The Erie Society for Genealogical Research
P.O. Box 1403
Erie, PA  16512-1403
The Erie Society for Genealogical Research
Researching and Preserving Family History in Erie County, Pennsylvania
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Erie Gives Day August 11
Tuesday, August 11
Erie Gives Day August 11  (Area Events of Interest)
8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Online Donations or Checks
We hope you will consider contributing to the Erie Society for Genealogical Research by sending a donation to the Erie Community Foundation (ECF) on August 11, this year’s Erie Gives Day. Your contribution will help ESGR continue to develop historical and educational programs of interest to genealogists.
When you donate on Erie Gives Day, the value of your contribution is increased by the ECF, which adds a prorated match to each participating nonprofit. You can make a donation online on Tuesday, August 11th, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. by logging on to www.eriegives.org. You will need your own email address to participate. $25 is the minimum contribution allowed. If you would like to write a check instead, you can do that by downloading the check donation form at eriegives.org. Please note: Your check must be made out to the Erie Community Foundation, and must arrive at the Foundation’s office no later than Monday, August 10th - -the day before Erie Gives Day. Please send your check and your completed check donation form to the Erie Community Foundation, 459 West Sixth Street, Erie, PA 16507-1215. Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, August 11
On Zoom: Connie Edwards and Alice Henneberry  (ESGR Member Meeting)
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Only Via Zoom Application
Two ESGR members presenting:
Alice Henneberry, chair of ESGR's research committee, explains how to access various documents of genealogical interest at Erie's Courthouse and other locations. Connie Edwards on how to get started writing your family history.

Saturday, August 15 through Saturday, August 15
A Summer of DNA  (Webinars and E-Conferences)
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Live Virtual Conference Online
Family History Fanatics will host “A Summer of DNA,” a virtual genetic genealogy econference on Saturday, August 15, from 10 a.m. (Eastern) to about 5 p.m. (Eastern). The cost is $24.95 – But the early bird rate is $19.95 until August 4.
Speakers will be talking about the following:
Kevin Borland -   Mathematically Reconstruct DNA kits for Your Ancestors
Debra Renard -   DNA Methodology for Unknown Parentage Research
Andrew Lee -      An Introduction to GEDmatch Tier 1 Tools
Evert-Jan Blom - Clustering your DNA matches using Genetic Affair

Wednesday, September 2 through Tuesday, September 15
FGS Family History Conference  (Key Gen. Society Events)
11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Online -- Paid
The Federation of Genealogical Societies has scrapped plans to hold its final Family History Conference, "Blazing Trails in the Heart of America," in Kansas City this year. (FGS has merged with the National Genealogical Society.) But the show will go on! The FGS Conference will be held online, starting with a stellar speaker lineup in an all-day live session September 2. Eight speakers (including Genetic Detective CeCe Moore) will present live online on September 2, from 11 a.m. EDT to 7 p.m. EDT. Program and Registration information here. Participants can choose from several different price-levels. Program offerings, depending on the level chosen, include an electronic syllabus, 16 free sessions on society management, 90 on-demand recorded sessions that will be available for viewing from September 15 until March 15, 2021, and a virtual exhibition hall that will be open for a month. As an incentive for participation, FGS will offer every ESGR member a $2 discount and, if at least ten ESGR members register at the "Regular" or "Super-Sized" levels, FGS will donate $10 to ESGR for each registered member.

Tuesday, September 8
ESGR Member Meeting - Zoom  (ESGR Member Meeting)
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
On Zoom: John Mason
Lifetime Member John Mason presents: "Cemeteries, more than just headstones."
It is a reverent thing to stand at the graves of our ancestors. Tombstones may hold important clues to our ancestors' lives. John Mason will share his many years of expertise and guide us in how to go beyond the monuments to find the documentation that can help lead us to our ancestors.

Tuesday, October 13
ESGR Member Meeting  (ESGR Member Meeting)
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
On Zoom: Judy Fambrough-Billingsley
Guest Speaker Judy Fambrough-Billingsley presents, "Lessons Learned."
She is the author of Too Brown to Keep: A Search For Love, Forgiveness and Healinga memoir. Born in Friedberg, Germany, to a German woman and a black American soldier after World War II, Fambrough-Billingsley was given up for adoption, and raised by an American family in Bakersfield, California. She went on to become a teacher and school administrator, raised a family and, after a long, difficult search, located both of her birth parents. She will share lessons she learned on her journey of discovery.