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Join our W.I.S.E Family
History Group on Facebook.
members enjoy a variety of activities which enrich their understanding
and enjoyment of family history research. Our monthly programs cover a
wide range of British and Irish subjects of interest to family
historians. Typical topics: the history and significance of tartans,
members' research trips to Britain and Ireland, the influence of the
Irish in Leadville, Websites for British Isles research, a musical
program by a Welsh singer.
the most striking benefit of membership is the social relationships
which develop among fellow genealogists. We especially encourage active
membership by those who are new to the genealogy community and wish to
"get involved." We have learned that people who are just retiring from
their working lives have a great deal of energy and experience that
transfer beautifully to family history research and activities of our
We're a Bargain
W.I.S.E. membership costs $12 a year per person;
$15 a year for a
household. Inclusive in the membership fee is a subscription to our
newsletter, W.I.S.E. Words. Each household
receives an electronic copy of the newsletter each quarter by
email. For an additional $5 a year, members can receive a paper copy
via U.S. Mail.
W.I.S.E. Board Members
There are three new
W.I.S.E. Board members who have been appointed to fill vacated
positions on the board, they are Sandy Breed (Membership
Chair), Nyla Cartwright (WISE Words Newsletter Editor) and Bill Hughes
Barb Price and Laurie Ramos were elected to the
positions of president and
treasurer respectively, at the W.I.S.E. Annual General Meeting
on January 26, 2013.
From left to right: Laurie Ramos, Sandy Breed,
Barb Price, Nyla Cartwright, and Bill Hughes
W.I.S.E. Members' Surnames of Interest (MSI)
members contribute to a database of surnames that they are either
researching or have an interest in. So, if you have a surname of
interest that you're
researching and would like it included in the database, please
submit your names according to the MSI Instruction Sheet. This offers
an opportunity our members to compare family surname research efforts.
You can view our current
surname listings by selecting the "MSI Research List" below.
Any member that has information or interest relating to
another member's surname being searched, can contact that member and
possibly collaborate, or at least commiserate, in their research. Even
in such a relatively small family history society such as ours, two or
more members can be working on the same surname, within or near the
same locality of origin. So, the greater the number of names listed the
greater the chance of finding a surname of mutual interest.
There are currently more than 600 surnames on the list,
spelling variations, multiple locations, and multiple dates. Don't just
look at the list and think to yourself, "My names aren't there." Submit
your names so that other members can identify names of mutual interest
and be able to contact you.
When you find a surname on the list that is of interest
to you, please contact Megan
by email, or at the next WISE membership meeting. She will be
pleased to assist you in obtaining the contact information for the
person researching the surname you're interested in.
WISE-FHS Members Please Note: An MSI Contact List is posted on the Members Only page that provides the key to
access the contact information for members who have submitted their
research surnames for inclusion the MSI Research List Spreadsheet.
Submittal Form is provided
in PDF, MS Word and MS Excel formats. The MS Word version is an
electronic fillable form that you can complete on your computer. The MS
Excel version, which is the preferred format, can also be completed on
your computer. Complete either format according to the MSI Instruction
Sheet and email to Megan Koepsell.
To download a document select and click on the
appropriate image below:
If you are interested in specific information concerning
a county or shire, select the following URL link to access
Chapman Code page on the FamilySearch.org website:
Code - FamilySearch.org
Our quarterly W.I.S.E.
features original articles -- some scholarly, others more like feature
stories -- about members' family history, and research discoveries,
book reviews, research resources in Wales, Ireland, Scotland and
England, plus notes about cultural events in the Denver area.
The W.I.S.E. Words Newsletter is published on a
quarterly basis thanks
mainly to the efforts of its editor, Nyla Cartwright. Members are
submit articles, long or short, for inclusion in the newsletter.
Current Issue. . .
current issue of the W.I.S.E. Words Newsletter is not available for
download until after the next quarterly newsletter has been released
for publication. To view the "In
This Issue" contents
list in our current W.I.S.E. Words Newsletter, click on the image of
cover page below:
Volume 16, Number 2 (2nd Quarter, 2015)
Previous Issues. . .
the exception of the current issue of the W.I.S.E. Words Newsletter,
previously published issues are available for download below in PDF
format. Select the desired newsletter by clicking on the appropriate
cover page image:
12, Number 1
(1st Quarter, 2011)
12, Number 2
(2nd Quarter, 2011)
12, Nimber 3
(3rd Quarter, 2011)
12, Number 4
(4th Quarter, 2011)
13, Number 1
(1st Quarter, 2012)
13, Number 2
(2nd Quarter, 2012)
13, Number 3
(3rd Quarter, 2012)
13, Number 4
(4th Quarter, 2012)
14, Number 1
(1st Quarter, 2013)
14, Number 2
(2nd Quarter, 2013)
14, Number 3
(3rd Quarter, 2013)
14, Number 4
(4th Quarter, 2013)
15, Number 1
(1st Quarter, 2014)
15. Number 2
(2nd Quarter, 2014)
15. Number 3
(3rd Quarter, 2014)
15. Number 4
(4th Quarter, 2014)
Volume 16, Number 1
(1st Quarter, 2015)
Our Points of Pride
We consider our monthly programs and our W.I.S.E.
Words Newsletter the principal products and
responsibilities of our society.
These are the ways we serve our members as well as the wider genealogy
community. We take pride in the originality, energy and resourcefulness
that go into each.
Call for Volunteers
W.I.S.E. is looking for volunteers to fill the following
will provide training and guidance. Current and pending vacancies are:
need Country Leads for Wales, Ireland,
Scotland and England. They will be charged with advocating for their
countries, staying on top of genealogical resources, making sure
members’ concerns are being met, and providing research help, etc.
Skills required: organizational ability, creative thinking and
sociability. Contact Barb
need a Technical Research Editor. The position is expected to write
articles for the WISE Words Newsletter, Skills needed: writing and
online research capabilities. Contact Barb Price.
Here is your chance to get involved and
contribute the benefits of your skills and talents to W.I.S.E. Contact Barb Price if you have
Become a Member
Print and fill out our membership form and then
mail it to us or bring it with you to a meeting.
FHS - Membership Form
The following items are available from our president, Barb Price:
W.I.S.E. Lapel Pin
very attractive embossed enamel lapel pin, bearing the W.I.S.E logo, is
available to help preserve a lasting memory of your
affiliation with the W.I.S.E. Family History Society.
W.I.S.E. Book Bag -
This very handy canvas book bag, printed with the
W.I.S.E. logo, is available for those of you who need another set
of hands, or just need a place to put more "stuff."