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Kvell and Tell 2022 annual JGSI meeting

  • 26 Jun 2022
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois members to share discoveries and research tips on June 26, 2022:

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will hold a “Kvell and Tell” session on Sunday, June 26, 2022, as part of the group’s annual meeting. Several JGSI members will take turns sharing family history discoveries and research tips. This meeting, which starts at 2 p.m. CDT, also features a brief annual report from JGSI’s co-presidents, Debbie Kroopkin and Wendy Hauser. (A separate JGSI members-only genealogy question-and-answer discussion time will start at 1 p.m.)

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Those who wish to share their family history discoveries and genealogy tips in the “Kvell and Tell” session as presenters should send an email to events@jgsi.org explaining their presentation topic idea and estimated time of presentation. Each presentation is to be between 5 and 10 minutes to allow more members to share their discoveries, experiences and suggestions.

Kvell and Tell presentation topics should relate to Jewish genealogy or family history research methods, anecdotes or discoveries. Possible “Kvell and Tell” topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • A notable event in your family history and how you discovered it
  • The creative way you are sharing your family history with relatives
  • A research tool that has been most helpful in learning about your family history
  • How taking a DNA test has added new perspectives about your genealogy
  • What family history mystery, puzzle or quandary are you still trying to solve
  • How to plan for a family reunion or other genealogy themed gathering
  • How to publish or otherwise share your family history
  • What did you learn about your family from the 1950 U.S. Census
  • How has a recent family history discovery or tool added previously unknown relatives to your family tree

The most relevant presentation proposals will be accepted as time allows, and preference will be given to shorter talks. Presentations will be recorded and later made available in the members-only section of the JGSI website.

JGSI is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors. JGSI is a resource for the worldwide Jewish community to research their Chicago-area roots. The JGSI motto is “Members Helping Members Since 1981.” The group has more than 300 members and is affiliated with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

JGSI members have access to useful and informative online family history research resources, including a members’ forum, more than 65 video recordings of past speakers’ presentations, monthly JGSI E-News, quarterly Morasha JGSI newsletter, and much more. Members as well as non-members can look for their ancestors on the free searchable JGSI Jewish Chicago Database.


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