W.I.S.E. Family History Society (WISE-FHS)
If you or any of your ancestors came from the British Isles, you’ll find many others with the same background among our membership. We love the genealogy as well as the culture of those five small but significant countries that have made a mighty contribution to America.
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President's Message
Welcome to the WISE-FHS Website. We are dedicated to understanding the history and culture of the British Isles – Wales, Ireland (including Northern Ireland), Scotland and England, combined with a heavy dollop of genealogy.
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Our Heritage and Identity
A person’s family, both past and present, provides the foundation on which that person’s identity is built. Without that foundation, it’s conceivable that a person’s entire identity will never be truly revealed.
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Member's' Surnames of Interest (MSI)
Members: Please take a moment to select the appropriate document to download and use to submit your surnames of interest share in order to share them with other members and visitors to our website. Submit them now for inclusion in our society’s MSI database.
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Become a Member
Whether you’re an accomplished family historian, or a beginner, our society offers its members a friendly environment in which to enjoy a variety of activities that enrich their understanding and enjoyment of family history research.
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Maintenance Tools

Update Contact Information: Are you a member? Has your contact Information changed? If it has, please update any changes to your address, phone number or email account, currently published in our society’s membership directory. [Update now…]

Repair Broken Link: Please make us aware of broken links, or other unanticipated problems that you may come across while visiting our website.  We appreciate you letting us know because in our view, “You can’t fix what you don’t know is broken!” [Repair link…]

W.I.S.E. Words Newsletter
Our quarterly W.I.S.E. Words newsletter 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. [Read more…]

Note: The newsletter page also includes copies of a W.I.S.E. Words Newsletter Index for archived issues published between 1900-2015 and 2016 respectively.

Keepsake Items
Canvas book bags and attractive embossed enamel lapel pins, bearing the WISE-FHS logo, are available for a small donation. As a nonprofit society, we don’t sell these items. However, we do offer them as a keepsake item in exchange for a very reasonable minimum donation.
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Book Donations
Our society has a symbiotic relationship with the Western History and Genealogy Department in the Central Denver Public Library (CDPL). We benefit from that relationship through the library’s generosity in providing us with a place to hold our monthly membership meetings. In turn, we purchase and donate books relating to family history and genealogy to the CDPL.

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News 'n Views

Privacy Policy – Consistent with standard legal requirements concerning internet communications, WISE-FHS has posted its basic Privacy Policy as a sub menu item under the Welcome tab. This policy will be in effect as of 07/22/2017, subject to approval by the WISE-FHS Board of Directors.  [Read More]…

The Popular Website Twile is Now Free – Twile is a popular UK-based interactive timeline website that genealogists can use to trace everything that has happened to their ancestors.  The company has just announced that the product will now be free to all users.  They have also added some new features to the product, such as a family infographic. [Go there now…]

Crowd Source Your Record Indexing – Are you a small genealogy society or an individual with ancestral records that you would like to index?  Need help? A new genealogy website called Crowd Sourced Indexing has launched in beta.  It provides a web platform to help societies and people index their records.  You can even crowd source the transcription process. Pretty impressive. [Crowd Sourced Indexing]

Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2016 – This is GenealogyInTime Magazines fifth annual ranking of the top 100 most popular genealogy websites from around the world. Since we started compiling this list five years ago, it has become the gold standard for ranking genealogy websites. [Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2016]