Lara Diamond speaking on Beyond Vital Records, Additional Sources to Trace Eastern European Ancestry

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NOTE: Sunday Meeting - Hagen Ranch Branch Library


Sunday, January 14, 2024 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Meet and Greet
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Brick Wall with Mona Morris and Mark Jacobson
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Short business meeting followed by Presentation

Speaker - LIVE & IN PERSON

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. She is president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland and is JewishGen’s Subcarpathia Research Director. 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.


European borders were fluid, meaning that records for one family can be written in many languages and kept in disparate locations. This talk examines one large family that lived in the area that now spans the Ukraine/Romanian border. They lived there while it was part of Hungary, Czechoslovakia & Romania, Hungary again, Soviet Union and Ukraine. Records from this area were kept in multiple languages and are currently held in several modern countries and different archives within those countries. What ended up being a very large family was reconstructed using a variety of methods, including synagogue records, vital records, census enumerations, Holocaust documents, Yizkor books, DNA and more. This talk will discuss how the family was reconstructed over the course of decades, leveraging traditional genealogical records but also a wide variety of other resources, bringing the family back to the 1700s and tracing distant cousins across the world.                    

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