Janette Silverman, has been active in genealogical research for over three decades. She began her genealogical journey by researching her own family. While she began searching for her family's roots with absolute certainty that there would be no way to find any data on her family prior to their arrival in the United States, she quickly learned that when it comes to genealogical research preconceived assumptions or received family lore are often wrong, an approach which has become the polestar of her historically verifiable approach to genealogy. Not only did she find her family roots in Europe, she actually located and traced verifiable historical proof of her four grandparents' families in Eastern Europe. Her personal family tree now numbers over 18,000 persons and traces her ancestral roots back to the fifteenth century in Europe.
Janette Silverman has earned a bachelor's and two masters' degrees, and a Doctorate. Her doctoral dissertation centers on genealogy and is entitled "In Living Memory." She has also been active in the genealogical research community. She served as President of the Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Society for 5 years, works as a volunteer for JewishGen as the Ukraine Special Interest Group (SIG) Coordinator, serves as a moderator for an online genealogical discussion group, and now volunteers at the NY Family History Center. She previously volunteered on transcription projects for the Long Island, New York Italian Genealogy Group. Janette teaches beginner and intermediate level genealogy classes and speaks to groups all over the United States on the use of specific kinds of archives and documents in genealogical research.
Genealogists of all skill levels will meet at the NGS 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia, 7-10 May 2014. The program features ten tracks per day covering a broad array of topics including records for Virginia and it's neighboring states, migration into and out of the region, military records; state and federal records; ethnic groups including African Americans, Germans, Irish, and Ulster Scots; methodology; analysis and problem solving; and the use of technology including genetics, mobile devices and apps useful in genealogical research.
Instructors - Debra Hoffman & Dr. Kenneth W. Heger
21 March 2014
Holiday Inn laurel West - Laurel Maryland
Space is Limited! Register Early to Guarantee Your Spot
Register at www.magsgen.com
Attending this MAGS workshop will teach you how to dissect a Civil War pension file and how to maximize the information you can glean from it to further your research. This workshop will discuss the pension laws, types of pensions and the pension process and will give you hands-on experience working with an actual pension file. Get an idea of the valuable information that pension files may contain.
Debra A. Hoffman has been researching her family history for the past thirty-five years. She has completed the National Genealogical Society's American Genealogy Home Study Course and completed Brigham Young University's Certificate in Family History. Additionally, since 2010 she has completed courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) held at Samford University, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She is a volunteer at the Columbia Family History Center and is a member of numerous genealogical societies as well as the William Winchester Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Dr. Kenneth W. Heger is a Senior Supervisory Archivist in the office of Research Services at the national Archives and Records Administration, where he directs the Special Media Division and the archives facilities in Chicago, Denver, Ft. Worth, and Kansas City. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Archival Science in the University of Maryland's College of Information, and an Executive Board member of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He has a doctorate in history from the University of Maryland. Dr. Heger has published on a broad range of historical and genealogical topics in national, regional, state, and local periodicals. He has made presentations at the annual conferences of the National Genealogical Society, the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society, and is a regular speaker at the national Institute on Genealogical Research.