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Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland


Sunday January 25, 2015
Save the date for our next meeting!
Please join us on Sunday January 25 at 1:30PM at the Pikesville Library for our next meeting--Ask the Experts! Some of our members who are experienced in Jewish genealogy research will help guide you on ways forward in research and give advice on places to look to break through a brick wall. Please send questions to JGSofMD@gmail.com by January 18; a selection of those questions will be addressed by the panel. Please be specific in what you are looking for, what you have already tried, and give as much background information as possible. In addition, we'll have an open floor at the end for additional questions.

Panel members are (in alphabetical order):

Lara Diamond: Lara Diamond is President of JGSMD and has been researching her family for 25 years, since she was too young to have a driver's license and had to rely on her mother to drive her to the National Archives. She has traced all branches of her family back to Europe and most multiple generations back using Russian Empire-era records. Most of her research is in modern-day Ukraine, with a smattering of Belarus and Poland. Her genealogy blog is at http://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com.

Dick Goldman: Dick is immediate past President (2013-14) and prior past President (1996-2002) of JGS Maryland and is the current Vice President. He has attended eight IAJGS conferences since 1996 and has made three trips to the Family History Center in Salt Lake City and countless trips to Archives in New York City and Washington. His serious family research began 60 years ago and he now has more than 9,700 individuals in his family tree. Dick served as the JewishGen coordinator for groups with roots in KUTNO, Poland and SWENCIONYS, Lithuania. He is a frequent lecturer on Jewish Genealogy and has taught courses at the Pikesville Senior Center, the Myerberg Center and for Brandeis Women. This spring he will be adjunct faculty at the Community College of Baltimore County teaching genealogy at the Owings Mills and Hunt Valley campuses as well as the JCC.
Dick and his wife Roz, live in Pikesville. Their two children are married and have supplied them with five additions to the family tree. He is the retired General Manager of the Pearlstone Center.

Carol Rombro Rider: Carol Rombro Rider has been interested in researching her family once she discovered that almost no one else in the world shared her surname. Forty years later using every conceivable resource she has discovered the difficulty but delight in research. Learning to "think outside the box" has made all the difference in the world, whether looking for the surname "Cohen" or any other one. A native of Baltimore, her research includes Baltimore, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Mexico, Israel and Romania. A trip to Romania several years ago was the highlight of her research.
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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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