Jewish Genealogical
Society of Illinois

JGSI Research Library

JGSI has an extensive library focused on resources of interest to Jewish genealogists residing in the Chicagoland area. Browse over 800 books in person at our monthly meetings, check out books, and visit our catalog online. We have information on specific families as well as past and present Jewish communities around the world. 

Our library is open every Sunday that we have a program at Temple Beth-El. Library hours are 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. (The programs begin at 2:00 pm.) For more information or to volunteer, call Belle Holman at 847-679-1995 or e-mail her at

Subjects covered by our library include:



Family histories









New York

Passenger Lists

Research Guides



Syllabus (from Jewish Genealogy Conferences)


Translation Guide

World War II


Yizkor Book

as well as many resources for specific countries of interest

JGSI has many wonderful books and maps including:



Guidebook for Sephardic and Oriental Genealogical Sources in Israel

Tagger, Mathilde; Kerem, Yitzchak

394p. 2006


Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy

Sack and Mokotoff, editors

608p. 2004


In Their Words: Genealogist'sTranslation Guide,Vol.II, Russian Documents

Shea, Jonathen ; Hoffman, William

486p. 2002


The Jews of Lithuania; 1326-1945

Greenbaum, Marsha

405p. 1995


Genealogical Gazetteer 0f the Kingdom of Hungary

Auslander, Jordan

509p. 2005


Polish Sources at the Central Archives for the History of Jewish People

Volovici; Medykowski; Assouline; Lukin

300p. 2004


The Lurie Legacy: The House of Davidic Royal Descent

Rosensten, Dr. Neil

389p. 2004


Dictionary of Sephardic Surnames

Faiguenboim; Valadares; Campgnano

527p. 2003


Dictionary of Jewish Names from Galicia

Beider, Alexander

600p. 2004


Dictionary of German-Jewish Surnames

Menk, Lars

795p. 2005


German Minority Census of 1939

Edlund, Thomas

55p. 1996


Library Resources for German-Jewish Genealogy

Ellmann-Kruger; Luft, Edward

80p. 1998


The Naturalized Jews of the Grand Duchy of0020Posen in 1834-1835

Luft, Edward David

277p. 2004 Revised Edition

A Field Guide to Visiting a Jewish Cemetery

Segal, Rabbi Joseph

236 p. 2005


German Name Change Gazetteer Vol.1

635p. 1931


German Name Change Gazetteer Vol. 2



2007 Jewish Genealogy Conf. Syllabus

IAJGS, 650 p.





Pale of Settlement Including the Kingdom of Poland: 1794

Avotynu, Inc.



Austro-Hungarian Empire Group:

Jonathan Sheppard Books


1. Austrian Empire circa 1875



2. East Central Provinces: Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia 1814



3. Hungary and part of Siebenburgen 1845



Czechoslovakia Group:


1.Bohemia, Silesia, Moravia, Lusatia 1794



2.East Central Provinces: Bohemia, Moravia. Silesia 1844



Eastern Europe World War I Era:


1. Russian Baltic Provinces 1914



2. Eastern Europe1915



3.Carpathians: Roumania, part of Balkans 1916



Early Germany:


1. Germany circa 1760



2. Germany 1766



3. Germany 1780



4. Germany 1805



Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia:


1. Baltic States 1845



2. Russian Baltic Provinces 1914





1. Poland 1799 & earlier divisions



2. Poland 1817





1. Russia in Europe 1845 (2 maps)



2. Black Sea Settlements Before 1918



3.West Russia 1835



4.. South-West Russia 1860



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