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British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois

Where and when we meet:

BIGWILL’s meetings are held at:
The Community Church
5714 Broadway St.
(two blocks west of U.S. Route 12)
Richmond, Illinois

10am until noon on the third Saturday of the months of
January, March, May, July, September and November.
Visitors as well as members are always welcome. Refreshments are available for a donation at each meeting.

Getting to the Church On Time (village map)

Richmond
“A” on the map above marks the location of the Community Church


Marching toward Richmond (area map)

Surrounding Area



Upcoming meeting dates and topics:

See the BIGWILL November-March bad weather meeting cancellation policy near the bottom of this web page


19 November 2016: “Scottish Family History Research: Record Sources” will be presented by Maureen Brady.
Photo of Maureen Brady Maureen will discuss how Scotland’s records represent a treasure trove of opportunities to identify your ancestors. Family history researchers will find a comprehensive choice of record sources, including Scottish census records (1841-1911), Scottish wills, valuation rolls, birth, marriage and death certificates and Church of Scotland parish registers. This presentation will review the various records, their availability and search strategies for locating the records.





21 January 2017: “The Quest for Your English Ancestors” will be presented by Claire V. Brisson-Banks.
Got English ancestors? Don’t miss this (pre-recorded) webinar by Claire Brisson-Banks, an accredited genealogist (AG) in English research. English civil, church, and census records make doing research back to 1837 feasible. Pre-1837 research requires more skill and a greater knowledge of the variety of little-known resources which can take you back to the 1600s and earlier. Add to that the variety of Internet resources and English research becomes a joy to perform.






Handouts from some earlier BIGWILL meetings:
Photo Retouching in Genealogical Research, by Larry L. Pepper (17 March 2012).
Handout (4 pages)
Quaker Family History Research, by Maureen Brady (18 May 2013). Handout (4 pages)
The First Frontiersmen: The Scots-Irish, by Maureen Brady (18 May 2013). Handout (4 pages)
Using National Archives Administrative Records For Genealogy, by Joan Kitchen Murray (16 November 2013). Handout (2 pages)
Being Legal: Citing Sources and Following Copyright Laws, by Ann Wells (15 November 2014). Bibliography (1 page)
Skeletons in our Closets: Researching a Family Scandal / Some Sources for Online Historical Newspapers, by Robin B. Seidenberg (16 July 2016). Bibliography (2 pages)
Preserving Family Heirlooms, by Tina Beaird (17 September 2016). Photo Preservation booklet (7 pages)



The BIGWILL November-March bad weather meeting cancellation policy

BIGWILL recognizes that occasionally roads may be dangerously icy or snow-covered on our winter-time meeting days. Meetings will only be cancelled if law enforcement advises us of hazardous driving conditions in the Richmond area. We will attempt to have cancellations aired on WGN (AM 720) and other area radio stations, but there is no guarantee. You may check on the meeting status up until 8:45 a.m. on meeting days by calling Prudy Sullivan at (262)325-1539. You can also check this website for last-minute meeting cancellation notices.


What would you like to hear about? What would you like to talk about?

BIGWILL is always on the lookout for program ideas, and Roger Higgs is our chief scout. Have you taken a trip to England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man? If so, consider giving a presentation to BIGWILL about what you saw and did. Have you heard a good talk at some other society’s meeting which was related to British Isles research? Or do you just know a topic you’d like to learn more about, even if you don’t know who could give a presentation on the topic? If your answer is “Yes” to any of these questions, help put Roger hot on the trail of another BIGWILL meeting topic. You can contact him by e-mail or in person at almost any BIGWILL meeting. You can make a difference!

Want to be reminded of what programs BIGWILL has had in the past?

Click here to view a listing of all programs from its very beginning through mid-2012.

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