Monday, January 09, 2006

CGC Member Spotlight: Lake County IL Genealogical Society

The Lake County Illinois Genealogical Society (LCIGS) is one of the eight societies that have joined together to form the Chicagoland Genealogical Consortium. LCIGS President Allen Elias offers advice to those attending the conference. “Learn, make connections with people in the field--give yourself a genealogical treat.”
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The society, headquartered in the northeast corner of Illinois, has a strong focus on Lake County and northeastern Illinois. They have published numerous books on Lake County, including vital records indexes, cemetery transcriptions, census abstracts, and many others. A complete list of society publications can be found on the society's website

Approximately 25% of the roughly 200 members live outside of the area. Many members living elsewhere have roots in Lake County. Some visit to use the LCIGS research collection, housed at the Fremont Public Library at 1170 N. Midlothian Road in Mundelein.

The LCIGS Reading Room's growing collection contains about 10,000 printed items, plus computer resources. The Lake County holdings are strong, but the collection is not limited geographically. The research room is only open when a volunteer is present, so phone ahead to check the schedule if you plan to visit.

A collection of Illinois census abstracts, microfilms of census, WWI Draft Registrations, newspaper, and county probate are some of the items held. An ongoing obituary card file is kept. It is estimated that it presently contains about 100,000 obituaries ranging from approximately 1950 to present.

The society hosts programs at ten monthly meetings each year and publishes a quarterly. Their main event is the fall workshop, held each November. Nationally known speakers, a variety of vendors, a silent auction, and door prizes are a part of the day-long extravaganza. The society offers limited look-ups and answers simple queries.

LCIGS members with active roles in the CGC include Debbie Mieszala, CG, Registration Chair and Blog mistress, and Kathy Brady-Blake, Publicity Chair.

Elias says “You haven’t really lived if you have never attended a national genealogy conference.”

The members of LCIGS welcome you. If you have never attended a national conference, give Chicago a try!


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