Jewish Genealogical
Society of Illinois


 

JGSI Programs  
Detailed meeting location information and map/directions are located at the bottom of this page.

Upcoming events

    • 25 Jun 2017
    • 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Rd, Northbrook

    Program: Sunday, June 25, 2017

    Program starts 2 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill.

    The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will hold a “Kvell and Tell” session on Sunday, June 25, 2017, as part of the group’s annual meeting. Selected members will take turns sharing family history discoveries and research tips starting at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill.

    The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth-El will open at 12:30 p.m. for members who want to use or borrow genealogy library materials, get help with genealogy websites or ask genealogical questions before the main program begins at 2 p.m. For more information phone 312-666-0100.

    Those who wish to participate in the “Kvell and Tell” session as presenters are asked to send an email to programs@jgsi.org explaining their presentation idea. Each presentation is to be 10 minutes or less to allow more members to share their discoveries, experiences and suggestions.

    Kvell and tell presentation topics should relate to Jewish genealogy, family history research methods, anecdotes or discoveries. PowerPoint presentations are suggested but not required. The six most relevant presentation proposals will be accepted. Presentations will be recorded and later made available in the members only section of the JGSI website.

    Live online access may not be used during the presentations; however, screenshots are recommended. Informative handouts for those in attendance are also encouraged.

    The June 25 meeting will also feature the co-presidents’ annual report and the introduction of JGSI officers and other board members.



    • 16 Jul 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Rd, Northbrook

    Ukraine SIG town leader/moderator to speak
    at July 16, 2017, JGS of Illinois meeting

    First presentation starts at 1 p.m. Second presentation starts at 2:30 p.m.

     “What’s New at Ukraine SIG” and “Choosing the Right Family Tree Software” will be the topics of two presentations by genealogist Chuck Weinstein at the Sunday, July 16, 2017, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. This special meeting will start at 1 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill.

    For this meeting only, the JGSI library and help desk will not be available. For more information, see the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois website at jgsi.org or phone 312-666-0100.


    At 1 p.m.: Now that Ukraine records are beginning to come online, “What’s New at Ukraine SIG” will provide a preview of announcements to be made at the Orlando IAJGS Conference later in July, along with information on how to get involved with Ukraine SIG. Chuck will discuss ongoing efforts to find more Ukraine SIG town leaders and build more KehilaLinks pages for Jewish communities of eastern Ukraine. This talk should be of interest to anyone with family roots in the Russian Empire portion of Ukraine.

    At 2:30 p.m.: In the second presentation, “Choosing the Right Family Tree Software,” Chuck will describe the new versions of some of the more popular family tree software programs and seek to clear up confusion over combining your computer family tree with online family trees. He will also help you sort out the options and review popular software for both PCs and Macs. Features and benefits of each software will be described.   

    Chuck Weinstein began researching his family history in 1992. Two years later, he discovered a new internet resource called JewishGen and he has been involved ever since. First as a moderator of the JewishGen Discussion Group, Chuck later became the project coordinator for what is now known as the KehilaLinks Project, running it from 1998 to 2004.

    He now serves as the towns director for Ukraine SIG and moderates its email discussion group. A past president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island, he was also the co-chair of last year’s IAJGS Conference in Seattle. He is currently writing a book on Holocaust research.

    Ukraine SIG is devoted to sharing histories, resources, data and research tips to help each other research Jewish genealogy in the region comprising nine historical Russian Empire gubernias,  now mainly in Ukraine but also in Russia. Their website is at www.jewishgen.org/Ukraine.


