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.

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War of 1812 Contributor

Worldwide Indexing Event - Fuel The

AUGUST 20, 2018

Let’s Back Up Here. What Did I Hit?”

Presented by: Rev. Dr. David McDonald,
D. Min., CG, SM


David is a Wisconsin resident and Illinois native, is the principal of Old Northwest Research, LLC. He has lectured throughout the United States and in England on genealogical matters since the early 1980s. 

Dave is a past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, former director of the National Genealogical Society, and past editor of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Newsletter. With nearly 40 years of research experience, his interests include churches and their records, migration paths and causes, English and Germanic research, and Presidential genealogy as well as genealogical instruction. He has conducted extensive research in New England, New York, the Middle Atlantic states, the states of the old Northwest Territory, and the Great Plains from the Mississippi to the Dakotas south to Oklahoma.  

Outside the genealogical realm, Dave is a Protestant minister serving in the United Church of Christ. He holds an undergraduate degree in history and political science from Beloit College, a master of divinity from Eden Seminary in Saint Louis, and a doctorate in theology from Christian Seminary in Indianapolis.

With his wife, Dr. Jennet Shepherd (an optometrist), Dr. McDonald has three adult children. They live outside of Madison with two cats and an aging basset hound.


Genealogists are great hunter-gatherers. We are terrific at ferreting out records and new sources. We aren't always as smart on pulling and evaluating and RE-EXAMINING the materials we have already discovered for advancing our research and conclusions. We will share stories and remind ourselves of the importance of revisiting and reevaluating our conclusions.

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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“I Have My Ancestor’s WWI Record. Now What?

Presented By:
Debra Dudek

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Updated August10, 2018

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