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British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois

Upcoming events of regional interest (in Wisconsin, Illinois & nearby portions of neighboring states):

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Be sure also to check the listing of upcoming BIGWILL meetings! You may also want to check out the various cultural events (Highland Games, Irish Fests, etc.) listed on the Upcoming events of British Isles interest web page.

11 July 2015 - 2015 Summer Conference
Sponsored by the McHenry County (Illinois) Genealogical Society. Four program sessions, each with three or four concurrent lectures. Speakers will include Debbie Parker Wayne, Thomas MacEntee, Greg Phelps, Jane Haldeman, Craig Pfannkuche, Ray Johnson, and Maureen Brady. See the conference brochure for more details.
McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Highway 14, Crystal Lake, Illinois. .

25-27 September 2015 - 23rd Annual Cornish Festival Recently added link 8 July 2015
Sponsored by The Southwest Wisconsin Cornish Society. Mineral Point, Wisconsin. See details on the Upcoming events of British Isles interest page.


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How does this list get assembled? Well, it’s partly automated, but mostly manual. The automated part is that I have tools in place which alert me whenever a web page which contains a particular society’s calendar of events has changed. Not every society’s calendar of events, mind you – just the ones which I have already found. (An exception is any calendar web page containing extraneous material which changes daily – I have found it impractical to monitor such web pages.) I also monitor several other event calendars, such as the one maintained by FGS, for new listings. A few societies whose web sites aren’t always kept up-to-date regularly send me press releases by email. There are two manual parts. One is obvious – the actual listings in this listed are “hand edited” by me, mostly to achieve greater consistency, but also to put as much information about the talks as I can into a relatively small number of words. The other is perhaps less obvious – the selection of what meetings actually get added to the list. My “rules” aren’t hard and fast, but I follow them pretty closely. I’d like to see: Nearly any genealogical event in Wisconsin or Illinois which meets these criteria is included, subject to the availability of my time to do the work (this is a volunteer project). For events outside of these two states, I get a lot pickier, especially as to what I perceive as the broad appeal of the topic. For events which I expect to have a large draw, I sometimes put in a temporary entry which gives little more than the date, the city where the event will take place and the name of the sponsor. 
So what can a society do to get its meetings listed here? Let me know how I can easily keep track of them! If the problem is simply that I didn’t find the time to include some particular meeting, I’ll fess up to that (privately) – it certainly happens from time to time. And, oh yes – if you see a mistake in a listing, please let me know.

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