealogy Conference
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Genetic Genealogy Conference
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel - Burbank, California

Diving Into DNA

This conference provides the opportunity to hear from some of the top leaders in the field of genetic genealogy, with topics suitable for all levels of experience with using DNA for genealogical research.

Six intensive workshops will also be offered during this event that will provide an opportunity for in-depth study of genealogical research techniques of interest to a variety of experience levels (additional fee required).

Click here for more information.




WAGS Writer's Group
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
WAGS Writer's 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 Senior Center. 
 
Click the Learn More button below for current writing suggestions and more information.
 


Jane Neff Rollins
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Jane Neff Rollins
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Following a brief business meeting, Jane Neff Rollins will speak on:
 
Sticking to the Union:  Using Labor Union Documents for Genealogical Research
If any of your ancestors worked in the steel industry, in a mine, in the needle trades, as a cigar maker, or in other industries, they may have been members of a labor union. Labor union documents are underutilized resources for genealogical research, perhaps because they don't tend to be digitized and online.
 
This presentation will cover a brief history of labor unions in the US, why union records are genealogically valuable, what types of union records may exist (including union membership lists, meeting minutes of union locals, newspapers, personal memorabilia, photos, etc.) and where to find them, and challenges in working with union documents. 
 


Roger Mount
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Roger Mount
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Digital Document  & Photo Restoration
Learn how to digitize, edit and restore your document and photo collections using free programs for Windows.  Learn how to use image basics to straighten and crop, lighten or darken, sharpen, clone and paint where necessary.  It's easier and more fun than you might think but it does take time and patience.
 
 


Astrid Adler
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Astrid Adler
6:30 pm
Whittwood Branch Library, 10537 Santa Gertrudes Avenue, Whittier, CA 90603
Our Ancestors Were German - Emigration from the German Perspective
In the 19th century, nearly six million Germans left their homes for other lands, and most would never see Germany again. What were their stories?
 
Researcher/author Astrid Adler has spent years looking into passenger lists, census, emigration documents, family letters, and family trees from the Grand Duchy Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach region.
 
Hear her talk about her discoveries at the Whittwood Library on Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 pm.  Space is limited.  Free tickets will be available on Monday, May 1 - contact the Library at 562.567.9950.
 
This event is co-hosted by the Whittier Area Genealogical Society and supported bythe WPL Foundation.
 


Whittier Founder's Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Whittier Founder's Day
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Whitter Central Park
Come visit the WAGS booth at Whittier Founder's Day, an event presented by the Whittier Historical Society and the City of Whittier.  There will be live entertainment, food, activities for kids, antique cars, woodworkers, Mother's Day gifts, community groups, a mustache contest and more!
 



Erin Fletcher Singley
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Erin Fletcher Singley
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Following a brief business meeting, Erin's topic will be:
 
Whittier Public Library History Room Genealogical Resources
Erin is a third-generation Whittierite who has worked at the Whittier Public Library since 2007.  She will share about the resources of the library's Whittier History Room.  As the digital curator of their local history collections she will emphasize the library's online newspaper collection and their street and telephone directories among other items.  This should be a very interesting presentation, since she is also in charge of local history research and interpretation.


Christine Johns Cohen
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Christine Johns Cohen
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
MyHeritage
Along with Ancestry.com, FamilySearch and findmypast, the up-and-coming MyHeritage is now considered one of the Big Four genealogiy sites.  Growing far beyond its humble roots as only a tree-building site, MyHeritage continues with acquisitions, record addtions and fresh technical tricks.  MyHeritage.com contains over 6 billion historical records, including census, military, newspapers, birth/marriage/death records, and directories. The record collections are most comprehensive for North America and Europe, but hundreds of millions of records from other regions are also available.
 
Join our president, Christine Cohen, as she explores the features of MyHeritage in our April Morning Class.



Association of Professional Genealogists Panel Discussion
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Association of Professional Genealogists Panel Discussion
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
After a brief business meeting, there will be a panel discussion with members of the Southern California chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
 
Hiring A Professional Genealogist
Feeling stumped or are you a beginner who is wondering how to get started?  Maybe you have run into a brick wall or just need a fresh perspective.  Have you ever considered hiring a professional?
 
Members of the Southern California chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists will explore the topic of hiring a professional and answer questions from attendees.  When should you hire a professional genealogist?  How should you prepare?  What should you expect?  A professional genealogist can help you with many areas of your research depending on their specialties.  One might help you to solve a tough research question, translate foreign records, document your lineage for membership in DAR, or help write your family history.


Rick Frohling
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Rick Frohling
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
State Census Records
​Find out which states held state censuses and when, and what information you can find in them that is not included in the Federal Census records.  Find out how some states' census records can help bridge the gap created by the loss of the 1890 Federal Census, and find out where you can access state census indexes and images.


Genealogy BASH and Book Faire - Orange County California Genealogical Society
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Genealogy BASH and Book Faire - Orange County California Genealogical Society
8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

A Day of DNA with CeCe Moore

CeCe will be presenting four exciting topics in the Huntington Beach Central Library Theater. At the Book Faire, there will be over 1,000 books and periodicals on sale. There is NO fee to visit the Book Faire.  There will be two FREE beginning genealogy classes given at the BASH. The public is welcome to attend.  Click here for registration information.




Letty Rodella
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Letty Rodella
2:00 pm
La Habra Library, 221 E La Habra Blvd, La Habra CA 90631
Spanish Patriots During the American Revolution
 
Join Letty Rodella at the La Habra Library for her presentation on Spain's military actions during the Revolution War.  Are you a descendant of these Spanish Patriots?
 
Letty presents a brief background on the history of the involvement and the contributions by the Spanish Government and the Spanish Patriots to the Continental Congress and to George Washington's Army during the American Revolution.  She will speak of the Spanish military battles fought both on land and sea against the British during the period from 1779-1783.
 
This presentation is part of the Orange County Public Library system's ongoing series of monthly genealogy programs held at different library branches throughout Orange County.


Kenyatta D. Berry
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Kenyatta D. Berry
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Los Angeles Central Library - Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Your Genealogical Journey:  African American Genealogy in the Age of Technology
 
Tracing African American genealogy can be challenging due to the forced migration of African slaves to North America, the Caribbean and elswhere. 
 
Kenyatta D. Berry, host of PBS "Genealogy Roadshow," will discuss how the show employs technology to help guests discover their African American ancestry, and also how people can research their own enslaved ancestors by using wills, estates, inventories and the Freedmen's Bureau records.


Larry Naukam
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Larry Naukam
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Following a brief business meeting, Larry Naukam will be our February speaker.  His topic will be:
 
Where In the World Do You Think You Are:  Using Maps and Land Records
Larry Naukam will talk about using maps to find ancestral locations, then and now. He will also give an overview of sources for finding family information using maps. He will share Facebook groups, webinars, mapping tools, public libraries, and helpful websites. He will also share about Land Deeds and where to find them.


