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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.

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

  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.

2015 Program Schedule and Activities

Jan 19, 2015- Monday
Beach Park Village Hall
Learn whats new, how-to use and the advantages of using FamilySearch

Maureen Brady

Feb 16, 2015- Monday
Beach Park Village Hall
Society Annual White Elephant Sale

Society members donate to the society genealogical items they no longer need to use and the society sells them at very reasonable prices at our annual white elephant sale.

THEY LOST THE FARM : The Impact of the Great Depression on Rural Families

This presentation will illustrate the effect of the Great Depression on her NELSON/LARSON ancestors of Nebraska and her AWE/ANDERSON ancestors of Wisconsin.

Carol Awe

Mar 16, 2015 - Monday
Beach Park Village Hall
Discover how-to perform Irish research.

Paul Milner

Apr 20, 2015 - Monday
Beach Park Village Hall

"DNA" Behind the Senses
Learn how using DNA can enhance your research.

In the news, we hear how the use of DNA can solve some case or mystery, so now genealogists are considering using DNA testing in their research, but what does it mean? Dr. Dan Hubbard will explore what DNA can and cannot do for genealogists. He will help you understand what the different tests are, what they can tell you, and how this can enhance your research.

Dan Hubbard

May 9, 2015 - Saturday
Zion-Benton Public Library

On April 2, 1917 President Woodrow Wilson stated: “The world must be safe for democracy.” In four days the United States would enter World War I. On December 8, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt stated: “Yesterday, December 7, 1941- a date which will live in infamy-the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” The United States had now entered World War II.

Historian Jim Gibbons will take you through two of the most catastrophic wars in our nation’s history, highlighting significant events that thrust the United States into two unwanted wars. These events include the Assassination of the Arch Duke Ferdinand, the sinking of the luxury liner Lusitania, Hitler’s ambition to achieve power, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the dropping of the Atomic Bomb and much, much, more!

President Franklin Roosevelt’s words shall be unfolded before your eyes. Roosevelt stated:

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory!

Jim Gibbons

June 15,2015 - Monday
Beach Park Village Hall
What would genealogy be without brickwalls. Problem solving and record keeping techniques that will let you be able to stop and start various types of brick wall research.

Jeffery Bockman

July 20, 2015- Monday
Beach Park Village Hall
"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 17, 2015- Monday
Beach Park Village Hall

Panel Discussion on Vital Records

ZGS Board

Sept 21, 2015- Monday
Beach Park Village Hall

The ins-and-outs of using this software.

Alan Wilson

Oct 19, 2015- Monday
Beach Park Village Hall

BillionGraves is a volunteer-oriented family history database for records and images from the world’s cemeteries, all tagged with GPS locations. BillionGraves is contending to be the top cemetery search site on the web. Toting a hot new app and an easy interface, BillionGraves is making cemetery transcription projects and research information more accessible to tech-friendly users. Get a look at this site as a researcher, transcriber, and in-the-field data gatherer.

Debra Dudek

Nov 16, 2015- Monday
Beach Park Village Hall

When genealogists refer to "the census," we usually mean the population census, in which households are enumerated. Invaluable though these are, we short-change ourselves if don't use all the other census information that is available for our research. If you have ancestors who were farmers, slaves, or manufacturers, you'll want to avail yourself of the non-population census schedules. Even those Americans who had other occupations often had a farming or manufacturing business on the side. Don't lose out on all the census has to offer.

Matt Rutherford


Updated January 4, 2015