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Zion Genealogical  Society of Lake County (Illinois, USA)

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Including the Neighboring Lake County Communities of:

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

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JANUARY 16, 2017


Presented by: Joanne Layne


Joanne has been a member of the Zion Genealogical Society since its inception and has held several positions during that time of 37 years. She is also a Forensic Genealogist (long before the term existed). For over 25 years she has located missing or unknown heirs for Attorneys.

From 1998 to 2008, she was a Confidential Intermediary for the State of Illinois. She was able to reunite approximately 90% of the cases that were assigned to her.

As the owner of PeopleSearch, she conducts courthouse research for over 20 years for companies and employment agencies from around the U.S. In her business she conducts Criminal and Civil searches in Lake County, IL and Kenosha County, WI. She also does Title searches at the Recorder of Deeds in Lake County, IL and at the Register of Deeds in Kenosha County, WI.


Learn different ways to do research using the three different areas of the courthouse to look for records you need.

Zion-Benton Public Library
2400 Gabriel Avenue
Zion, 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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