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Sunday April 25, 2021
Save the date for our next meeting!
Please join us on Sunday April 25 at 1:30PM for Lara Diamond's presentation "Leveraging the Power of J-Roots for Russian Empire Research."

Zoom information will be sent out midweek, the WEEK BEFORE THE MEETING, to JGSMD members.

J-Roots is a Russian language Jewish genealogy portal that is a trove of genealogical information. This talk will demonstrate how an English speaker can navigate this site and demonstrate the types of successes that can be had on J-Roots. For the speaker, this included extending one branch of her family back to 1776, finding ancestors' signatures and detailed information about their lives.

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. Lara blogs about her Eastern European and Jewish research at http://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com.
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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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