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Meetings

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.

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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.
  • 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.
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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Scots-Irish Research
John Mears


John will discuss 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. Click on the text below to download a PDF version of the program flyer.

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Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)
John Simmons


John will discuss DNA research, especially how it relates to British Isles genealogy. He will also talk about what people need to think about before they order a test.

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Searching for Your Irish Roots
Marylee Hagen


Marylee Hagen will share 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 will be shown through a Powerpoint presentation and display boards.

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Path to the Past Using Periodical Literature in Genealogical Research (PERSI)
Diane Barbour


One of the most often overlooked sources for genealogists is written literature. Using the Periodical Source Index is the way you open the door to this literature. Genealogy societies have been in existence since the mid-1800s. Many of them produce periodicals containing a vast array of information about an almost endless variety of subjects. After taking this class, the participant should be able to use PERSI (The Periodical Source Index), and find and locate articles pertaining to their family research. Intermediate to Advanced.

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Scottish Christmas and New Year
Harry Ross


A program description will be posted as soon as it's available.

Past Meetings...


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W.I.S.E. Annual Meeting
British Isles Heirloom Sharing


Members shared their heirlooms and stories about their British Isles ancestors and heritage.

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Social Media and Genealogy
Allan 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.

As requested, a copy of Allan's presentation is provided below. Because of its large file size, the presentation has been posted in two parts.

Powerpoint PNGMS Powerpoint Slide Presentation - Part 1

Powerpoint PNGMS Powerpoint Slide Presentation - Part 2

The presentation was prepared in MS Powerpoint 2008 (Macintosh Version). As such, it should be compatible with Windows versions.

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Irish and Scots-Irish Research Seminar
Ulster Historical Foundation


This seminar was presented by Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt, representatives of the Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, Northern ireland. Topics included:

  • Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research
  • The Ulster Plantation: Sources for 17th Century Families
  • Records Relating to the Different Churches in Ireland
  • 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.


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Denver, Colorado
Since 1983

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