Enthusiasm is high for these popular, informal mini-gatherings which are held virtually, throughout the conference period. They offer participants an informal opportunity to get together with others with similar interests to discuss ideas for genealogy research on a particular topic. Please note that each of these events will take place from 6:30-7:30 pm EDT (GMT-4) on the date indicated.

The 2021 SIGS are:

Sunday, April 4, 2021

French-Canadian Research, Hosted by Michael Leclerc

Join this lively and interesting discussion of resources and topics related to French-Canadian genealogy. Update your knowledge of the latest information and resources which will be helpful in your search.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Society Management, Hosted by Joan Frederici and Seema Kenney

Today, every genealogical and historical society is facing similar challenges in membership, volunteer recruitment, technological updates, and other issues. Join us for a discussion of how to keep our societies vital and relevant to their goals.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Polish and Eastern European Research, Hosted by Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz

Confused by Eastern European historical geography? Come learn about the numerous border changes and turn confusion into clarity. The presenter will provide an overview of the topic and then offer strategies to identify and locate your ancestral village in the old country using both American and European sources. You’ll learn where records are and how to access them to continue your journey to your ancestral past.

Wednesday, April 28

Jewish Research, Hosted by Meredith Hoffman

Come join us to talk about strategies and hints for researching your Jewish ancestors. Depending on your interest, we might look at how to find the records of your immigrant ancestors, both here and in the “old country”; how to find people if they’ve changed their names; how to find the villages that your ancestors came from; and how to locate families lost or scattered by the Holocaust. Bring your questions and research problems and we’ll look at both online and local resources that could help you in your search.

Thursday, May 6

Irish Research, Hosted by Nora Galvin

Can’t find the place of origin for your Irish ancestors? Join this sigs with Nora Galvin as she leads a discussion group with other Irish American researchers. We will discuss sources and strategies for finding your elusive ancestors across the Atlantic. We will also discuss the ever-growing world of Irish research on the internet and some of the best resources to use for doing Irish research from your home and in Ireland.

Friday, May 14

Scandinavian Research, Hosted by Michael McClellan

Connect with other genealogists doing research in Scandinavia. This is an ideal way to network with other who share your interest. This special interest group offers something for genealogists at any level.

Saturday, May 22

DNA Research, Hosted by Shellee Morehead, Ph.D., CG

Although DNA has been around for 4 billion years, its application to genealogy research is relatively new.  Come join the open discussion to gain a better understanding of how DNA testing can help with your research.  We can touch upon a number of topics: What is a centimorgan; what is, and how do I determine, a most recent common ancestor; how do I work my match list; and how are ethnicity estimates determined, to name a few.  The direction and flow we take depends upon your areas of interest and your questions.

Monday, May 24

African-American Research, Hosted by Diane Richard

Join us as we discuss the unique methods and strategies for researching your African American ancestry.  We may discuss 1867 voter registration, Freedman Bureau records, 1866 cohabitation records (aka marriage) as records unique to African American research in the immediate post-Civil War period.  We might also explore researching those enslaved and 20th century descendants.  Bring your questions and research resource recommendations and we’ll see where the discussion takes us.

Thursday, May 27

Eastern European Names and Places, Hosted by Meredith Hoffman and Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz

Join us to explore resources and strategies for figuring out the name of your ancestor’s town in eastern Europe—Jewish and non-Jewish ancestries—and help in puzzling out how the names of your Eastern European ancestors may have changed, including personal and family names.