JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County Mar 3 Program- Lara Diamond: Success In-And In Spite of Endogamy #general

Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV)
will meet Sunday, March 3 >from 1:30-3:30 PM at Temple Adat Elohim
2420 E Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, California.

Program: Success In-And In Spite of Endogamy

Genetic genealogy is particularly daunting for those whose forebears come
from endogamous populations (such as Ashkenazi Jews, Native Hawaiians and
Cajuns, who have married in a closed group for generations). The work of
identifying actual relatives >from the mass of genetic distantly-related
family can be frustrating. Drawing on case studies, this lecture explains
how you can have success in such a situation. For Lara Diamond, this work
has led to reunification with many relatives, including a family branch
thought to have been killed in the Holocaust.

Speaker: 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 Russian Empire-era and
Austria-Hungarian Empire records. Most of her research is in modern-day
Ukraine, with a smattering of Belarus and Poland. As she is an Ashkenazic
Jew, she gets to have particular fun with her completely endogamous genome.
She is president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland, leads
JewishGen' s Sub-Carpathian SIG, 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

Schmoozing Corner: Starting at 1:00pm, facilitated by JGSCV member Carol Flesher

Traveling Library: Categories A and B will available starting at 1:00 PM. To see
which books that will be at the meeting, see the JGSCV website at: Library, traveling.

For more information about JGSCV including directions to Temple Adat Elohim,
please see our website:

There is no charge to attend the meeting. Anyone may join JGSCV. Annual
dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is
dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools
with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

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