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Family History Society

The W.I.S.E. Family History Society (WISE-FHS) was established in 1983 to motivate and assist family history researchers with ancestors who came from the British Isles, and to illuminate their culture and history.

WISE-FHS is a non-profit society. Its members are interested in genealogy and family history and benefit from a social environment that encourages an atmosphere of shared knowledge. Among its scheduled activities, WISE-FHS sponsors research seminars and trips, culturally based social events and outings, as well as providing volunteers to support activities at annual festivals.

Some WISE meetings are hybrid at local libraries, and other meetings are virtual. Questions? email

August 17, 2024 Virtual Welsh Research Seminar –
An Interview with Megan Heyl

We sat down for a chat with Megan Heyl, the speaker for this year’s Virtual Welsh Research Seminar.


After registering, you will receive an email with your seminar receipt along with information about how to send your questions to Megan. Be sure to email her by August 1, 2024. If you don’t see this information in your inbox, please reach out to us:

Upcoming Programs

Point of Origin – How to Find Your Ancestral Village

Point of Origin: Finding Your Ancestral Village Don’t know where your overseas family originated from? This presentation covers a variety of sources to explore your ancestor’s point of origin before arriving in the United States. Examples and strategies will be provided including Resources for locating town of origin, strategies for

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27 July 2024
Standley Lake Library and Zoom, 8485 Kipling St
Arvada, CO 80005 United States
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Pre-Seminar for Welsh Research – “Wales – No Fins, Just Family”

FREE Pre-Seminar for our Annual Seminar on Welsh Research with Megan Heyl! "Wales - No Fins, Just Family 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. MDT Megan reports, "We will start our weekend in Wales with my own personal story on researching my Welsh family. This presentation is full of actual photos,

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16 August 2024
virtual, United States
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2024 Welsh Seminar

W.I.S.E. is pleased to announce its 2024 Annual (Virtual) Seminar!   This year, on August 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. MDT, we're going to learn more about Welsh Research with Megan Heyl. And don't forget to attend our free pre-seminar on August 16! REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Members, look

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17 August 2024
virtual, United States
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Tea at the Molly Brown House

For a scrumptious afternoon at the Molly Brown House Museum on August 24, 2024, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., register for our annual field trip. This takes the place of our monthly August meeting. We will be seated on the third floor via the staircase. Note that the building is

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24 August 2024
Molly Brown House, 1340 Pennsylvania St
Denver, CO 8020 United States
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Allen County Public Library Research Trip

Join us for a research trip to Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana! September 18-25, 2024. Reach out to our W.I.S.E. Coordinator, Dorothy Coltrin: The link to the flyer is below.

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18 September 2024
Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN United States
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Recent Posts


Writing Contest

The 2024 WISE-FHS Welsh Research Seminar Team is excited to announce a writing contest. The first-place winner will receive free registration to the WISE-FHS Welsh Research Seminar featuring Megan Heyl. The top winners will have their entries printed in the WISE Words quarterly newsletter. The seminar is on 17 August
Join us for a research trip to Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana! September 18-25, 2024. Reach out to our W.I.S.E. Coordinator, Dorothy Coltrin: Allen Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN Genealogical Research Trip 18 Sep to 25 Sep 2024 Organized by WISE-FHS Allen Public Library

What is the W.I.S.E. Family History Society?

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 four small but significant countries that have made a mighty contribution to America.

Tombstone Adventures: Connections (Part I)

Read an excerpt from a recent W.I.S.E. Words publication. W.I.S.E. members receive the latest issues every quarter in their email inbox.

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W.I.S.E. Family History Society P.O. Box 100551, Denver, CO 80250