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Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois
Are you researching Jewish family history and looking for a Chicago-area network of experts and enthusiasts? We help members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors and serve as a resource for the worldwide community to research their Chicago-area Jewish roots. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois motto is: "Members Helping Members Since 1981." Monthly meetings feature informative Jewish genealogy experts sharing research tips and family history discoveries. When we meet in-person, members and guests also have access to an 800-volume genealogy research library and a volunteer expert genealogy help desk. Members also have access to useful and informative online family history research resources, including video recordings of more than 50 past speakers' presentations, a members' forum, the monthly JGSI E-News, the quarterly Morasha JGSI newsletter, and much more. The JGSI Jewish Chicago Database, available to members and non-members alike, is a growing compilation of information from cemeteries, obituaries, memorial plaques, retirement homes, and other Jewish organizations. A non-profit volunteer-driven organization with more than 300 members, JGSI is affiliated with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.