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.

Change in Members Only Section

For your convenience. we have combined the "JGSI Meeting Video Presentation" page and the "Meeting Handout" page into a new "Past Meeting Video and Handouts" page.


Mike Karsen will present “Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland—What’s New” on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019.

Mike Karsen will deliver his annual update covering various resources available 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. more

JGSI Dinner At IAJGS Conference Cleveland