Christine Johns Cohen
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Christine Johns Cohen
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Online Cemetery Indexes
Have you used online cemetery indexes to locate your ancestors?  Christine will show you the useful and perhaps brick-wall busting abilities on FindAGrave or BillionGraves for United States Research.  Also there is www.DeceasedOnline.com for English research and www.Interment.net for many other places in the world.  Military burials on Ancestry will also be discussed.  You can help a fellow genealogist by volunteering to take photos of gravestones and create memorials.  Plus a new partnership on BillionGraves allows you to transcribe a headstone, take a photo, and then connect it to FamilySearch!


WAGS Ruby's Diner Fundraiser
Saturday, February 4, 2017 through Monday, February 6, 2017
WAGS Ruby's Diner Fundraiser
Ruby's DIner, 10109 Whittwood Lane, Whittier CA 90603 (Whittwood Town Center)
Come to Ruby's Diner at the Whittwood Town Center any time Saturday, Sunday or Monday  for our first Annual Post-Seminar Fundraiser.
 
Make plans to meet friends, family, or fellow genealogists the weekend after our Annual Seminar for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and help support WAGS.  Ruby's Diner will donate 20% of your check to WAGS, and you'll have good food and good times with good friends!
 
In order for WAGS to get credit for your visit, click here, print the Ruby's Diner fundraiser flyer, and bring it with you to the restaurant.  Flyers will also be included with your seminar packet at the Annual Seminar.  
 
 
 



Michael Lacopo, DVM, Speaker
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Michael Lacopo, DVM, Speaker
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
34th Annual Seminar
 
Lecture Topics
More Than The Census - Our Families Did Exist Between Those Ten Year Intervals
Estate Files:  Are You Getting The Most Out of Them?
Incorporating Social History Into Your Research
Finding Dead Ancestors Is Easy:  Finding Living Relatives Can Be A Challenge!


Barbara M. Randall
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Barbara M. Randall
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Following a brief business meeting, the afternoon's speaker will be Barbara M. Randall.   Her topic will be:
 
Transported! Convict Records
Hundreds of citizens were transported from Britain for a variety of crimes in the 18th and 19th centuries. It makes it hard to find our ancestors at time but the records produced are a hidden treasure. Learn about the records created, how to find them and what life was life for our ancestor convicts.


Barbara M. Randall
Barbara M. Randall
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Decoding National Archives - Online
The National Archives website can be very intimidating to use as a research tool.  Learn what is available and how to increase your success with your research.


Youth Genealogy Workshop - Part 2
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Youth Genealogy Workshop - Part 2
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 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.  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 librarian@wagswhittier.org.



Using Tax Records for Genealogical Problem Solving by Dr. Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Using Tax Records for Genealogical Problem Solving by Dr. Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Southern California Genealogical Society Webinar Series
Enjoy a preview of our 2017 WAGS Seminar speaker at this SCGS Webinar.  Click here to sign up:  SCGS Webinar - Michael Lacopo
 
Although most researchers are aware of tax records, they are seldom utilized and dismissed as boring and insignificant. Tax records can solve MANY genealogical dilemmas and should be a primary record source to utilize. Clues to family relationships, further research, vital information, migration, and more can be found within these amazing records. This lecture will show you how they can help you!


Holiday Party & Pot Luck
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Holiday Party & Pot Luck
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 contact our Hospitality Chair, Miriam Benell at hospitality@wagswhittier.org.
 
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 1
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Youth Genealogy Workshop - Part 1
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 Boy Scout 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 read 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 groupo sheets, pedigree charts, interviewing a relative, and other requirements.
 
Space is limited.  Register now!  Contact Trish Garcia (genealogy merit badge counselor) at librarian@wagswhittier.org.
 



Jean Wilcox Hibben
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Jean Wilcox Hibben
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
"Doing Background Research for
Genealogy Television:  It's NOT Like it Looks on TV."
 

With the popularity of genealogy-focused TV programs like Genealogy Roadshow, many people get excited about doing their family history in an hour or so. Most genealogists know it take a lot longer than shown on TV to do good research. 

 

What is it really like to find ancestors with the limitations of a TV production timeline? Get a look behind the scenes at what was really found. Learn about a different aspect of genealogy that is fast becoming a fad. And, by the way, our speaker will do it in an hour!



Butch Hibben
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Butch Hibben
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA

Free Apps for Smart Phones for Smart Genealogists

 

A smart phone is becoming the most valuable tool for a genealogist, whether he/she travels or not. Many free apps are available to make locating, recording, organizing, and disseminating information easier than ever imagined. This presentation will give you some ideas that you never dreamed were possible. This workshop is updated frequently so handout material is minimal. You will be directed to his webpage to download the latest smart phone information posted there




Saturday, October 15, 2016
Ted Gostin
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA
Following a brief business meeting, the afternoon's speaker will be Ted Gostin. He will present "Breaking Down Brick Walls: Three Case Studies."


Ted Gostin
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Breaking Down Brick Walls: Three Case Studies
 
All genealogists eventually run across a “brick wall” in their research; a research problem they can’t seem to solve. This lecture reviews three cases studies where brick walls were successfully overcome, and draws out research strategies that might be applied to other problems. Case Study One will look at determining the parents of an early, post-revolutionary American ancestor in New York State (Metcalf). Case Study Two recaps trying to determine Juaneño Indian ancestry (from Mission San Juan Capistrano) in a California Latino family (Mireles). Case Study Three examines searching for any trace of a PolishJewish immigrant tailor in England in the mid-1800s (Stargatt/Stargratt).


Saturday, October 15, 2016
Christine Cohen
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA
How and Why to Join Lineage and Hereditary Societies
 
Have you ever thought of joining a Lineage or Hereditary Society? Let's learn the How, What, Where, When and Why of Lineage or Hereditary Societies. Perhaps a relative already submitted application papers containing their pedigree with research details to join a society. These societies are often involved in educational, cultural, and social programs to preserve their documents and memories. Some have libraries and museums that can help you in your research. Check out An Overview of the Hereditary Society Community and see which one may be waiting for you to join!



Saturday, September 17, 2016
Mary Van Orsdol
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
New Netherland Research
 
If you don’t already know, New Netherland was the first Dutch colony in North America from 1621 until 1664. It extended from Albany, New York, in the north to Delaware in the s o u t h a n d encompassed parts of what are now the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, and Delaware. Although New Netherland as a political unit lasted only about 60 years, its influence on the developing American society was significant. Researching New Netherland ancestors is exciting and challenging and requires an understanding of both Dutch and English record groups. Mary will discuss several important concepts including personal names, naming patterns, and patronymics, as well as exploring the various record groups needed to construct a family history of these early American colonists. She has prepared an extensive bibliography of New Netherland resources that can be used as a checklist for research.


