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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.

JGSI NEWSLETTER MORASHA HONORED WITH outstanding PUBLICATION AWARD FROM IAJGS

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois and the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society were co-winners of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies 2022 Outstanding Publication Award. Of the JGSI newsletter Morasha, IAJGS said: "The Illinois society was recognized for its outstanding efforts to encourage engagement in research and educate its members in Morasha, its three-times yearly publication. Edited by Dale Amdur from Chicago, this newsletter features historical, anecdotal and research related articles written by JGSI members and concise recaps of the society’s monthly meetings and conference participation."

Congratulations to Dale Amdur and the many other JGSI volunteers who help prepare Morasha!

JGSI MEMBERS, BE SURE TO LOG INTO THIS WEBSITE AND REGISTER FOR MEMBER-ONLY ONLINE DISCUSSIONS

The next JGSI hybrid meeting will take place on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. Meanwhile, we have scheduled three special member-only online discussion sessions:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022: Members-only Jewish genealogy online discussion at 7 p.m. CST.
  • Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022: Members-only Chicago-focused online discussion with Mike Karsen at 7 p.m. CST.
  • Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023: Members-only DNA online discussion at 7 p.m. with Gil Bardige and Alvin Holtzman at 7 p.m. CST.

More details and registrations are on the Programs page.


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NEWS

The Chicago Jewish Post and Opinion newspaper (August 1962-December 1981) is now available as part of the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections thanks to the University of Illinois and a bequest to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois from the estate of Peggy Morrow, z''l.  Search at
https://tinyurl.com/2p85h7ct

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.

Mystery Photos

Mystery Photos... If you would like to help us identify these people, please click here.

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