Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
ESGR members participate in two SIGs. One specializes in computer research for genealogy. The second addresses DNA discoveries in genealogy and DNA research interests of members and guests.
Sue Mueller leads the Computer Special Interest Group (Genealogy U). It meets at 10 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at the Lincoln Community Center Library in Fairview, at 1255 Manchester Rd, Erie, PA 16505. The meeting is open to the public. Sue prepares a lecture for each meeting with handouts. Participants are also welcome to bring their own questions. While the sessions are free, the library asks that people planning to attend register online at http://www.erielibrary.org/ events/#/?i=32
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Helen Shimek leads ESGR's DNA SIG, which helps participants understand and maximize the various tools available using DNA for genealogical research. Sessions meet once per month at the Blasco Library (map below). Sessions may examine how to navigate one specific DNA testing company or third party websites, or may invite participants to bring their questions and challenges with DNA testing. Meetings are informal and often take the form of a roundtable discussion. They are geared toward beginners as well as those more familiar with DNA testing. Meetings are free and open to the public. To reserve a spot or inquire about the free monthly DNA classes, please email Helen Shimek at email@example.com. Topics and dates for forthcoming meetings will be announced here, on the Events page, as well as on the ESGR Facebook page.