Lara Diamond, featured speaker February 25th meeting of the Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group #general

Emily Garber

On Sunday, February 25, 2018, the Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group will
sponsor a presentation by genealogy researcher, speaker and blogger
Lara Diamond, "DNA Successes In -- and Despite -- Endogamy." The event
will be held at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701
N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, >from 3:00 - 5:00 P.M. in
room 103/104. Admission is free to Arizona Jewish Historical Society
members and $5 to all others.

Jewish genetic genealogy is complicated because we are dealing with an
endogamous population -- one that has married within their own group.
Many people get frustrated when trying to identify actual relatives
from the mass of genetic cousins who are likely related in many ways
quite far back. Learn how you can have success when dealing with
endogamy. Lara will present examples >from research into her own
family's DNA. Her successes include reuniting with family branches
thought killed in the Holocaust.

Lara Diamond has been researching her family for 25 years, starting as
a middle school student. She has traced all branches of her family
multiple generations back in Europe using records created during the
reigns of the Russian and Austria-Hungarian Empires. Most of her
research is centered in modern-day Ukraine, with a smattering of
Belarus and Poland. As an Ashkenazic Jew, she has particular fun with
DNA analysis of her completely endogamous genome.

Lara is president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland, leads
JewishGen's Subcarpathian Special Interest Group, and is on
JewishGen's Ukraine SIG's board of directors. She also runs multiple
district- and town-focused projects to collect documentation to assist
all those researching ancestors >from common towns. She blogs about DNA
and her Eastern European research at

The Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group is a committee of the Arizona
Jewish Historical Society. For further information, check our webpage
at <>.

Emily Garber
Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group

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