Saturday, September 17, 2016
Roger Mount
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Knocking Down a Brick Wall



Saturday, August 20, 2016
Linda Serna
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Foreign Research
 
Linda’s topic, “Foreign Research” will demonstrate how to go about tracing our ancestors across the ocean. It addresses beginning here in the States, discovering the clues as to where to go next, and then finding resources that are available here and overseas, both online and in repositories, as well as other suggestions that may open the doors to success. The United States is a country of immigrants. The history of who came here when and understanding why they left helps to round them out as people. With their lives now in context, we can dig into the research necessary to follow our family lines further back in the old country. What’s the Best Kept Secret in Foreign Research? Many of the records we want and need can be found right here in America!



Saturday, July 16, 2016
Member Show & Tell and Ice Cream Social
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Share Your Summer Memories
 
Join us for the Ice Cream Social at 12:30 pm.  Then at 1:00 pm, it’s your turn to share a summer memory with the group. What did you do during summer vacations when you were growing up? Do you have a favorite family memory from a summer picnic, barbecue, or trip to the beach? Maybe your family went camping, took a cabin in the mountains, or worked on home improvement projects. Did you take time during a summer vacation to visit historic sites, attend a family reunion, or travel across country to collect information about your ancestors at a distant library? Another option - share your story of a patriotic ancestor in honor of Independence Day. Stories don’t necessarily have to be about summer. Feel free to share your best brick wall breakthrough, a recent discovery, or something about your most interesting ancestor. Presentations should be 3-10 minutes long. Photos, diagrams, collections, and other mementos are interesting to see.



Saturday, June 18, 2016
Mary Ann Vincent
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Civil War POW Camps
 
Do you have a Civil War ancestor? Was he captured or killed? Don't miss our June speaker who will be speaking about Civil War POW camps. The U.S. Civil War lasted just over four years, from the attack on Fort Sumter in April 1861 through the official end of the war declared by President Andrew Johnson in May 1865. POW camp records present an often overlooked resource for learning more about what happened to our ancestors. Mary Anne Vincent’s great-great-great uncle died at Andersonville in 1864. While Andersonville was probably the most infamous prison camp of our Civil War, it was just one of more than 150 camps used by the Union and Confederacy. Over 409,000 solders were captured during the war. Death rates in prison camps were high on both sides. About 56,000 men died in prison camps – over 30,000 Union soldiers and nearly 26,000 Confederates. Our speaker will offer a number of websites where you can find names of POW camps and prisoners.



Saturday, May 21, 2016
Marilyn Pope
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Fixing and Verifying Your Family Search Family Tree
 
Last year Marilyn talked about the online Family Tree of FamilySearch.org and many members asked to have her return to further clarify and expand this topic. She has many hours of class presentations on just Family Tree and is passionate about helping you to understand how to really use this online tool. Our speaker will focus on how to fix problems that arise in the tree. She will cover new ground in this presentation but it will be a follow up to the morning class.  Marilyn Pope is an expert on the FamilyTree website and regularly presents lectures on how to use the tools and information on the site. 


Marilyn Pope
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Create, Use, and Grow Your Family Search Family Tree
 
Using WAGS member examples. Marilyn will illustrate how to use and grow the online Family Tree by using several WAGS members whose parents and grandparents are deceased. She will use their information to show you how to do it. You can see on just one page the Person Details view, the Family Members view, the Parents and Siblings view and Sources. It’s so easy to jump back and forth from traditional family trees to the Fan Chart view. Our speaker will present useful information not previously covered. Don’t miss it.



Saturday, April 16, 2016
Barbara Randall
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Weaving the Ancestral Quilt: How to Create the Story of Your Ancestors’ Lives
 
The afternoon session, presented by Barbara Randall, will focus on writing, interviewing, and creating interesting family records. Learn how to intertwine all of your research to weave the story of your ancestors to piece the quilt together. Barbara blames her addiction to genealogy on a close friend who dabbled in it for years. Her first lessons accompanied her first Jamboree conference and the passion was lit. Barbara is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, New England Historical Genealogical Society, New York Genealogical & Biographical Society. She is a board member of the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) and participates in several interest groups at SCGS, including being the leader of the Legacy Family Tree User Group and Chair of the 2015 SCGS Jamboree conference. She is also a board member and journal editor of British Isles Family History Society-USA (BIFHS-USA). Barbara is a DAR registrar and writes the chapter genealogical newsletter, Patriot Pathways.  


Saturday, April 16, 2016
WAGS Writers Group (and Others)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Read YOUR FAMILY STORY
 
 We’re looking forward to hearing stories read by members of the Writing Group and others who have written something to share including: stories about an ancestor, personal memoirs, interviews with a relative, etc.



Saturday, March 19, 2016
Tim Traeger
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
State of Newspapers & Community Journalism in Whittier
 
Tim is the former editor of the Whittier Daily News and current Executive Director of the Whittier Historical Society and Museum. He will talk about the state of news-papering and journalism in Whittier. Is community journalism still alive? What makes a story worthy of the community newspaper? Tim will also share about the Whittier Museum and archives. In 1999 Tim took a job laying out the front pages of the Whittier Daily News. One day in 2007 legendary WDN editor Bill Bell announced his retirement from the paper. So Tim stepped into those big shoes to run a staff of five covering Whittier and the surrounding area. After philosophical differences with management, Tim left the Daily News in 2012 to develop his own website 411Whittier.com. He still writes for that website that publishes only positive stories because he believes readers are bombarded with too much bad news.  


Saturday, March 19, 2016
Christine Cohen
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Using Fold3
 
The website Fold3.com, in a partnership with the Nationa l Archives, provides a wealth of military resources from the Revolutionary War of 1776 to Operation New Dawn in 2010. Many researchers have ancestors who were soldiers, soldier's widows, pensioners, casualties, and Medal of Honor recipients of these conflicts. Fold3.com can assist in locating military records that can help break down brick walls and, through that site, users can create a Memorial Page to honor their ancestors and connect with other researchers. 



Saturday, February 20, 2016
Jamie Mayhew
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Finding 19th Century Land Records with 21st Century Tools
 
During the afternoon session, Jamie will talk about Finding 19th Century Land Records with 21st Century Tools. So much has become available online and land records are no exception. Learn how to access historical land records using HistoryGeo.com, the Bureau of Land Management website, FamilySearch.org, and other less well known sites. 


Jamie Mayhew
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Stories of Women Homesteaders
 
The morning Session will focus on Stories of Women Homesteaders. Enjoy some of the stories of women who homesteaded. Meet Florence Blake Smith, a Chicago bookkeeper who learned about homesteading from a male friend and said, "If he could do it, I could too.



