Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland

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Jewish Locations (Beyond)

These Jewish locations are beyond Chicagoland.

Avotaynu
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS)
 

Jewish Encyclopedia Online

JewishGen
®

Jewish Orphanages in the United States
Jewish Web Index
New York Public Library: Yizkor Books (online)

Routes to Roots Foundation, Inc.
Yad Vashem
 

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Avotaynu

155 N. Washington Avenue
Bergenfield, N.J. 07621
Phone: 201-387-7200
Phone: 800-AVOTAYNU (to order products)
Fax: 201-387-2855
E-mail: garymokotoff@avotaynu.com
Website: www.avotaynu.com
Website: www.avotaynu.com/csi/csi-home.html  (consolidated Jewish surname index)

Description of Resources:

1. Consolidated Jewish Surname Index is a gateway to information about more than 370,000 Jewish surnames that appear in more than 31 different databases.

2. Publisher of Avotaynu, The International Review of Jewish Genealogy, published quarterly.

3. Publisher and provider of complete line of books on Jewish Genealogy.

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International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) 

Hal Bookbinder, President                      
Post Office Box 1094
E-mail:
bookbinder1@earthlink.net
Website: www.jewishgen.org/IAJGS

The IAJGS is a non-profit umbrella organization coordinating the activities and annual conference of more than 75 national and local Jewish genealogical societies around the world.

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Jewish Encyclopedia Online

E-mail: info@jewishencyclopedia.com
Website: www.jewishencylopedia.com

This website contains the complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906. The Jewish Encyclopedia, which recently became part of the public domain, contains over 15,000 articles and illustrations.

Description of Resources:

Over 15,000 articles on all aspects of Jewish history including people, places, and religion. It has an excellent search capability.

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JewishGen®

JewishGen, Inc.
Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280
Phone: 646-437-4326
Fax: 646-437-4328

Website: www.JewishGen.org
Website: www.JewishGen.org/jgff                     (Family Finder)
Website: www.JewishGen.org/ShtetlSeeker/      (Shtetl Seeker)
Website: www.JewishGen.org/gedcom               (Family Tree of Jewish People)
Website: www.JewishGen.org/InfoFiles/faq.html  (FAQ)
Website: www.JewishGen.org/yizkor/database.html (Yizkor Books)
Website: www.JewishGen.org/databases/Holocaust (Holocaust Databases)
Website: www.jewishgen.org/databases/cemetery/ (JOWBR)

Description of Resources:

This multi-faceted website is the true
home of Jewish Genealogy. It contains info files, digests, and projects on Jewish Genealogy world-wide. Below are some highlights of what's available.  For the latest list of the full contents, go directly to the website.

1. JewishGen Family Finder-A database of over 300,000 surnames and towns currently being researched by genealogists worldwide. 

2. Databases-Actual records and finding aids that have been compiled worldwide.

3. The Family Tree of the Jewish People-A searchable compilation of family trees of Jewish researchers.

4. Jewishgen FAQ-Frequently asked questions (and answers) about doing Jewish research.

5. JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) contains burial information for the following cemeteries in Chicagoland:

     Illinois: Waldheim Cemetery (Ostrover section, about 338 burials)
               Waldheim Cemetery (Kadaner/Keidaner section, about 94 burials)

     Indiana: Kneseth Israel (Hammond, about 612 burials)

     Wisconsin: Forest Hill (Madison,about 455 burials)


  

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Jewish Orphanages in the United States    (updated 1/8/05)

Website: http://www.hnoh.com 

Description of Resources:

Federal and State Census Information for Chicago Jewish Orphanages:

1930 Federal Census (Information Only) Marks Nathan Home, Chicago, IL
1930 Federal Census (Information Only) Chicago Home for Jewish Orphans, Chicago, IL
1910 Federal Census (126 Names) Chicago Home of Jewish Friendless, Chicago, IL
1910 Federal Census (143 Names) Marks Nathan Home, Chicago, IL
1900 Federal Census (112 Names) Chicago Home for Jewish Orphans, Chicago, IL


Alumni Reunion Page:

Chicago Home for Jewish Orphans, Chicago, IL, 1979 Reunion, (276 Names)

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Jewish Web Index

E-mail: tmargulis@dc.rr.com 
Website: www.jewishwebindex.com 

Description of Resources:

Ted Margulis has compiled a website to "make it easier for you to do your personal research." The site has links to resources including information on books, newspapers, emigration, immigration, Holocaust, Yiddish, and much more.


 

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New York Public Library: Yizkor Books (online)

Website: http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/jws/yizkorbooks_intro.cfm  

Accessible free via website. 

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Routes to Roots Foundation, Inc.

E-mail: mweiner@routestoroots.com 
Website: www.rtrfoundation.org 

Description of Resources:

An online resource for Jewish genealogists seeking family documents from Eastern Europe.

1. Towns and repositories by Country for Belarus, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, and Ukraine.

2. Lists of birth, marriage and death registers (vital records) and census records preserved in the Polish State Archives.

3. Aids in doing research including help in hiring a professional researcher.

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Yad Vashem

The Martys' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority
P.O.B. 3477
Jerusalem 91034 Israel
Phone: 972-2-6443400
Fax: 972-2-64443443
E-mail: general.information@yadvashem.org.il
E-mail: names.research@yadvashem.org.il
Website: www.yadvashem.org.il
Website: www.yadvashem.org/wps/portal/IY_HON_Entrance (Database of Shoah Victims)

Description of Resources:

The central repository of all Holocaust related information.

Access to records and fees:

E-mail requests for name searches. Fee.

 

 

                  

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