Specializing in Jewish Family History in Eastern Europe and North America
Rachel S. Silverman, professional genealogist
A lifelong family historian, Rachel began researching her own Eastern European heritage when she was still a young teen. Today, Rachel has over 15 years under her belt as a passionate genealogical researcher, and specializes in Jewish genealogy in North America, the former Russian Pale of Settlement, Congress Poland, the Austrian Empire (Galicia), and regions encompassing the Kingdom of Prussia. These areas include modern-day Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Romania, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Germany.
An expert in the use of online and technological resources, Rachel's advanced computer skills open up an entire universe of records and indexes, which is steadily expanding as municipalities across the globe digitize their archival holdings.
A passion for languages and Jewish history has led her to refine her skills in reading and interpreting Hebrew headstones and Yiddish signatures, among other peculiarities which are unique to Jewish genealogy. Through her studies and training as a classical singer (in a former life), Rachel has also had the opportunity to study multiple languages, including German, Czech, French, Spanish, and Latin, which she puts to good use as a researcher!
She has written extensively about researching Jewish genealogy for the AncestorCloud blog. Her blog posts have also been featured on Genealogists.com and FamilyHistoryDaily.com. Rachel offers short, fun lectures on the basics of Jewish genealogical research, documenting one's research for posterity, and preserving family photos and documents for future generations.
Rachel has a Bachelor's Degree (Magna cum Laude) from New York University. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Jewish Genealogical Society. She lives in Manhattan on the Upper East Side with her husband, son, and two very lucky black cats.
Here's what just a few of her clients have to say:
"I had been trying to research my Jewish ancestry for almost two years without much success. I was fortunate enough to have Rachel help me. She was thorough, diligent, and quick with every correspondence. Her passion for Genealogy and genuine interest in my endeavor made it all that more of an exciting and enjoyable experience! I will continue to use her services for the foreseeable future and obviously highly recommend her to anyone."
"I read your report to my parents and some of my children, and we all really enjoyed it—stirring up many memories of grandparents and great grandparents. My daughters especially enjoyed hearing some of the old stories. My parents were incredibly impressed with your work product and accuracy. You really did an amazing job! Thanks again for everything. Truly amazing!"
"Thanks for all you are doing, you are very thorough and obviously expert in finding novel ways to research."
"Rachel has been very effective for me."
"Wow. Amazing what you have found. Thank you for helping me with this."
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