Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

"Specifics of Hungarian Jewish Genealogy - Historical Background and a Practical Guide" by Karesz Vandor

  • 31 Jul 2016
  • 12:30 PM
  • Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Rd, Northbrook
Program: Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hungarian Jewish Researcher to Speak July 31 to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois:

"Specifics of Hungarian Jewish Genealogy - Historical Background and a Practical Guide" will be the topic of a presentation by Hungarian researcher and tour leader Karesz Vandor at the Sunday, July 31, 2016, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. His presentation will begin 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. to accommodate those 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, see or phone 312-666-0100.

Hungarian genealogy covers the old territories of Greater Hungary, including all of Slovakia, a small part of Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Ukraine.

Karesz Vandor is a Budapest-based Hungarian Jewish genealogist and military historian. He has been active in working on various family trees since 2004 and has helped descendants of Shoah survivors find previously unknown relatives living in Hungary.

He has been researching the Soviet air force’s presence in Eastern Europe since 1991. Founder of the Secrets of the Soviet Airbase Museum in Berekfürdő, Hungary, he has also researched Jews in the Soviet army.

Besides speaking Hungarian, he is fluent in English and Russian and also speaks Hebrew, Yiddish and German. This and his Jewish background made him start his professional genealogy company, HungarianRoots, 12 years ago. He has been editor-in-chief of two books having important genealogical value to Jewish researchers.

At each regular JGSI monthly meeting, its “help desk” will operated from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Member volunteers will access online databases and answer genealogical questions one-on-one for members and visitors as time allows.

The JGSI library has more than 800 volumes of interest to Jewish family historians. Many are available for borrowing by JGSI members for a limited time. All are available for perusing from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at each regular monthly meeting.

While this program is free, those who join the society have access to several valuable members-only resources on the JGSI website. They include video recordings of more than a dozen presentations from past JGSI events, valuable informational handouts from past speakers, access to past Morasha newsletters containing informative articles about Jewish genealogy, the syllabus from the 2015 JGSI conference, and more. To learn more about the benefits of joining the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, go to

For more information about the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois or the JGSI schedule of future events, view the upcoming JGSI programs or phone 312-666-0100.

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