Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois 



 

JGSI Programs  
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Upcoming events

    • 26 Aug 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill. - Registration and networking, 12:30 Guest Speaker 1:00 pm

    Daniel Horowitz, the genealogy expert from MyHeritage, will give two presentations at the Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill. Registration and networking at this free special event will open at 12:30 p.m.

    At 1 p.m., he will speak on “Research Genealogical Resources in Israel From Your Couch.” Horowitz will explain how to access useful online resources available in Israel to find relatives. Israel has many websites and digital searchable resources in English and Hebrew.

    He will tell how family history researchers can overcome the barrier of the language with a fast introduction to Hebrew, learn the keywords needed and the translation tools available to help you deal with the sites where you can find information about people who were born, lived or died in Israel.

    At 2:30 p.m., he will present “Overcoming Brick Walls with DNA Tests and Analysis.”

    According to Horowitz, “MyHeritage offers an affordable, easy-to-use DNA home testing kit that can reveal valuable family history information and tell you more about your origins.”

    MyHeritage DNA provides two main features: DNA Matching for finding relatives, and detailed ethnicity reports that map your ethnic and geographic origins, he said. The DNA Matching service enables those who use the test — or who have tested through other services — to use MyHeritage’s DNA matching capabilities for their family history research. For every DNA Match, MyHeritage displays the possible relationship between you and the other person.

    If your match has a family tree, you’ll also be able to view it and get more insight about how you are related: the ancestral surnames in both trees, a pedigree chart for the two main individuals and any possible SmartMatchs between the trees. You can then contact your DNA Matches to exchange information and collaborate on your research.

    “The DNA results also include a fascinating breakdown of your ancestral ethnicity,” Horowitz said. “You can see the percentage of your DNA that comes from different populations around the world displayed in a list or a world map. Your Ethnicity Estimates may confirm long-held beliefs about your family origins, or perhaps reveal family roots in unexpected places.”

    Daniel Horowitz was the teacher and study guide editor for 15 years of the family history project “Searching for My Roots” in Venezuela.

    Working at MyHeritage since 2006, he is currently their genealogy expert, involved in the areas of product development and public affairs, and lecturing at genealogy conferences around the world. Dedicated to genealogy since 1986, he coordinates multiple transcription projects and holds board-level positions in a couple of genealogical societies.

    For this special meeting, the JGSI research library and help desk will not be available. No meeting is planned for September, but they well return for the Oct. 14, 2018, meeting.

    While this program is free, those who join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois for $25 have access to several valuable members-only resources on the JGSI website. They include video recordings of more than 30 presentations from past JGSI events, valuable informational handouts from past speakers, access to past Morasha newsletters containing informative articles about Jewish genealogy, and searchable databases. To learn more about the benefits of joining the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, go to http://jgsi.org/membership_benefits.


    • 14 Oct 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill. - Registration and networking, 12:30 Guest Speaker 1:00 pm

    Genealogist Scott E. Myer will present “Resurrecting Grandpa’s Store” at the Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill. His presentation starts at 2 p.m. Registration, networking, and the JGSI genealogy help desk and research library will open at 12:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to this free event.


    In his presentation, Myer, a former JGSI president and current recording secretary, will recount how the discovery of a small, faded Polaroid photograph of three people led to a detailed reconstructed view of his grandfather’s grocery store. He will share what he learned about researching small Chicago businesses, and how he re-created an image that once existed only in his memory.

    Scott E. Meyer is a former president and current recording secretary of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, and a former director of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

    For 11 years he served as associate editor of Search, the internationally distributed journal published by the JGSI,  and was co-editor of the North American Resources Section of the Encyclopedia of Jewish Genealogy, and consulting editor of “A Translation Guide to 19th-Century Polish-Language Civil-Registration Documents,” written by Judith R. Frazin and published by the JGSI.

    His thoughts on the subject of Jewish genealogy have appeared in various publications in the field. In addition to teaching and lecturing on Jewish genealogy, Meyer is certified by the Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago, and has taught religious-school courses for more than 40 years.

    While this program is free, those who join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois have access to several valuable members-only resources on the JGSI website. They include video recordings of more than 30 presentations from past JGSI events, valuable informational handouts from past speakers, and access to past Morasha newsletters containing informative articles about Jewish genealogy. To learn more about the benefits of joining the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, go to http://jgsi.org/membership_benefits.

