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2024 Welsh Seminar

August 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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 for the $5 discount code in your email! If you don’t see the email with your coupon code, or if you have any problems with registering for this event, please reach out to webmaster@wise-fhs.org.


Here are Megan’s descriptions of her topics:

1.  Walking through Wales: Counties, Clothes, Cooking, and Celts

Let’s take a stroll along the country of Wales, and discover the land, the clothing, their cooking, and Celts. I guarantee that on more than one occasion, you’ll think, “I didn’t know that!”

2. Speaking of Celts, What Are They Saying?

Welsh is a Celtic Language.  We are going to take a dip, not a deep dive, into the word pool and have a bit of history too! I promise, you won’t have to say the famous town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, which means Saint Mary’s Church in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool and Saint Cecilia’s church of the red cave. By the way, this town is in the Isle of Anglesey.

3.  What’s the Deal with the Dragon?  

Let’s discover some bits and pieces about Wales, including some mysteries and legends.

There are many things to learn about Wales, so I chose a few topics for curious seekers of facts and fiction. Would you like Megan to answer some of your questions? Registrants may email in their questions.

4.  The 5 “W’s” of Welsh Research

What are the 5 W’s?  Who, What, Where, When, and Why.  You need to know exactly what you are searching for, and this final presentation of the day will have you feeling like you took a drink from a fire hydrant. You will walk away with more places and ideas to research your Welsh ancestors than you can complete in a day, a month, or even a year. So get ready to have some time in front of your computer and find your family!

Megan’s Bio:

Let me introduce myself: I am a retired teacher who has been on a genealogy journey
for over 20 years. It began with curiosity about my family’s history, and I was nearly derailed by the vast quantity of resources and information available. When I realized that trial and error was a tough way to learn, my teaching instincts told me to share these learning experiences, both good and bad, in the hope that others would not repeat my mistakes. This inspired me to form my own business, Hunting Down History, to provide professional genealogical research and educational services.

A little over 12 years ago a small group in my town of Holland, Michigan wanted more
education about genealogical research, so to meet their needs I formed the Genealogy Study Group where we discuss one topic a month. This then lead to a second group, Basics and Beyond, where we take a deep dive into various topics such as organization, research techniques, and more, with tips and tricks to help assist finders of family history.

I am a member of several local, national and international genealogical societies and
organizations. Since 2020, I have been the Education Director for the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (https://isbgfh.com). I have a Master’s in Educational Leadership, along with many other certifications in genealogy. I speak locally and internationally at various conferences and events worldwide. My presentations focus broadly on topics of interest to all, in hopes that your genealogical research uncovers your hunting down history successfully.

Flyer can be downloaded here!


August 17
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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