Welcome to the website of the Centre County Genealogical Society, a dedicated group of genealogists with a Centre County, Pennsylvania connection. A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the society strives to serve its members and the public through informative meetings and workshops, a quarterly newsletter, and the publication of various types of county records. All meetings are free and open to the public and are held September to June, usually on the first Thursday of the month. Special events such as our Annual Family Heritage Afternoon at the Grange Fair and genealogy workshops are held throughout the year.

Family History Conference featuring Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist, May 19, 2018

More information and registration instructions:

2018 Family History Conference


Society News…

Our next meeting:

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Preserving Your Family Heritage

By Erin Hicks from the Pennsylvania Room.  

Wondering what you should do with the heirlooms you have?  This lecture will cover resources and ideas for preserving the treasures that tell your family ‘s story.  Learn how to protect family photos, old books, letters, and more!


How To Climb Your Family Tree

Saturday, April 28, 2018   From 9:15am – 3pm

A one-day workshop for beginning genealogists.  Preregistration is required.



Saturday, May 19, 2108

Judy Russell all-day workshop.  Please see information above.


June, 2018 Service Day. Watch for details.


The Index to the CCGS Cemetery Series is now online and free to the public!

Members, we have the last 10 years of Roots newsletters along with additional information from programs and newsletter articles available in our Members-Only section of the website.

Members, the Society welcomes contributions for the newsletter from our members: interesting historic newspaper items, articles about families, summaries of research finds, etc. Please contact our newsletter editor, Bob Wilkins, if you have something you would like to submit.

The Society is seeking a responsible volunteer to act as Facebook Administrator, posting information and photos regarding events and items of interest, and responding as “the Society” to the public. Ideally, this person should be able to attend Society events in Centre County, to document them visually.

This position is available immediately or as soon as a volunteer is found. Lisa Kerns can help with the transition, as she moves out of this role and you move in! If you are comfortable using Facebook and willing to post once or twice a week on behalf of the Society and watch for inquiries that need a response, or wish to know more about this position, please write to Martha at webmaster@centrecountygenealogy.org and/or Richard Wade at president@centrecountygenealogy.org.


State College LDS Family History Center is now OPEN

The FHC on Whitehall Road in State College is now open with limited hours. Official hours are Wednesday evenings from  5pm to 8:30. If you wish to make an appointment to come at another time, please contact Martha Taylor.

Microfilms already in our possession are available to view. Premium websites, such as Ancestry.com, and restricted digitized records are now accessible.


Important Announcement about Discontinued Microfilm Distribution at LDS Family History Center

The announcement Family History Microfilm Discontinuation is from FamilySearch.org (You may also want to read Dick Eastman’s blog post and the comments about this, at FamilySearch to Discontinue its Microfilm Distribution Services).

Microfilms can no longer be ordered.  However, the State College Family History Center is retaining all films currently in our possession.

The remaining master films (stored in Utah) should all be digitized by the end of 2020, with many of the remaining films digitized sooner than that. The timing of this decision to end distribution prior to 2020 seems to be related to the availability of unexposed (‘blank’) microfilm to make new distribution copies from the master films.

Note that many of the microfilms that you used to order for viewing at the FHC have already been digitized and can be viewed (‘browsed’) online either at home or at the FHC. Mary Roddy’s webinar (our March program) gave some excellent pointers about how to locate and use these online images. You can also consult the FamilySearch page Finding Digital Images of Records…. Please ask Richard Wade or other members if you need some assistance in finding what’s available. Some images are restricted by agreement with the custodians of the records, and can be viewed only at an FHC.