Chicago-area Jewish genealogy resources topic of two talks
Mike Karsen to speak at separate locations on Chicagoland Jewish genealogy research tools
Oct. 27: “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.
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.
In this north suburban event, Mike 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. Case studies will be utilized to demonstrate the research process.
Nov. 3: “Online Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland” will be the topic of a talk by genealogist Mike Karsen at a Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, 10 a.m. event presented by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois at West Suburban Temple Har Zion, 1040 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest, Ill.
This presentation provides an overview of all online records and resources that are useful to Jewish researchers seeking their Chicago-area roots. Mike begins with a brief history of the Jews of Chicago. The seminar mostly concentrates on uniquely Jewish resources such as cemeteries, funeral homes and more, especially online publications that are searchable by surname. It also covers the naturalization process, location/residence records, and legal documents including wills and probate files.
For more information about this west suburban event, see https://jgsi.org/event-3573824 or phone 312-666-0100.
Bio: A professional speaker, Mike Karsen is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), 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 at Newberry Library and 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.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois
JGSI website: https://jgsi.org