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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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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 21, 2019

"Warrants & Patents & Deeds! Oh My!"

Presented by: Dan Hubbard Ph.D


Dr. Daniel Hubbard started researching his family history when he was 11. A former particle physicist who lived in Europe for 20 years, he is a full-time genealogist, writer and book designer. He is vice president of the Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society and on the Genealogy Advisory Board of Chicago’s Swedish-American Museum.

Dr. Hubbard is a full-time professional researcher who has been researching almost as long as he can remember. Inspired by family stories and a pair of genealogist aunts, he began to seriously conduct family history research at about eleven years of age. He spent eight years at CERN outside Geneva, Switzerland learning to handle very large research projects while performing research in particle physics (Ph.D. University of Michigan, Post-doc Harvard).

After living in Sweden for eleven years during which he was a software designer, strategic product manager and editor of technical documentation, he returned to the U.S. to fulfill his passion for family history. Daniel now combines his skills in technology, genealogy, complex research, the organizing of large amounts of information, writing, editing and book design to assist clients with their family history projects. He works with a variety of clients on projects including untangling problems in Swedish immigration and ancestry, analysis of 19th century letters and photographs, and extensive research into colonial families. He is vice president of the Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society and on the Genealogy Advisory Board of Chicago’s Swedish-American Museum.

Daniel says his goal as a speaker is always to inform in a memorable and entertaining way. He likes to come at my topics from slightly unusual angles making speaking more fun and hopes this technique encourages people to take a fresh look at each subject.


You may think that land records are the "scariest" records in genealogy but it doesn't take much courage to find much more in them than that your ancestor owned someland. We will look at some of the treasures you can find in land records, the process of acquiring and selling land and the documents produced. We will also look at the ways that your ancestors' land was specified -- metes and bounds system and the rectangular survey system.

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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NOVEMBER 18, 2019
"They’re Alive: Searching for Living People"

Presented by: Thomas MacEntee

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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 29, 2019

Federation of Genealogical Societies Member vv Illinois State Genealogical Society Member