Meeting of JGS Illinois on 30 October 2005: Skokie, IL #general


Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will host a presentation by Irwin
Lapping on the development of the Waldheim Cemetery genealogical database at
Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster Street, Skokie, Sunday, October 30th,
1:15-4:00 p.m. Mr. Lapping is director of Waldheim Cemetery, one of the
oldest and largest Jewish cemeteries in the Chicago area, and an invaluable
source of information for genealogists. A nonprofit educational organization
founded in 1981, Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI), welcomes guests
to its free monthly meetings.

Have you always wanted to discover your family's history but don't know where to
begin? Even if you don't know the names of your grandparents,
where your ancestors originated, or if their town was destroyed in the
Holocaust, you can trace your Jewish roots. Come to the meetings and learn
how to start your search, locate your family shtetls, and use research sources
around the world. JGSI has an extensive genealogical reference collection,
and can provide you with a list of useful websites. If you are a beginner and
need help getting started, members can assist you.

The meeting room will open at 1:15 p.m. for studying research materials and
asking questions. For people doing online research, JGSI vice president Mike
Karsen will lead a mini-workshop on searching the Chicago Tribune historical
archive >from 1:15-2:00 p.m. The program on Waldheim Cemetery will begin at 2p.m.
For more information about these and future JGSI programs, visit ( ,
or phone (312) 666-0100.

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