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Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland

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Membership Benefits

W.I.S.E. 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.

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Genealogy Friends

Perhaps 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 society.

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 quarterly 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.

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.

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W.I.S.E. Members' Surnames of Interest (MSI)

Our 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, including 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 Sandra Keifer-Roberts 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.

MSI Documents

The MSI 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 Sandra Keifer-Roberts.

To download a document select  and click on the appropriate image below:


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MSI Research List
Spreadsheet (Updated: 01/30/2016)


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MSI Instruction Sheet
(Updated: 12/22/2016)

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  MSI Submittal Form


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  MSI Surname Submittal Form
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MSI Surname Submittal
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Chapman Code 12pt

If you are interested in specific information concerning a county or shire, select the following URL link to access the Chapman Code page on the website:

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Our Newsletter

Updated: 08/18/2015

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.

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 encouraged to submit articles, long or short, for inclusion in the newsletter.

Current Issue. . .

The 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 the cover page below:

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Current Issue:
Volume 18, Number 1 (1st Quarter, 2017)

Previous Issues. . .

With 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:

WISE Words Newsletter 11/1
WISE Words Newsletter 11/2
WISE Words Newsletter 11/3
WISE Words Newsletter 11/4
Volume 12, Number 1
(1st Quarter, 2011)

Volume 12, Number 2
(2nd Quarter, 2011)

Volume 12, Nimber 3
(3rd Quarter, 2011)

Volume 12, Number 4
(4th Quarter, 2011)

WISE Words Newsletter 12/1
WISE Words Newsletter 12/2
WISE Words Newsletter 12/3
WISE Words Newsletter 12/4
Volume 13, Number 1
(1st Quarter, 2012

Volume 13, Number 2
(2nd Quarter, 2012)

Volume 13, Number 3
(3rd Quarter, 2012)

Volume 13, Number 4
(4th Quarter, 2012)

WISE Words Newsletter 13/1
WISE Words Newsletter 13/2
WISE Words Newsletter 13/3
WISE Words Newsletter 13/4
Volume 14, Number 1
(1st Quarter, 2013)

Volume 14, Number 2
(2nd Quarter, 2013)

Volume 14, Number 3
(3rd Quarter, 2013)

Volume 14, Number 4
(4th Quarter, 2013)
WISE Words 15/1
WISE Words 15/2
WISE Words 15/3
WISE Words 15/4
Volume 15, Number 1
(1st Quarter, 2014)
Volume 15. Number 2
(2nd Quarter, 2014)
Volume 15. Number 3
(3rd Quarter, 2014)
Volume 15. Number 4
(4th Quarter, 2014)
WISE Words 1/16 WISE Words 2/16
WISE Words 3/16 WISE Words 4/16
Volume 16, Number 1
(1st Quarter, 2015)
Volume 16, Number 2
(2nd Quarter, 2015)

Volume 16, Number 3
(3rd Quarter, 2015)
Volume 16, Number 4
(4th Quarter, 2015)
WISE Words 17/1
WISE Words 17/2
WISE Words 17/3 WISE Words 17/4
Volume 17, Number 1
(1st Quarter, 2016)
Volume 17, Number 2
(2nd Quarter, 2016)
Volume 17, Number 3
(3rd Quarter, 2016)
Volume 17, Number 4
(4th Quarter, 2016)

W.I.S.E. Words Newsletter Index

Updated: 01/03/2017

We are excited to announce the addition of a W.I.S.E Words Newsletter Index to provide fully searchable content by Names, Places, Topics, Book Reviews and Mentions, as well as Feature Articles. The creation of the index, which covers our newsletters published from 1999 through 2016, was the inspiration of Zoe Lappin, one of our members and a notable past president. We will be forever grateful for her having shared her time and talents in creating this index for the benefit of our members and friends, involved in British Isles family research. The index is fully searchable using the Search option in your PDF document viewer. To download the documents in PDF format, select the appropriate link below:


1999-2015 W.I.S.E. Words Newsletter Index

2016 W.I.S.E. Words Newsletter Index

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Call for Volunteers

Updated: 01/03/2017

W.I.S.E. is looking for volunteers to fill the following position(s). We will provide training and guidance. Current and pending vacancies are:

  1. Country Leads for Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England. They will be responsible for 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.
  2. Associate Newsletter Editor: The position will support the newsletter editor and will become familiar with the editor’s duties. The associate newsletter editor will then replace the newsletter editor at the end of that person’s term.
  3. Program Co-chairs: The program co-chair is responsible for supporting the program chair when appropriate and substituting as an alternate at W.I.S.E. board meetings when the chair is unable to attend.
  4. Supply Coordinator: This position will keep record of W.I.S.E. supplies and its location. This will require minimal time.

Here is your chance to get involved and contribute the benefits of your skills and talents to W.I.S.E. Contact Allan Turner if you have questions.

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Become a Member

Print and fill out our membership form and then mail it to us or bring it with you to a meeting.


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W.I.S.E. Memorabilia

The following items are available from our president, Allan Turner:
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W.I.S.E. Lapel Pin
- A 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.

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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."


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

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