Jewish Genealogical
Society of Illinois

"Members helping members since 1981"
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.
We conduct monthly meetings with speakers on a wide range of topics. We provide access to research materials in our library, publish a newsletter - Morasha - maintain an online searchable death index.

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Program: September 25, 2016
Genealogist Ron Arons to give two presentations at JGSI September meeting

The titles of his talks at this special meeting will be “Putting the Flesh on the Bones” and “Evaluating Evidence: Asking a mini-Minnie Question.”
Ron Arons calls “Putting the Flesh on the Bones” his “bread and butter talk” that he has given for 15 years.  Through two related examples he explains how one can piece together an ancestor’s life by collecting as much documentation about him or her as possible as well as looking at the environments where they lived. 
He will introduce a few tools to help this process, including Life Chronology (his personal history timeline form), the Life Hub & Spoke, and mind maps. The process he describes can enable a genealogist to go beyond the names, dates, and places commonly associated with genealogical research.

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The second printing of the award-winning

A Translation Guide
to 19th-Century Polish-Language Civil-Registration Documents
(including Birth, Marriage and Death Records)

Did your family live in Poland prior to 1868? This book not only helps you determine if birth, death and marriage records exist, but helps you acquire copies and then translate them.

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