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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.

Society News…

Our next meeting:

Historical Pennsylvania Newspapers presented by Sue Kellerman

Thursday, November 2, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Foxdale’s Meeting Room (2nd Floor)
500 East Marylyn Avenue, State College

Sue Kellerman will tell us the latest about digitization and access.

Also:  Election of officers for 2018, continued from our October meeting

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Genealogy 101 starting October 21, 2017.  Please see Meetings and Events page for more information.

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Genealogy coaching is back!  Join us in the Pennsylvania Room on Saturday, November 18th from 10 am to 2 pm for free, walk-in Genealogy Coaching by members of our society.

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SAVE THE DATE — Holiday Party ❄️

December 7, 2017 Holiday Party in the Hearth Room at Centre Furnace Mansion. Bring your genealogy stories and brick walls to share. Potluck dinner at 6 p.m. We will provide table service and drinks; bring a casserole, salad or dessert to share. RVSP by December 2 will be much appreciated! (president@centrecountygenealogy.org). If you would like to join a tour of the Mansion before the dinner (starting at 5 p.m.), please indicate in your RVSP message.

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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.

SOCIETY FACEBOOK ADMINISTRATOR WANTED!
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 Lisa at webmaster@centrecountygenealogy.org and/or Richard Wade at president@centrecountygenealogy.org.

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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). The key point is that the last day to order microfilm to view at your local Family History Center (FHC) will be August 31, 2017. This date is not far away!

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.

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State College LDS Family History Center

The FHC on Whitehall Road in State College is still closed for renovations.  Microfilms already in our possession are available to view.  Premium websites, such as Ancestry.com, and restricted digitized records are not yet accessible.  For now, to access these items, you will need to contact the Altoona Family History Center.  If you wish to view microfilms here in State College, please contact Martha Taylor.