Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois 



 

Sunday, November 20, 2016 “Archivist with the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, will describe the court’s archival holdings.”

  • 20 Nov 2016
  • 12:30 PM
  • Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Rd, Northbrook
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Program: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Program starts 2:00 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook.

Court archivist to speak to Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois 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.

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 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. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Marquette University. He graduated from Loyola University with a master’s degree in public history, with a special emphasis on American urban History.

Costello has served on the board of the Illinois State Historical Society, and has actively participated in the Society of American Archivists and the Midwest Archives Conference.
Prior to Costello’s presentation, the JGSI “help desk” will operated from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., as it does at each regular monthly meeting. Member volunteers at the help desk 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.
For more information about the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois or the JGSI schedule of future events, visit jgsi.org/ or phone 312-666-0100.

While this program is free, those who join the society have access to several valuable members-only resources on the JGSI website. They include video recordings of more than a dozen presentations from past JGSI events, valuable informational handouts from past speakers, access to past Morasha newsletters containing informative articles about Jewish genealogy, the syllabus from the 2015 JGSI conference, and more. To learn more about the benefits of joining the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, go to jgsi.org/membership_benefits.

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