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2016 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.
Meeting Dates & Programs...
Meet Your Country Cousins
Following our annual general meeting we broke into groups representing
each country in the British Isles. It provided ore members with the
opportunity to get to
know other members doing research in your country(s) of interest.
following link to download a PDF copy of the program flyer:
Cracking the Code
The use of DNA testing in genealogy, or genetic
genealogy, is a rapidly evolving field. Tests can cost a substantial
amount of money. This presentation by Greg Liverman, was very
informative and was aimed at the
genealogist who wants to know what DNA testing is all about and how it
can be used. It was not overly technical, but did introduce some of the
language of DNA and DNA testing.
Please Note: The MS Powerpoint slide presentation, which had
been made available by Greg and posted on our Members Only page, has been removed
effective May 31, 2016, as was previously agreed.
What's In a
Name? Surnames History and Meanings
Diane Barbour's presentation covered surnames from
the Norman Conquest in England to modern times, including the history
and evolution of surnames. Diane led a discussion of patronymics and
their variations from
Use Lots of
Annette's presentation was about using historic
cookbooks as a genealogical source. Attendees learned how cookbooks can
provide genealogy and
family history information that you might not be able to find in other
A Dark and
Stormy Genealogy No Longer
Although we’d all like to write the next great
American family history,
few of us find it easy. The key is in learning a few tips from fiction
and a few more from creative non-fiction–when to use them and when not
to–to make the story of your family come to life and keep the reader
engaged from beginning to end. If discussing points of view leaves you
queasy, and determining plot points leaves you puzzled, Dina Carson
road map from rambling to readable.
WISE-FHS Annual Field Trip
Annual WISE-FHS Field Trip this year was a pub crawl in Downtown Denver
on June 18. We met at the the Fado Irish Pub, visiting it and two other
pubs in the vicinity.A great time was had by all those that attended.
Selecting the following links will take you to their Facebook pages
The Pour House Pub
The Celtic Tavern
Public Library Tour
James K. Jeffrey is the Special Collections
Librarian for Genealogy in the Western History/Genealogy Department at
the Denver Public Library. He described many of the books and services
available in the department dealing with family history and genealogy.
We then took a self guided tour of the department followed by a
continued light hearted briefing by Jeffrey.
Towns, Villages, Counties and hundreds. What are
they, where are they and how
do you find them? This was an opportunity to come and explore your
British locations before they exit
History & Immigration
As the second oldest area in the “New World” to
undergo European settlement, many present day Americans can trace their
ancestry back to the Pilgrims or the Puritan Great Migration. For some,
it is very easy to trace your ancestry back to these original settlers
due to the extensive records that their largely Puritan forebears
maintained for us. Others find tracing their ancestry more difficult
for varied reasons. John shared the importance of understanding New
England’s history, its settlement patterns, and its town structure to
improve your chances to tackle New England brick walls.
Immigration Outside New England: An Overview from Settlement to
Immigration during the Colonial period outside of New England is as
interesting and diverse as they come. Following up on John Putnam's
presentation on New England immigration, we explored the push and
pull of our British Isles ancestors who landed elsewhere during the
presenter, Sylvia Tracy-Doolos, has graciously agreed to make her
program presentation slides and resource list is available for download
on the Members Only Page.
Kathleen Pelley - Celtic Muse
"To speak in the poetical language of my
country, the seat of the Celtic muse is in the mist of the secret and
solitary hill, and her voice is the murmur of the mountain stream. He
who wooes her must love the barren rock more than the fertile valley
and the solitude of the desert better than the festivity of the hall." Quote: Sir Walter Scott's
sentimental description of the Celtic Muse from
his novel Waverley.
Members brought a traditional holiday dish to
share. We enjoyed a Celtic Program presented by Kathleen Pelley, who
shared some details about her own
writer’s roots— exploring how her childhood in Scotland and Ireland led
to her becoming a writer, a reader, a teller and a listener of stories.
She finished with some tips on how to keep our writer’s roots
nourished and watered.
photographs taken at our meetings, please go to our Photo Album page.
Family History Society,