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May I Introduce To You . . . Lara Diamond

Lara Diamond

I have the pleasure of introducing you to, Lara Diamond and her blog, Lara’s Family Search, described as, “. . . Whatever genealogy musings and updates I have on my family and ways to get Jewish records from Europe.”

About Lara

“Born in (and still live in) Baltimore, MD.”

How Lara Got Started in Genealogy

“I started as a teenager in the late 1980s/early 1990s. It is much easier with a driver’s license, although my parents were wonderful at chauffeuring me to the local Family History Center and even the National Archives when I couldn’t do so myself. I read Alex Haley’s book ‘Roots’ and wanted to find out where my family was from as well.”

Lara’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I only started a few months ago. I wanted a way to document some of the thought processes I’d been through and hopefully be a google magnet for others searching for the last names I’ve been researching.”

Lara’s Tip for New Bloggers

“Don’t rush. I started out posting all my ideas, publishing multiple posts per week. That isn’t sustainable. Pace yourself and make each post count.”

Lara’s Favorite Blog Post

“I was able to use DNA to find a branch of, The family that was thought lost in the Holocaust. We are still in touch to this day.”

Spending Time with the Ancestors

“It varies. Some weeks I have no time, and others I can spend hours during nights and weekends. Work does get in the way of genealogy but helps to fund my addiction.  I also use crowdsourcing to help fund document procurement from Eastern European archives.”

Lara’s Favorite Ancestor

“My great-great-great grandmother Mira Halperin Lefand Marienhoff. She seems to have been an amazing woman. She married my ggg grandfather (Yehoshua Zev Lefand) as a teenager in what is now Nezhin, Ukraine. He died when she was pregnant with their fifth child. Two years later she married a much older man (Yitzchok Marienhoff) who had at least 5 children from a previous marriage. They then had 6 children together before Yitzchok died. Mira then picked herself up and moved to America, ending up in Pittsburgh.  I’ve been tracking where each of Mira’s children and their descendants ended up.”

How Genealogy Has Improved Lara’s Life

Genealogy actually may have saved my life.  Because of my genealogy obsession, I discovered that I had cancer–much earlier than it would have been discovered otherwise. Instead of fighting for my life a few years from now, I will be able to put it behind me very soon. And of course I blogged about it at, How Genealogy Saved (or Significantly Changed) My life. “

What Lara Loves Most About Genealogy

“I love putting together puzzles, following clues, and figuring out new ways to leverage technology to tell my ancestors’ stories.”

Lara’s Time Capsule Message

“Fill out your census forms and add in extra info on the side!  It will befuddle the census bureau but will be a goldmine for future genealogists!”


Please take a moment to head on over to Lara’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Lara, it’s great to have you here!

© 2013, copyright Gini Webb

Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her grandchildren! Are you a genealogy blogger who would like to be interviewed for the “May I Introduce To You . . .” series? If so, contact Gini Webb via e-mail.

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