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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Monday, July 23 through Thursday, August 2
Free Genealogy Evening Classes in Pittsburgh and Amherst, New York  (Area Events of Interest)
7:00 pm
Check list -- free lectures in Pittsburgh and Amherst, New York on different dates
The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh is offering a series of free evening lectures on genealogy during the summer months. Some events are in Pittsburgh, and some in Amherst, New York. The next scheduled lecture is July 23.  Details too numerous to summarize here. Top speakers include Blaine Bettinger, author of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, Cyndi Ingle, publisher of  Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet ( and FamilySearch Chief Genealogical Officer David Rencher.
See the details and get directions at

Tuesday, July 24
Using DNA in Genealogy Research  (SIG: Computer Research Tips)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Lincoln Community Center, 1255 Manchester Road, Fairview, corner of West Lake and Manchester Road
This session will focus primarily on Ancestry as your research tool, covering:
  • Privacy settings;
  • Providing a tree for matches;
  • Ethnicity estimates (not absolutes);
  • Review/work with closest results;
  • Shared matches;
  • Go further with gedmatch.
Important: Please bring a computer or tablet for some hands-on activities. A computer/tablet is not necessary for attendance, but having it along will enhance the experience. It is suggested that attendees download their raw DNA data from Ancestry in advance. In addition, please export a basic tree (direct-line ancestors back at least six generations: 126 parents and grandparents).  Save this as a new tree in your software and also export as a gedcom.
   Sessions are free, and open to the public, but please register in advance at the Erie Public Library website, 

Saturday, August 4
Online Conference: A Summer Of DNA  (E-Conferences)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Online Conference
Family History Fanatics will host an online conference, "A Summer of DNA," on August 4. The sessions begin at 10:00 AM Eastern Time. Speakers: Diahan Southard, "Your Tree is Full; There is Still Room for DNA;" Sam Williams, "Ancestry DNA Tools;" Michelle Leonard, "Adoption and Unknown Parentage," and Kitty Cooper, "Segment Triangulation."  Speakers gather for a final session at 3 PM to take questions and compare notes.
Welcome remarks at 9:45 AM. Participants receive a playback link that will work until September.
Registration cost: $24.99
Early Bird rate until July 21: $19.99

Wednesday, August 22 through Saturday, August 25
Federation of Genealogical Societies August Conference  (Key Gen. Society Events)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Called "On the Three Rivers: Past, Present and Future," the FGS August Conference will feature such leading speakers as Blaine Bettinger, Michael Lacopo, Angie Bush and Judy G. Russell. The first day (August 22) is geared for managers of societies and professional genealogists. Grand Opening August 23. Sessions on everything from expert tips on Scandinavian genealogy, to technology advice and guidance on reconstructing Slave Era families, through August 25. A "sneak peak preview" of the schedule is attached.