BIGWILL Genealogists


British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois


Upcoming BIGWILL Events
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17 July 2021

Once again, in the comfort of your home

Photo of Maureen Brady
Using Newspapers to Fill in a Family Story
will be presented by Maureen Brady (on your computer).

See the BIGWILL meetings web page for more details.








Come!   Be part of our merry band! (Click here to get membership information)

Click here to access the online system for BIGWILL dues payment. Click here to view and print the BIGWILL membership application.

  • Membership renewal time has passed. If this deadline slipped by for you, please mail your 2021 dues ASAP to the BIGWILL PO Box so that you can receive the next newsletter and help support our full schedule of talks on British Isles genealogy.
        (see the membership application for amount and our full mailing address).

    IMPORTANT NOTE: BIGWILL’s library collection has been moved to the McHenry Public Library (map).
  • From time to time, the BIGWILL leadership sends brief e-mail messages to members for whom it has an e-mail address. These messages are usually notices of interesting developments on the internet or reminders of upcoming events. If you use e-mail, please let bigwillgen@gmail.com know about your e-mail address (including any changes) and please be sure that your e-mail is configured to allow incoming messages from <bigwillgen@gmail.com>.

    Who we are (“about us”; includes governing documents) Linked page recently updated 24 December 2018
    Where and when we meet / upcoming meeting topics Linked page recently updated 15 March 2020
    How to get in contact with us Linked page recently updated 9 January 2020
    The BIGWILL Newsletter Linked page recently updated 9 November 2013
    Information about the BIGWILL library Recently added link9 March 2010
    Information about digital recordings of genealogical conference lectures Linked page recently updated 4 September 2007
    Upcoming events of interest to British Isles researchers Linked page recently updated 8 July 2015
    Upcoming events of regional interest (i.e., Wisconsin/Illinois area) Linked page recently updated 8 July 2015
    Upcoming national and international society meetings Linked page recently updated 22 February 2016

    Reviews of books, CD-ROMs and DVDs related to British Isles Genealogy Linked page recently updated10 February 2014
    Reviews of books and CD-ROMs (One-book-at-a-time version) (still experimenting with this)
    Surnames in the British Isles that our members are researching Linked page recently updated 19 July 2019
    Links to other web sites of interest to BIGWILL members Linked page recently updated 13 August 2008

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    We’re proud to be an affiliate of the Illinois State Genealogical Society and of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society

    BIGWILL is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History



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