Held annually at the Denver JCC, the All-Day Seminar on Jewish Genealogy will feature prominent Jewish genealogist, genetic genealogist, blogger, and breast cancer survivor Lara Diamond on Sunday, November 4th from 9 am to 4 pm. This event is open to the public and beginners are encouraged to attend one to four lectures including “Jewish Genealogy: Where to Start & What’s Available,” “DNA Successes In–And In Spite of—Endogamy,” “Genealogy Research in Ukraine,” and “Reconstructing Rutners: Tracing a Family through Changing Borders and Languages.”
Lara Diamond is an internationally recognized Jewish genealogist and writes “Lara’s Jewnealogy Blog” https://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com/. Based in Maryland, Lara frequently speaks on a variety of topics. She is on the JewishGen Ukraine Special Interest Group board of directors and is the coordinator for the JewishGen Sub-Carpathia Special Interest Group. Lara is a breast cancer survivor who attributes saving her life to taking a genealogy DNA test.
“Had I not been genealogy-obsessed, I never would have taken this test and never would have known that I had a mutated BRCA2 gene–and then I would not have had that MRI.” The MRI detected a small tumor which Lara had removed.
JGSCO has hosted the Annual All-Day Seminar featuring a prominent international speaker since 2009. It’s a great introduction to the group and hobby. Cost is $25 for JGSCO members and $35 for non-members including Kosher breakfast and lunch, and generous door prizes. Register online by October 28th at www.JGSCO.org, under “PROGRAM and EVENTS” and “EVENT TICKETS.”
The Jewish Genealogy Society of Colorado is a group of hobbyists interested in researching Jewish roots. Meeting in Denver and Boulder, JGSCO offers monthly speakers on a variety of topics for beginners and experts. Membership costs $36 annually and includes mentoring to guide a beginning project or breaking through brick walls. The group is comprised of fascinating people with a variety of professional, educational, world travel, linguistic, and genealogical research backgrounds. It’s a great local network to tap into whether you have only the time to attend lectures, or if you are researching your family history full time. Attend a meeting and check JGSCO out. A program calendar is online at www.jgsco.org, and you can subscribe to free monthly Enews by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.