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Meetings

2017 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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A Non-Parental Event

Dorothy Coltrin


Dorothy will discuss how Y-chromosome DNA as well as in-depth paper research is used to tie children to a father of a different surname. Dorothy serves as a group administrator of surname project at FTDNA, is a member of BGS, WISE-FHS, NEHGS and New Hampshire Historical Society. She has a MS in nutritional biology and taught for 30 years at a community college.

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Geography of Great Britain

James Jeffrey


James is a Genealogy Collection Specialist at Denver Public Library and has a vast knowledge of genealogy and of Great Britain.


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Emigration Out of the British Isles: Pushing and Pulling

Carol Darrow


carol_darrow_jpegEmigration is the process of leaving one’s country of residence to live elsewhere. There is a push/pull effect – reasons why someone would feel the need to leave their homeland and reasons that would attract emigrants to a particular new home.

Immigration to America started as early as 1608 with 100-200 people a year, and by 1900 reached a flood of one million immigrants per year from countries around the world. Ship travel by sail or steam could be harrowing and new arrivals in America found settling into a new country could be a daunting task.  

Carol Darrow, CG, will describe the various forces that pushed people out of their comfort zone of home to sail off to a new uncharted country, and the pulling force that drew people to the American continent.

Carol Darrow has been a nationally certified genealogist since 2005, past president of the Colorado Genealogical Society and currently volunteers on Tuesdays at DPL and on Thursdays at the National Archives-Denver Branch in Broomfield.


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Finding Old Maps on the Internet

Ted Bainbridge, Ph.D.


ted_bainbridge_image_jpgTed has been a genealogical researcher, teacher, consultant, speaker, and writer since 1969. He has served as president of the Longmont Genealogical Society.

Finding old maps on the Internet... The possibilities are almost unlimited. Deciding what kind of map you want. How to find old and modern maps on the internet for free. Ted will provide Examples of real research questions, what kinds of maps were hunted, how they were found, and how those maps helped answer those questions.

To download a PDF copy of the attached documents, select the appropriate link below:

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Past Meetings


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WISE-FHS Annual General Meeting

Meet Your Country Cousins (Part 2)


Following our annual general meeting we broke into groups representing each country in the British Isles. It provided our members with the opportunity to get to know other members doing research in your country(s) of interest. This year we included a group representing Colonial America. Group leaders were:

  • England and Wales... James Jeffrey
  • Scotland... Harry Ross
  • Ireland... Sandy Ronayne, assisted by Zoe Lappin as needed
  • Colonial America... John Putnam
Material for bibliographies and resources for research were made available for each session. (See handouts below)

Select the following link to download a PDF copy of the program flyer:

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Handouts


The following documents are the handouts that were provided for the breakout sessions at our membership meeting. To download a PDF copy of the handout, select the appropriate link below:

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Photo Album IconTo view photographs taken at our meetings, please go to our Photo Album page.

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

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