    At each regular JGSI monthly meeting, a genealogy “help desk” will operate prior to the main program. 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 at each regular monthly meeting before the main program begins.


Past events

29 Jul 2018 “Researching Individuals with United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Resources”
24 Jun 2018 “Kvell and Tell” session
30 May 2018 “A DNA Discussion with a DNA Devotee”
29 Apr 2018 Two Talks: “Gesher Galicia" and "Galician Portraits”
08 Apr 2018 “A DNA Discussion with a DNA Devotee”
11 Mar 2018 "Filling in the Blanks on My Jewish Family History"
04 Mar 2018 Techniques for Using Jewishgen.org
18 Feb 2018 “Researching Jewish Ancestors on Ancestry Library Edition”
21 Jan 2018 “Insight into FamilySearch and The Wilmette Family History Center”
19 Nov 2017 Sunday, November 19, 2017 “My Mother’s Life in Cuba: In Her Own Words”
22 Oct 2017 Sunday, October 22, 2017“Apple Does Not Fall: Shtetl Cousins Meet Iron-Curtain Cousins”
27 Aug 2017 Sunday, August 27, 2017 “Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland-What’s New”
16 Jul 2017 Sunday, July 16, 2017 “Choosing the Right Family Tree Software” and “What’s New at Ukraine SIG”
25 Jun 2017 Sunday, June 25, 2017 “Kvell and Tell” session
21 May 2017 Sunday, May 21, 2017 “DNA Presentations"
07 May 2017 Sunday, May 7, 2017: JGSI in the West Suburbs. Agenda:Online tools.
26 Apr 2017 Wednesday, April 26, 2017 “Document and Share Your Genealogy Now!”
19 Mar 2017 Sunday, March 19, 2017: West Suburban Chapter JGSI: Watch a JGSI presentation called “Genealogy is Easy, Fascinating, and Fun: How I Found the Feldmans”.
19 Mar 2017 Sunday, March 19, 2017 “Making the Most of the County Clerk’s Genealogy Resources,”
22 Feb 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 “Getting Started in Genealogy”
19 Feb 2017 Sunday, February 19, 2017 “Getting the Most Out of MyHeritage”
22 Jan 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 “Genealogy is Easy, Fascinating, and Fun: How I Found the Feldmans”
20 Nov 2016 Sunday, November 20, 2016 “Archivist with the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, will describe the court’s archival holdings.”
30 Oct 2016 Sunday, October 30, 2016 “Techniques for Using Jewishgen.org”
25 Sep 2016 Sunday, September 25, 2016 “Putting the Flesh on the Bones” and “Evaluating Evidence: Asking a mini-Minnie Question.”
28 Aug 2016 Sunday, August 28, 2016 “Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland-What’s New”
09 Aug 2016 JGSI Dinner in Seattle, Washington
31 Jul 2016 Sunday, July 31, 2016 "Specifics of Hungarian Jewish Genealogy - Historical Background and a Practical Guide"
17 Jul 2016 Sunday, July 17, 2016 “Getting Started in Genealogy”
10 Jul 2016 Sunday, July 10, 2016: “Discover Your Family Genealogy.”
26 Jun 2016 Sunday, June 26, 2016 “Kvell and Tell”
05 Jun 2016 Sunday June 5th, 2016 Greater Chicago Jewish Festival
22 May 2016 Sunday, May 22, 2016 “Cadastral Maps as a Genealogical Resource”
17 Apr 2016 Sunday, April 17, 2016 “German Jewish Genealogy: A Case Study”
07 Apr 2016 Thursday April 7, 2016 Newberry Library Tour & Research
13 Mar 2016 Sunday, March 13, 2016 “The Children of La Hille: Eluding Nazi Capture During World War II.”
14 Feb 2016 Sunday, February 14, 2016 “Jewish Genetic Genealogy - A Study in Endogamy”
31 Jan 2016 Sunday, January 31, 2016 “Genealogy Research & Book Research Have a Lot in Common”
22 Nov 2015 Sunday, November 22, 2015 “Making the Dead Dance: How to Breathe Life into Your Ancestors”
01 Nov 2015 Sunday, November 1, 2015 “Getting Started in Genealogy”
25 Oct 2015 Sunday, October 25, 2015 “The Greenebaum Family: From the Rheinpfalz to Chicago”
27 Sep 2015 Sunday, September 27, 2015 "Tour of Zion Gardens Cemetery"
