Dr. Janette Silverman

Dr. Janette Silverman is a professional genealogist, heading a team of researchers specializing in Eastern European and Jewish research at AncestryProGenealogists® the division of Ancestry® that does private client research. Her research on behalf of clients takes her all over the U.S. and Europe.

Janette holds a Doctorate in Jewish Studies from Spertus Institute. Her dissertation, "In Living Memory" explored her family's journey from Europe to the U.S. from the 1880s to the 1920s, contextualizing their experiences.

Her journey into genealogy began over 40 years ago as a hobby with her dad. It became an obsession and the two of them could be found at family gatherings asking endless questions. Her mom taught her to love jigsaw puzzles as a child. The lessons she learned from that are to look at problems and their solutions from many different angles.

Janette speaks at conferences all over the world, now virtually, but previously in person. She has published articles on genealogical research in The Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, The Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Avotaynu, and Galitzianer. Most recently, she wrote "Genealogy at a Glance: Finding Eastern European Jewish Ancestors," part of the Genealogy at a Glance series. Except during this period of COVID, she travels extensively in Eastern Europe doing archival research and accompanying clients on visits to their ancestral villages.

May 1, 2021 - LIVE Webinar!

Join the Zoom meeting at OCCGS0501Silverman

10:10 AM -They Changed My Name: Immigration Myths and Mythologies

Does your family story include information about a name change at Ellis Island? Let's talk about this endless myth and what the reality of traveling in steerage and arriving in the new country was like.


11:20 AM - The Minnie Story: A Tale of Two Sisters

In this case study, we'll discover how ultimately family photos helped solve a 100 year old mystery, and of course, opened the door to more questions still to be resolved.


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