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Other Chicago-Area Genealogy 


The events and organizations on this page, while not hosted by JGSI, may be of interest to those interested in Jewish or general genealogy.   Organizations that host multiple events include website links so you can research their scheduled Chicago-area events.


Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

CAGGNI, P.O. Box 59567, Schaumburg, IL 60159-0567

Objectives of the group:

  • Assisting members in their genealogical research and using computers in this endeavor.
  • Keeping members informed on new technologies and techniques to support their research.
  • Providing genealogical and computer mentoring for its membership.
  • Undertaking projects that support the genealogical community in the region.

The group has five Special Interest Groups (SIGs). These meet several times a year, usually on Saturdays, at the Schaumburg Township District Library. They are for those interested in more in-depth learning about software or other genealogy topics. Please see the events calendar for dates and times for these SIGs:

  • Family Tree Maker (FTM) SIG
  • Reunion SIG
  • The Master Genealogist (TMG) SIG
  • Storytellers SIG


Chicago Jewish Historical Society
610 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605-1901

The Chicago Jewish Historical Society was founded in 1977, and is in part an outgrowth of local Jewish participation in the American Bicentennial Celebration of 1976. The Society has as its purpose the discovery, preservation and dissemination of information concerning the Jewish experience in the Chicago area.


North Suburban Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 3032, Glenview IL  60025 

This group's goals are to promote an interest in genealogy, to instruct their members in careful, documented research and to publish genealogical and historical information in a newsletter six times a year. Non-members are welcome to attend their meetings. For questions about the group, contact: NSGS@nsgsil.org


Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society

P.O. Box 148, Mount Prospect, IL 60056-9019

The Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS), which was formed in 1977, focuses on family history and genealogy interests of its members from Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights and surrounding suburbs. The group promotes the study of genealogy and history, conducts programs and workshops, works with local libraries and other institutions to increase and preserve genealogical and historical materials, and assists members in the study of family history.


Lake County Illinois Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 998, Mundelein, Illinois 60060-4534

The Lake County Illinois Genealogical Society was formed in 1978 by the Genealogy Group of the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society. It seeks to unite those persons interested in the pursuit and study of genealogy and family history; to encourage the preservation of public and private records; and to promote programs of education which support the growth and development of these fields.


Kane County Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 504, Geneva, IL 60134

The Kane County Genealogical Society is based in Geneva, Illinois, and was formed in 1978. It works to bring resources and information services to those interested in learning more about their family history. One of this group's special projects is a Master Every Name Index database — for family historians researching ancestors in Kane County, Illinois. This database has grown into 1.2 million+ entries from over 350 indexed projects related to both public and private county-wide source records.


McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 184, Crystal Lake, IL 60039-0184

The purpose of the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society (MCIGS) is to foster an interest in genealogy, provide instruction in current research methods and practices, and support the preservation of and access to genealogical and historical records.


Fox Valley Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 5435, Naperville, IL 60567-5435

The Fox Valley Genealogical Society focuses on genealogical information in parts of four counties in Illinois: DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and Will. The primary townships they cover are Aurora (Kane), Naperville (DuPage), Lisle (DuPage), Downers Grove (DuPage), Oswego (Kendall), Wheatland (Will), DuPage (Will), and Lemont (Will). 


Elgin Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 1418, Elgin, IL 60121-1418

The Elgin Genealogical Society was formed in 1972 and is based at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Illinois. Its focus is to bring people together to promote genealogy, conduct programs which assist members with their own family history, encourage preservation of local records and make them accessible to everyone.


South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society

3000 W. 170th Place, Hazel Crest IL 60429-1174

The South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society's prime area of interest is the 20 townships of southern Cook County and eastern Will County and the adjoining Chicago communities of Roseland, Pullman, and Kensington. Within this geographic area, this group provides a center where genealogists, beginning and advanced, can share their enthusiasm, growing knowledge, and family search problems and solutions.

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