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    • 30 Oct 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Judy Baston to discuss Lithuanian Jewish family history research  on Oct. 30, 2022

    “Researching Your Litvak Family” is the title of a presentation by genealogist Judy Baston for the Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, online meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois at 2 p.m. CDT. Please register/RSVP by clicking the button at left. 

    With more than 2.5 million Lithuanian Jewish record translations—mainly censuses and vital records—LitvakSIG’s publicly searchable All Lithuania Database provides the primary foundation for Litvak genealogical research. There are also additional online resources for researching your Litvak roots. This presentation will offer a comprehensive overview of the LitvakSIG database and website, as well as other important sources. It will detail the best ways to use Litvak databases and websites to achieve optimum results and enhance your knowledge of your Litvak family information.

    The presentation will include how to determine what records are available, how to understand search results, and how best to access the information in them, and what translations are underway. The presentation will cover LitvakSIG and its All Lithuania Database, as well as numerous other resources from JewishGen, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, YIVO and other sources.

    Currently secretary of LitvakSIG, Judy Baston has served for more than two decades on the organization’s board and coordinates LitvakSIG’s Lida District and Oshmiany District Research Groups. For more than 20 years, she has moderated the discussion groups of LitvakSIG and JRI-Poland. She has been involved with the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco for 30 years, coordinates their Genealogy Clinic, and serves as co-president of Friends of the Jewish Community Library. In July 2015, Judy received the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s conference in Jerusalem.

    The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors. JGSI is a resource for the worldwide Jewish community to research their Chicago-area roots. The JGSI motto is “Members Helping Members Since 1981.” The group has more than 320 members and is affiliated with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

    JGSI members have access to useful and informative online family history research resources, including a members’ forum, more than 75 video recordings of past speakers’ presentations, monthly JGSI E-News, quarterly Morasha JGSI newsletter, and much more.

    Members as well as non-members can look for their ancestors on the free searchable JGSI Jewish Chicago Database on this website.


    • 13 Nov 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Details to be announced soon.

    Mike Karsen to present update on Chicago-area Jewish genealogy resources on Nov. 13

    “Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland—What’s New” will be the topic of a presentation by genealogist Mike Karsen for the Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois at 2 p.m. CDT. Registration/RSVP details will be forthcoming.

    For more information, see https://jgsi.org or phone 312-666-0100.

    This event will feature JGSI past president Mike Karsen giving 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. He will also cover 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.

    A professional speaker, Mike Karsen is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and is a past president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. He has presented over 300 talks on genealogy topics locally, nationally, and internationally, including for the Newberry Library and the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago. Mike is the author of the JewishGen website’s “Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland” and has published articles on genealogy.

    The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors. JGSI is a resource for the worldwide Jewish community to research their Chicago-area roots. The JGSI motto is “Members Helping Members Since 1981.” The group has more than 320 members and is affiliated with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

    JGSI members have access to useful and informative online family history research resources, including a members’ forum, more than 65 video recordings of past speakers’ presentations, monthly JGSI E-News, quarterly Morasha JGSI newsletter, and much more. Members as well as non-members can look for their ancestors on the free searchable JGSI Jewish Chicago Database.

    • 22 Jan 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Details to be announced soon.

    Online Ukrainian-Jewish records focus of talk for Jan. 22, 2023, JGSI meeting

    “Ukrainian-Jewish Records: New Online Resources” is the title of a presentation by genealogist Ted Gostin for the Sunday, Jan. 22. 2023, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. Registration details will be forthcoming.

    Recent years have seen an explosion of online Ukrainian-Jewish genealogical records, after decades of having almost no access to such records. This lecture reviews these resources and shows how to use them and what can be found in the records, using the speaker’s own family as an example.

    Sources include what’s commonly called the Alex Krakovsky website, which has millions of Jewish records from Ukrainian archives scanned by Alex Krakovsky and others; digitization projects at many branches of the Ukrainian State Archives; continued filming of Ukrainian records by the Mormons’ Family History Library and FamilySearch website; and partial indexes of Ukrainian-Jewish records by private genealogists on several internet sites, in both Russian and English.

    Ted Gostin has been conducting genealogical research since 1980 and has worked as a full-time professional genealogist since 1994. He has twice been president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles and has taught genealogy for several adult school and university extension programs. He has helped plan and organize three national genealogical seminars and has been a featured speaker at a half-dozen such conferences. He lectures widely on Jewish genealogy, Southern California resources, and naturalization and immigration records.

    He is the author of “Southern California Vital Statistics: Volume 1, Los Angeles County, 1850-1859” and the owner of Generations Press publishing company. He was featured on the Larry Lamb episode of the original UK version of the popular genealogy television show “Who Do You Think You Are?” (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DIpkijUZ2BNIvIb9tvJkgG5-ocqF9S9r/view?usp=sharing). He is very active in the international Jewish genealogical community and maintains contact with genealogists throughout the world.

