June Meeting of the Erie Society for Genealogical Research

The June 2016 monthly meeting of the Erie Society for Genealogical Research will take place at the new Thomas Hagen History Center, adjacent to the Watson-Kurtze Mansion on West Sixth Street, Tuesday, June 14th, at 6:30pm. Our speaker this month is David Newman, from the Polish Society of New York. … Continue reading


ESGR Meeting Tonight: Brick Walls

Tonight’s monthly meeting of the Erie Society for Genealogical Research is all about brick walls. In place of a speaker, members will have an opportunity to present a specific genealogical problem and meeting attendees will brainstorm strategies for solving the problem. The brick wall portion of the meeting will begin … Continue reading

ESGR Breaking Down Brick Walls Special Interest Group (SIG)

The Erie Society for Genealogical Research has decided to offer some special interest groups (SIGs) that will meet outside of our regular monthly membership meetings; and, I’m excited to announce, I am spearheading the Breaking Down Brick Walls SIG. We will meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month in … Continue reading

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Erie County Courthouse (Postcard Series)

Erie’s County Courthouse, located at 140 West Sixth Street, was erected and opened for business in May 1855. Erie County was established 12 March 1800, but for its first three years, it was attached to Crawford County. The very first Erie court was held in 1803, at Goerge Buehler’s hotel … Continue reading

Upcoming Genealogical & Historical Goings-On in Erie, PA

Edinboro Area Historical Society Annual Dinner Wed, January 27, 6:00pm – 8:30pm Nick’s Place, 12246 Edinboro Road, Edinboro The Society’s keynote speaker is Caleb Pifer. Pifer grew up in Erie and Perth, Australia. He received a B.S. in Political Communications from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked … Continue reading

Nuggets of Gold: Our Ancestors’ Diaries

My very first assignment as a volunteer at the Erie County Historical Society was to transcribe the 1859-1862 Diary of Hosea Drown. It was love at first sight Hosea was born in Greene Township around 1833 and lived his entire life in this county. He was many things: He farmed … Continue reading