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Sunday August 16, 2015
Save the date for our next meeting!
Please join JGSMD on August 16, 2015 at 1:30PM to hear Israel Pickholtz of Jerusalem speak about “Jewish Genetic Genealogy—A Family Study,” as discussed in his book “One Family, One People.”

The meeting will be held at Hadassah, 3723 Old Court Rd., Suite 205

European Jews have always married mainly within the tribe. Whether our numbers five hundred years ago in Europe were four hundred or four hundred thousand, the pool was limited. As a result, the members of the tribe today are all related to one another, multiple times. This phenomenon, known as endogamy, makes Jewish genetic genealogy very difficult, often impossible. There is a similar phenomenon in some other population groups. The speaker was convinced that this brick wall is not as impenetrable as it seems, at least in some circumstances.

The speaker used his own family as an example, and was able to utilize DNA to clarify multiple family relationships. He steps through how he did this in hopes that it will encourage and inspire other researchers of their European Jewish families and other endogamous populations to say "I can do this!"
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News Tidbits

JGS Maryland has been reconstituted!
JGSMD had its initial meeting on Sunday August 18, 2013 to see if there was interest in the group's reconstituting. The turnout was overwhelming, with 31 people attending with only a few days' notice. Look forward to new programming over the next year!
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