Jewish Genealogical
Society of Illinois


 

JGSI Programs  
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Upcoming events

    • 21 Jan 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill. - - - - 12:30 pm Library and Help Desk, 2:00 pm Guest Speaker

    “Insight into FamilySearch and The Wilmette Family History Center” is the topic of a talk planned by Family History Center volunteer Suzanne Hoffman for the Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. Her presentation will begin at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill.


    The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth-El will open at 12:30 p.m. for those who want to use or borrow genealogy library materials, get help with genealogy websites or ask genealogical questions before the main program begins at 2 p.m. For more information, see jgsi.org or phone 312-666-0100. This event is free and open to the public.

    When beginning genealogists think about what program to use online, they typically think of Ancestry.com. But other programs and resources don’t carry the cost burden associated with an Ancestry subscription, Hoffman says. FamilySearch.org, a program administered and run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, AKA the Mormon Church, is a deep resource pool of vital records and family genealogies that augments and sometimes surpasses the capabilities of Ancestry.

    In her presentation, Hoffman will look at FamilySearch.org and the relationship FamilySearch has with JewishGen and JRI Poland. She’ll also briefly touch on the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and finish up by talking about the Family History Center in Wilmette and why that is a unique resource for local record searches.

    Suzanne Hoffman is a researcher at heart. A tip off to a “fire and brimstone” Methodist preacher in her husband’s family led her down the genealogical path in Illinois to compensate for her lack of identifiable ancestors in her own Lithuanian/Jewish immigrant family. For the past 20 years she has doggedly researched all 16 of her great-great-grandparents with varying degrees of success. Some families reach back to the 1700s and one recently-solved mystery stopped in 1962. Suzanne regularly presents on genealogical topics, does for-hire research, and is a volunteer at the Family History Center in Wilmette.

    At each regular JGSI monthly meeting, a genealogy “help desk” will operate from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. 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 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at each regular monthly meeting.


    • 18 Feb 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill. - - - - 12:30 pm Library and Help Desk, 2:00 pm Guest Speaker

    Jane G. Haldeman to speak to Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois on Feb. 18:

    Genealogist Jane G. Haldeman will speak about “Researching Jewish Ancestors on Ancestry Library Edition” at the Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. Her presentation will begin at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill.


    JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth-El will open at 12:30 p.m. for those who want to use or borrow genealogy research library materials, get help with genealogy websites or ask genealogical questions before the main program begins at 2 p.m. For more information, see jgsi.org or phone 312-666-0100.

    Ancestry.com is one of the largest genealogical websites and has a wealth of documents including European and Jewish records. Ancestry Library Edition is available at some public libraries with many of the Ancestry.com subscription documents including some worldwide records. This presentation will focus on European and Jewish records, the similarities and differences between the subscription and library editions of Ancestry, and the wealth of Ancestry resources available at the library.

    Jane Gwynn Haldeman is a professional speaker with more than 25 years of research experience and owner of It’s Relative (www.itsrelative.net), a genealogical service business. The Chicago area-based genealogist lectures on a wide range of topics locally, at national conferences  and via webinar presentations.  She enjoys speaking about topics including family history technology and genealogy research methodology. She is the author of “A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois.”

    Jane’s passion for genealogy began in 8th grade with a school assignment. She wrote to her grandparents that the assignment had to include “our parents’ names, grandparents, great grandparents’ names, and so on as far as we can go.” She is still trying to finish that assignment.

    She has been very active with the genealogical community in Illinois. She has been president, Illinois State Genealogical Society; president, Fox Valley Genealogical Society; registrar, Fort Payne Chapter NSDAR; and registration chair, Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 Conference in Springfield, Ill. Jane is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogy Speakers Guild.

    At each regular JGSI monthly meeting, its “help desk” operates from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Member volunteers 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 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at each regular monthly meeting.


Past events

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.
Please check
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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