Mike Karsen to present an update on Chicago-area Jewish genealogy resources:
“Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland—What’s New” will be the topic of a presentation by genealogist Mike Karsen at the Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. His presentation will begin at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill.
Mike Karsen will deliver his annual update covering various resources available to discover your Jewish roots in Chicagoland. He will include a wide range of records and research resources, including cemeteries, death certificates, death notices/obits, marriage records, birth records, and city directories. How to locate your ancestor’s naturalization records, which are essential for any genealogical researcher, will also be covered along with some uniquely Jewish resources. Today, with so many records available online, you hardly have to leave your home to research your Chicago roots. Case studies will be utilized 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 talks 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 “Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland” and has published articles on genealogy.
The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth-El will open at 12:30 p.m. for those who want to use or borrow genealogy library materials, get help with genealogy websites or ask genealogical questions from genealogy expert volunteers before the main program begins at 2 p.m. For more information, see https://jgsi.org/event-3163808 or phone 312-666-0100.
At each regular JGSI monthly meeting, its “help desk” will be operated from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Member volunteers will access online databases and answer genealogical questions one-on-one for members and visitors as time allows.
The JGSI library has more than 800 volumes of interest to Jewish family historians. Many are available for borrowing by JGSI members for a limited time. All are available for perusing from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at each regular monthly meeting
Temple Beth-El has a distinguished and compelling history. Founded in 1871 and one of the oldest congregations in Chicago, Temple Beth-El’s rich history is relevant not only to our own congregants but also to the broader Jewish community in Chicagoland and beyond. While it is the specific story of our congregation, the history of Temple Beth-El also reflects the larger story of Chicago Jewry – and particularly of the Reform Movement in Chicago.
The History Project
The mission of the Temple Beth-El History Project is to collect, preserve and present the history of Temple Beth-El in order to provide congregants and the wider community with an understanding of our congregation’s past and its role in the broader history of Jews in the Chicago area.