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

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:

19 July 2014: “New Developments at FamilySearch.org” will be presented by well-known regional speaker Maureen Brady, a professional genealogist, BIGWILL president, Director of the Crystal Lake, Illinois, and Buffalo Grove, Illlinois, Family History Centers, and owner of Bare Roots Genealogical Services.
Photo of Maureen Brady Maureen Brady’s presentation will be an overview of the newest developments and also some successful research strategies for users of FamilySearch.org. FamilySearch®, a free website sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, provides family history researchers with access to original historical records from around the world, indexes linked directly to many of those records, an ever-growing genealogical “encyclopedia,” instructional videos and much more. A constantly changing website, it is sometimes a challenge to be “up to speed” about the many resources found at FamilySearch®.





20 September 2014:Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: The Search for Marriage Records” and “New Tools for Finding Old Stuff” will be presented by Ginger Frere.
Photo of Ginger Frere You’ve looked through civil records and you’ve looked through church records. What else should you do if you simply can't find your ancestor’s marriage records? In the United States, the requirements for a valid marriage have changed over time and varied from state to state. Today couples in a hurry might rush off to Las Vegas. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, numerous towns across the nation were known as “marriage mills” or “Gretna Greens.” Learn about some of these locations and find out why you might be looking for marriage records in the wrong place.

Technology is changing the face of genealogy. Come take a look at some new online tools and techniques for finding our elusive ancestors. Bing, iPhone apps, software “to-go,” current maps overlain by historic maps, online classes, digital libraries, wikis and more! Learn how these tools can enhance your genealogical bag of tricks.


15 November 2014: Ann Wells will be the speaker.

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)


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

BIGWILL is always on the lookout for program ideas, and Margaret Zook 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 Margaret hot on the trail of another BIGWILL meeting topic. You can contact her by e-mail, by phone (at 708-703-6996), 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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