Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois 


Members Helping Members Since 1981

Are you researching Jewish family history and looking for a Chicago area network of experts and enthusiasts?

We help members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors and serve as a resource for the worldwide community to research their Chicago area Jewish roots.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization established in 1981 and now with over 300 members.

Change in Members Only Section

For your convenience. we have combined the "JGSI Meeting Video Presentation" page and the "Meeting Handout" page into a new "Past Meeting Video and Handouts" page. 

39th IAJGS International Conference

Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois members Ava Cohn, Martin Fischer, Steven Flack, Michael Karsen and Debbie Kroopkin have been selected to speak at the 39th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Cleveland, Ohio, July 28 – Aug. 2, 2019. IAJGS is the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, an umbrella organization of more than 85 Jewish genealogical organizations worldwide.

Are you going to the IAJGS Conference in Cleveland? Do you live in the Chicago area?  Are you conducting Chicago area family research?

Please join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois for a casual, informative dinner at the IAJGS Conference 2019 in Cleveland.  Meet other JGSI members, including several conference presenters and JGSI Board members, and our guests.  More info and register

A tour of Hebrew Benevolent Society (HBS) Cemetery

A tour of Hebrew Benevolent Society (HBS) Cemetery will be held starting at 11 am on August 11, 2019 at 3919 N. Clark Street in Chicago. HBS Cemetery is one of the oldest Jewish Cemeteries in Chicago and served mostly the German Jewish community starting the early 1850s

For those driving there is street parking available on Clark Street. For those coming from the North Suburbs, car pools will form in Edens Plaza by the Walgreens at 10:15 am. If you can drive or would like a ride please email us at or call us at 312-666-0100. There will be a 15 minute introduction at the cemetery. We encourage everyone to bring a chair because there is no place to sit at the cemetery.

Please register for this free event so we know how many people to expect.      REGISTER

Northbrook Monthly Meetings

JGSI hosts our monthly meetings in Northbrook with speakers, assistance using research materials in our over 800 volume library, and volunteers at computer help stations.

We hope to see you at our next meeting.

Upcoming events

29 Jul 2019 6:00 PM • Barley House 1261 W. 6th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113
11 Aug 2019 • Hebrew Benevolent Society (HBS) Cemetery 3919 N. Clark Street in Chicago starting at 11 am
25 Aug 2019 • Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill. - Registration and networking, 12:30. Guest Speaker 2:00 pm

Members Only: View the video from our recent meeting

“A 3-D View of Immigration”

Susan Weinberg's talk “A 3-D View of Immigration” presented a perspective on immigration through the lens of laws, documents and family story. With a focus on the 1900s, she examined the immigration laws that affected entry, immigration documents that were created with changes in the law and stories of Jews of the 1900s who came to America.Login and then watch here.

JGSI Jewish Chicago Database (JJCD)

The JGSI Jewish Chicago Database (JJCD) includes information compiled from cemeteries, obituaries, memorial plaques, retirement homes, and other Jewish organizations. Many volunteer hours were spent compiling this information.  JGSI is proud to offer free access to both members and non-members. 

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Members have free access to the pay-for-use, additional databases, meeting recordings and handouts, and an online members' discussion forum. 

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