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Western Australian Genealogical Society

Library Charges
  • Members Free, Visitors $12 daily fee
Research Costs
  • Non members - $40 per hour ($25 per hour WAGS members outside Perth Metro area)
Open Hours
  • Monday 9:30am - 9pm Wednesday - Fiday 9:30am - 2:30pm Saturday 1pm - 5pm Sunday 2nd and 4th of the month 1pm - 5pm
Approximate Membership
  • 2000
Membership Cost
  • annual membership - single $50, Joint $70 (plus new members joining fee $12)
  • Western Ancestor, published quarterly. Free to members. $25 - Non-members
  • 1979

The Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS) was formed in 1979 and is the largest family history society in Western Australia. 

You will be amazed at the vast amount of resources available in our Library.  Not only are there records from WA but from all over Australia and from around the world!  There are thousands of books, journals, microfiche, microfilm, maps, searchable databases on CDs and Internet access.  Subscription databases include Ancestry, Findmypast and ScotlandsPeople.  Our Bookshop has a variety of Books, Charts, CDs and Computer programs for sale.  But best of all, our members help each other and can give you ideas regarding where to look for your ancestors.

Our 12 Special Interest Groups (Computer, Convict, Enrolled Pensioner Guards, Irish, London and Home Counties, North of England, Scottish, South Australian, South-Western European, Swan River Pioneers (1829-1838), The Master Genealogist and Victorian) meet regularly to share ideas and their expertise.

WAGS have 11 Affiliated Societies: Albany, Australind, Busselton, Carnarvon, Collie, Esperance, Geraldton, Goldfields, Mandurah, Rockingham, Warren-Blackwood.

We organise seminars and courses with local, interstate and overseas speakers.  Topics include: Beginners (the basics, how to get started,) and specialist areas (Irish, Scottish, Australian, Internet).  New Member Orientation Days are held regularly.

Our journal Western Ancestor was the winner of the inaugural Nick Vine Hall Award and also won the 2008 FFHS Elizabeth Simpson Overseas Societies award.  Our website was the Overall Winner of the 2010 FFHS Website Award.


Computer Convict Enrolled Pensioner Guards Irish London and Home Counties North of England Scottish South Australian South-Western European Swan River Pioneers (1829-1838) The Master Genealogist Victorian