Searching for Chicago-area Jewish ancestry is the subject of a Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois hybrid conference

“Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland – What’s New” will be the topic of a presentation by genealogist Mike Karsen for the Sunday, November 13, 2022 hybrid meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. His talk will begin at 2 p.m. via Zoom and at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Illinois.

JGSI meeting rooms at Temple Beth-El will open at 12:45 p.m. to accommodate those wishing to use or borrow materials from the genealogy library, obtain assistance with genealogy websites, or ask genealogy questions prior to the start of the program. main at 2 p.m.

Details of the in-person event and registration are at: Online details and Zoom registration are at: Participants can register for the events online and in person if they are undecided. In-person attendance will be limited.

Please keep in mind that JGSI will maintain certain procedures for our in-person meetings. This includes:

• We ask all attendees of in-person meetings to be vaccinated.

• Face masks will be required.

• You will be asked to complete a Temple Beth-El waiver form upon arrival. We will retain all waiver forms on behalf of TBE.

• Water will be provided; however, no food will be allowed at this time.

• Seating will be set up to allow for social distancing.

• And MOST IMPORTANTLY, if you are sick or unwell or have recently tested positive for COVID, please do not enter TBE.


JGSI meeting rooms at Temple Beth-El will open at 12:45 p.m. for those who want to use or borrow materials from the genealogy library, get help with genealogy websites, or ask genealogy questions from volunteer experts. in genealogy before the start of the main program at 2 p.m.

During each monthly in-person JGSI meeting, its “help desk” will operate from 12:45 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Volunteer members will access online databases and answer one-on-one genealogy questions for members and visitors as time permits.

The JGSI Library has over 800 volumes of interest to Jewish family historians. Many can be borrowed by JGSI members for a limited time. All are available for consultation from 12:45 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. during each regular monthly meeting.

This event will feature Past JGSI President Mike Karsen giving his annual update covering various resources available to discover your Jewish roots in Chicagoland. It will include a wide range of research records and resources, including cemeteries, death certificates, death notices/obituaries, marriage records, birth certificates, and city directories. It will also cover some unique Jewish resources. Today, with so many records available online, you no longer need to leave your home to search for your Chicago roots. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the research process.

A professional speaker, Mike Karsen is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and is a past president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. He has presented over 300 lectures on genealogy topics locally, nationally and internationally, including for the Newberry Library and the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago. Mike is the author of the JewishGen website’s “Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland” and has published articles on genealogy.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors. JGSI is a resource for global Jewry to trace their roots in the Chicago area. JGSI’s motto is “Members Helping Members Since 1981.” The group has over 320 members and is affiliated with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

JGSI members have access to helpful and informative online genealogy research resources, including a members forum, over 65 video recordings of past speaker presentations, monthly JGSI eNews, a quarterly Morasha JGSI newsletter, And much more. Members as well as non-members can research their ancestors on the free searchable JGSI Jewish Chicago database at

For more information, see or by phone (312) 666-0100.

Jessica C. Bell