JGS of Maryland Feb 26 program #general

Susan Steeble

Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland
Speaker: Lara Diamond
Title: "Real-World Examples of the Frustrations of Endogamy"
Date and Time: Sunday, February 26, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pikesville Library's meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd,
Pikesville, MD

Please join us on Sunday, February 26, 2017, for our next program:
"Real-World Examples of the Frustrations of Endogamy," presented by
Lara Diamond.

If you have Jewish ancestry and have taken a DNA test, you'll have
noticed that you have a lot of matches that are predicted to be
relatively close matches - but to whom you can find no geographic or
surname similarities. That's because Jews are an endogamous group. All
of us descend >from a small group of ancestors who lived hundreds - and
even thousands - of years ago, making us seem much more closely related
than we are.

Individuals with endogamous ancestry get many more matches than
testees in the general population - including false-positives. This talk
shows why endogamy makes genetic genealogy more difficult and will
give real-world examples of why false-positives happen and depict how
endogamy looks in practice. It will also give some strategies to show
how genetic genealogy successes are still possible when you're >from an
endogamous group.

Lara Diamond is President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland
(JGSMD) and has been researching her family for over 25 years, since
she was too young to have a driver's license and had to rely on her
mother as a chauffeur. She has traced all branches of her family back
to Europe and most multiple generations back in Europe using Russian
Empire-era and Austria-Hungarian Empire records. Most of her research
is in modern-day Ukraine, with a smattering of Belarus and Poland. She
recently took over running JewishGen's Subcarpathia SIG and, in
addition, runs several town-focused projects to collect documentation
to assist all those researching ancestors >from common towns. She blogs
about her mostly Eastern European research at

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied
to membership fee when a visitor joins JGSMD) after their first
meeting. Refreshments will be available. Please check our web site at
www.jgsmd.org for late updates and for the time, location, and program
of future meetings.

Susan Steeble
JGSMD Public Relations

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