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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.

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To change your password for https://jgsi.org, first log in using your current password; click on "Profile" in the upper right corner; click on the "Change password" link, then follow the instructions closely for what the new password must have. Your new password will very likely have to be more complex and longer than your old one. Be sure to save your new password in a safe place that you can easily access if necessary.


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!

Online historical Jewish newspapers is focus of genealogy lecture for Feb. 26 JGSI hybrid meeting

Genealogist Janice Sellers will speak on “Using Online Historical Jewish Newspapers for Genealogical Research” for the Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023, hybrid meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. She will give an overview of what is online and where it is, suggest access strategies, discuss what to do if you don’t read Hebrew or Yiddish, and show sample search results.

    More details and registrations are on the Programs page.


    Upcoming events

    Mark your calendar now for our future events, which are listed on the Programs page of this website. Also, sign up for Burbio.com, a free website and mobile app that lists events from local organizations in one online calendar.


    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

    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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    JGSI is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.