Special Interest Groups

ESGR members participate in two Special Interest Groups (SIGs). One specializes in computer research for genealogy. The second addresses DNA discoveries in genealogy and DNA research methods and tools.

Computer SIG
Sue Mueller leads the Computer Special Interest Group (Genealogy U). It had been meeting at 10 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at the Lincoln Community Center Library in Fairview. **HOWEVER the SIG is meeting until further notice via Zoom. While the sessions are free, the library asks that people planning to attend register online at the Lincoln Community Center Library or online at the Blasco Library events calendar. The meeting is open to the public. The library sends a Zoom link to those who register for each class. Sue prepares a lecture for each meeting with handouts. Participants are also welcome to bring their own questions. 
May Fourth Tuesday Information: May 24, 7 p.m., via Zoom: Beginning Genealogy. Free and open to the public. Designed for the beginning genealogy researcher, this session will focus on free online resources for research.  Topics include:  How to begin and avoid mistakes; library resources across the country; free genealogy online websites and resources; plus a word about DNA and social media. To register: https://events.erielibrary.org/event/9167667 

Helen Shimek leads ESGR's DNA SIG, which helps participants understand and maximize the various tools and resources available using DNA for genealogical research. Sessions are announced by Helen Shimek on the ESGR website and Facebook page. Traditionally the sessions were held in the Blasco Library. They were suspended temporarily during 2020 and 2021. The DNA SIG will begin meeting again June 9 at 6 p.m. at the Blasco Library. If you are interested, please see the Erie Society for Genealogical Research Facebook page, where your comments are welcome.