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
Zion Genealogical Society General Meeting, October 21st, 2013
There were 42 in total in attendance, including 33 members and 9 guests at our October meeting.
The meeting started with an announcement that the stained glass window given to Joanne Layne is on display and available for members to participate in a raffle.
Our speaker Teresa McMillin began her segment on German research; So You Have Found Your German Town of Origin, Now What? Teresa's presentation was very interesting. She shared helpful information on how to access and review maps and Gazetteers, including the Meyers Gazetteer. She shared some helpful books and websites to aid in German research; like the Family History Library, German Town Information and States of the Holy Roman Empire.
Our general meeting started at 8:10 pm after a brief break for refreshments.
- Angela Westphal, Genealogical Librarian from Zion-Benton Public Library, shared a few updates for the members.
- She brought flyers placed on the back table to include one from the Family Tree Magazine: Going to Church; Religious records for tracing your German roots in Germany.
- She brought a Meyers Gazetteers book for display.
- She shared that there will be a personal research program hosted by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Local Chapter and the Zion-Benton Public Library on Saturday November 16th from 12:00 to 3:00 pm. at the Zion-Benton Public Library. Contact Angela Westphal if there are any questions at 847-872-4680.
- The Secretary report was read
- The Treasurer report was shared. Kathy reported that our overall net worth as of 10/15/2013 was $3,965.48.
- Carol Awe shared that the newsletter will be out by the first part of November.
- Sherry Byrne reported that the webpage and Facebook has up to date entries.
- Joanne Layne, President, covered the following items:
- Asked that anyone interested in being the new membership chair to please let her know.
- Reminded everyone to please complete and turn in our survey to Carol Awe.
- Shared that our speaker in January will be Joshua Bill who won the National History Teacher of the Year Award and has a very impressive bio.
- Asked for Pay Pal Update. Sherry shared that our Pay Pal account is being set up and now they are testing it.
- Shared that Rosalie Bosner is working on our research policy so we have the ability to properly charge for research project assistance.
- Requested members who have Lake County history information if they would donate for our collection in the library to please do so.
- Shared Teresa Hatten is working on reviewing files of our old minutes from 1979-2009 to insure they are all there and have them scanned in our Society drop box.
- Reported that 4 volunteers supported Library Palooza; Carol Bradbury, Joanne Layne, Rosalie Bosner and Don Classey. There were 86 visitors to the genealogy room. Girls were dressed in Civil War dress and escorted visitors to our room where they could drop their names in a drawing box for prizes donated by the library. Don and Carol were support at the computers and Joanne and Rosalie were in the genealogy room. The computers did not work due to a flood in the server area. Carol luckily brought charts and notebook which helped as visual aids since computers were not available.
- Shared that the board is brainstorming on how to improve our society and membership. Areas we are reviewing include; updating SOPs for our positions, succession planning for positions and chairperson positions, ways or programs to increase membership. She stated that we are discussing having all member develop an elevator speech on why they benefit from belonging to our organization. She said that there will be a request sent out to have everyone do this in the near future.
- Reported that Vicki Mattson and Sherry Byrne will be doing a Find a Grave Photo project and start with the Union Cemetery on Grand Ave.
- Announced that there was two winners of the Volunteer of the Year Awards due to a tie. They are Carol Awe and Sherry Byrne. Attached is the nomination write up detailing their tremendous contributions. Congratulations to both of them and well deserved. Click here to view nominations.
- Stated that we need a Research Trip Coordinator Chairperson to help coordinate dates and those interested in taking research trips. If any member are interested please let her know.
- Reminded all members that membership dues are due and that forms are on the website.
- Shared there will be a program meeting on November 4th at 6:30 pm at Carol Awe's home for anyone interested in attending.
- Reported that Vicki Mattson is working on setting up our art work for sale on Craig's List.
- Reported that there were flyers in the back of the room about Preserve the Pensions: War of 1812 Pension Digitization Project. This is an opportunity to donate to the cause. We are looking at making a donation from our society. If anyone is interested in donating, Family Search will match our donations.
- Meeting adjourned at 9:10 pm.
Updated November 12, 2013