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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

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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

October 19, 2020

“Navigating the Illinois State Archives System”



Make sure that you've installed the Zoom software before the event and you'll use that link to join the meeting when it begins. It is free install. Click the link below for more information

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Click on Zoom registration below. In that email send your first and last name and whether you are a member or not.
You will be sent the Zoom login information via email.


Melissa Olson

Presented by: Tina Beaird


Tina is the owner of Tamarack Genealogy and is a Genealogy & Local History librarian at a mid-sized Chicagoland public library. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University. Tina has won multiple research and digitization grants to preserve and digitize historic documents and photographs.

Currently, She is an active member of the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association. She is a board director for the Northern Illinois Historic League and the Illinois State Historic Records Advisory Board as well as an Oswego Heritage Association governing board member. She finds time to volunteer for other local history and genealogical societies as time permits.

Tina lectures at the national, state and local level on topics including genealogical research, photo preservation and archival preservation. Tina has offered assistance to researchers for over 12 years and occasionally still finds time to conduct her own family research, which she has been pursuing for over twenty years.


The Illinois State Archives and regional repositories contain hundreds of thousands of documents retelling the history of Illinois and its citizenry. Tina will describe how the regional archives system works; the types of documents housed in each facility; and how to obtain records for next to nothing!

ZOOM Meeting
Beach Park Village Hall
11270 Wadsworth Road - 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.

Due to COVID-19 there will be no society volunteers available at this time for assistance.

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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NOVEMBER 16, 2020
"From the Source’s Mouth"
With Speaker Dan Hubbard

Join us via a Zoom Meeting


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