Jewish Genealogy Series: Given Names, Here and There

By Rachel Silverman Author’s Note: This series focuses on Jewish genealogy in Eastern Europe and North America, and is intended to offer advice for researching families of Ashkenazi heritage. The information provided will not necessarily apply to Sephardi or Mizrahi genealogy. If you’ve read my blog post about the finer points of wildcard searching, then…

Jewish Genealogy: Periods of Mass Emigration and Immigration

By Rachel Silverman Author’s Note: This series focuses on Jewish genealogy in Eastern Europe and North America, and is intended to offer advice for researching families of Ashkenazi heritage. The information provided will not necessarily apply to Sephardi or Mizrahi genealogy. In my most recent post, I imparted a sad account of many—but not all—hardships that were placed upon…

Großbritannien, Polish immigrant ancestors

Jewish Subject Rights in the Russian Empire and the Kingdom of Poland

  By Rachel Silverman The status of Jews in pre-WWI eastern Europe is a rather disheartening subject, so I’d like to preface with this caveat: The history and causes of anti-Semitism in Europe – especially in the eastern bloc – span centuries, are vastly complex, and warrant deeper analysis than I offer in this modest blog post.…