Saturday, January 30, 2016
Thomas MacEntee, Speaker
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
33nd Annual Seminar
 
Lecture Topics:
Genealogy Do-Over
Successful Collateral & Clutter Searching
After You're Gone:  Future-Proofing Your Genealogy Research
Genealogy:  The Future Is Now


Saturday, January 16, 2016
Gena Philibert-Ortega
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Advance Your Family History Through Social Networking
 
Genealogy is really about finding people and being found. Users of social media create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content. By participating in a social network site, people are able to find you. You can network with other genealogists, find cousins and learn more about your family history research. Most of all, remember that Social Media is your public face. Our speaker will share how to do all of this in a comfortable way that allows you to protect yourself online.


Saturday, January 16, 2016
Rick Frohling
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
What We Can Learn From Other Genealogical Societies



Saturday, December 19, 2015
WAGS Annual Holiday Pot Luck and Member Show & Tell
12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
For the WAGS Annual Holiday Potluck noon, right before the December meeting. WAGS will provide meatballs, hot dishes, rollscoffee and punch. Members are asked to bring a salad or dessert or $5.00 per person. If you are bringing a potluck dish, please arrive between 11:30 and 11:45 so that there is time to set up serving tables. 
 
After lunch, it’s your turn to share a genealogical tip, success story, a holiday memory, or a family treasure. Presentations should be about five minutes long. Bring photos, props, maps, or mementos to illustrate what you will be talking about. We like to see as well as hear about your topic. You don’t need to limit topics to holiday theme. Guests are welcome and this is the perfect time to bring family and friends to find out more about family history. 



Saturday, November 21, 2015
Jane Neff Rollins
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Is There a Baby Catcher in Your Bloodline?
 
Was one of your ancestors a midwife? Midwives played important roles in European and American society throughout the 19th century and into the early 20th century. This presentation will include a brief history of midwifery, a description of midwife education in Europe and the United States, a summary of U.S. laws governing midwifery practice, and federal, state, and personal resources that might provide family researchers information about midwifery in general, and about their midwife ancestor in particular. Resources to be described include: the US Census, registries of midwife licenses, birth certificates, court documents, city directories, log books of deliveries performed, newspaper stories, etc. 


Saturday, November 21, 2015
Christine Cohen
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Using Findmypast.com
 
We will explore the many unique resources that the website www.Findmypast.com has to offer, in particular an extensive collection of United Kingdom records including: newspapers, parish records, passenger lists, army records, court records, and voter registrations. The genealogy newsletter index PERSI is now available on this site, better than ever.



Saturday, October 17, 2015
Gordon Seyffert
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CAx
German Research & Reading Handwritten German Records
 
If you are trying to trace your German ancestry, then you won’t want to miss Gordon Seyffert’s presentation. He will discuss his personal German genealogy which is based on reading church books on microfilm, monitoring German/English digests focused on select regions of Germany, and using web sites in both Germany and the US. His “stories” cover four 19th century immigrant German families, creating a total “picture” using insights from German history and culture. He forms reasonable conclusions for why these families left their fatherland to come to a new land. Gordon also plans to share major points from Mack Walker’s 1971 work, “German Home Towns: Community, State, and General Estate, 1648-1871.” According to Gordon, “Walker's book is like having Roger Minert, a famous genealogy speaker, put his lectures between two covers. I used salient points to connect the dots with my German families.” Gordon Seyffert is the vice president and newsletter editor of the Immigrant Genealogical Society in Burbank. He began genealogy as his hobby starting in 1975, upon the death of his grandmother and his receipt of some newspaper clippings concerning his great-grandfather. Following the trail of his European heritage, Gordon began to teach himself the old German script so that he could see for himself how and where his German ancestors had lived. He quickly found that his primary genealogical interest was the connection between family lore and a better understanding of historical events from the ground up, so-to-speak. 


Saturday, October 17, 2015
Pat Chavarria
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
World War I Draft Registration Cards.
 
Pat will present information about the history of the WWI Draft registration, the three different registration dates, and the information you can find on the cards for your genealogical research.. 



Saturday, September 19, 2015
Denise Levenick
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
How to Scan an Elephant: Digitize Your Family History
 
Are you the person in your family who inherited “The Stuff?” Most of us have photos, documents, and numerous keepsakes that we want to preserve. But how do you do it? After Denise May Levenick inherited a trunk filled with century-old letters, photographs, and memorabilia, she set out on a quest to learn how to safely preserve her family history treasures in a home archive. She discovered practical archival techniques that anyone can use to safely organize and store family photos, documents, and artifacts. She has adapted professional archival techniques to the family archive situation and will share some of these techniques with us at the September meeting. Discover apps, accessories, and expert tips to get better results from traditional scanners, digital cameras, and mobile devices.


Saturday, September 19, 2015
Trish Garcia
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Books and Ebooks
 
Our morning class in September, led by Trish Garcia, will focus on ebooks - where to find them, how to use them, and why you should start looking for them. 



Saturday, August 15, 2015
Hal Horrocks
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Colonial Research
 
As we get further back into our ancestor’s lives, it becomes more difficult for us to find the records we need. By 1776, the population of the colonies totaled only 500,000, fewer folk than today’s Orange County. Unfortunately, it still seems that their records are often difficult to identify and to locate. From the founding of Jamestown to the Revolutionary War - for more than 160 years - records for the Colonial period of our history are there. We just have to figure out how to find them. This presentation will explore ways to find the records from 1610 to 1776 that will help in our search to fill out our family trees. 



Saturday, July 18, 2015
Member Show & Tell and Ice Cream Social
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
It’s your turn!
 
July is one of two annual opportunities to share your story, history, family findings, and heirlooms. Presentations should be 3-10 minutes long. Visual aids are always interesting, so plan to bring photos, charts, or artifacts from your family if you have them. Past presentations have been very diverse including personal recollections of historic events, famous and infamous relatives, recounting research trips, tracking down elusive relations, and many more. Need more ideas for your talk? Take a cue from the season, summer: Father’s Day remembrances, funny 4th of July occurrences, picnics, beach parties, swimming, vacations, road trips, etc. 



Saturday, June 20, 2015
Nancy Carlberg
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Brick Wall Busting - Using WAGS Members’ Problems
 
Nancy Carlberg, a familiar face at WAGS, returns this June with a special treat: brick wall busting using real-life member problems. WAGS members were offered the opportunity to submit a request for help with finding one of their particularly elusive ancestors. Nancy has been working on these over the past couple of months and will demonstrate her findings with an explanation of how she unraveled each one of the knots. We all have a brick wall. This will be a great chance to see how to break one down. 



Saturday, May 16, 2015
Randy Seaver
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Probate Records: My Favorite Record Type!

Randy says, “Probate records are my absolute favorite record type for identifying and proving family relationships.” Probate documents, in general terms, are records created by a court after an individual's death that relate to the distribution of his or her estate. In his presentation, Randy describes the overall probate process, the different kinds of probate records, and how to find and obtain probate records in repositories and online record collections. 


