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2014 Meeting Schedule
Our programs are
presented by a variety of speakers from
along the Front Range of Colorado and beyond. While subjects range from
tartans to medieval art, they always focus on taking us away to the
British Isles for a little culture and history.
- Meeting dates highlighted
in red denote that there is no scheduled meeting or the meeting
was cancelled. Please check below
for revised meeting information.
- W.I.S.E. traditionally meets a 1:30 p.m., on
the fourth Saturday in the month.
- An outing is usually scheduled for the fourth
Saturday in June, so there is traditionally no W.I.S.E. membership
- Unless otherwise scheduled we do not normally
meet in the months of July, August or
- A holiday social is usually scheduled for the
first Saturday in December.
- Note: September's
membership meeting is going to be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014,
to avoid conflict with a seminar being held at the Central Denver
Public Library (CDPL) on the 27th.
meetings are normally held in the seventh floor training room at the
CDPL, 10 W. Fourteenth Avenue Pkwy.,
Denver, CO 80204. If you need a map for directions to the CDPL or
their contact phone numbers, click on the link provided in the left
Meeting Dates & Programs...
Holiday Meeting - Coal, Shortbread and
Winter Solstice is a dark time of year in Scotland. The sun is only
visible for about an hour in Aberdeenshire on the shortest day of the
year. Naturally, fire is an important element in the Scottish Midwinter
celebration. Harry Ross will highlight fire and other elements found in
holiday festivities. Harry is a past president of the Colorado Council
of Genealogical Societies and is a past president of the Longmont
Genealogical Society. He is a member of the National Genealogical
Society, W. I. S. E. Family History Society, International Society for
British Genealogy and Family History, Genealogical Speakers Guild and
the Association of Professional Genealogists. He has been researching
his family history since he visited Scotland in 1990.
A History of Christmas in Scotland . . .
"It’s hard to imagine that once upon a time
Christmas was banned for over 400 years in Scotland. Today shops are
full of anything and everything Christmas related you could ever need,
you can spot Christmas trees in almost every sitting room window and
fairy lights adorn houses and businesses across the land. Up until 54
years ago, Christmas day was just another working day in Scotland. The
ban was surprisingly only lifted as recently as 1958 and Boxing Day was
only recognised as a public holiday in 1974."
above paragraph is an extract from an article by Nadine Lee, published
December 17, 2013, on the Scottish Clan Blog, Bletherskite. If you are
interested in reading the entire article, click on the following link:
W.I.S.E. Annual Meeting
Isles Heirloom Sharing
Members shared their heirlooms and stories about
their British Isles ancestors and heritage.
Social Media and Genealogy
Turner - W.I.S.E. Webmaster
Allan discussed the use of social media,
such as Facebook, to enhance genealogy/family history research.
His presentition also addressed Facebook security and privacy issues.
requested, a copy of Allan's presentation is provided below. Because of
its large file size, the presentation has been posted in two parts.
MS Powerpoint Slide Presentation - Part 1
MS Powerpoint Slide Presentation - Part 2
The presentation was prepared in MS Powerpoint
2008 (Macintosh Version). As such, it should be compatible with Windows
Irish and Scots-Irish Research
This seminar, which was held from 9:30 a.m., until
4:00 p.m., was presented by Fintan Mullan and
Hunt, representatives of the Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast,
Northern ireland. Topics included:
- Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family
- The Ulster Plantation: Sources for 17th Century
- Records Relating to the Different Churches in
- Solving Your Brick-Walls: Practical Internet
Tutorial and Resolving Research Queries
Fintan Mullan is Executive Director of the Ulster
Historical Foundation and Gillian Hunt is the Research Officer. This
impressive presentation will be of value to those researching ancestors
in any part of Ireland, as they use examples from both Northern Ireland
and the Republic. The UHF is one of the principal genealogical research
agencies in Ireland and is a leading publisher of genealogical,
historical, and educational books.
John discussed the descendants of the
Presbyterians from lowland Scotland who settled in Ulster (the northern
most province of Ireland) in the 17th century - and subsequently
emigrated from there to America.
Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)
John discussed DNA research and how it
relates to British Isles genealogy. He also talk about what people
need to think about before they order a test.
Searching for Your Irish Roots
Hagen shared her 18 years of research experience and how she found
and met her mother’s living relatives in Tralee, County Kerry,
Ireland. She started first in the United States before going
abroad and followed her ancestors backwards to their homelands.
Important strategies, techniques, resources and examples of documents,
records and photos were shown through a Powerpoint presentation and
All I Know About Genealogy I
Learned From Charles Dickens and Jane Austen
K. Jeffrey, genealogy collection specialist with the Denver Public
Library, was the 2004 recipient of the P. William Filby Award for
Excellence in Genealogical
Librarianship from the National Genealogical Society. He is a former
president of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies, active in
the National Genealogical Society, a founder of W.I.S.E. Family History
Society and a former trustee of the International Society of British
Genealogy and family History. James is passionate about connecting
researchers with resources to explore their ancestors and their world.
James' presentation was detailed, informative and
lively, punctuated with plenty of humor that made even the most stoic
member chuckle. He discussed
the benefits of reading period novels, such as those written by Charles
Dickens and Jane Austen, so as to better understand complex
relationships within British families, both poor and rich, and how they
impact lines of
inheritance and family names, etc.
The following downloadable documents are PDF copies of Jeffery's handout materials:
England - Bibliography
Awesome Austen and Dickensian Dickins
photographs taken at our meetings, please go to our Photo Album page.
Family History Society,