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)
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)
A on the map above marks the location of the Community Church
Marching toward Richmond (area map)
Upcoming meeting dates and topics:
21 September 2013: Space-Time for Family Historians / Timewarps and Curved Space Aren’t Just for Physicists will be presented by Daniel Hubbard.
He will present an entertaining look at how the times and places we read about are often not what they appear to be. Don’t be fooled decoding dates, comprehending calendars, and understanding the time on your ancestor’s pocket watch are not as easy as what they seem.
16 November 2013: Using National Archives Administrative Records For Genealogy will be presented by Joan Kitchen Murray.
She will explore lesser used records, such as various army or pension records, which are available from the National Archives and Records Administration.
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)
What would you like to hear about? What would you like to talk about? BIGWILL is always on the lookout for program ideas, and
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 Margaret hot on the trail of another BIGWILL meeting topic. You can contact her by
e-mail, by phone (at 708-703-6996), 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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