BIGWILL is ...

an organization of individuals, mostly residing in Wisconsin or Illinois, who are interested in British Isles ancestry and genealogical research in the British Isles.

Our Mission ...

We are dedicated to helping all members trace their ancestry in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands.

We Provide ...

There are a lot of benefits of a BIGWILL membership. They include:

  • Access to knowledgeable and dynamic presentations dealing with different aspects of research in the British Isles.
  • Support and networking for beginner and advanced researchers.
  • Our own bimonthly newsletter to keep you up-to-date on events and resources which can help your research.
  • The BIGWILL Register, a growing database where you can publicize surnames for time periods you are searching in the British Isles. This helps other researchers know who and where you are researching. Non-members can also contribute to the BIGWILL Register (for a nominal fee).

Annual Dues ...

  • With emailed electronic newsletters: $25.00 for individual regular membership; $5.00 each for additional family members
  • With printed/mailed paper newsletters: $34.00 for individual regular membership; $5.00 each for additional family members
  • Charter members (persons who have been BIGWILL members continuously since 1993): $15.00
  • Additional family members are entitled to vote in all membership matters, to submit surname lists and BIGWILL Register entries, and to receive member discounts as applicable, but do not receive any additional mailings or publications.

Membership is on a calendar year basis. Checks and money orders for dues should be made payable to BIGWILL and sent to:

ATTN: Membership Chair
PO Box 192
Richmond, IL 60071-0192.

Our Governing Documents:

Policy and Procedure Manual (Temporarily removed while it is being updated).

Actions of the Board of Directors ...

Notes from membership meetings ...

BIGWILL is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization; therefore contributions to the society may be deductible for income tax purposes.