- Non-Research Specialties
- Conference Planner
- Lecturer/Presenter - On-site
- Project Manager
- Research Specialties
- Research Time Periods
- 19th Century
- 20th Century
- 21st Century
Debbie Kroopkin is currently Co-President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. She has explored her family history for over two decades and now conducts research for others. She has discovered her family origins in Ukraine, Poland and Belarus. Debbie has traced her clients’ families to towns in these countries, as well as Lithuania, Moldova, Romania and more. She loves the research hunt and connecting with new families – both in person and on paper. Debbie enjoys teaching about the unique aspects of Jewish genealogy research. She has a master’s degree in social work administration, and is a mother to twin 17 year olds.
My genealogy research process typically involves identifying client goals, developing a tree based on information known by the client, conducting research to fill in missing branches and information, and providing documents and reports. I have worked with short- and long-term clients, clients who have conducted their own research prior to hiring me, clients who have no prior genealogy experience, and clients who want in-depth research. Many clients have requested three-ring binders that include tree reports, pictures, and documents. I have also created hard-cover self-published books, and a poster board, suitable for hanging, comprised of three descendant charts. I enjoy public speaking and helping others.
IL, Midwest, Chicago, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine
- M.S.W. (Social Work Administration), B.A. (Sociology)
- Assembling the Pieces of Your Family History Puzzle. April 27, 2023 at Seacrest Village Retirement Communities, Encinitas, California.
Assembling the Pieces of Your Family History Puzzle. April 26, 2023 at Oakmont of Escondido Hills, Escondido, California.
Assembling the Pieces of Your Family History Puzzle. April 11, 2023 at Tamarisk Northshore, Deerfield, Illinois.
(Back) to the Roots: Jewish Genealogy Research. March 29, 2023. For the Zentrum fur judische Kulturgeschichte der Universitat Salzburg.
Assembling the Pieces of Your Family History Puzzle, December 4, 2022 for Beth Emet the Free Synagogue, Evanston, Illinois.
Jewish Genealogy with the JewishGen.org Website, November 20, 2022, for the Nashville Jewish Genealogical Society
JewishGen.org: Leave No Stone Unturned. Where We Lived: 42nd IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy. All virtual. August 21-25, 2022.
Assembling the Pieces of Your Family History Puzzle, July 20, 2022, Village of Lake Forest Dickinson Hall, Illinois.
JewishGen.Org: Leave No Stone Unturned, May 15, 2022, for the Jewish Genealogy Society of Broward County, Florida.
Unique Aspects of Jewish Genealogy, April 10th, 2022, for the San Diego Jewish Genealogy Society, California.
Exploring Jewish Genealogy (Intro to Jewish Genealogy, Jewish Family Research in the US, Jewish Family Research around the World, Key Strategies for Successful Research), Wisconsin Historical Society, October 14, 2021
Key Strategies for Successful Genealogy Research, North Shore Senior Center, May 19 2021
Jewish Genealogy with JewishGen.Org, Legacy Family Tree Webinars, April 14, 2021
Exploring Your Jewish Genealogy, JCC Chicago, April 11, 2021
Discovering Your American Family’s Story, North Shore Senior Center, February 17, 2021
JewishGen: Leave No Stone Unturned. International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies virtual conference August, 2020
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, Northbrook, IL
Unique Aspects of Jewish Genealogy February 23, 2020. Temple Beth-El, Rockford, IL
Discovering Genealogy March 1, 2020. Mather Place, Wilmette, IL.
Discover Genealogy: Learn to Explore Your Ancestry, November 13, 2019. North Shore Senior Center, Northfield, IL.
Putting Together the Pieces of Your Family History Puzzle, October 21, 2019. CJE Senior Life Weinberg Community for Senior Living, Gidwitz Place, Deerfield, IL.
An Introduction to Genealogy, September 23, 2019. 39th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. Cleveland, OH. Techniques for Using JewishGen.Org (Presentation), Techniques for Using JewishGen.Org (Computer Workshop), Unique Aspects of Jewish Genealogy (Computer Workshop), July 27-August 5, 2019.
The Standard Club, Chicago, IL. Discovering Genealogy: Lunch and Learn, May 2, 2019
Illinois State Genealogical Society Fall Conference, Springfield, IL. Techniques for Using JewishGen.org, October 27, 2018
Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, WI, October 21, 2018. Jewish Genealogy Workshop (a day-long conference with three presentations: Unique Aspects of Genealogy Research for Jewish Families, and Techniques for Using JewishGen.org parts I and II.)
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois at Congregation Beth Shalom, Naperville, IL. Techniques for Using JewishGen.org, March 4, 2018
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, Northbrook, IL. Techniques for Using JewishGen.org, October 30, 2016.
- "My Missing Aunts: The Value of Death Certificates and Autopsy Reports" Context by Dr. Wayne N. Burton, Research process by Deborah Kroopkin. Morasha. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. Volume XXIX No. 1. Spring 2014.
"My Great-Grandmother's Murder: The Value of Newspaper Articles" by Wayne Burton and Debbie Kroopkin. Avotaynu. Volume XXVII Number 4 Winter 2011. P. 52-54. Avotaynu, December 2011.
- Co-President, Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois
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