    The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors. JGSI is a resource for the worldwide Jewish community to research their Chicago-area roots. The JGSI motto is “Members Helping Members Since 1981.” The group has more than 320 members and is affiliated with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

    JGSI members have access to useful and informative online family history research resources, including a members’ forum, more than 75 video recordings of past speakers’ presentations, monthly JGSI E-News, quarterly Morasha JGSI newsletter, and much more.

    Members as well as non-members can look for their ancestors on the free searchable JGSI Jewish Chicago Database on this website.

    • 30 Jul 2023
    • 03 Aug 2023
    • Hotel Park Plaza Westminster in London, England

    The 43rd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy is scheduled for July 30-Aug. 3, 2023, in London, England. According to JewishGen, it will be an in-person conference only. No virtual option is being planned.

    Further details will be forthcoming at https://www.iajgs2023.org/ 


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22 May 2022 “Getting the Most from Revision Lists” by David R. Brill
24 Apr 2022 “Conflict Management: Evaluating Evidence of Identity” by Emily H. Garber
27 Mar 2022 “Ich bin ein Berliner: (Re)uniting 5 Half-siblings from 4 Different Mothers” by Michael Tobias
27 Feb 2022 “What Can We Learn about Our Ancestors from Jewish Surnames Adopted in Eastern Europe?” by Alexander Beider
23 Jan 2022 “Navigating Your Jewish DNA Results” by Adina Newman
14 Nov 2021 “Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland—What’s New” by Mike Karsen
24 Oct 2021 “Here Comes The 1950 Census: What To Expect” and “Finding Difficult Passengers on the Ellis Island Manifests” by Joel Weintraub
07 Oct 2021 "Researching Belarus Records for Genealogy" by Paul Zoglin and Dave Feldman
29 Aug 2021 “What the Genealogist Needs to Know About Jewish Family Names” by Sallyann Amdur Sack-Pikus
25 Jul 2021 “A History of Jewish Name Changing in America” by Kirsten Fermaglich
27 Jun 2021 JGSI annual meeting with 'Kvell and Tell' talks
23 May 2021 “Journeys from Shtetl to Shtetl” by Eli Rabinowitz
25 Apr 2021 "Three Guides, Four Countries: A Daughter of Holocaust Survivors Travels to Their Ancestral Villages" by Deborah Long
21 Mar 2021 “Finding Your Kaplans” by Mindie Kaplan
21 Feb 2021 “Clued-In: Interpreting Real Photo Postcards from the Diaspora” and photo analyses by Ava Cohn
24 Jan 2021 “JRI-Poland Update and More” by Stanley Diamond
22 Nov 2020 “Using FamilySearch for Jewish Research” by W. Todd Knowles
25 Oct 2020 “Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland—What’s New” by Mike Karsen
30 Aug 2020 “Out of the Whirlwind: Finding Your Family Lost in the Holocaust” by Deborah H. Long
26 Jul 2020 "Comparing Jewish Resources on Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, Findmypast, MyHeritage and JewishGen” and “What Would Nancy Drew Do in the Quest for Missing Family" by Ellen Kowitt
31 May 2020 “A Case Study in Getting Past a Genealogical Brick Wall” by Martin Fischer
03 May 2020 "When DNA or Documents Reveal Life-Altering Origin Secrets” by Steven Flack
23 Feb 2020 “Unique Aspects of Jewish Genealogy” by Debbie Kroopkin
26 Jan 2020 “Family History Resources from the Library of Congress” by Tina Beaird
17 Nov 2019 “Using Periodical Literature for Genealogical Research” and “More than Surname Surfing: Best Practices for Using the Internet for Genealogy” by Curt B. Witcher
27 Oct 2019 “Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland—What’s New” by Mike Karsen
15 Sep 2019 “A Guide to Sephardic Genealogy” by Sarina Roffé
25 Aug 2019 “More Stories about Things I’ve Learned from Doing Genealogy” by Zalman Usiskin
02 Jun 2019 DNA: Tests, Tools and Tales -- A one-day conference
06 May 2019 “A 3-D View of Immigration" by Susan Weinberg
28 Apr 2019 “Three Hershberg Mysteries” by Barry Finkel
07 Apr 2019 “Resurrecting Grandpa’s Store” by Scott Meyer
24 Mar 2019 “The Margarine Moonshiners from Minsk” and “Conducting Story-Driven Research” by Tammy Hepps
03 Mar 2019 “Who Was B. Berman? A Case Study in Getting Past a Genealogical Brick Wall” by Martin Fischer
24 Feb 2019 “Write It! Tips for Saving and Sharing Family History" by Martin Fischer
27 Jan 2019 “Courthouse Finds” by Tina Beaird
Pre- and post-pandemic:  Monthly Meetings are usually held at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Rd, Northbrook.  Please check for any changes in venue by reading the event details.  The Temple will open at 12:30 pm for the help desk and library. JGSI members will be available to help answer genealogical questions, help with Internet searches, and help in the library. Scheduled programs will begin at 2:00 pm.

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