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

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. JGSI hosts our monthly meetings with informative speakers and expert genealogy volunteers to answer your questions about Jewish genealogy.

june 26, 2022, jgsi annual meeting features short 'kvell and tell' talks by selected members 

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will hold a virtual “Kvell and Tell” live streaming session in which selected members will share research tips and findings at 2 p.m. CDT, Sunday, June 26, 2022. The varied, entertaining and informative short “Kvell and Tell” talks relate to Jewish genealogy or family history research methods, anecdotes or discoveries. This meeting also features a brief annual report from JGSI’s co-presidents, Debbie Kroopkin and Wendy Hauser. A separate JGSI members-only genealogy question-and-answer discussion time, with separate registration, will start at 1 p.m.

More details and registration on the Programs page.


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