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Ostrow Mazowiecka Research Family founder and JRI-Poland Executive Director Stanley Diamond M.C.M. is presented with the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada

Photo - Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall, © OSGG, 2017

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented JRI-Poland Executive Director, Stanley Diamond (Montréal) with the Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) for his work in establishing and directing the Jewish Records Indexing – Poland project.


Stanley Diamond and Michael Richman met with Polish officials in 1995




In October 1995, Diamond and colleague Michael Richman (Maryland) arranged indexing of the Ostrow Mazowiecka vital records in the Polish State Archives and town Civil Records Office for Diamond's research of the beta thalassemia genetic trait. This indexing project was the forerunner of what evolved into JRI-Poland.  (See: How I Traced the Beta Thalassemia Trait.)

Diamond is also the founding president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal. In 2002, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS).

An article about Diamond's work in genealogy appears in the June 22, 2017 issue of Canadian Jewish News.