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Zion Genealogical  Society of Lake County (Illinois, USA)

Researching Around the World

Including the Neighboring Lake County Communities of:

Beach Park, Gurnee, North Chicago, Park City, Wadsworth, Waukegan, Wildwood, and Winthrop Harbor

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OCTOBER 19, 2015

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Debra is head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL. Ms. Dudek specializes in British genealogy and technology topics. She is currently pursuing a second masters degree in Genealogical, Palaeogrphic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

This masters program is aimed at developing, evaluating or refreshing her expertise in genealogy, records, archives, documents, palaeography and heraldry, advancing academic and professional achievement in these subjects, gaining a deeper, more critical understanding of the field, its literature and professional practice, and providing more expert knowledge and advisory capacity to employers and members of the public, such as in Family History Centers.

Ms. Dudek already holds a Master of Science (MSc) Information and Library Studies, Library and Information Science from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. She received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism from Olivet College in 2000.

The activities and societies she is invold with are: DNA Research, Cemetery Transcription, Palaeographic Exercises.


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Beach Park Village Hall
11270 Wadsworth Rd - Lower Level
Beach Park, IL 60099

7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

8:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Business Meeting
8:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

The ZION GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY research materials are housed at the Zion-Benton Public Library for the public's use. Our society volunteers are at the Zion-Benton Library to assist you if needed on Monday mornings, from 10:00 to 12:00 Noon and on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.

Our quarterly newsletter The Illuminator is published in February, May, August and November. Articles may be submitted online to the Editor or mailed to the Society at: 2400 Gabriel Avenue, Zion, IL 60099.

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Zion-Benton Public Library
Bringing Genealogy Into The Digital World
Saturday, October 17, 2015
9:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Focus on Genealogy & Technology

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or seasoned researcher, you do not want to miss this workhop!

Click here to see workshop detail and registration.

Workshop Hosted by Zion-Benton Public Library in partnership with the Zion Genealogical Society


By: Matt Rutherford

Beach Park Village Hall

If you have ancestors who were farmers, slaves, or manufacturers, you'll want to avail yourself of the non-population census schedules. Even those Americans who had other occupations often had a farming or manufacturing business on the side.

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Updated September 24, 2015

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