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.


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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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Polish Translation Guide

JGSI is the proud sponsor of the expanded 3rd edition of “A Translation Guide to 19th-Century Polish-Language Civil-Registration Documents (including Birth, Marriage and Death Records)” by our founding member and Past-President Judith R. Frazin.

Learn more and buy your copy here.

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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.

Genealogist Alvin Holtzman will present “A DNA Discussion with a DNA Devotee” at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 8, 2018, at a Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois west suburban meeting at Congregation Beth Shalom, 772 W. 5th Ave., Naperville, Ill. Registration and networking will begin at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to this free event.

Gesher Galicia board member and author Andrew Zalewski will give two talks at a special meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois on Sunday, April 29, 2018, at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill. His first talk, “Gesher Galicia: What’s New and What’s Coming Soon,” will begin at 1 p.m. His main talk, “Galician Portraits: Jews, Gentiles, and Emperors,” will be presented beginning at about 2 p.m.

At each regular JGSI monthly meeting, its “help desk” will operate from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Member volunteers will access online databases and answer genealogical questions one-on-one for members and visitors as time allows.

The JGSI library has more than 800 volumes of interest to Jewish family historians. Many are available for borrowing by JGSI members for a limited time. All are available for perusing from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at each regular monthly meeting.

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