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Jewish genealogy: Suddenly you have 50 cousins — how?

submit a swab of your Jewish DNA to an online ancestry site and suddenly discover you have 50 new cousins in Denver alone. Accurate or exaggerated? “That depends,” says genealogist Lara Diamond, the expert researcher, paper sleuth, popular blogger and headliner at Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado’s Nov. 4 workshop. “Because you’re a Jew, it’s not surprising that you match other Jews closely,” she says. “The question is, who are you truly close to, and which people share common ancestry dating back countless generations? “That’s what makes Jewish genealogy very confusing.” DNA successes in, and in spite of, endogamy (the Jewish tradition of religious inmarriage) is just one of four topics she’ll present at the workshop — but it’s the hottest trend. Jews, along with […]
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