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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 which contain information indicating when a person immigrated to Palestine/Eretz Israel/Israel. It spans the period from before World War One to after the founding of the State of Israel.

The documents that the files were compiled from 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 Society
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

Yad Vashem Link
The central database of Shoah victims’ names


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

Jewish Records Indexing-Poland

IAJGS International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives

An American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) database of anyone worldwide who has received JDC aid, financial or otherwise. Currently indexed material includes lists of people helped from 1914 to 1973. 

The JDC Archives documents the 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 Jews of Chicago - Online Book

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
Searchable catalog of LDS records

Route to Roots Foundation Database

Route to Roots Link
Database of Eastern European archival records

Federation of Genealogical Societies

National Genealogy 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.

Regional Special Interest Groups

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Austria-Czech SIG

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Early American SIG

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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

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Suwalk-Lomza Interest Group

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Bessarabia SIG

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Galicia SIG

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Rabbinic Genealogy SIG

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Ukraine SIG

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Bialystok Region

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German-Jewish SIG

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Romania SIG

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United Kingdom-Jewish Communities/Records

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Courland SIG

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Hungary SIG

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Scandinavia SIG

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Danzig/Gdansk SIG

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Kielce-Radom SIG

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Sefardic SIG

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Yiddish Theater and Vaudeville Research Group

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Latvia SIG

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Southern Africa SIG

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