Today, let’s look at some Chicago Genealogy – Jewish Chicago Resources for my series of posts on Chicago genealogy research. Some of the other pages I’ve put up for Polish resources and German resources may also be useful.

For links to other Chicago resources, click here.

Online Exhibitions

Chicago Jewish Genealogy Web Site

Mike KarsenChicago Genealogy: Jewish Chicago Resourcess site, Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland, is an indispensable resource.

In addition to vital and property records, Karsen highlights information about Jewish institutions including organizations, Jewish newspapers & periodicals, records, personal, and the “old” neighborhood.

Karsen also has excellent sections on specific Chicago resources:

Print and Digital Resources

1918 Chicago Jewish Community Directory

The Asher Library of the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, 618 S. Michigan Avenue (312-322-1749) has one of the best collections of Judaica in the Midwest, including the Chicago Jewish Archives, a collection of papers from individuals, families, Jewish organizations, and synagogues. 

Encyclopedia of Chicago – “Jews of Chicago”

Chicago Jewish Newspapers

Illinois Newspaper Project

The Illinois Newspaper Project (INP) is funded by the Humanities and administered by the Library of Congress as part of the U.S. Newspaper Program (USNP) and the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Under the USNP, the INP team traveled throughout Illinois inventorying and cataloging collections held by libraries and repositories, private organizations, and individuals. A Web-based searchable database of all newspapers discovered and preserved through the project is available. All microfilm produced for INP is made available through interlibrary loan. Note: “u” in dates in citations means the span of publication date is unknown.

Search here by title or OCLC number for information on repository and holdings for the following titles:

Jewish Newspapers Published in Chicago

Chicago Jewish post & opinion, 1966-uuuu

Idisher kuryer (Chicago, Ill. : 1887), 1887-194u

Jewish advance, 1878-1uuu

National Jewish post and opinion (Chicago, Ill. : 1960), 19uu-1966


Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI)

The JGSI is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors. They serve as a resource for the worldwide community to research their Chicago area Jewish roots. Call (847) 679-1995 for additional information.  

The Newberry Library – Jewish Genealogy

German Waldheim Cemetery online database

And of course you can also search the big genealogy sites for their Jewish Chicago resources. So that’s it for Chicago Genealogy: Jewish Chicago Resources for today. Please let me know if there are other Chicago Jewish resources to include.