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

   Date and Time:
  Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

  ZOOM Meeting
  Beach Park Village Hall
  11270 Wadsworth Rd - Lower Level, Beach Park, IL 60099
  Zion-Benton Public Library
  2400 Gabriel Avenue, Zion, IL 60099

  *Experienced genealogists are available at the Zion Benton Public Library
  2400 Gabriel Avenue, Zion on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
*NOTE: During the Covid 19 Pandemic, genealogists will not be available at the Zion Benton Public Library.

2021 Program Schedule and Activities

Jan 18, 2021 - Monday
ZOOM Meeting
"The Hidden Gems in Property Records"

Cathy Dailey will "mine" through her relatives's property records for hidden gems of information, covering the terminology, describe the various legal descriptions of property, and provide examples of how property records can be of help in genealogy research.

Cathy Dailey
Cathy Dailey

Feb 15, 2021 - Monday
ZOOM Meeting
"What's New on FamilySearch?"

Maureen Brady will share the latest developments concerning FamilySearch features, historic records, classes/webinars, and more.

Maureen Brady

Mar 15, 2021- Monday
ZOOM Meeting

"Google Books" (Webinar with Q&A after)

25 million digitized and searchable free books are at your fingertips. Learn how to make the most of this goldmine chock full of historical data! You’ll discover the best techniques for finding fully digitized book FAST, and search secrets for locating genealogical data. Learn to capitalize on and translate the foreign language volumes from your ancestor's homeland. Then we’ll go beyond the obvious and track down maps, images, photos and more.

Lisa Louise Cooke
Paul Milner

Lisa Louise Cooke is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company. She is also a sought after international genealogy speaker having regularly appeared at Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London, and webinar presenter. Whether in person or online, Lisa strives to dig through the myriad of genealogy news, questions and resources and deliver the gems that can unlock each listeners own family history treasure trove! Family is not just a priority professionally. Lisa is a doting wife to Bill, the proud mom of three daughters, and has added the role of Grandma to her resume. She counts her blessings every day for the love, fulfillment and laughter that family brings to every aspect of her life.


Apr 19, 2021- Monday
ZOOM Meeting

The Mysterious Death of Anna T. MacPhillips

Can a mysterious family photo with a cryptic message on the back lead you to an amazing story of love and loss? Starting with a family photo, learn how you can plan your genealogy research to find out more information about the photo’s subject including vital record information, newspaper articles, and even circumstances that you might not expect! You’ll also learn how to track your research and use solid research methodology to evaluate records.

Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get me, Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more.

Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at GenealogyBargains.com!

“I’m a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics and I’ve finally figured out what I do best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. I believe in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

I see things differently than most in the genealogy field; I’m almost never content with the status quo. That doesn’t mean I chase after change just for the sake of change; but when I see an opportunity to improve something and to bring more people into the genealogy sphere, that’s where you’ll find me.”

May 17, 2021 - Monday
ZOOM Meeting
"Introduction to WikiTree"

Marty Acks discusses WikiTree, a free, shared social networking genealogy website that allows users to research and contribute to their own personal family trees. Users may also build and collaborate on a singular worldwide family tree within the same system.

Marty Acks:
Marty Acks

About the turn of the century is when I started getting interested in genealogy. My mom and dad had done a great job doing non-internet research. They shared some of their files and I went to work from there. I started by doing “hermit” genealogy on the internet for about fifteen years. A few years ago, I found the WikiTree community and later joined multiple Chicago area genealogical groups.

Marty retired in 2018. Genealogy and local history has become an even greater interest. Golf, reading, and grandkids and family also take up much time.

June 21, 2021 - Monday
ZOOM Meeting
"What's New on the Internet for Genealogists"

There are new genealogy sites on the Internet every day. This fast-paced presentation is a review of popular, new, little known, and perhaps unusual genealogy resources on the internet to help you in your research.

Speaker: Caron Brennan

Caron Brennan

Brenan loves history, geography, puzzles and a good mystery, which makes her perfectly suited to genealogy. She has been speaking at libraries and genealogical societies for over five years with consistently excellent feedback.

Brennan has been using the internet since before it was cool. She uses Roots Magic, Family Tree Maker, and Ancestry to share with others in her family. She belongs to several local genealogy groups and is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guilds and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Caron belongs to several local and regional genealogy groups as well as being a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She is currently Society Liaison for the Illinois State Genealogical Society; Facilitator for the Chicago Region of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and Web Master for the Chicago Genealogical Society. She previously held Board positions at the Illinois State Genealogical Society, the Chicago Genealogical Society and CAGGNI (the Computer-Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois). She has been speaking at libraries, including the Newberry Library in Chicago, and genealogical societies for over ten years with consistently excellent feedback.

Caron received the 2017 Illinois State Genealogical Society Community Service Award for volunteer research work with Purple Hearts Reunited.

July 19, 2021 - Monday
ZOOM Meeting
"Using Ancestry Tree Effectively"

Online ancestry trees can be a mixed bag of tricks. How can you use the trees on ancestry.com safely and effectively in your Paper Trail and DNA Trail genealogy research? Suz Bates, a local genealogist will focus on topics including security, sources, data fields, uploads, other’s trees and more. Learn how to create and use Ancestry trees safely, securely, effectively, and efficiently. Any “arborist” will be surprised by the techniques!

Speaker: Suz Bates

Suz Bates

Suz Bates has been doing genealogical research for her family and others since 1974. Having attended various conferences, workshops and taken various training sessions over the past 40+ years, Suz continues to build her knowledge base and experiences as a professional genealogists located in the Chicago suburbs. Augmented by a BA in Modern Foreign Language as well as a MS in Education, Suz' lecture and workshop style was developed during 40 years as a teacher and lecturer for students at the graduate and undergraduate level, as well as middle school and elementary school students. Combining the two paths has brought Suz Bates to her current career in teaching genealogy. Suz has been an active member in many genealogical associations over the many years including the NGS, NEHGS as well as various surname, regional, county and state association. Suz is very active in her DAR chapter and in genealogy in the various local libraries.

Aug 16, 2021 - Monday
ZOOM Meeting

"Exploring U.S. Church Records"

Church records contain surprises, not just baptisms, marriages and deaths. They provide clues to much more, including town of origin and immigration information, how active families were in their church, and their financial situation. Churches predate government and often have information on under-represented people: women, minorities, immigrants and young children. Learn how to identify your ancestor‘s place of worship, access surviving records and solve problems such as maiden names and overseas birthplaces. Find new and exciting information in church records!.

Speaker: Jacquie Schattner

Jacqueline Krieps Schattner has been actively researching her family’s ancestors since 1996. She volunteered at the Family History Center in Schaumburg for 15 years, teaches genealogy for Districts 211 and 214, teaches beginning genealogy at area libraries and is active in several genealogy societies.

Jacquie received her B.S. degree from the University of Illinois. She is a retired school secretary, looking forward to having more free time to pursue new genealogy research. Living in Palatine, she has been happily married for 38 years, has three grown children, two sons-in-law and five adorable grandchildren.

CAGNNI Board of Directors - Secretary/Archivist (2015-present)

Sept 20, 2021- Monday
ZOOM Meeting


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Oct 18, 2021 - Monday
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Nov 15, 2021 - Monday
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Updated January 12, 2021