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Jewish Genealogy

Jewish Genealogy

Start researching your family by exploring some of these suggested resources:

Books Available in the Asher Library

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Journals

  • Avotaynu. Teaneck, N.J. : G. Mokotoff, 1985—Print.
  • Dorot. New York, N.Y. : Jewish Genealogical Society, 1985—Print.
  • Landsmen, Quarterly Publication of the Suwalk—Lomza Interest Group for Jewish Genealogists. Washington, D.C.: The Group, 1990—Print
  • The Sentinel, Chicago 1911—1996 Print; 1911—1949 Available full text

Online Resources

  • Ancestry.com — World's largest online family history resource. Available through the Chicago Public Library onsite only.
  • Census Finder — A Directory of Free Census Records
  • Chicago Tribune Historical Archive — Available through the Chicago Public Library. Library card required for access.
  • Cyndi’s List — A starting point for genealogy research. A research tool for Sephardic / Jewish genealogy.
  • Czestochowa-Radomsko Area Research Group — A search engine that gives access to one of the largest collections of archival Holocaust data on the web
  • Death Index — A Genealogy Guide for Finding Death Certificates, Obituaries & Other Records
  • Ellis Island Port of New York Passenger Record Search — Free search of Port of New York Passenger Records
  • Hathi Trust Digital Library - Full text, searchable genealogy collection
  • JewishGen — Provides a wide range of resources including databases, familyfinder, articles, societies, projects and discussion groups.
  • FamilySearch — Free geneaology database
  • The Sentinel (1911-1949) — Chicago's Jewish Weekly Newspaper available full-text
  • ShtetLinks — a project of JewishGen Inc. which provides information about places where Jews have lived.
  • Yizkor Book Project — translations of many Yizkor (Memorial) Books through JewishGen.
  • Yizkor Books  (Holocaust Memorial Books) — Digitized memorial books available through New York Public Library

Other Resources in Illinois

See also: Chicago Jewish History Subject Guide


The Chicago Jewish Archives are temporarily unavailable for research.

The Chicago Jewish Archives collects and preserves the historical material of Chicago Jewish synagogues, organizations, institutions, and select individuals.

Personal collections held by the Chicago Jewish Archives are primarily of community and political leaders.


Railroad and Steamship Ticket, 1915
Nudelman-Miller Collection, Spertus


Evelyn Hattis Fox, July 5, 1917
Fox Collection, Spertus
Read her wedding announcement



Naturalization Papers, 1891
Spiegel Family Collection, Spertus