Jewish Genealogical
Society of Illinois

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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors. We serve as a resource for the worldwide community to research their Chicago area Jewish roots.

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Program: Sunday, August 30, 2015

Murray Brilliant, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Laboratory of Genetics, will speak about “Jewish Genetics” at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois meeting. The event will be held at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill.

Murray Brilliant’s presentation will focus on Jewish genetic history with an emphasis on the Ashkenazi population. Among the questions he will consider are the following: Are we European, Middle Eastern or other?  How many people do we descend from?  How closely are we related to one another?  What are the genetic tools that we can use?

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