The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society is proud to host genealogist, Lara Diamond, for two DNA and Genealogy presentations on Sunday, February 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  A professional genealogist with expertise in DNA and Eastern European Jewish roots, Ms. Diamond lectures frequently and blogs at “Lara’s Jewnealogy.”

At 2:00 on February 17, she will present “DNA 101: How to Use Genetic Testing for Genealogical Research.”  Following that presentation, at 3:30, Ms. Diamond will continue with “Sorting Distant Cousins from Close Family,” including the challenges of endogamous populations such as Ashkenazi Jews.  The program is made possible with funding from the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation.  Members of the NEIJGS will have an opportunity to meet further with Lara Diamond at a special dinner that evening. 

The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society was started in the spring of 2018 and is one of the newest members of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.   It is dedicated to collecting, preserving and disseminating genealogical information, techniques and research tools among people interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.   The Society includes members with a broad range of backgrounds and genealogical skills.   In November of 2018, Mr. Avraham Groll, director of JewishGen, was the featured speaker.  Dr. Elizabeth Anthony from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will present a program on May 5, 2019 about the International Tracing Service.

The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center houses one of the largest research collections available to genealogists, incorporating records from around the world.   Visitors are welcome to take advantage of the long weekend to visit the collection.  Library hours are 9am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday, noon to 5pm on Sunday, and 9am to 9pm on Monday.

For information about joining the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society, contact, check out the Facebook page, or download a brochure