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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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Worldwide Indexing Event - Fuel The

MARCH 20, 2017

Online Historical Newspapers

Presented by: Robin Seidenberg


Robin is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Robin currently serves as executive vice president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois and president of Lake County Area Computer Enthusiasts. She has been studying her family history since 1997.

Robin earned her bachelorís and masterís degrees from the University of Chicago and completed most of her Ph.D. requirements at the University of Illinois. This former college French teacher has used her linguistic skills to translate family records from Polish and Old Cyrillic.

Robin specializes in using historical newspapers to research family history. While researching a family scandal involving her great aunt, referred to as the "Kissing Blonde", Robin B. Seidenberg realized that historical newspapers were a fantastic resource. She discovered that another great aunt - described as "the most universally famous girl in America" and "the girl with that schoolgirl complexion" - had a career on Broadway and in Hollywood..


Newspaper research should always be considered by the genealogical researcher. Todayís world of expanding digital newspapers that allows us to more easily search is an even more important resource to consider to use to discover the stories of our ancestors. Robin will give us some tips on where to find these resources and how to best use these online newspapers.

Zion-Benton Public Library
2400 Gabriel Avenue
Zion, IL 60099

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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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