As genealogists, we depend on gravestones to give us at least basic information about a decedent: name, for example, and perhaps years of birth and death. What happens when the gravestone doesn’t match other documents – how do you discover the facts? How do you interact with a cemetery to find graves when the gravestone isn’t in their database?
This program is possible through the generous support of the William M. Lowenstein Genealogical Research Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation.
“Written in Stone: When Gravestones Lie” is a collaboration between the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh and the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center. Please register online. The program is free for JGS-Pittsburgh members and $5 for the general public. To become a member of the JGS-Pittsburgh and receive a free membership code, please visit their website.
For more information, please contact the Rauh Jewish Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Silverman 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.
She was a volunteer for JewishGen for many years and was awarded the 2017 JewishGen Volunteer of the Year, was lead co-chair of the 2016 IAJGS conference in Seattle, and served as the chair of the Phoenix JGS for many years. She speaks at conferences all over the world, and has been published in Avotaynu, The Galitzianer, APG Quarterly, Tennessee Historical Quarterly, and is the author of Eastern European Jewish Ancestors for the At-A-Glance series. She is part of the team presenting “Back to the Old Country: Researching Ashkenazic Jews of Galicia and the Russian Empire” at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in January 2022.