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Much of the information on this web page has not been updated since 2010. However two new files have been created which you can download which you may find very interesting. A committee of BIGWILL members indexed all the personal names in the first seventeen volumes of the BIGWILL newsletters, just as they appeared in the newsletter. The index is divided into two parts, one for 1994-2003 and one for 2004-2010. The complete collection of BIGWILL newsletters can be viewed in BIGWILL’s library collection at the McHenry Public Library.

BIGWILL News has won another award!

BIGWILL News was awarded the runner-up award in the 2009 NGS (National Genealogical Society) “County/Local Genealogical and/or Historical Societies” newsletter competition; the award was presented on 28 April 2010 at the NGS Family History Conference in Salt Lake City.
BIGWILL extends congratulations and thanks to BIGWILL News editor Karen Glass and to the BIGWILL members who have contributed articles for the newsletter!


BIGWILL is now publishing its newsletter in electronic, as well as printed, form. BIGWILL News is a membership benefit, but here is a link to the inaugural issue (a 261 KB PDF file). BIGWILL News is distributed primarily as an email attachment, for those BIGWILL members who can receive and read PDF file attachments. An outline of the basic procedure follows: If – for whatever reason – the email attachment approach does not work for you, you can access the same file from this BIGWILL website. However, you will have to know the correct filename (which will have been emailed to all BIGWILL members) to do so.

An article about how to prepare a computer to read PDF files, Reading and Printing PDF Files, was published in the September/October 2004 issue of BIGWILL News. You can review this article (modified for compatability with Internet Explorer 6.0) by clicking on the title of this article.

We’ve received quite a bit of feedback to our inaugural issue. Several members didn’t even want to try it. (That’s OK.) Several had various technical problems downloading and viewing the file; about half of these problems have since been overcome. Several dozen sent either praise to the editor and his cohorts or a comment that the download worked fine. (Much appreciated!) Here is the feedback which the editor and the article authors should particularly bask in (for up to no more than one week):
More recently this comment was received from Sandra H. Luebking, FUGA, editor of FGS FORUM, the magazine of the Federation of Genealogical Societies: 
      You do a wonderful job on the newsletter – it is the best electronic version that comes to me – and I read dozens each quarter

You can contact the BIGWILL News editor at this email address.


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