Author Archives: Janette Silverman

Preparing for 2018 Research in Eastern Europe

In less than a month, I’ll be taking off with an amazing team of researchers to immerse ourselves in research in five countries and countless archival repositories for 27 days. We will be starting out in Warsaw with the IAJGS … Continue reading

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Research travel to Eastern Europe

I am getting really excited about the upcoming IAJGS conference in Warsaw, taking place in August 2018. The conference itself will, I’m sure be awesome, and I love going to each year’s conference – for me it’s the highlight of … Continue reading

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In Search of Our Stories

We can all be storytellers. We all have stories to tell not only of our own lives but also those of our ancestors.  Sometimes we know their stories through direct experience or because we are repeating what we have been … Continue reading

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A Never-Ending Search

Genealogical research is never-ending. After all, how can you say that you have reached the end, that you have found the last document, the final fact? New information is always waiting just around the corner and family stories are waiting … Continue reading

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A butterfly’s wings

What is the connection between events happening thousands of miles apart? This summer I was privileged to present several talks at the IAJGS conference. Once of those talks, Personalizing History, is for me, always fun. In it I discuss how … Continue reading

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Hunting in Zhytomyr

For many years I have been searching for my Moldavsky family. I know my grandfather, Ber Moldavsky was born in Zhytomyr. When I was on-site researching in the Zhytomyr archives in 2009, I found his birth record. That record identified … Continue reading

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Importance of Remembering

I’m not speaking of remembering to write in my blog on at least a weekly basis. That was a rather hopeful 2017 resolution which failed almost immediately.  I’m speaking, rather, of the importance of keeping people and places alive in … Continue reading

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