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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Sponsored by:
Zion-Benton Public Library

Checkout the Calendar of Genealogy Events by State Sponsored by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

MONDAY, April 21, 2014


Members donate genealogical materials to the society to re-sell to those who may be in need of those materials at a very reasonable price. Come shop with us, you just may find something you need or want for your family history search.

And Speaker Topic


The Beginning of Your U.S. Family Heritage

By: Steve Szabados


Steve Szabados is a retired project manager. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and a MBA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

He has been researching his ancestors for about ten years and has traced ancestors back to 1600s New England and 1730’s in Poland, Germany, Bohemia and Slovenia. He has given numerous presentations to genealogical groups and libraries in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. His goal is to share his passion for Family History.

He is a board member for the Polish Genealogical Society of America and is amember of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists and he is also a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Illinois Library. He is the author of two books – Finding Grandma’s European Ancestors and Find Your Family History: Steps to get started. Both are must have books for the beginning genealogist looking for their European heritage. Steve also the genealogy columnist for the Polish American Journal.


Steve Szabados, genealogy columnist for the Polish American Journal, will help you find you immigrant ancestors’ naturalization papers to see the beginning of your roots in American History. This program starts with the history of the naturalization process and a review of the requirements and then discusses where your ancestors were naturalized which is key to finding their documents. Traditional and online sources are reviewed.

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

White Elephant Sale
6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

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

General Meeting
8:00 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 workshop volunteers are at the Zion-Benton Library on 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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Rosalie Bosner, Cynthia Braze, Sherry Byrne, Don Classey, Teresa Hatten, Joanne Layne, Vicki Mattson, Patricia Wensle, Jerry Wiatrowski

Don Classey

Updated March 23, 2014

Federation of Genealogical Societies Member vv Illinois State Genealogical Society Member