Jewish Genealogical
Society of Illinois

"Members helping members since 1981"

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.

Program: August 27, 2017,
JGS of Illinois meeting at Temple Beth-El
3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill.

Mike Karsen to present update on Chicago-area Jewish genealogy resources:

“Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland-What’s New”
Mike Karsen will deliver his annual update covering resources available today to discover your Jewish roots in Chicagoland. He will include a wide range of records and research resources including cemeteries, death certificates, death notices/obits, marriage records, birth records, and city directories. How to locate your ancestor’s naturalization records, which are essential for any genealogical researcher, will also be covered along with some uniquely Jewish resources. Today, with so many records available online, you hardly have to leave your home to research your Chicago roots. Case studies will be utilized to demonstrate the research process.

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Reprinted By Popular Demand!

The second printing of the award-winning

A Translation Guide
to 19th-Century Polish-Language Civil-Registration Documents
(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.

Click here for more information.


Judith R. Frazin, author of A Translation Guide to 19th -Century Polish-Language Civil-Registration Documents (including Birth, Marriage and Death Records), will be presenting on Tuesday, July 25 at the IAJGS Conference in Orlando between 9:45 and 11:00 a.m. in Osprey 1. For those who have wanted to acquire a copy, but who live outside of the U.S., this would be the perfect opportunity to obtain the book without having to pay international mailing costs.  A limited number of books will be available at the conference, and she will have a book signing at 11:00 a.m. in the Exhibits Hall following her presentation.  

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