Saturday, May 16, 2015
Pat Chavarria
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
World War I Draft Registration Cards
 
Pat will discuss the history of the WWI draft registration, the three different registration dates, and the information you can find on the cards for your genealogical research.  



Saturday, April 18, 2015
Ted Gostin
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors Online
 
Our featured speaker in the afternoon, Ted Gostin, will discuss the use of online resources that can help find our immigrant ancestors. Since the year 2000, a variety of immigration and emigration databases have become available over the Internet. These databases have the potential to make searching for immigrant ancestors much easier and quicker than the older microfilm or print databases. A number of such databases are discussed in this lecture, including the Ellis Island Database, Ancestry.com immigration and emigration databases, and FamilySearch.org immigration databases. The limitations of these databases are discussed, and search tips offered for each database. 


Saturday, April 18, 2015
Christine Cohen
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Homestead Records
 
Homestead application papers are good sources of genealogical and family history information. Christine will show you where to find and how to use these records.  



Saturday, March 21, 2015
Cheri Mello
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Getting the Most Out of Your DNA Results
 
Our speaker, Cheri Mello, will captivate you with her stories and break down DNA into smaller, understandable steps. She utilizes her teaching skills to break a complex topic into something a bit more palatable. She has spoken on various genealogy and DNA topics all over southern California, as well as in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Utah. For the afternoon session, Cheri will give a presentation about utilizing your DNA results, how to set up your DNA page, which matches to contact, and what the results mean.


Cheri Mello
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
DNA and Genealogy
 
In the morning session, Cheri will use case studies to explain how DNA was used to break down a brick wall from the 1800s and confirm relationships in a family tree. She will also provide an overview of the 4 types of DNA testing used in genealogy: Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), autosomal DNA (Family Finder), and X-match.
 
 



Saturday, February 21, 2015
Linda Serna
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Dispelling The Myths & Finding Out if They are Really "My" People
 
Family history may contain many myths in the form of retold stor ies or false assumptions. Linda will share examples of legends that keep genealogists from finding the correct information about family. Her presentation will debunk some of the most common myths that come up in family research including name changes at Ellis Island, the Cherokee Indian Princess, the stowaway, someone famous, ethnic identity, and others possible fictions, then she’ll suggest avenues to correct misimformation. Linda will share sources that you can pursue in order to prove or disprove the truth of shared stories. She will also offer clues to help you navigate the maze of possible ancestors you are searching, and share examples of how to determine if the people you add to your tree are really your people. 


Saturday, February 21, 2015
Rick Frohling
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Genealogy Bank and Other Newspaper Resources
 
Explaining how to use online sites to do newspaper research on your family. 



Saturday, January 31, 2015
Geoffrey Rasmussen, Speaker
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
32nd Annual Seminar
 
Lecture Topics:
Digital Research Guidance & To Do Lists
Googling Around with Google & Other Technologie
Timelines & Chronologies  Secrets of Genealogy Success
Technology & Techniques for Researching a Common Surname


Saturday, January 17, 2015
Bill Beigel
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Return of the Dead - Repatriation of WWII Fallen
 
With a wealth of information, photos, and personal stories, Bill's talk will interest genealogists as well as veteran's surviving family members, historians, and students.
 
A professional World War II researcher, Bill's presentation covers the incredible details of gthe repatriation of American soldiers killed overseas during World War II.  Surprisingly, the United States was the only WWII combatant nation to repatriate their military and civilian war dead.
 
Bill shares the process of locating and transporting our valiant dead.  He also shares emotional letters from next-of-kin and journeys of specific transport vessels.  Bill will share magazine and newspaper articles including photos from the day and modern-day repatriation stories as well as his own personal research over the past twenty years.
 


Saturday, January 17, 2015
Pat Chavarria
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Making Sense of Each U. S. Federal Census
 
The unique features of each census from 1790 to 1940.



Saturday, December 20, 2014
WAGS Annual Holiday Pot Luck and Member Show and Tell
12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
It's time once again to enjoy the semi-annual WAGS Member Show and Tell.
 
After lunch and a brief general meeting, anticipate hearing some interesting stories from those who have signed up to share.  In the past, we have heard personal recollections of historic events, memories of favorite family gatherings, tales of famous relatives, and the history of mementos passed down through generations.
 
Stories may be about Christmas, but can also be more generally about family history and research.  Presentations are usually 3-5 minutes and often include photoes, letters, or treasured keepsakes.
 
 
 
 



Saturday, November 15, 2014
Thomas McEntee
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Managing the Genealogy Data Monster (Webinar)
 
Do you feel overwhelmed when it comes to your genealogy data and all that is available on the Internet?  Technology makes more data readily available than in the past.  Do you have many research or writing projects going on at the same time?  The secret to getting stuff done is this:  track, prioritize, and document each task and project.  Thomas will show you how to create your own project management system.  He will share tools to use and techniques to make it all a breeze to do.


Saturday, November 15, 2014
Lisa Alzo
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Genealogy Goals:  How to Set Them, How to Keep Them (Webinar)
 
Start planning now to make 2015 your best genealogy year ever.  Whether you desire to improve your research skills, find new cousins, break through a brick wall, or finally write your family history, this session will show you effective ways to set realistic and attainable goals. and offer tips and tricks to help you achieve them.



Saturday, October 18, 2014
John Schmal
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Researching Your German Roots
 
Many Americans have German ancestry, yet know very little about German history and how that has influenced German immigration to America.  While you may have some idea of why your particular ancestor immigrated, there are many reasons for leaving your home, and many are directly related to where home was.
 
John will discuss Germany's political history and its influence on immigration to the United States.  He will also discuss research techniques for locating your German ancestors.  Knowledge about the dynamics of German history and geography are key to successful German-American research.
 


Saturday, October 18, 2014
Christine Cohen
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Using the DAR Website for Research
 
The Daughters of the American Revolution website has a wealth of information that can be viewed for free.  The website has documentation about patriots that can assist you even if you do not have a patriotancestor.  It contains an index of surnames in unpublished resources created by DAR members over the past 100 years, including Bible, cemetery, and vital records and a Descendant'sDatabse to search for children of patriots.



Saturday, September 20, 2014
Eric Siess
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
What is The Genealogicial Proof Standard (GPS) and How Do I Use It?
 
The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) is a codification of good genealogical research technique for all experience levels.  Its five steps have become a modern touchstone for quality and success.  Learn what the GPS is, and the benefits and techniques of applying it to your research.


Saturday, September 20, 2014
Eris Siess
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Leaving Brick Walls Behind You
 
"Brick Walls", those seemingly impassible research barriers, are the scourge of every genealogist.  Learn professionally tested techniques to get past them, or better yet, avoid them in the first place.



Saturday, August 16, 2014
Connie Moretti
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Using Land Records to Expand Genealogy Research
 
Join us on August 16th for a presentation about Land Records from popular genealogical speaker Connie Moretti.  Find out where these records are stored, how to use the indexes, what is the meaning of special terminology, and why land records can help fill details in your family research.
 



