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Meetings

2016 Membership 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.

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Meetings:
  • 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 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 meeting scheduled.
  • Unless otherwise scheduled we do not normally meet in the months of July, August or November. Note: We are considering adding additional meeting months to our monthly meeting schedule to provide continuity and a better level of service for our membership. In the near future, you will be receiving a survey requesting your input on this idea.
  • A holiday social is usually scheduled for the first Saturday in December.
Location:

Our 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 sidebar.

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Meeting Dates & Programs...

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What's In a Name? Surnames History and Meanings

Diane Barbour

Diane Barbour will go from the Norman Conquest in England to modern day surnames and will include the history and evolution of surnames. Diane will include a discussion of patronymics and their variations from several countries. After this lecture we should understand the meaning and origination of our family surnames. Come learn about your names!

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Use Lots of Apples

Annette Burke-Lyttle

Using historic cookbooks as a genealogical source. Learn how cookbooks can provide genealogy and family history information you might not be able to find in other sources.

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A Dark and Stormy Genealogy No Longer

Dina Carson


Although we’d all like to write the next great American family history, few of us find it easy. The key is in learning a few tips from fiction and a few more from creative non-fiction–when to use them and when not to–to make the story of your family come to life and keep the reader engaged from beginning to end. If discussing points of view leaves you queasy, and determining plot points leaves you puzzled, here’s a roadmap from rambling to readable. Research is the root of good storytelling, so you already have the building blocks for great stories. A few quick and simple tips will get you churning out chapters your relatives will read.

Dina Carson is an active member of the Boulder Genealogical Society. She is editor of our Quarterly and chief organizer of the 1890 Census Replacement Project. Dina was named the 2013 winner of the society’s Distinguished Service Award recognizing her many contributions made to BGS and the genealogy community. Although her formal education is in international law and economics, she has spent the last 20 years marketing books and small businesses.

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Past Meetings...

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WISE-FHS Annual General Meeting

Meet Your Country Cousins


Following our annual general meeting we broke into groups representing each country in the British Isles. It provided ore members with the opportunity to get to know other members doing research in your country(s) of interest. Select the following link to download a PDF copy of the program flyer:

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Cracking the Code

Greg Liverman


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The use of DNA testing in genealogy, or genetic genealogy, is a rapidly evolving field. Tests can cost a substantial amount of money. This presentation by Greg Liverman, was very informative and was aimed at the genealogist who wants to know what DNA testing is all about and how it can be used. It was not overly technical, but did introduce some of the language of DNA and DNA testing. Select one or more of the following link to download a PDF copies of the the linked documents:


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Important Note:
Greg has graciously made his MS Powerpoint slide presentation from this meeting available on our Members Only page in PDF format. At his request, it will only be available for download through May 31, 2016.

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W.I.S.E. Family History Society,
Denver, Colorado
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