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

   Date and Time:
  Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

   Location:
  Beach Park Village Hall
  11270 Wadsworth Rd - Lower Level, Beach Park, IL 60099
                 or
  Zion-Benton Public Library
  2400 Gabriel Avenue, Zion, IL 60099

   Workshops:
  Experienced genealogists are available at the Zion Benton Public Library
  2400 Gabriel Avenue, Zion on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


2014 Program Schedule and Activities

Jan 20,2014 - Monday
Beach Park Village Hall
THINKING LIKE A HISTORIAN (OR GENEALOGIST)

Discover how primary Sources work for you.

Joshua Bill

Feb 17, 2014 - Monday
Beach Park Village Hall
EVERYBODY'S GOT A STORY
Hear interesting discoveries found by members in their family history research.
Selected ZGS members

Mar 17, 2014 - Monday
Beach Park Village Hall

WHEN A LIFE BECOMES A MYTH
History, Myth and Family Stories

This talk is about an odd and dramatic family tale and the reconstruction of a life. The tale showed how a life slowly converted to a myth over the generations. Using genealogy and history to reconstruct this life, what seems to have happened revealed from the very beginning the life that was not so far from a storyline of a myth. In the end, this life came full circle from story to research to storytelling.

Dan Hubbard

Apr 21, 2014 - Monday
Beach Park Village Hall
"NATURALIZATION"
The Beginning of Your U.S. Family Heritage

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.

Steve Szabados

May 19, 2014 - Monday
Beach Park Village Hall
USING NEWSPAPERS IN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

New ideas on old news - newspapers contain a wealth of family history information. Learn what you can find and how to locate the newspapers across the United States.

Linda will discuss how significant newspapers are to your genealogical research; by filling in the gaps, providing historical context and in developing an image of the community in which your family lived. You will discover how local newspapers are wonderful sources of information for far more than obituaries. Find the obituaries, but certainly do not overlook all the other clues such as news articles, letters to the editor, political news, sports, the arts, and last but not least the society columns.

Linda Herrick Swisher

June 16, , 2014 - Monday
Beach Park Village Hall
EVERYBODY'S GOT A STORY
Hear interesting discoveries found by members in their family history research and how they found them.

Selected ZGS members

July 21, 2014 - Monday
Beach Park Village Hall
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
"Members Getting Acquainted" (Optional - Donations for A Safe Place)

In July is when we celebrate the spirit of Christmas; a time of good cheer, fellowship, feasting, and giving. There is a potluck dinner, provided by the members, music, and fun. Also in keeping with the spirit of Christmas, our members open their hearts instead of presents by bring donations for A-Safe-Place as our early "Christmas Gift" to that organization.

Aug 18, 2014 - Monday
Beach Park Village Hall

THE CIVIL WAR MUSEUM AND THE 21st CENTURY

The Civil War Museum focuses on the stories of people of the Upper Middle West during the Civil War Era. Historians agree the Civil War was a turning point in American History. But 150 years later it is hard for 21st Century Americans to imagine what the nation was like during that era. This presentation focuses on how the Civil War Museum makes connections with today's museum visitor. The Museum's visitors are certain (and correct) that no battles took place in Wisconsin or Illinois. They also expect information on demand and an educational and entertaining experience.

Brett Lobello


Sept 15, 2014 - Monday
Beach Park Village Hall
THE FINAL RESTING PLACE: The Stones Tell The Story

Discover more about the life of your great grandfather by understanding the symbols on his gravestone. Learn how to read that death date on grandmotherís deteriorating stone. Find out how to care for that old tombstone before it completely disappears


Jane Haldeman

Oct 20, 2014 - Monday
Beach Park Village Hall
"PUTTING YOUR ANCESTORS ON THE MAP: The American Geographical Society Library and Its Resources for Genealogists."


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Academic Reference Librarian Jovanka Ristic will discuss map resources for genealogists. The Universityís library in Milwaukee holds the foremost geographical and map collections in North America. There are some 500,000 maps held in their collection. Jovanka has been with the library for 30+ years and helped many genealogists look up map-related questions.

Jovanka Ristic

Nov 17, 2014 - Monday
Beach Park Village Hall
"OH WHERE OH WHERE ARE MY ANCESTORS FROM?"

The holy grail of genealogical research is finding your immigrant ancestorís town of origin. Have you spent years trying to find this information have not been successful as of yet? Teresa will share some strategies that might help you break down that brick wall.

    Highlights covered will be:
    • What basic information you should have for your ancestor
    • More obscure information that might be available
    • Branching out beyond your ancestor
    • Organizing and documenting your research

    Teresa Steinkamp McMillin

Dec, 2013 NO MEETING - HAPPY HOLIDAYS


Updated April 11, 2014