Saturday, July 19, 2014
WAGS Member Show & Tell
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
It's time once again for the Member Show and Tell.  What will you share?
 
We all have interesting family stories, memories and mementos.  How about bringing something yuou have inherited?  Or bring in a story about your research surprises and tell us what you have found. Maybe you have discovered a famous relative among your ancestors.  Do you recall a particularly memorable Independence Day, family barbecue, picnic, camping trip, or summer vacation?  Bring photos and/or objects or just your story.



Saturday, June 21, 2014
Lisa Schumacher
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Pre-1850 Census:  Putting Names on the Tick Marks
 
The US Federal Census records provide the most information in the least amount of time when starting your family research.  However, the 1790 through 1840 censuses only list the name of the Head of Householdand age-ranges for all persons living at one address.  At first glance this appears to be limited information.
 
Our June speaker, Lisa Schumacher, will explain how to analyze the information given on the Pre-1850 Census Records.  Used in conjunction with other documents, these Census Records can help a researcher construct families and prove relationships.



Saturday, May 17, 2014
Randy Seaver
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Probate Records:  My Favorite Record Type!
 
Randy says "Probate records are my absolute favorite record type for identifying and proving family relationships."  Probate documents, in general terms, are records created bya  court after an individual's death that relate to the distribution of his or her estate.  In his presentation, Randy describes the overall probate process, the different kinds of probate records, and how to find and obtain records in repositories and online record collections.


Saturday, May 17, 2014
Pat Chavarria
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
World War I Draft Registration Cards
 
Pat will discuss the history of WWI draft registration, the three different registration dates, and the information you can find on the cards for your genealogical research.



Saturday, April 19, 2014
Becky Ruud, Wardman Library Archivist and Special Collections Librarian
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Caring for Your Family Photos:  Archival Storage and Preservation
 
This talk will focus on archival storage and preservation from the family perspective. Using methods from archives and conservation labs, you will become better able to care for your family's treasures.  The workshop will focus on identification of photographs and their storage and preservation needs, display, digitization tools, scrapbook storage and preservation, and how to donate your photographs to institutions.


Saturday, April 19, 2014
Rick Frohling
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
What's New in Legacy Family Tree 8



Saturday, March 15, 2014
Maureen Neeley
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Discover the History of Your Home
 
Maureen Neeley, a Long Beach librarian, a noted preservationist and historian, will be the speaker at the WAGS March meeting.  Through her business, Houstories (www.houstories.net), she writes biographies of people's homes and other buildings.
 
Every home has a story to tell.  Understanding you home's past is a key to its present and even to its future.  We are often curious about the previous owners, or even why a house was built in a particular location.  Maybe a house is much older than the others on the block, or there is an unusual architectural detail that has piqued your interest.  It may benefit you to understand your house's quirks before you proceed with a remodel.
 
 


Saturday, March 15, 2014
Pat Chavarria
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Using Libraries for Genealogical Research
 
One of the most unique aspects of genealogical research is the variety of libraries that house a vast array of information.  In some, one can find shelves of published family histories.  In others, there is extensive information relating to the history of that are and so much more.
 
Pat will  discuss the hidden treasures that can be found in libraries everywhere.  Also, a discussion of the things to do before you go to the library will help you better prepare for your trip, whether going to a local library or one at a great distance from home.



Saturday, February 22, 2014
Laura G. Prescott, Speaker
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
31st Annual Seminar
 
Lecture Topics:
Turning Fiction into Fact
loc.gov: Using Our Nation's Library Online
Spinsters and Widows:  Gender Loyalty Within Families
The Rest of the Story:  Using Manuscripts to Create a Family HIstory


Saturday, February 15, 2014
Barbara Randall
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Are Your NY, CT, RI, MA & VT Ancestors Playing Hide and Seek?
 
Knowing these states have good records do not make your ancestors any easier to find.  There are strategies and sources to use when the obvious doesn't work.  Knowing how to wident the scope of your research and find the hidden repositoriies can bring yuour ancestors to life in many ways.


Saturday, February 15, 2014
Christine Cohen
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Naturalization
 
Christine Johns will discuss how to find your ancestors' naturalization documents and how to order those you desire.  Christine will be able to go online to illustrate her talk.



Saturday, January 18, 2014
WAGS Genealogy Forum
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
For the January meeting, WAGS will be having a Genealogy Forum hosted by several of our members.
 
We will also be asking our audience to assist other members with ideas on how to break through their brick walls, how to resolve issues they may be having with Legacy, RootsMagic or Family Tree Maker, and other genealogy challenges they may have.
 
Please bring your questions and challenges.
 
We also plan to have live access to Ancestry.com, GenealogyBank.com and possibly ohter free and pay genealogy web sites to assist in answering your questions.


Saturday, January 18, 2014
Pat Chavarria
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Using Naturalization Records for Genealogy Research
 
Naturalization records are among the most valued records for family historians.  In many cases, this is not so much due to the informatiobn that they contain, as for what they represent.
 
We will look at the timelines for the naturalization process, the actual documents themselves, and other types of documents that may provide answers to when your ancestors arrived in America, where they came from, and how they got here.
 
There will be time for sharing and for questions and answers.



Saturday, December 21, 2013
Holiday Members Show & Tell
12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
It's TIme to Show and Tell Your Family History Stories
 
Once again WAGS members will enjoy the holiday SHow and Tell at the December meeting.
 
Come prepared to share researfch successes you have had during the year or to show items inherited from ancestors.  Stories about ancestors are welcome, as are stories about members themselves or about Christmas memories.  Please keep presentations to approximately five minutes.



Saturday, November 16, 2013
Randy Seaver
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Discovering Jane's Roots in California, Australia and England
 
In this presentation, Randy will explore the research journey to find the ancestors of his wife's great-grandmother, Jane (Whittle) McKnew (1847-1921).  She married in Gold COuntry, had a family of 11 children, survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and died in San Francisco.  Jane was born in Australia to paqrents who were born and married in England.  Most of the research was done with online resources and in a collaborative environment.


Saturday, November 16, 2013
FamilySearch.org
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Family Search.org
 
Rick will be discussing FamilySearch.org and will cover navigating through the updated Family Search site.



Saturday, October 19, 2013
Eris Siess
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Follow the Path to the Old COuntry with Emigration Records and the GPS (Genealogical Proof Standard)
 
Emigration records are powerful tools to help identify specific ancestral localities.  An evaluation strategy is presented using the Genealogical Proof Standard, emigration and U.S. records.


Saturday, October 19, 2013
Pat Chavarria
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Newspaper Research
 
There is more information to help you with your genealogy research other than birth, marriage and death information.  She will expore other parts of a newspaper that will give you information about your ancestors.  She will also talk about the different types of newspapers and where you can find them. There will be time for questions and answers.



