British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois
Upcoming BIGWILL Events
Community Church, Richmond, Illinois
Findmypast British Records will be presented by well-known regional speaker Maureen Brady
, a professional genealogist, owner of Bare Roots Genealogical Services, and the president of BIGWILL.
Findmypast.com is a comprehensive website with an ever-growing list of databases and images
for British family history research. This presentation will include a review some of those resources, as well as
search techniques and a case study of a British soldier of the Napoleonic era.
See the BIGWILL meetings web page
for more details
Come! Be part of our merry band! (Click here to get membership information)
Membership renewal time has passed. If this deadline slipped by for you, please mail your 2017 dues ASAP to the BIGWILL PO Box so that you can receive the next newsletter and help support our full schedule of talks on British Isles genealogy.
(see the membership application for amount and our full mailing address). Click here to access the online system for BIGWILL dues payment. Click here to view and print the BIGWILL membership application
IMPORTANT NOTE: BIGWILL’s library collection has been moved to the McHenry Public Library (map).
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Who we are (about us; includes governing documents)
1 February 2017
Where and when we meet / upcoming meeting topics
1 May 2017
How to get in contact with us
10 February 2017
The BIGWILL Newsletter
9 November 2013
The BIGWILL online discussion list
has been discontinued
Information about the BIGWILL library
9 March 2010
Information about digital recordings of genealogical conference lectures
4 September 2007
Upcoming events of interest to British Isles researchers
8 July 2015
Upcoming events of regional interest (i.e., Wisconsin/Illinois area)
8 July 2015
Upcoming national and international society meetings
22 February 2016
Reviews of books, CD-ROMs and DVDs related to British Isles Genealogy
10 February 2014
Reviews of books and CD-ROMs (One-book-at-a-time version)
(still experimenting with this)
Surnames in the British Isles that our members are researching
20 May 2016
Links to other web sites of interest to BIGWILL members
13 August 2008
We’re proud to be an affiliate of the Illinois State Genealogical Society and of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society
BIGWILL is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History
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