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2015 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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  • 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.

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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World War I Heirloom Sharing Program


Members will share their Word War I heirlooms and stories relating to their ancestors from the British Isles.

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W.I.S.E. Holiday Social

The Front Range Druid Players Present: Tales from the Medieval Welsh Mabinogion

Join us for our holiday meeting. Bring a British Isles holiday treat to share and enjoy the performance.

If you're interested in learning more about the Mabinogion, click on the following Link:

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Past Meeting Dates & Programs...

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W.I.S.E. Annual Meeting

British Isles Heirloom Sharing and Knees Up Tea

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

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

Diane Barbour

Periodical literature is one of the most often overlooked sources in written literature. The Periodical Source Index is the way you open the door to this source.

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Understanding the Anglican Church

Barbara Price

Barbara Price described paths to Anglican records and their information about our ancestors. Anglican membership is an estimated 80 million souls, making it the third largest Christian denomination in the world. Bound together by shared tradition, its beliefs are written in the Holy Bible and the Articles of Religion. The 1662 English Book of Common Prayer forms the historical basis for most Anglican liturgy. Select the following links to download a copy of the program flyer and/or presenter's handout:

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Irish Miners in Leadville and Beyond

Dr. James Walsh

Dr. James Walsh, co-authored Irish Denver, a book about the history of Irish culture in Colorado. His presentation focused on the Irish miners in Leadville, where they came from in Ireland and North America, where else they settled in Colorado and what they
contributed to our state's history. Select the following link if you would like to download a copy of the program flyer.

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The W.I.S.E. Way to Say Goodbye

Sylvia Tracy-Doolos

Sylvia discussed the British Isles traditions and records surrounding death and burial. Select the following link if you would like to download a copy of the program flyer.

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Colorado Springs Mining Museum and Tea at Glen Eyre

Field Trip

This years field trip was to visit the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Colorado Springs, followed by  tea/lunch at Castle Glen Eyre, or lunch at the Golden Bee Pub at the Broadmoor Hotel. Select the following link if you would like to download a copy of the original program flyer.

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Summer Welsh Seminar

Bert J. Rawlins

Our speaker, Bert Rawlins, has specialized in Welsh research for 40 years. He has published books on Welsh research and has put on seminars across the U.S. and in Wales. Mr. Rawlins attended the University of Wales Aberystwyth, learning the language and history of the country. As his career was with the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he is thoroughly familiar with its manuscript and book collection. The seminar was held at the Denver Public Library, 14th and Broadway, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Although originally scheduled for the 7th Floor Training Room, the seminar was actually held in the DPL Conference Center on Floor 2G. Select the following link if you would like to download a copy of the original program flyer.

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Understanding the British Army

Ed Storey

Ed Storey shared insights about the British Army and discussed guidelines to researching its records. He has been writing for genealogical magazines for over 10 years and has researched in India, Germany and England. As a General Motors engineer, Mr. Storey lived in Rochester, El Paso and Beijing. He now resides in Falcon with his wife Nancy.

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W.I.S.E. Family History Society,
Denver, Colorado
Since 1983

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