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ZGS Meeting Minutes

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 16, 2023

Start time: 7:05 PM

Attendance: In person: 9 members, 2 guests. On Zoom: 3 members, 3 guests.

Vicki announced the Lake County Genealogical Conference to be held Nov 4th. Our society will be helping with the Silent Auction. She encouraged our members to sign up for the event.


Vicki Mattson introduced our speaker, Tina Beaird, who spoke on COURTHOUSE FINDS. She is 1st Vice President of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, and board director for the Oswegoland Heritage Association, She is also an active member of the American Library Association and the Society of American Archivists.

Be Prepared
Be sure you are looking at the correct county and timeline. Know the years you are interested in. There is a need to do some prep work before visiting

Courthouse Offices
Tina went into detail regarding the following offices: Circuit Clerk, Corner’s office, Clerk’s Office, Recorder of Deeds Office. Naturalization Records can be in multiple courts including County, City, Federal/District. Tina listed online resource links for Lake County, Illinois as well as other states.

Question and answer period followed. Vicki Mattson thanked Tina Beard for her very informative and detailed presentation.

Business Meeting

Teresa Hatten announced as of September 30th, 2023, we have a bank balance of $5,001.43.
Teresa also reported the Income and Expenditures for the 2022/2023 year ending September 30,2023:

 Total Income YTD  $2,434.41
 Total Expense YTD  $2,566.15
 Net Income/Expense  $(131.74)

Labor Day Bake Sale
Myra C. announced that the Labor Day Bake Sale was a grand success. We netted $618.00 in sales and an additional $320 in donations. A big “Thank You” to all the volunteers that worked the bake sale.

Volunteer of the Year
Joanne Layne was voted Volunteer of the Year. Myra Coddens was runner up. Thank you to the other nominees for their contributions to our society: Kathy Getz, Vicki Mattson, and Charleen McFarlin.

Program Survey
Surveys were sent to all members for input into what they would like for future programs. The input given by our members will be used when planning our 2024 programs.

2024 Speaker Program Meeting
Tracing Your Scotch/Irish Ancestor – presented by Paul Milner; has been scheduled for November 20th, 2024 at the Zion-Benton Library as a Hybrid presentation. Teresa Hatten has offered to send a Thank You note to our October Speaker, Tina Beaird as well as Rebecca Kinnavy.

"Communication" Position
Myra C. announced that the society is creating a new position titled “Communication”. This would allow us to have more visibility with the public as well as communicate via Facebook and other forms of media. Please consider this very important position.

Lake County Genealogical Conference
Vicki Mattson announced the upcoming Lake County Genealogical Society’s Conference. This will be held at College of Lake County on Saturday, November 4th at 8:30 am. Vicki will send out email giving more details on where it will be located at CLC. Myra C. encouraged everyone to register in advance.

Beginner Genealogy
Myra Coddens announced the Beginner Genealogy Workshop will be held on Saturday, October 21 at 10 am in the Zion Benton Public Library. Carol Awe will assist her.

Meeting ended at 8:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted
Joan Bomkamp
Zion Genealogical Society Secretary

Updated November 10, 2023