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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization established in 1981 and now with over 300 members. JGSI is a member of IAJGS, the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

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. JGSI hosts our monthly meetings with informative speakers and expert genealogy volunteers to answer your questions about Jewish genealogy.


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois and the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society were co-winners of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies 2022 Outstanding Publication Award. Of the JGSI newsletter Morasha, IAJGS said: "The Illinois society was recognized for its outstanding efforts to encourage engagement in research and educate its members in Morasha, its three-times yearly publication. Edited by Dale Amdur from Chicago, this newsletter features historical, anecdotal and research related articles written by JGSI members and concise recaps of the society’s monthly meetings and conference participation."

Congratulations to Dale Amdur and the many other JGSI volunteers who help prepare Morasha!

Judy Baston to discuss Lithuanian Jewish family history research on Oct. 30, 2022 

“Researching Your Litvak Family” is the title of a presentation by genealogist Judy Baston for the Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, online meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. This informative presentation will offer a comprehensive overview of the LitvakSIG database and website, as well as other important research resources. It will detail the best ways to use Litvak databases and websites to achieve optimum results and enhance knowledge of your Lithuanian family history.  

More details and registration on the Programs page.


Upcoming events

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The Chicago Jewish Post and Opinion newspaper (August 1962-December 1981) is now available as part of the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections thanks to the University of Illinois and a bequest to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois from the estate of Peggy Morrow, z''l.  Search at

We have added about 2400 death notices to our JUF collection. JUF Death Notices & Obituaries Published 1994-September 2021.

JGSI Jewish Chicago Database (JJCD)

The JGSI Jewish Chicago Database (JJCD) includes information compiled from cemeteries, obituaries, memorial plaques, retirement homes, and other Jewish organizations.

Mystery Photos

Mystery Photos... If you would like to help us identify these people, please click here.

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