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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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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 18, Number 1 (1st Quarter, 2017)
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)
|Volume 16, Number 2
(2nd Quarter, 2015)
|Volume 16, Number 3
(3rd Quarter, 2015)
|Volume 16, Number 4
(4th Quarter, 2015)
|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
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
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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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, Allan Turner:
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."