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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.

Jan. 23 JGSI meeting to feature talk on understanding Jewish DNA test results

 “Navigating Your Jewish DNA Results” will be the topic of a virtual presentation by genealogist Adina Newman for the Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois at 2 p.m. CST.  Adina will dig into common beliefs and misconceptions related to interpreting these results and provide context and strategies to maximize successful research. 

More details and registration on the Programs page.


JGSI members are invited to join special members-only online discussion sessions about genetic genealogy. Scheduled for 7 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 20, March 20, April 10, and May 15, 2022, these live streaming events will provide opportunities for open discussion of genetic genealogy (DNA). Bring your genetic genealogy questions and brick walls, and help answer questions for others. JGSI members will be able to share their DNA discoveries and quandaries related to using genetic tests for researching their family history and discovering previously unknown cousins.

More details and registration on the Programs page. 


Upcoming events

Mark your calendar now for our future events, which are listed on the Programs page of this website. Also, sign up for Burbio.com, a free website and mobile app that lists events from local organizations in one online calendar.


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

We have added about 2400 death notices to our JUF collection. JUF Death Notices & Obituaries Published 1994-September 2021.

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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