JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Court archivist to speak to Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois on Nov. 20 #general


Philip J. Costello, archivist with the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County,
will describe the court's archival holdings at the Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, 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. This event is free and
open to the public.

The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth-El will open at 12:30 p.m. to
accommodate those who want to use or borrow genealogy library materials, get help
with genealogy websites or ask genealogical questions before the main program
begins at 2 p.m. For more information, visit or phone 312-666-0100.

The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County is statutorily charged with being the
keeper of the record in legal proceedings filed with the Circuit Court in Cook
County, Illinois. Although the pleadings filed by parties and orders entered by
judges are created primarily to litigate cases, they may sometimes possess
unintended secondary value of interest to historians and genealogists. Records such
as naturalizations, divorces, and probate case files hold a virtual gold
mine of historical information.

This session will touch upon some of the unique and interesting
historical records found in the collections of the Clerk of the Circuit
Court of Cook County Archives, located in the Richard J. Daley Center in
Chicago. Philip J. Costello has served in the Clerk of the Circuit Court
of Cook County Archives since its inception in 1992.

Submitted by:
Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

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