30 Aug 2015 Sunday, August 30, 2015 “Jewish Genetics”
09 Aug 2015 Sunday, August 9th. Stepping Stones to Researching Your Family's Jewish Roots
19 Jul 2015 Sunday, July 19, 2015 “Family History: Caring for Your Treasures”
06 Jul 2015 35th IAJGS Conference in Jerusalem July 6-10, 2015
28 Jun 2015 Sunday, June 28, 2015 “Kvell and Tell” session
07 Jun 2015 Sunday, June 7th. JGSI Conference 2015
20 May 2015 Wednesday, May 20, 2015 “Online Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland: What’s New?”
26 Apr 2015 Sunday, April 26, 2015 “Finding Frida: My Mother’s First Cousin, a Holocaust Survivor”
29 Mar 2015 Sunday, March 29, 2015 “Clued-In: The Stories are in the Details”
22 Feb 2015 Sunday, February 22, 2015 “Making a Family Tree Coffee Table Book”
25 Jan 2015 Sunday, January 25, 2015 “How I Do Genealogy: Starting Research and Beginning to Gather Information”
23 Nov 2014 Sunday, November 23, 2014 "Reconnecting with My Lithuanian Roots”
26 Oct 2014 Sunday, October 26, 2014 Out of Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust
19 Oct 2014 Sunday, October 19, "Getting Started in Genealogy"
28 Sep 2014 Sunday, September 28, 2014 “Using FamilySearch.org and the Family History Research Center”
24 Aug 2014 Sunday, August 24, 2014 “Treasures in Print: Finding and Using Historical Newspapers”
28 Jul 2014 JGSI Dinner at IAJGS Conference in Salt Lake City
23 Jul 2014 Wednesday, July 23, 2014 “Looking Outside the BMD Box for Your Mother and Aunts: A Case Study Based on Eretz Israel”
20 Jul 2014 Sunday, July 20, 2014 “My Cousin the Murder Defendant”
29 Jun 2014 Sunday, June 29, 2014 "Ethical Wills-Values Handed Down Through Our Genealogy"
18 May 2014 Sunday, May 18, 2014 “Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors’ Arrival Records Online”
04 May 2014 Sunday, May 4, 2014 JGSI beginners' workshop
27 Apr 2014 Sunday, April 27, 2014 "Why am I stuck? 10 Solutions to Common Genealogical Brick Walls."
30 Mar 2014 Sunday, March 30, 2014 “Locating Israeli Relatives and Holocaust Survivors: Search Strategies and Integrating Resources”
16 Feb 2014 Sunday, February 16, 2014 "The Mystery of the Green Dumpster,"
26 Jan 2014 Sunday, January 26, 2014 "From Babylon to Skokie: A Short History of Ashkenazim"
24 Nov 2013 Sunday, November 24, 2013 Chicago's West Side Jews vs. South Side Jews
27 Oct 2013 Sunday, October 27, 2013 More, Much More Than Fiddlers on the Roof!
29 Sep 2013 Sunday, September 29, 2013 Beginners’ Genealogical Workshop
25 Aug 2013 Sunday, August 25, 2013 Remembering Jewish Lawndale
28 Jul 2013 Sunday, July 28, 2013 Researching Your Chicago Ancestors
30 Jun 2013 Sunday, June 30, 2013 My Cousin, The Gangster
09 Jun 2013 Digging Deeper: Researching Our Ancestors With Technology
19 May 2013 Sunday, May 19, 2013 Spreadsheets 101: Excel, the Genealogist's Underutilized Tool
28 Apr 2013 Sunday, April 28, 2013 “The Lemba Jewish Community of Zimbabwe”
17 Mar 2013 Sunday, March 17, 2013 Editor, writer and genealogist Martin Fischer will speak about “Finding Living Relatives”
24 Feb 2013 Sunday, February 24, 2013 "Rumbula’s Echo” focuses on the Rumbula forest murders
27 Jan 2013 Sunday, January 27, 2013 Ask the Experts
Monthly Meetings are usually held at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Rd, Northbrook.
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for any changes in venue by reading the event details, which has the event location.

The Temple will open at 12:30 pm for the help desk and library. JGSI members will be available to help answer genealogical questions, help with Internet searches, and help in the library.
Scheduled programs will begin at 2:00 pm.

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