On Tuesday, April 11, JGSPBC will present “Jewish Research in the Russian Empire, a lecture by Lara Diamond. #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Walter Rosenthal

On Tuesday, April 11, JGSPBC will present “Jewish Research in the Russian Empire, a lecture by Lara Diamond.



This talk discusses vital records, census, revision lists, and other resources that will help to understand the lives of those who lived in the Russian Empire and later in the Soviet Union.  It will cover where to locate these records – both in archives and online; how and why these records were created; and what each teaches, as well as some less genealogically traditional records. You will also learn about resources to find documents relating to relatives who lived in the Soviet Union.


Lara Diamond began researching her own family around 1989. She has traced all branches of her family multiple generations back in Eastern Europe using Russian Empire-era and Austria-Hungarian Empire records. Most of her personal research is in modern-day Ukraine, with a smattering of Belarus and Poland. She has done client research leading to their ancestors in many parts of the former USSR, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania and more. 

Lara leverages her mathematics background and her endogamous Ashkenazic genome to augment document-based research with genetic genealogy and teaches how others can have successes in genetic genealogy in endogamous situations.

Lara is president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland and leads JewishGen‘s Subcarpathian Research Division. She has lectured around the country and internationally on Jewish and Eastern European genealogy research as well as genetic genealogy. She also runs multiple district and town-focused projects to collect documentation to assist all those researching ancestors from common towns.


An “in-person” meeting will be held at the South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Rd., Delray Beach, FL and starts with a Brick Wall session at noon on Tuesday April 11ET The presentation will be recorded on Zoom starting at 1PM ET.


Register for In-Person or Zoom at www.info.jgspbc.org.    

Registration closes on April 9 at 6.00pm ET.  

All meetings are free to JGSPBC members.  

Guests are asked to pay $5.00 per lecture at registration. 

A Zoom link will be sent to registrants on the morning of the presentation


Walter Rosenthal