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Sunday December 16, 2018
Save the date for our next meeting!
Please join us on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at 1:30 p.m., at the Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, to hear Lara Diamond present "Genetic Genealogy 101."

This introduction to genetic genealogy-related DNA testing will cover the types of tests available (autosomal, yDNA and mtDNA) and discuss the types of genealogical questions each can help to answer. The pros and cons of testing with various companies (particularly for autosomal testing) will be covered, as will strategies for transferring results from one company to others. You will learn what results will look like with each type of test and what your initial steps should be once your results are in. This talk will also discuss the reliability of ethnicity estimates.

Lara Diamond has been researching her family for 25 years, starting as a middle school student. She has traced all branches of her family multiple generations back in Europe using Russian Empire-era and Austria-Hungarian Empire records. Most of her research is in modern-day Ukraine, with a smattering of Belarus and Poland. As she is an Ashkenazic Jew, she gets to have particular fun with her completely endogamous genome. She is president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland, leads JewishGen's Subcarpathian SIG, and is on JewishGen's Ukraine SIG's board of directors. She also runs multiple district- and town-focused projects to collect documentation to assist all those researching ancestors from common towns. She blogs about DNA and her Eastern European research at http://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com.

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied to JGSMD membership fee) after their first meeting. Please check our web site at www.jgsmd.org for late updates and for the time, location, and program of future meetings.
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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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