Saturday, September 21, 2013
Dawn Thurston
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Turn You Genealogy Data into a Fascinating Family History - Part 2
 
The afternoon talk will include writing techniques that will turn your data into an interesting story that goes beyond "Mary Stone was born on blah, blah, blah."


Dawn Thurston
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Turn Your Genealogy Data into a Fascinating Family History - Part 1
 
The morning session will include organizing tips, researching ideas and analytical skills to help you see your pedigree chart with the eyes of a writer.



Saturday, August 17, 2013
Jean Wilcox Hibben
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Transportation Center, 7333 Greenleaf Avenue, Whittier CA 90601
Elisabeth:  The Story of A German Immigrant
 
​In 1864, Elisabeth left Germany and her five children.  Learn why she left and what happened when she got to America at the end of the Civil War.  This first person narrative is followed by an explanation of how the information was located.
 
 
 
 



Saturday, July 20, 2013
Member Show & Tell and Ice Cream Social
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
The July WAGS meeting will feature the semi-annual Show and Tell by members.
Members are encouraged to make presentations including family treasures or photos, family stories, or their own stories.  Do you have a famous - or infamous - ancestor with an interesting story?  Do you have something that belonged to one of your ancestors that you can share?
Please keep your presentation to 5 minutes.  Let Greta Gutierrez, our new program chair, know that you wil be participating.
 
What's better than a cool ice cream on a hot July afternoon?  Members attending the WAGS July meeting will have the opportunity to cool off while they watch a hot Show and Tell meeting with build-it-yourself sundaes.  For just $1, you can have a chocolate sundae made with chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup - or with strawberry ice cream if you're adventurous.
Come to the meeting a little early because sundaes will begin serving at 12:30 pm.
 
 
 
 
 



Saturday, June 15, 2013
Paul Lipinski
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
WWII Draft Registration Records
 
​This talk will include a short history of the Selective Service Act, and what the records contain.  The individual registrations will be described, including the content of the records for each registry.  Why these records are important to genealogists, and how to access these records will also be presented.
 
 



Saturday, May 18, 2013
Nancy Carlberg
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
You Can't Lie to the Family Genealogist.
 
Well-known genealogist, Nancy Carlberg, will be the speaker at the WAGS May meeting.  Her topic will be "You Can't Lie to the Family Genealogist - getting aroud the false information you have on your ancestor.
 
We've all had family members tell us stories about our family.  We've found information in the federal and state censuses.  Sometime's it's helpful.  Many times it's not and can put you on the wrong path in your research that could end in a brick wall or years of searching in the wrong place.
 


Saturday, May 18, 2013
Pat Chavarria
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Important Research Ideas You Can Do This Summer
 
Pat will talk about various phases of genealogical research you can work on during the summer.  This session is aimed at going over what you have already done, finding gapws in your research and what you can to to bring your research up to date.  There will be time for sharing and for question and answers.



Saturday, April 20, 2013
Gena Philibert-Ortega
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Secret Lives of Women:  Researcing Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind
 
Women are different and so are the resources used to research their lives.  This presentation will cover how to research female ancestors using various resources including manuscript collections, books and histories.  We will also explore resources specific to women such as scrapbooks, quilts, and cookbooks.


Saturday, April 20, 2013
Rick Frohling
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
RootsMagic Personal Historian Software
 
How many times have you wished you knew more about your ancestor and how they lived?  Had they left a personal record, you would be delighted.  You can do it for your descendants.
President Rick Frohlihng will lead the Computer Class and discuss computer and online tools available to help people write their life story or the histories of their families.  He will include information about websites and RootsMagic's Personal Historian software.
 
 



Saturday, March 16, 2013
Reverend Gary Beard
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
'George Washington' to Speak at March Meeting​
 
WAGS' March meeting will feature the Reverend Gary Beard portraying our first president, George Washington.
For 30 years, he has portrayed George Washington in hundreds of classrooms, assemblies and churches.  He has appeared at the Nixon Presidential Library each Presidents Day and Fourth of July for the past 14 years and was the official George Washington in all San Bernardino bicentennial events.
 
He brings to each performance a hands-on exhibit of historical artifacts including currency, stamps, and a first-edition book containing the actual story of the cherry tree.  He dresses children in period clothing with authentic hats, drums and powder horns.  He portrays a wide variety of situations surrounding the life of America's favorite gentleman soldier.


Saturday, March 16, 2013
Pat Chavarria
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Using Timelines for Genealogical Research
 
Genealogy timelines are a great resource for filling in the blanks and analyzing your family history.  Pat will look at varius ways to prepare timelines.  They are also a wonderful way to outline your family history, if you are interested in writing a book.
 
There will be time for sharing and for questions and answers.



Saturday, February 23, 2013
Curt B. Witcher, Speaker
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
30th Annual Seminar
 
Lecture Topics:
Doing the History Eliminates the Mystery
Pain in the Access:  Getting More from the Internet for your Genealogy
Doing Effective Genealogical Research in Libraries
This I Believe - The Urgent Need to Record Living History


Saturday, February 16, 2013
Craig Chyrchel
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
​A Glimpse of Los Angeles in the Civil War Era
 
This will be the topic of a sketch of living history prsentation by Craig Chyrchel at the February WAGS meeting.
 
Chyrchel will portray John Turner, a miller by trade, who emigrated to  Los Angeles in the 1850s, and will reflect upon his personal family experiences during the American Civil War (1861-1865).  Other topics related to this theme, that impacted the San Gabriel Valley and Southern California, will include Edwin John Cage Kewen, local politician and slavery apologist, El Monte as a hot bed of secessionism, and the notorious King family with an emphasis upon the adventures of young Jack King.
 
Chyrchel has been associated with the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum (which interprets the historical period of 1830 to 1930) for 15 years, as a volunteer and professional staff member.  He pursued undergraduate and graduate studes in history at California University, Fullerton.


Saturday, February 16, 2013
Christine Cohen
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
City Directories
 
Membership Chair Christine Cohen will present the Computer Class on City Directories, a great tool to complement the U.S. Census Records and help narrow down birth, marriage and death dates.
 
They were created as early as 1785, five years before the first US Census in 1790.  Especially populaqr in the mid 19th Century, businesses used them to keep track of their customers.  Mostly male heads of households awere listed, but also widows.  As they progressed, more and more details were listed about your ancestor and their environment such as occupation, neighbors, local churches, cemeteries, newspapers, and often where they moved in between Census listings.
There are more than a dozen websites that have scanned these directories for many U.S. cities, and they are easy to reach.
 



Saturday, January 19, 2013
Claire Santos-Daigle
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
​Conversations About Photographs
 
The speaker at the WAGS January meeting will be Claire Santos-Daigle, owner of Photos Made Perfect!  Her  topic will be "Conversations About Photographs," in which she will talk about image editing, photo preservation, and genealogy and photographs.
 
