Movement Between Towns in Eastern Europe (webinar)

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The Nashi Predky 2019 Online Lecture Series concludes with the noted Eastern European Jewish genealogist Lara Diamond, who will consider how "Ancestral Towns May Not Have Been So Ancestral".

Note: Due to a sudden, unforseen change in the speaker's schedule, this event has been rescheduled from November 12 to November 14. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion.

Many researchers, once they have discovered the town from which their ancestors left Eastern Europe, assume that their families must have lived in that town or the vicinity for many generations. While this was true for some families, there was significant movement through broad swaths of Europe by many Jews for a variety of reasons. The speaker will demonstrate the breadth of some families’ movements with examples from her own research and will discuss the types of documents used to trace those families’ travels.

This is an online lecture: you can participate from anywhere in the world!

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

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November 14th, 2019 from  7:30 PM to  8:30 PM
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Registration $10.00