SOURCE: Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

August 17, 2010 10:43 ET

Judith R. Frazin Honored at IAJGS Conference for "A Translation Guide to 19th-Century Polish-Language Civil-Registration Documents"

SKOKIE, IL--(Marketwire - August 17, 2010) - It is with great pride that the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI) announces that JGSI Board Member Judith R. Frazin was awarded with The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) "Outstanding Contribution to Jewish Genealogy via Print" at the 30th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy conference held July 11-16, 2010 in Los Angeles. 

The IAJGS is an independent non-profit umbrella organization coordinating the activities and annual conference of more than 75 national and local Jewish genealogical societies around the world. More than 1,000 genealogists from around the world attended the five and a half day conference, which ended with its banquet and awards presentation.

Judy was honored for her book "A Translation Guide to 19th-Century Polish-Language Civil Registration Documents (Including Birth, Marriage and Death Records)." After years of researching her relatives using old Polish documents, Judy decided to help others avoid the many frustrations she had faced. Because of her efforts over twenty five years and three editions of her book, thousands of people have advanced their research efforts by being able to locate, acquire and successfully translate numerous genealogically relevant documents. This includes not only individual purchasers, but also those who have used her books at the 100 or so research institutions around the world which have added her books to their reference collections.

About Judith R. Frazin.  Judith R. Frazin is the author of three editions of "A Translation Guide to 19th-Century Polish-Language Civil-Registration Documents." The Polish Genealogical Society of America recognized her contribution to the field of genealogy by selecting her to receive its Wiglia award in 2000. A genealogist for 40 years, she was program chairperson for the 1984 national seminar on Jewish genealogy, served as president of JGSI for ten years, and served as a member-at-large on the Board of the International Association of Jewish Genealogists for three years. Judy is the current JGSI Vice President of Membership, experienced author, lecturer and researcher. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the Univ. of Wisconsin (Madison) and a Master's Degree in Education from Northwestern University. She taught middle school Spanish in several Chicago suburbs, including eighteen years in Highland Park, Illinois.

About JGSI. JGSI is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors, and serves as a resource for the worldwide community to research their Chicago-area Jewish roots. The society provides speakers on a wide range of topics, access to research materials, publishes a newsletter, and maintains an online, searchable death index.

For additional information, please contact Mike Karsen at (312) 666-0100 or To see sample pages or purchase the book, visit

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