Past events

21 May 2017 Sunday, May 21, 2017 “DNA Presentations"
07 May 2017 Sunday, May 7, 2017: JGSI in the West Suburbs. Agenda:Online tools.
26 Apr 2017 Wednesday, April 26, 2017 “Document and Share Your Genealogy Now!”
19 Mar 2017 Sunday, March 19, 2017: West Suburban Chapter JGSI: Watch a JGSI presentation called “Genealogy is Easy, Fascinating, and Fun: How I Found the Feldmans”.
19 Mar 2017 Sunday, March 19, 2017 “Making the Most of the County Clerk’s Genealogy Resources,”
22 Feb 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 “Getting Started in Genealogy”
19 Feb 2017 Sunday, February 19, 2017 “Getting the Most Out of MyHeritage”
22 Jan 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 “Genealogy is Easy, Fascinating, and Fun: How I Found the Feldmans”
20 Nov 2016 Sunday, November 20, 2016 “Archivist with the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, will describe the court’s archival holdings.”
30 Oct 2016 Sunday, October 30, 2016 “Techniques for Using Jewishgen.org”
25 Sep 2016 Sunday, September 25, 2016 “Putting the Flesh on the Bones” and “Evaluating Evidence: Asking a mini-Minnie Question.”
28 Aug 2016 Sunday, August 28, 2016 “Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland-What’s New”
09 Aug 2016 JGSI Dinner in Seattle, Washington
31 Jul 2016 Sunday, July 31, 2016 "Specifics of Hungarian Jewish Genealogy - Historical Background and a Practical Guide"
17 Jul 2016 Sunday, July 17, 2016 “Getting Started in Genealogy”
10 Jul 2016 Sunday, July 10, 2016: “Discover Your Family Genealogy.”
26 Jun 2016 Sunday, June 26, 2016 “Kvell and Tell”
05 Jun 2016 Sunday June 5th, 2016 Greater Chicago Jewish Festival
22 May 2016 Sunday, May 22, 2016 “Cadastral Maps as a Genealogical Resource”
17 Apr 2016 Sunday, April 17, 2016 “German Jewish Genealogy: A Case Study”
07 Apr 2016 Thursday April 7, 2016 Newberry Library Tour & Research
13 Mar 2016 Sunday, March 13, 2016 “The Children of La Hille: Eluding Nazi Capture During World War II.”
14 Feb 2016 Sunday, February 14, 2016 “Jewish Genetic Genealogy - A Study in Endogamy”
31 Jan 2016 Sunday, January 31, 2016 “Genealogy Research & Book Research Have a Lot in Common”
22 Nov 2015 Sunday, November 22, 2015 “Making the Dead Dance: How to Breathe Life into Your Ancestors”
01 Nov 2015 Sunday, November 1, 2015 “Getting Started in Genealogy”
25 Oct 2015 Sunday, October 25, 2015 “The Greenebaum Family: From the Rheinpfalz to Chicago”
27 Sep 2015 Sunday, September 27, 2015 "Tour of Zion Gardens Cemetery"
30 Aug 2015 Sunday, August 30, 2015 “Jewish Genetics”
09 Aug 2015 Sunday, August 9th. Stepping Stones to Researching Your Family's Jewish Roots
19 Jul 2015 Sunday, July 19, 2015 “Family History: Caring for Your Treasures”
06 Jul 2015 35th IAJGS Conference in Jerusalem July 6-10, 2015
28 Jun 2015 Sunday, June 28, 2015 “Kvell and Tell” session
07 Jun 2015 Sunday, June 7th. JGSI Conference 2015
20 May 2015 Wednesday, May 20, 2015 “Online Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland: What’s New?”
26 Apr 2015 Sunday, April 26, 2015 “Finding Frida: My Mother’s First Cousin, a Holocaust Survivor”
29 Mar 2015 Sunday, March 29, 2015 “Clued-In: The Stories are in the Details”
22 Feb 2015 Sunday, February 22, 2015 “Making a Family Tree Coffee Table Book”
25 Jan 2015 Sunday, January 25, 2015 “How I Do Genealogy: Starting Research and Beginning to Gather Information”
23 Nov 2014 Sunday, November 23, 2014 "Reconnecting with My Lithuanian Roots”
26 Oct 2014 Sunday, October 26, 2014 Out of Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust
19 Oct 2014 Sunday, October 19, "Getting Started in Genealogy"
28 Sep 2014 Sunday, September 28, 2014 “Using FamilySearch.org and the Family History Research Center”
24 Aug 2014 Sunday, August 24, 2014 “Treasures in Print: Finding and Using Historical Newspapers”
28 Jul 2014 JGSI Dinner at IAJGS Conference in Salt Lake City
23 Jul 2014 Wednesday, July 23, 2014 “Looking Outside the BMD Box for Your Mother and Aunts: A Case Study Based on Eretz Israel”
20 Jul 2014 Sunday, July 20, 2014 “My Cousin the Murder Defendant”
29 Jun 2014 Sunday, June 29, 2014 "Ethical Wills-Values Handed Down Through Our Genealogy"
18 May 2014 Sunday, May 18, 2014 “Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors’ Arrival Records Online”
04 May 2014 Sunday, May 4, 2014 JGSI beginners' workshop
27 Apr 2014 Sunday, April 27, 2014 "Why am I stuck? 10 Solutions to Common Genealogical Brick Walls."
30 Mar 2014 Sunday, March 30, 2014 “Locating Israeli Relatives and Holocaust Survivors: Search Strategies and Integrating Resources”
16 Feb 2014 Sunday, February 16, 2014 "The Mystery of the Green Dumpster,"
26 Jan 2014 Sunday, January 26, 2014 "From Babylon to Skokie: A Short History of Ashkenazim"
24 Nov 2013 Sunday, November 24, 2013 Chicago's West Side Jews vs. South Side Jews
27 Oct 2013 Sunday, October 27, 2013 More, Much More Than Fiddlers on the Roof!
29 Sep 2013 Sunday, September 29, 2013 Beginners’ Genealogical Workshop
25 Aug 2013 Sunday, August 25, 2013 Remembering Jewish Lawndale
28 Jul 2013 Sunday, July 28, 2013 Researching Your Chicago Ancestors
30 Jun 2013 Sunday, June 30, 2013 My Cousin, The Gangster
09 Jun 2013 Digging Deeper: Researching Our Ancestors With Technology
19 May 2013 Sunday, May 19, 2013 Spreadsheets 101: Excel, the Genealogist's Underutilized Tool
28 Apr 2013 Sunday, April 28, 2013 “The Lemba Jewish Community of Zimbabwe”
17 Mar 2013 Sunday, March 17, 2013 Editor, writer and genealogist Martin Fischer will speak about “Finding Living Relatives”
24 Feb 2013 Sunday, February 24, 2013 "Rumbula’s Echo” focuses on the Rumbula forest murders
27 Jan 2013 Sunday, January 27, 2013 Ask the Experts
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, which has the event location.

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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