GA Live Special: Jewish Genealogy 101 with Rachel Silverman

While Season 3 of Genealogy Adventures starts in September, we have a few special episodes in store for you until then. Our first special was this Sunday, 5 May 2019.

Please join Donya and Brian as we welcome our special guest, Rachel Silverman of Silverman Genealogy.

In this episode, Rachel covers:

  • Eastern European naming conventions – and this history behind this. Plus how to first names as a clue in your research;
  • Changing geo-political boundaries for Eastern European countries & Germany;
  • How surnames changed when Eastern European Jews began to emigrate from Europe;
  • The kinds of records available for Jewish genealogical research; and
  • A myriad of free resources available to use for your research.
  • And so much more!

Genealogists from different backgrounds can always learn about different research strategies from one another. Jewish genealogy has a myriad of challenges. The strategies, tips, and tricks Rachel will share will be of value to anyone who has groups of ancestors and kin who are difficult-to-impossible to research.

For more information about Rachel, please visit

RESOURCES CITED IN THIS EPISODE: (JewishGen Communities Database, for when we’re talking about moving borders) (YIVO Institute for Jewish Research) (Center for Jewish History, NYC) (When we’re talking about name changes, I’ll mention good resources for accessing US naturalization papers) (Routes to Roots Foundation – when talking about changing borders/different countries & repositories owning documents related to a single town) (a SIG website, like LitvakSIG & JRI-Poland, covering areas in former Austrian Empire/modern day Poland & Ukraine)

Holocaust resources: (International Tracing Service archives) (US Holocaust Memorial Museum) (Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust)

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