The Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS)
A genealogical society serving the Whittier area in
Los Angeles County, California

WAGS Library Collection

Whittier Area
Genealogical Society
Membership Information
Officers and Board Members
Library Collection

Upcoming Events
General Meetings
Beginner's Workshop
Writers' Group
Morning Class

Annual Seminar

Information and Resources
Links to Members' Pages
Members' Surname Data Base

Links to Other Resources
Genealogical Groups and Libraries

Whittier Area Genealogical Society
Library Collection

At the Whittier College Wardman Library
13406 Philadelphia St. at Painter Ave.
Whittier, CA 90608-0634
Phone: 562.907.4247
The WAGS collection can be searched using the
college's library catalog at
(Limit searches to WAGS in the location field.)

Library Hours from September to May:
Mon Thurs: 8:00 am Midnight
Friday: 8:00 am 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 noon Midnight
Library hours from June to August:
Mon Friday: 10:00 am 4:00 pm


The WAGS book collection is housed in the Wardman Library at Whittier College, located just east of Painter Ave. in uptown Whittier. Click here for a map to the Wardman Library.



Parking is free behind the Administration building or the Shannon Center, with a free parking pass from Campus Security. Do not park in the Faculty or Staff spaces.



There is an elevator on the lower level at the east end of the glass windows. Take it to the second level and enter the double doors to the right. Go to the desk and tell them why you are there. Please stop at the desk and sign the WAGS visitor log. Walk straight back to the WAGS collection in the last three rows on the left, across from the restrooms. If you wish to use copy machines, scanners, microfilm and microfiche readers, printers, computers, WALDO (catalog) stations, WiFi, laptop connections, office equipment, or supplies ask for a Guest Pass at the desk.


WAGS Genealogical Library Collection

The WAGS library contains more than 3,000 books and periodicals including:

United States Collection, organized geographically

Most States and Many Counties

American Military Records

Native American, Cherokee works

International Collection

England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada

Germany, Germans to America, 60 vols.

Other European works

Key Resources

Directory of Archives and Manuscript Repositories in the U. S. National Archives

Guide to Draper Manuscripts

Hereditary Register of the U.S.A.

D. A. R. Patriot Index

History of Huguenot Emigration to America

General Works

More than 60 Ahow to research@ books
Newspaper Indexes

Atlases, maps

Family History, Biography

More than 185 Family Histories

Mayflower Ancestral Index, Mayflower Families

Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy

Quaker Biographical Sketches

Royalty for Commoners

Works that support genealogical research:

The library is the depository for the 34th U.S. Congressional District and for selected California State documents.

Congressional publications

Census, business, education topics

Other Resources of Interest

Who=s Who

Dictionary of National Biography

National Encyclopedia of American Biography

A large Quaker Collection (by appointment)

New York Times Index 1851-current

All New York Times on microfilm

Los Angeles Times and Index 1972-current on microfilm

National histories world-wide

War of RebellionCOfficial Records of the Union and Confederate Armies

Records of Plymouth Colony and Massachusetts


Whittier Area Genealogical Society

The Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS) is located in Los Angeles County, CA and is a nonprofit organization founded in May 1981. Meetings, programs and other services are open to the public. You are cordially invited to attend.



The purpose of WAGS is to provide a genealogical society for the people of the greater Whittier area; to encourage and stimulate interest in genealogy; to provide interesting and educational programs; to maintain and expand a genealogical library; to develop and execute genealogical projects; to provide a center for exchange of surnames and genealogical material; to respond to questions from people outside the area. Anyone interested in the purposes of the Society is invited to join.



Meetings are held the third Saturday of the month, January through December at the

Masonic Lodge,

7604 Greenleaf Ave.,

Whittier, California, approximately two miles east of the 605 freeway. Click here for a Google map to the meeting place.


Agenda for Meetings

Beginner=s Workshop -B 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

This class meets concurrently with the Refresher/Computer Classes.

Refresher Class/Computer Class C 10:30 am to 12:00pm

These classes alternate monthly, Sept. to May.

Lunch (by reservation) C 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

General Meeting Announcements C 1 pm to 1:15 pm

Featured speaker C 1:15 pm to 2 :30 pm


For Further Information

Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS) Web Page

Email  Trish Garcia, WAGS Library Director

[updated 06 October 2014]

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