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.
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.
uly 20, 2014 “My Cousin the Murder Defendant” Editor, writer and genealogist Martin Fischer will deliver a presentation titled “My Cousin the Murder Defendant” at the Sunday, July 20, 2014, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. Using mostly 1938 and 1939 newspaper reports, he will describe his grand aunt’s tragic death and the prosecution of her daughte - Fischer’s first cousin once removed - for first-degree murder.
uly 20, 2014 “My Cousin the Murder Defendant” Editor, writer and genealogist Martin Fischer will deliver a presentation titled “My Cousin the Murder Defendant” at the Sunday, July 20, 2014, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. Using mostly 1938 and 1939 newspaper reports, he will describe his grand aunt’s tragic death and the prosecution of her daughte - Fischer’s first cousin once removed - for first-degree murder.
PROGRAM: Sunday, September 28, 2014 “Using the Wilmette LDS Family History Center to Find Unusual Resources” Judith Frazin will speak about “Using the Wilmette LDS Family History Center to Find Unusual Resources”. Her presentation will focus on unusual Chicago, Cook County and Illinois resources, Internet links and international resources available through familysearch.org and the Wilmette Family History Center. The emphasis will be on how to identify these resources and how to use them to find out information about your family.

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  • Sunday, October 26, 2014 Out of Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust A panel of Chicago-area residents who wrote chapters in the book Out of Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust will speak at the Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. The presentation will be led by JGSI member Walter Reed, who was a hidden child and contributed a chapter in the book. Polish-born Ida Kersz of Skokie and her twin brother, Adam Paluch of Mundelein, will relate their years-long search for each other; and Sheila Gerber, of Wilmette and born in Kaunas, Lithuania, will tell her discovery that her “father” was really her uncle. Each will relate how being hidden and saved meant that they had to re-create their past and search for family members after the Holocaust. The authors will answer questions after the presentation.


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A Translation Guide
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(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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