British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois

Where and when we meet:

BIGWILL’s meetings are 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:

21 July 2018: “When a Life Becomes Myth: History, Myth, and Family Stories” will be presented by Daniel Hubbard.
Photo of Daniel Hubbard This is a talk about the reconstruction of a life. An odd and dramatic family tale showed a life slowly being converted to myth over generations. Using genealogy and history to reconstruct what seems to have happened revealed a live that was not so far from the storyline of a myth from the very beginning. In the end it has come full circle, from story to research to storytelling.






15 September 2018: “Discovering your UK/Irish Roots Online: Websites and Resources for English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish Ancestry” will be presented by Debra Dudek.
Photo of Debra Dudek There is no such thing as “one stop genealogy shopping”! This program will lead you through the resources and search techniques for the three big UK and Irish databases: FindMyPast, ScotlandsPeople and RootsIreland. Learn what’s new on these databases, how you can apply them to your research and how privacy and information rights impact your quest for records.






17 November 2018: “Compiling Your Medical Family Tree” will be presented by Marsha Peterson-Maass.
Photo of Marsha Peterson-Maass Compiling your medical family tree might be easier than you think even if you don’t have formal medical or genealogical training. This lecture provides a basic understanding of what’s crucial in compiling a Medical Family Tree chart and Predisposition Results Sheet. We’ll also explore both traditional genealogical research methods to find family health records along with what today’s commercially available medical DNA test results can offer. Genealogists are often amazed to discover that they might already possess many records that yield this family medical information. Topics are covered in the textbooks Fundamentals of Genealogy: Medical Family Tree Workbook and Fundamentals of Genealogy: Basics for Everyone.


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)



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 page was last modified on 20 July 2018