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British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois

Upcoming events of regional interest (in Wisconsin, Illinois & nearby portions of neighboring states):

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6 March 2014- “Genealogy Research and Cartographic Resources Recently added link 24 February 2014
Regular monthly meeting of the Dane County Area Genealogical Society.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (chapel), 4505 Regent St., Madison, Wisconsin. Jaime Stoltenberg, Map and Geospatial Data Librarian at the UW-Madison Arthur H. Robinson Map Library, will be the speaker. Her talk will provide an overview and introduction to the collections within Arthur H. Robinson Map Library at UW-Madison that are popular for genealogical research. Maps, aerial photos, plat books, and other research resources will be highlighted. In addition to the physical print collections housed on the UW campus, there will also be an overview of valuable online resources that include digital cartographic materials. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm.

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How does this list get assembled? Well, it’s partly automated, but mostly manual. The automated part is that I have tools in place which alert me whenever a web page which contains a particular society’s calendar of events has changed. Not every society’s calendar of events, mind you – just the ones which I have already found. (An exception is any calendar web page containing extraneous material which changes daily – I have found it impractical to monitor such web pages.) I also monitor several other event calendars, such as the one maintained by FGS, for new listings. A few societies whose web sites aren’t always kept up-to-date regularly send me press releases by email. There are two manual parts. One is obvious – the actual listings in this listed are “hand edited” by me, mostly to achieve greater consistency, but also to put as much information about the talks as I can into a relatively small number of words. The other is perhaps less obvious – the selection of what meetings actually get added to the list. My “rules” aren’t hard and fast, but I follow them pretty closely. I’d like to see: Nearly any genealogical event in Wisconsin or Illinois which meets these criteria is included, subject to the availability of my time to do the work (this is a volunteer project). For events outside of these two states, I get a lot pickier, especially as to what I perceive as the broad appeal of the topic. For events which I expect to have a large draw, I sometimes put in a temporary entry which gives little more than the date, the city where the event will take place and the name of the sponsor. 
So what can a society do to get its meetings listed here? Let me know how I can easily keep track of them! If the problem is simply that I didn’t find the time to include some particular meeting, I’ll fess up to that (privately) – it certainly happens from time to time. And, oh yes – if you see a mistake in a listing, please let me know.

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