Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland

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Other Locations (Beyond)

These locations are beyond Chicagoland.

Ancestry.com
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)

Ellis Island Foundation: Online Database

Heritage Quest
Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)

International Tracing Service of the Red Cross

Internet Sources for Transcribed Passenger Records & Indexes

Mormon Church

Social Security Administration (SSA)
Social Security Death Index (SSDI)

Stephen P. Morse
United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS)

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Ancestry.com

Website: www.ancestry.com
Website: http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7304 (Chicago Tribune Obit Index 1988-1997, requires paid subscription)

Description of Resources:

On-line resource for general research. 

 US census: 1790-1930
                 Indexed 1790-1870, 1920, 1930

Access to records and fees:

Many resources require annual or monthly subscription.
Ancestry Plus is available in many public libraries.

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)

Family History Library Building
35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84150-3400

Phone: 801-240-2584
Phone: 800-346-6044

FAX: 801-240-3718
E-mail: via website
Website: www.familysearch.org 
Website: www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp  (online catalog)
Website: www.jewishgen.org/databases/fhlc (Jewish records in the Family History Library Catalog)

Website: http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#
                (Cook County birth certificates 1878-1922 and Birth registers 1871-1915)
                 


Description of Resources:

Founded in 1894 to gather genealogical records and assist members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with their family history and genealogical research. It is the largest library of its kind in the world.

The collection includes:

1. Over 2.5 million rolls  of microfilmed genealogical records,
742,000 microfiche, 300,000 books, serials, and other formats, and 4,500 periodicals.

2. The Ancestral File database contains approximately 35.6 million names that are linked into families.

3  The International Genealogical Index database contains approximately 600 million individual names. An addendum to the International Genealogical Index contains an additional 125 million names.

4 The Pedigree Resource File database contains 36 million names that are linked into families.

5.
Records available are from the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

6. Cook County IL Birth Records and Registers (see above for link). Enter "Cook, Illinois, United States" for location.

Access to records and fees:

Access to the website is free and universally available.

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Ellis Island Foundation: Online Database

Website:  www.ellisislandrecords.org

Contains digitized records of most of arrivals to Ellis Island 1892-1924. For advanced searches use Stephen Morse's One-Step Website

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Heritage Quest
Online

HeritageQuest Online was previously named Genealogy and Local History Online.  It is owned by ProQuest. Access is via authorized institutions such as libraries.

Description of Resources:

1. US Federal Census:

Images: 1790-1930
Indexes*: 1790,1800, 1810, 1820, 1860, 1870, 1890, 1910, 1920, 1930  

* Heads of household, persons who had different surname, boarders, individuals living in institutions. 1930 is only partially indexed. (as of 21 June 2004)

2. Books

ProQuest's Genealogy & Local History Collection of 25,000+ family and local history books, every word searchable. Every page of each book is presented and can be easily downloaded or copied. 


3. PERSI

The PERiodical Source Index is a comprehensive subject index covering more than 6,500 genealogy and local history periodicals. The user has the ability to search and browse these journals


Access to records and fees:

An on-line service available through local libraries or other member organization.

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Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)

See  United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS)

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International Tracing Service of the Red Cross

Grosse Allee 5 - 9
34444 BAD AROLSEN
Germany

This organization is involved in tracing Holocaust victims.

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Internet Sources for Transcribed Passenger Records & Indexes

Website: http://home.att.net/~wee-monster/onlinelists.html 

Description of Resources:

Lists current online sources for passenger records & indexes.

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Mormon Church

See Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  (Beyond Chicago)

See Family History Centers (Chicagoland)

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Social Security Administration (SSA)

Office of Earnings Operations
FOIA Workgroup
300 N. Greene Street
P.O. Box 33022
Baltimore, MD 21290 

Description of Resources:

Original SS-5 forms which individuals filled out when applying for Social Security. 

Access to Records and Fees:

Write to SSA under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. Section 552  requesting the SS-5 application.  Provide the Social Security Number, date of birth, and date of death which you can obtain from the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).  The fee is $27.  Be sure to provide your address and daytime phone number.  Forms also available via the internet.

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Social Security
Death Index (SSDI)

Description of Resources:

An on-line resource of deaths reported to the Social Security Administration between 1962 and the present.  It contains birth date, death date, state of issuance, zip code of residence at time of death (not necessarily where individual died) for people working after 1936.

Access to Records and Fees:

A number of free sites still exist to access the information.  These sites have different searching capabilities.

Social Security Death Index (SSDI) via Family Tree Legends

Social Security Death Index (SSDI) via Steve Morse's advanced searching

Social Security Death Index (SSDI) via Ancestry (Rootsweb)

Social Security Death Index (SSDI) via Family Search

Social Security Death Index (SSDI)  via Genealogy.com


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Stephen P. Morse

Website: www.stevemorse.org

Description of Resources:

1. Search forms to access the Ellis Island website and search in one step, search ships in Morton Allan Directory, or obtain pictures of Ellis Island Passenger Ships in one step.

2. Census aids for finding EDs and soundex for 1910, 1920, and 1930 census.

3. Aids in finding anyone's birthday in one step, social security death index (SSDI), and New York Naturalization and New York Incarceration records.

4. Calendar conversion aids (Jewish), maps, zip codes, and latitude/longitude.

5. Aid for creating your own search tools.

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United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS)
  
(last reviewed 4/16/04)

Formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service

425 I Street NW-Room 5304
Washington, DC 20536   
Phone:  800-375-5283 
Website: //uscis.gov
Website: http://uscis.gov/graphics/aboutus/history/index.htm (genealogy, history)

Description of Resources:

Alien registration cards-after 1941  

 

 

 

                  

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