Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland

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Jewish Organizations

Organizations, institutions, and museums in Chicagoland

Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders
Chicago Jewish Archives
Chicago Jewish Historical Society
Chicago YIVO Society
Dawn Schuman Institute
Hebrew Benevolent Society of Chicago
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
Hebrew Theological College
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
Illiana Jewish Genealogical Society
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI)
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies

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Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders

Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
One S. Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-357-4718
Fax: 312-855-3289
E-mail: jewishgeneticsctr@juf.org
Website: www.juf.org
   

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Chicago Jewish Archives

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
610 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone:  312-322-1741
Fax:  312-922-0455
E-mail: archives@spertus.edu
Website: http://www.spertus.edu (Spertus Institute)
Website:
http://www.spertus.edu/asher_cja/chicagojewisharchives.php (Archives)

Description of Resources:

The Chicago Jewish Archives holds memories of Jewish Chicago.  Its collection includes:

    Synagogue records
    Organizational files
    Personal collections
    Oral histories

Access to records and fees:
  

By appointment only.

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Chicago Jewish Historical Society

618 S. Michigan
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-663-5634
Fax: 312-602-3000   
E-mail: info@chicagojewishhistory.org
Website: www.chicagojewishhistory.org

Description of Resources:

The Society has no holdings of its own.  All of its collections have been donated to the Chicago Jewish Archives. (see preceding entry)

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Chicago YIVO Society

141 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1910 A
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-408-9410
Fax: 312-408-9462
E-mail: usa-jmo@msn.com
Website: www.chicagoyivo.org   

YIVO's goal is to increase the visibility and recognition of Yiddish culture in Chicago.

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Dawn Schuman Institute
  (updated 1/8/05)

4709 Golf Road, Suite 400
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: 847-410-3900
Fax: 847-410-3910
E-mail: info@dawnschuman.org   
Website: www.dawnshuman.org

Educational programs on a range of topics including Jewish genealogy.

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Hebrew Benevolent Society of Chicago

579 Highland Grove Drive
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: 847-279-8115
Fax: 847-279-8116

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Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)

HIAS Chicago
1 S. Franklin Street, Suite 411
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-357-4666
Fax: 312-855-3291
Website: www.juf.org

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Hebrew Theological College

Rabbi Saul Silber Memorial Library
7135 N. Carpenter Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-982-2500 x 120
Fax: 847-674-6381
E-mail: library@htcnet.edu
Website: www.htcnet.edu 

Description of Resources:

Yizkor Books

Access to Records and Fees:   

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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-967-4800
Fax: 847-967-4801
E-mail: info@ilhmec.org
Website: www.ilholocaustmuseum.org

Description of Resources:

Exhibits on the history of the Holocaust
Yizkor books
Books on Eastern Europe
Books on camps, communities lost, survivor stories
Help to research your family's Holocaust connection

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Illiana Jewish Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 384
Flossmoor, IL 60422-0384
E-mail: ijgs@comcast.net
Website: http://ijgs.home.comcast.net 

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Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois
(JGSI)   

P.O. Box 515
Northbrook, IL 60015
Phone: 312-666-0100
E-mail: info@jgsi.org
  (information about the society)  
E-mail: help@jgsi.org  (resource questions)
E-mail: projects@jgsi.org (proposals for new indexing projects)
Website: www.jgsi.org
Website: http://jgsi.org/databasesearch (to search online death index)

Website: www.jgsi.org (JGSI members search of jewishdata. Go to member only page)

Description of Resources:

1. Monthly meetings on Jewish genealogy topics. 

2. Library of genealogical materials
including books on locating your ancestor's shtetl (village), immigrant passenger arrival lists, lists of Holocaust survivors, and many more.

3. Online Death Index containing over 73,000 records including Anshe Motele, Beverly, Hebrew Benevolent Society, Jewish Graceland, Keheleth Jacob Anshe Drohiczen, Kneseth Israel, Oak Woods, Skyline, and Westlawn cemeteries. (see link above)

4. Semi-annual beginner's workshop.
 

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Spertus Institute of Jewish Study 

Norman and Helen Asher Library
610 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-322-1749
Fax: 312-922-0455
E-mail: asherlib@spertus.edu
Website: www.spertus.edu   
Website:  http://www.spertus.edu/asher_cja/about.php   (Library/On-Line Catalog)

Website: http://hannah.spertus.edu:8881/R (Digitized issues of the (Chicago) "Sentinel" (1911-1949))
Website:  www.archive.org/stream/chicagojewishcom00sent#page/n0/mode/2up Chicago Jewish Blue Book (1918)
Website:    http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/671.html History of Chicago Jews

Description of Resources: 

Collection includes over 100,000 books, 550 current periodical subscriptions from around the world, many Jewish interest videos and sound recordings. 

1.       Jewish Newspapers:
 The collection includes copies of many newspapers including:

               
Sentinel 1911-1996 (now digitized and online (see above)
               
The Reform Advocate 1891-1946 (microfilm)
               
Courier (Yiddish) 1906-1947 (microfilm)

     2.   Yizkor Books:
           
           The collection includes about 330 yizkor books.

      3.  The Chicago Jewish Blue Book :
Digitized directory of organizations, their officers and membership, published in 1918 by
                                   The Sentinel Publishing Co. [Internet Archive]. Searchable. Use quotes to narrow searches.

      4.  History of Chicago (section on Jews)  By Irving Cutler            


Access to Records and Fees:

Books may be borrowed by Spertus students and members for one month and may be renewed for two additional one month periods.  A copy machine is available with a 10 cent charge per copy (20 cents for 11 x 17 copies).  Copies from microfilm are 25 cents each.  

 

 

                  

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Last update:12 November 2014