Register by October 28 at
Kosher dairy breakfast and lunch are included.

Co-sponsored by the Mizel Arts and Cultural Center, Ellen Beller Glass, Feldman Mortuary, Mount Nebo Memorial Park, and NAI Shames Makovsky

Featuring Lara Diamond
Genealogist, Author, and Producer of Videos and Podcasts

9:00 – 9:30: Registration and Breakfast

9:30 – 10:45: Jewish Genealogy 101: Where to Start & What’s Available

A comprehensive overview of genealogy resources available for Jewish genealogy.

11:00 – 12:15: DNA Successes In–And in Spite of–Endogamy

Learn how you can have success when dealing with endogamy by examining stories from the speaker’s own family’s DNA, which include reuniting with branches thought killed in the Holocaust.

12:15 – 1:00: Lunch, door prizes and networking. Kosher Dairy lunch will be served onsite.

1:00 – 2:15: Genealogy Research in Ukraine

This talk covers various strategies used to obtain documents from in Ukraine (including those parts formerly in the Russian Empire, Austro-Hungarian Empire and Poland), from hiring researchers privately to crowdsourcing research for specific towns and utilizing the Family History Library’s resources.

2:30 – 3:45: Reconstructing Rutners: Tracing a Family through Changing Borders & Languages

European borders were fluid, meaning that records for one family can possibly 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. What ended up being a very large family was reconstructed over the course of decades using a variety of methods, including synagogue records, vital records, census enumerations, Holocaust documents, Yizkor books, DNA and more, bringing the family back to the 1700s and tracing distant cousins across the world.

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