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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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Zion-Benton Public Library

Checkout the Calendar of Genealogy Events by State Sponsored by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

Click Here for the May Handout on Using Newspapers

War of 1812 Contributor


While the fundraising has ended, the digitization process continues. As of June 2018 images for surnames A through O were available at Fold3. That process will continue until every page of every War of 1812 pension record is added.

Worldwide Indexing Event - Fuel The

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019

"Using Newspapers and Alternative Resources to Fill in the Blanks"

Presented by: Cathy Dailey


Cathy Dailey’s genealogy “addiction” began when researching her great-grandfather, a tugboat captain, who drowned during a gale storm on Lake Erie in 1909. Through vessel registry records and newspaper accounts, she was able to piece together the timetable of his tragic death and locate his grave in Cleveland, Ohio.

To bring to life the stories of her elusive ancestors, she relies on “roundabout” research methods involving property records, newspaper articles, censuses, city directories, cemetery receiving logs, and funeral home archives. She views her genealogical research as a giant jigsaw puzzle – not all of the pieces fit together precisely, yet each one adds to the richness of the image.

In addition to being a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), she belongs to various local, state, national and ethnic genealogical societies. Currently, she serves as vice president of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society. Cathy holds an MBA from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.


Discover how newspappers other alternative resources are used to fill in the blanks, such as:

  • Property Records
  • Census Records
  • City Directories
  • Funeral Home Archives
  • Cemetery Receiving Logs, etc.

Beach Park Village Hall
11270 Wadsworth Rd - Lower Level
Beach Park, IL 60099

7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

8:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

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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OCTOBER 21, 2019
"Warrants & Patents & Deeds! Oh My!"

Presented by: Dan Hubbard

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Currently plans are to hold our DNA SIG workshops every other month at the Beach Park Village Hall on a Sunday from 1-3pm. Don Classey, ZGS President, will usually facilitate and will share pertinent information as we work together to get into our DNA results and figure out what they mean and what to do with that data as it relates to our genealogical research.

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Updated September 7, 2019

Federation of Genealogical Societies Member vv Illinois State Genealogical Society Member