British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois

Where and when we meet:

BIGWILL’s meetings are usually 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:

19 September 2020: “Allied with the Allies - Researching British, Canadian, Australian, French and Italian Military Records” will be presented by Debra Dudek.
Photo of Debra Dudek
Debra will examine the abundant resources, service files, and information for service men and women who served in Canadian, UK, Australian, and French forces during World War 1. The lecture will also examine Red Cross records and resources in the US and abroad.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81074253732?pwd=SnpoOEhabk1ZKzNRdzBPU04wSGhrZz09
Passcode: 244537

Or iPhone one-tap:
US: +13126266799,,81074253732#,,,,,,0#,,244537# or +13017158592,,81074253732#,,,,,,0#,,244537#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 929 436 2866 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833
Webinar ID: 810 7425 3732
Passcode: 244537
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kmNe7PmtG

21 November 2020: “Bob Allen’s Genealogical Trivia Hour”. (stay tuned for a program change)







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); Preserving Family Heirlooms (14 PowerPoint “slides”); Preserving Family Heirlooms booklet (5 pages)
Scotland’s Resources: There’s More to Scottish Research than Scotland’s People, by Tina Beaird (20 May 2017). Scotland’s Resources / Searching Beyond Scotland’s People (25 pages, 25 MB!); Scottish Genealogy Bibliography (1 page)
Scottish Chain Migration to Illinois: Three Case Studies, by Tina Beaird (20 May 2017). Scottish Chain Migration to Illinois (5 pages)
Mapping the Past: Navigating Your Family History with Maps, by Daniel Hubbard (16 September 2017). Mapping the Past (2 pages)
Compiling Your Medical Family Tree, by Marsha Peterson-Maass (17 November 2018). Compiling Your Medical Family Tree (1 page)
Pinning Down Your Past: Adding Social Media to Your Genealogical Repertoire (21 September 2019). Pinning Down Your Past (7 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 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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This site is maintained by Rollie Littlewood
This page was last modified on 18 September 2020