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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Over 135,000 Chicago Jewish Cemetery images now available in the Members Only section under Jewishdata.

Program: Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook.

“Genealogy Research & Book Research Have a Lot in Common,”

Meeting facilities at Temple Beth-El will open at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate those who want to use or borrow genealogy library materials, get help with genealogy websites or ask genealogical questions before the main program. 

Walter Reed, an experienced lecturer about the Holocaust who was a hidden child, will present interesting details about how he researched and discovered private diaries and numerous valuable archives in the USA and in Europe for his new book. His presentation, called “Genealogy Research & Book Research Have a Lot in Common,” will begin at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill. For more information phone 312-666-0100.

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Reprinted By Popular Demand!

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.

Click here for more information.
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