SIGs (Special Interest Groups)

Enthusiasm is always high for these popular, informal mini gatherings, which will be held on Thursday evening, May 4, 2023, at 7:15pm. It’s an opportunity to meet and share with conference participants and hosts on a wide range of topics. Popular past topics will be offered along with several new topics. The confirmed SIGS gatherings include:

Polish Research

Moderators: Aleksandra Kacprzak and Lucjan Cichocki
Join Aleksandra Kacprzak and Lucjan Cichocki for a brief overview of Polish genealogical research sources available online and then a lively discussion about your research questions. Aleksandra and Lucjan are both professional genealogists in Poland, bringing their many years of experience to us for this meeting.

Military Research

Moderator: Kathleen Kaldis
Join Kathleen and other conference attendees for an open discussion on the ins and outs of researching military records and finding your ancestors in these records.


Moderator: Michael Leclerc
Join Michael as he leads the open discuss on the unique methods and strategies for researching and documenting your LGBTQ+ family members.

Irish Research

Moderator: Pamela Holland
Join this SIG to share the sources, resources, strategies. challenges, and successes of researching Irish ancestors, both in the United States and Ireland.


Moderator: Kelli Jo Bergheimer
DNA continues to be a popular tool for genealogy research. Join the open discussion to gain a better understanding of DNA and how it can help your research.

French-Canadian Research

Moderator: Johanne Gervais
Unique challenges face those researching French-Canadian ancestry, despite excellent records. Join the discussion to better understand the records to overcome any obstacles.


Moderator: William Cole
This SIG gathering and discussion, moderated by author William Cole, should inspire you to write your ancestor’s stories, whether it is a few paragraphs, a short story or book you may consider publishing.

Jewish Research

Moderator: Jessie Klein
Joining this SIG will allow for the open discussion of the challenges and strategies in researching your Jewish ancestors, both in the United States and in Europe.

Watch for other SIG topics to be confirmed.