Message from the President

Reminder: Meeting on Monday, 21 February at 7 pm, Rabbi Barbara Aiello will present “Heritage Hiding in Plain Sight“. This will be a live presentation, sign in at:

The (US) National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is looking for  feedback from their catalog users to help them create the Next Generation Catalog.  If you sign up they may contact you to optionally participate in focus groups, usability tests and more.

If you are interested in participating than complete the survey at:

“What Can We Learn about Our Ancestors from Jewish Surnames Adopted in
the Russian Empire?” will be the topic of a presentation by scholar and
author Alexander Beider for the Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, virtual meeting
of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois at 2 p.m. CST.
Register/RSVP at, a member of the Ancestry family of databases, is offering free access to their collection of over 720  million plus pages of publisher extra papers through  21 February 2022 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Registration with name, email and password are required. Newspapers are a way to find birth, marriage, death notices and more about those you are researching. After the promotion access will only be through a paid subscription.  Accessing the database after the promotion time period will result in a request for a paid subscription.

Go to:

Put the name you are searching in the “search keywords, names dates box” and click on search.  The results will return those articles with the name/phrase you entered. Click on the photo of the article and it will open. You can clip or save to your computer by clicking on the icon on the upper right  clip or print and save. It will appear in yellow highlights.  There is also a magnifying glass to help you find the name on the page.