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 http://silvermangenealogy.com

RESOURCES CITED IN THIS EPISODE:

http://JewishGen.org

http://JewisGen.org/Communities (JewishGen Communities Database, for when we’re talking about moving borders)

http://yivo.org (YIVO Institute for Jewish Research)

http://cjh.org (Center for Jewish History, NYC)

http://LitvakSIG.org

http://JRI-Poland.org

http://familySearch.org (When we’re talking about name changes, I’ll mention good resources for accessing US naturalization papers)

http://rtrfoundation.org (Routes to Roots Foundation – when talking about changing borders/different countries & repositories owning documents related to a single town)

http://GesherGalicia.org (a SIG website, like LitvakSIG & JRI-Poland, covering areas in former Austrian Empire/modern day Poland & Ukraine)

Holocaust resources:

http://www.its-arolsen.org/en/archives/ (International Tracing Service archives)

http://YadVashem.org

http://ushmm.org (US Holocaust Memorial Museum)

http://mjhnyc.org (Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust)

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