This site has been constructed primarily to
aid genealogists researching
their Jewish roots in Chicagoland. We are blessed to have the JewishGen®
website, which serves the global Jewish community and should be the primary
source for Jewish genealogists.
"Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland" has been constructed as
a community resource. Please help to keep this site up-to-date by
sending us additions/corrections. For an explanation of how to use
this site, click Help.
The site went into beta testing in March 2004 and became generally
available later that year. The original idea for it came after
Mike Karsen attended the International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in
London in July 2001. The conference organizers distributed a booklet
titled A Beginner's Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Great Britain. Mike thought
it would be a great idea to have a similar book for Chicago and started to
write one. He soon learned that resource books had been written for
New York by Estelle M. Gusik and for Boston by Warren Blatt. Mike
consulted with both of them and learned that it was a long and
difficult project to get the book written and published. He also
reviewed their books and thanks them for ideas for the Chicago book.
After about a year, Mike realized that genealogy
resources are changing at an accelerating rate, and the Internet was
beginning to offer some new resources that are very important to
genealogical research. The book project thus evolved into an online
resource now called "Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland."
He also included many resources which were not physically in Chicagoland
but were accessible to Chicago researchers because of the ubiquity of
the Internet. These locations have been included in the section called "Beyond
We hope this site helps individuals with a Jewish Chicago connection to
research their ancestors. Of course the ultimate goal is share the
results of this research with family.
This site has been made available with the following disclaimers.