October 2017 – Annual Research Trip

Family History Library – Salt lake City

October 8-15, 2017

Our annual WISE-FHS Research Trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City (SLC), will be held the week of October 8-15, 2017. The trip will be open to anyone who wishes to visit the world’s greatest genealogy library and work without interruption using online sources, microfilms and books.

For more information and to download the trip registration form, go to our Meetings, Activities and Events page.


August 2017 – Program

Linguistic Tools for Your “Brick Wall Demolition Kit”

Sylvia Tracy-Doolos

Discover linguistic tips, tricks and resources that can help you find your most elusive ancestors. Brick walls can sometimes be an obstacle that has more to do with language than anything else. We will explore how the language of our ancestors, as well as the language of the areas they lived in, can affect the results we find.
Sylvia Tracy-Doolos has been interested in genealogy for over thirty years, and working as a genealogist for seven. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Association of Gravestone Studies, and Palatines to America, and is Vice President of the W.I.S.E. Family History Society. Educated as a computer programmer


August 2017 – All Day Seminar

Irish Genealogy

David E. Rencher, AG, CG, Chief Genealogical Officer for Family Search

From 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Biography: Accredited in Ireland genealogical research in 1981, Certified Genealogist in 2006. BA, Family and Local History, Brigham Young University, 1980. Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association; Fellow, Irish Genealogical Research Society – London; Lecturer, Course Coordinator (Ireland), Samford University’s IGHR; Past-President, FGS, 1997-2001. Author of a series of articles in The Septs on Irish Genealogical Collections; currently Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch at the Family History Department of the LDS Church. Past-President of Utah Genealogical Association.

Seminar Topics

  • Irish Church Records – Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Catholic
  • Applied Methodology for IrishGenealogical Collections
  • From Ulster to Pennsylvania, Virginia and the Carolinas
  • Methodology for Irish Immigration and Emigration

Check-in/Registration: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Location: Lower Level Conference Center, Denver Public Library (14th Ave., and Broadway)

Lunch: On your own. Brown bag is okay

Materials Fee: $35 per person

Questions: Sandy Carter-Duff, Sylvia Tracy Doolos or Marilyn Withrow


Seminar Flyer and Registration 



August 2017 – Pre-Seminar Program

Irish Genealogy – Free Pre-Seminar 

David E. Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer for family Search

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Program includes: Dr. James Walsh, The Leadville Irish Remembered; Karyl Klein, Searching through Sacramental Records in Archdiocese of Denver; and, David Rencher, Irish research on Family Search.

Location: Lower Level Conference Center, Denver Public Library (14th Ave., and Broadway)

Note: There is no charge for this program, but please RSVP with your name so we can provide enough handouts. Please bring snacks to share.

RSVP to: stracdoo@wise-fhs.org