Lara Diamond

Lara Diamond has been researching her family for over 25 years, since she was too young to have a driver's license and had to rely on her mother as a chauffeur. She has traced all branches of her family back to Europe and most 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. She is president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland, leads JewishGen's Subcarpathian SIG, is on Ukraine SIG's board of directors, and runs several town-focused projects to collect documentation to assist all those researching ancestors from common towns.  Lara enjoys speaking at a variety of local and national venues, sharing what is possible in Jewish genealogy.  She blogs about her mostly Eastern European research at Lara's Genealogy.

Go In-Depth with Lara:

What is your favorite blog post from your personal website?
My favorite blog post is also one of my earliest: "Aunt Shaindel was Lost -- and Found (A DNA Success Story)" which not only demonstrates one of my earliest DNA success stories (and genetic genealogy with Ashkenazic DNA is difficult because of the
level of endogamy) but also talks about how we got back in touch with a whole branch of the family that we thought had been lost in the Holocaust.

What is one tip you would give a newbie genealogist?
Don't blindly follow others' online trees.  Many are riddled with errors, and if you integrate them into your own tree, it'll be nearly
impossible to untangle everything later.  Trees are great hints, but only attach people to your family if the documentation proves that they are actually YOUR family.

What is your social media tool of choice for genealogy?
Facebook is such a powerful genealogy tool.  There are groups representing almost any subgenre of genealogy--at the country,
province/town/guberniya/district level, and often groups for specific towns or villages.  It allows a researcher to leverage others'
knowledge in both area-specific information as well as language assistance--and often to get responses in minutes.  I've also used Facebook to contact relatives and keep other relatives aware of progress in my research.

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    © 2017 Lara Diamond

    Lara Diamond has been researching her family for over 25 years, bringing all branches of her family back to and then in Europe, leveraging Russian Empire and Austria-Hungarian Empire records. She 
    regularly lectures on Jewish genealogy, Eastern European research, and genetic genealogy.  You can and find her blog at and follow her on Twitter (@larasgenealogy).

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