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Please remember: As of October 21, dues are increased, to $20 with PDF newsletter emailed to you, or $25 with printed newsletter by post.  Look on the Membership Information page for new membership forms.

Society News…

At the October 4 meeting, we elected Officers for 2019: President – Ellen Copper; Vice President – Richard Wade; Recording Secretary – Martha Taylor; Treasurer – Vicky Droll.

At the November 1 meeting, we amended the By-Laws, to shift the election of officers from October (with terms beginning in January) to April (with terms beginning in July).

The class planned for October 27, 2018,  How to Climb Your Family Tree, was cancelled due to under-enrollment.  We will offer this one-day workshop again next Spring, date and location to be determined.

The handout for our November 1, 2018, presentation on “Finding Females” is now available as a PDF file in the Members Only section.

Our Next Event:

December 8, 2018 (Saturday). Join us at the Centre Furnace Mansion’s Hearth Room for a mid-day pot-luck! Gather and socialize 12:00-12:30, sit down to eat at 12:30. Optional tour of the Mansion and its seasonal decorations, led by Bonnie Walter, 11:00. Please RSVP for meal (and possibly tour) by Dec 3 to vpresident@centrecountygenealogy.org

Coming Up…

January 2019: No program.

February 7, 2019 Space, Time, and Relatives! Richard Wade will talk about using maps for family history. Do you suffer from county-line-itis? Are you looking for ancestors in all the wrong places? We will review some resources and strategies to keep from losing our way, and maybe we’ll look at how geography affected our ancestors’ lives and movements.

March 7, 2019 “I have my DNA, now what?” Guest speaker Kelli Bergheimer will help us understand our DNA results. We’ll learn the basics, important vocabulary, and some valuable resources and methods to help understand autosomal DNA matches and make them work for us!

April 2019 and Beyond: Are you interested in sharing your knowledge or stories or successes and puzzles with us? Do you have topics that you would like to learn more about? Can you pitch in to help the Program Committee? Future programs won’t happen without input and help from members. Contact Richard Wade (vpresident@centrecountygenealogy.org)

Unless otherwise indicated, we will meet at 7:00 pm in the 2nd-floor Meeting Room at Foxdale Village, 500 East Marylyn Avenue, State College. Program meetings are open to the public.


CCGS now has a Privacy Policy. You can find it by clicking on the Membership Information tab at the top of this web page.

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 photos or newspaper items, articles about families, summaries of research finds, queries, etc. Please contact our newsletter editor, Bob Wilkins, if you have something you would like to submit.


State College Family History Center Hours

The FHC at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse on Whitehall Road in State College is open with limited hours. Official hours are Tuesday mornings from 10 am to noon (by appointment only) and Wednesday evenings from  5pm to 8:30. If you wish to make an appointment to come on Tuesday or 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 State College 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 2017 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.