Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois



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Membership Benefits

  •  Learn from expert lecturers, get individual help at our help desk, and use our 800 reference volume library at monthly meetings. Check out privileges are available to members.
  •  Receive Morasha, our Jewish genealogy newsletter, three times a year and access the current and prior issues on our website.
  •  Use the JGSI subscription to, available to JGSI members only, for free access to images from Jewish cemeteries, including over 135,000 tombstone images from Waldheim and other Chicago area cemeteries. Other records include naturalization and ship manifests, school yearbooks, and ebooks.
  •  Access the JGSI Jewish Chicago Database (JJCD) containing cemetery data, memorial plaques, obituaries, and Chicago Jewish institution data.
  •  Ask and answer questions and read discussions on our interactive Members Forum.
  •  Receive individual help from other members by using the “members helping members” feature of our online membership directory.
  •  Watch video presentations and download handouts from past presentations on our website.
  •  Receive meeting notices by email with our automatic monthly Enews bulletin.
  •  Attend our full day genealogy conferences held every two years and view past conference handouts.
  •  Participate in our DNA project and see your DNA results aggregated with those of other members.
  •  Volunteer to work at meetings or on important special projects such as expanding our JGSI Jewish Chicago Database (JJCD).
  •  Become friends with other genealogists! (It happens all the time!)
  •  Maybe meet a relative! (This happens too!)

If you are a beginner and need help, we invite you to attend a meeting, visit the help desk, and use the library
We have many tools in Resources.  You may also e
mail or call 312-666-0100 and members will assist you.

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