 
Mrs. Daigle and her husband have owned Photos Made Perfect! since 1999 and promise they provide the best digital restoration service in San Diego.  They restore damaged photos from any type of medium that can be scanned.  It could be on glass, wood, tin and now film.  They specialize in vintage photos (1800's daguerrotypes, tintypes and cabinet cards) and also digitally restore documents, paintings, newspaper articles and photos and other restorers have turned down.  They want to help you restore your family history through photographs and documents.  Their slogan is "Restoring Family History...One Photo at a Time."


Saturday, January 19, 2013
Pat Chavarria
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Organizing Your Genealogy
 
We make those great New Year's resolutions every year, but how many of us really follow through in keeping them?  Add orgainizing your genealogy to your list this year.
 
How many of us have gone through the mad search looking for that wonderful piece of information we found at the place we can't remember?  Pat will cover ideas and methods to help us tackle those piles of paper we collect during the course of doing our research.  Time permitting, she will also discusas how to organize our genealogy on our computers.  There will be time for discussion and questions.
 
 



Saturday, December 15, 2012
Holiday Members Show & Tell
12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
It's TIme to Show and Tell Your Family History Stories
 
Once aagain WAGS members will enjoy the semi-annual Show and Tell at the December meeting.  This year's Show and Tell will not have a special theme, though members may share Christmas memories, if they wish.
 
Come prepared to share research successes you have had during the the yearf or to show items inherited from ancestors.  Stories about ancestors are welcome, as are stories about members themselves.  Please keep presentations to approximately five minutes.



Saturday, November 17, 2012
Jean Wilcox Hibben
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
​Civil War Research:  Learning About Your Union Veteran Ancestor
 
November's meeting will feature guest speaker, Jean Wilcox Hibben, a Board Certified genealogist, who has been invovled in family research for about 35 years.
 
Her discussion will focus primarily on Union frecords.  Basic steps on how to recognize that a person fought in the War Between the States as well as the processes that can be used to determine his regiment and company will be explored.  Also provided:  steps to navigate the NARA website for the purpose of ordering veteran records (no Internet connection needed).  What researchers can expect to find on the records will be discussed, along with tips on the less obvious things to search for in the documents received.  These are illustrated by actual copies of Civil War military and pension records.  This is a basic lecture, good for beginning researchers as well as those who have more experience in the field of family historyl.
 
Jean is a member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Genealogical Speakers Guild, various soceities in the areas where she does research.


Saturday, November 17, 2012
Rick Frohling
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
What the Heck is a Blog, Why Should I Care, and What Does it Have to Do With My Genealogy?
 
WAGS President RIck Frohling will present the November Computer Class at 10:30 a.m.    The class will discuss genealogy blogs- what they are, how to find them, how and why to start one, and how they can help in research and connecting to family members and other.



Saturday, October 20, 2012
Eric W. Siess, Ph.D.
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
 
​German Migration Into and Through Pennsylvania
 
German people started immigrating to Pennsylvania in 1683.  By 1790, it was estimated that a third of the Keystone State were Deutschamerikaners.  As the Industrial Revolution unfolded, more Germans came to our country and joined tin the westward migration... or put down roots in the rich Pennsylvania countryside.  Following them from Die Mutter land to the Heartland with Dr. Siess.
 
Dr. Siess is a professional genealogist with more than 25 years of personal and professional experience in family history research, lecturing and teaching.  He lectures on various genealogy topics throughout Southern California and is currently teaching beginning genealogy at the South Bay Adult School in Manhattan Beach.


Saturday, October 20, 2012
Christine Cohen
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Probate Records
 
The basics of probate records and how they can greatly assist your research will be the topic of the Computer Class to be conducted by WAGS member, Christine Cohen.
 
She will discuss why they can be useful to find an ancestor's heirs, property holdings, military service and prove relationships, and where to find them on the internet, what government entities create and retain these records, and most important, what items of genealogical clues can be found in them.
 
Learn about wills, bonds, inventories, decrees and petitions and break down the many indexes that are used within the online resources.



Saturday, September 15, 2012
Dr. Douglas Daniels
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
Using DNA to Solve Genealogical Dilemmas
Dr. Daniels will demonstrate how using tools like DNA analysis and the Internet helped him solve a personal genealogical dilemma that once once considered a dead end in his research. 
Utilizing the science of DNA, Dr. Daniels has solved some of his most perplexing genealogical mysteries; linking him to a Campbell clan in Sonora, Mexico.


Saturday, September 15, 2012
Pat Chavarria
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier CA
Writing Effective Genealogical Correspondence
PBased on the survey taken at the May meeting Pat Chavarrria's topic for the September Refresher Class will be "Writing Effective Genealogical Correspondence."  She will discuss how to get the most out of your genealogical correspondence, where to write for information and the importantce of keeping a correspondence log.
 
Pat is the President of the Glendora Genealogical Group and a highly experienced genealogist.  In addition to teaching the class, Pat has also served as a speaker at general meetings



Saturday, February 25, 2012
George G. Morgan, Speaker
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
29th Annual Seminar
 
Lecture Topics:
Bring 'Em Back to Life:  Developing An Ancestor Profile
Sidestep Genealogy
The Genealogist as CSI
Postcards, Photos & Stereographs:  Another View of Our Ancestors' Lives



Saturday, February 26, 2011
Lisa Louise Cooke
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
28th Annual Seminar
 
Lecture Topics:
Google Search Strategies
Google Earth & Maps for Genealogy
Genealogy Gems:  Google Books & Google Toolbars
Google Tools:  iGoogle, Gmail and Google Alerts



Saturday, February 27, 2010
Paula Stuart-Warren, Speaker
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
27th Annual Seminar
 
Lecture Topics:
Finding Ancestral Places of Origin
Tho' They Were Poor, They May Have Been Rich in Records
Genealogical Goldmine:  The Records of Old Settler's Organizations
Major Midwestern Archives and Their Records



Saturday, February 28, 2009
Curt B. Witcher, Speaker
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
26th Annual Seminar
 
Lecture Topics:
Doing Effective Genealogical Research in Libraries
Using Periodical Literature for Genealogical Research
Pain the Access: Getting More from the Internet for Your Genealogy
All That Other Stuff!: Other Census Records Beyond Populations Schedules.
 



Saturday, February 23, 2008
Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, Speaker
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
25th Annual Seminar
 
Lecture Topics:
243 Years of Migrations: 1607 – 1850
Before Civil Registration: Using Church Records
The Power of the Press: Newspaper Genealogy
Finding Maiden Names of Female Ancestors..
 



Saturday, February 24, 2007
Curt B. Witcher, Speaker
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier CA
24th Annual Seminar
 
Lecture Topics:
Back to Basics: A Research Plan
Using Government Documents
Germans to the Midwest
Doing the History Eliminates the Mystery