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IGRA Database

In honor of Aliyah Day, November 5, 2019, the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) is proud to present “The Immigration Collection.”

Since 2011 IGRA has been building databases of which 14% deal with immigration to Eretz Israel. This includes 211,548 listings that contain information indicating when a person immigrated to Palestine/Eretz Israel/Israel. It spans the period from before World War I to after the founding of the State of Israel.

The documents were obtained from various archives, both inside and outside of Israel.

A preview of the databases can be seen at:

Before viewing and searching the databases, please register for free on the IGRA website:

 To search the databases, go to

JGSI Meeting Handouts

Presenters at our meeting often provide handouts. One membership benefit is access to these. Please consider becoming a member and receive this additional membership benefit. Meeting handouts are available on the Members Only page.

Polish Translation Guide

Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland


JewishGen Link
Primary web resource for Jewish genealogical information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . How to navigate the JewishGen website: A YouTube video JewishGen Video Link

Polish Genealogy

The Polish Genealogical Society of America website:
Accessing information in the Spanish archives.

Sephardic Genealogy Sources

Illinois State Genealogical Society

Illinois State Genealogical Society


Sponsored by Newberry Library.  A great source of Chicago resources.

Yad Vashem

Search the Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names: Yad Vashem Link


Avotaynu Link
Publisher of paid subscription products for researching Jewish genealogy, Jewish family trees or Jewish roots

Jewish Records Indexing-Poland

International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies

IAJGS website:

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives

An American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) database lists anyone worldwide who has received JDC aid, financial or otherwise. Currently indexed material includes lists of people helped from 1914 to the present.  

The JDC Archives documents relief, rescue and rehabilitation activities.  Holdings include over 3 miles of text documents; over 100,000 photographs; a research library of 6,000 books; and approximately 1,500 audiovisual materials, including 200 oral histories.

History of the Jews of Chicago

This online book, published in 1924, covers the period from 1850 to 1924.

One-step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse

Stephen Morse website Link
This site contains tools for finding immigration records, census records, vital records, and for dealing with calendars, maps, foreign alphabets, and numerous other applications. Some of these tools fetch data from other websites but do so in more versatile ways than the search tools provided on those websites.

LDS Family History Library Catalog

Library Catalog Link
A searchable catalog of LDS records. Also, note links to other catalogs worth considering.

Route to Roots Foundation Database

Route to Roots Link
Database of Eastern European archival records

Center for Jewish History The Center for Jewish History comprises five organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

National Genealogical Society

StoryCorps SmartPhone App

The StoryCorps app—a free mobile application—seamlessly walks users through an interview by providing all the necessary tools for a wonderful experience. You will receive help preparing questions, finding the right environment for your conversation, recording a high-quality interview on your mobile device, sharing the finished product with friends and family, and uploading your conversation to the website.

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Austria-Czech SIG

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USA Research Division

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Litvak SIG

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Sub-Carpathia SIG

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Belarus SIG

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French SIG

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Łódź Area Research Group

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Suwalk-Lomza Interest Group

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Bessarabia Research Division

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Gesher Galicia

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Rabbinic Genealogy SIG

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Ukraine Research Division

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Bialystok Region Jewish Genealogy Group

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German Research Division

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Romania Research Division

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United Kingdom-Jewish Communities and Records

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Courland Research Group

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Hungarian SIG

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Scandinavia SIG

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Warszawa Research Group

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Danzig/Gdansk SIG

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Kielce-Radom SIG

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Yiddish Theater and Vaudeville Research Group

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Latvia & Estonia Research Division

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Southern Africa SIG

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