Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland

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There are many Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) of visitors to this site. As we get more questions, we will add to this section.

Who is Mike Karsen?
What are the images on the Home Page?
What was the 1908 Chicago Street Numbering Change?    
What is a good site for finding general information about genealogy?

Is it possible to search the site?

Where can I find some information on the history of the Jews of Chicago?

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Who is Mike Karsen?      

A professional genealogy speaker/instructor and researcher, Mike Karsen is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), and the National Genealogical Society (NGS). He speaks on genealogy topics locally and nationally, teaches classes in genealogy and is on the faculty of Newberry Library and Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies (Chicago).  Mike has presented at state, national, and international conferences.  He is the author of the JewishGen website "Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland" and has published articles on genealogy. He has with an active speaking schedule currently averaging over 40 lectures per year. He is President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI).  

Mike was born and raised in Chicago. His mother's family came to Chicago in 1905 from Bucharest and Botosani, Romania. In 1914, his father's family arrived from Zhitomir, Russia (now Ukraine). He and his late wife, Melanie, have two sons, one daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters and reside in the Chicago area.

For more about Mike, visit Mike Karsen: Professional Genealogy Speaker

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What are the images on the Home Page?

The image on the left is the First Romanian Congregation (from its 30 year anniversary book in 1929) at 3622 West Douglas Boulevard (at Millard). The building is now occupied by the Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church. 

The image on the right is the gravestone of Esther and Adolph Frost in Waldheim Cemetery (Forest Park, IL).

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What was the 1908 Chicago Street Numbering Change?

By ordinance of June 22, 1908, and by amendments of June 21, 1909, and June 20, 1910, Chicago's street numbering system was revised. To find the current address for an address found on an earlier document, use one of the following websites.

The Chicago Public Library has information at

http://www.chipublib.org/004chicago/timeline/stnumbers.html

The Chicago Historical Society also has information on its site.
Scroll down to "House and Architecture History."

http://www.chicagohistory.org/collections/tools.html#house

The Chicago Historical Society also has a listing of all street name changes.

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What is a good site for finding general information about genealogy?

Cyndi's List is the most comprehensive genealogy website. While it does not contain any genealogy records itself, it contains links to over 200,000 websites worldwide. These are indexed by topic and location to allow the genealogist to find information about almost any topic in genealogy. Click here to go directly to her Jewish Page 

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Is it possible to search the site?

You can search this site for specific text by using the JewishGen "Search this website" box which is found on the Homepage. To limit the search to the "Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland" Infofile enter the following format in the search box:

   +"text to search", +url:/Infofiles/Chicago

It will return the pages within the Infofile that the "text to search" can be found. Unfortunately, it does not indicate where in the page the text appears.

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Where can I find some information on the history of the Jews of Chicago?

The Encyclopedia of Chicago has a good summary. 

 

 

 

                  

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