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Paul Fagley will present a program, “Who Put the ‘7’ in the Seven Mountains?” We will meet on Thursday, May 5, 2022, at 7 p.m. ET, in Room 24 at South Hills Business School in State College. This meeting is expected to be hybrid (both in-person and by Zoom). This is a free program. Click on the Meetings & Events tab for more information about this program, our speaker, and our venue.
Check Out These New Resources!
1. Listing of Family History Records and Library Catalog for the Milesburg Historical Museum, provided by Debbie Arnold, our speaker on February 3, 2022. (In the Members Only section: click on the Members Section tab).
We are exploring the possibility of hybrid meetings, to allow “remote” attendance (or perhaps rotating between in-person and remote meetings), once conditions permit. We have conducted a few meetings by Zoom during the past year or so. Now that restrictions on in-person meetings are easing a bit, we would like to once again offer the chance for members to meet, but we are also aware of the many members who live outside of the county.
The latest issue of our quarterly newsletter, Roots, has been posted in the Members Only section of the website (Click the Members Section Tab).
Covid-19 News… (details below…)
The Pennsylvania Room has reopened for limited in-house services. There are significant changes to operations, including the need to make an appointment and adhere to COVID mask and social distance rules. Visit https://www.centrecountylibrary.org/parmcovid to learn more.
Ancestry Library Edition no longer is available from home, but continues to be available from Schlow Regional Library and Centre County Libraries.
The Family History Center (State College) is open by appointment. Please call Martha Taylor at 814-308-8467 to schedule.
Our April and May 2020 programs were postponed indefinitely owing to the COVID situation. We hope to reschedule them to future dates:
Date to be determined: “Getting Organized for Great Research!” This group discussion will be led by Pamela McCloskey. Organize your records, but also organize your thoughts to create a successful plan of research. Bring your ideas, experiences, and questions.
Date to be determined: “The Stories Behind the Stones.” Bob Hazleton will talk about cemeteries and gravestones.
See the Meetings & Events page for further information about events, as details become available.
Programs happen with input and help from members. 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? Contact Richard Wade (email@example.com).
Unless otherwise indicated, meetings are held at 7:00 pm. Program meetings are open to the public. Please pay close attention to the physical location of any in-person meeting, as announced here. (Foxdale Village, our former host, is not available, given the health risks to its residents and staff.)
CCGS funding (your dollars) has helped the Pennsylvania State University Libraries digitize and upload for FREE viewing and searching, the Democratic Watchman (Bellefonte, Pa.), 1897 July 2 through 1919 Jan 27, at PANewsArchive.psu.edu ! More years will follow, until the entire run from 1871 to 1923 is scanned and online! (The Civil War era of the Watchman and other Pennsylvania papers are already posted.)
UPDATE, early Jan 2020: Additional years including 1889-1897 and 1919-1922 have now been uploaded to the PANewsArchive website!
FURTHER UPDATE, Spring 2021: With further funding from CCGS, a long run of the Centre Hall Reporter / Centre Reporter, from December 1914 to August 1928, has now been digitized and posted!
Our Spring 2021 newsletter contains an article with tips about using this valuable website. Did we mention that it’s free?
The State Library in Harrisburg is located in the Keystone Building temporarily due to the renovation of the Forum Building. Visitors are advised to plan ahead and request materials in advance, as some items will need to be pulled and brought to the temporary location. Visit the library website at https://www.statelibrary.pa.gov/Pages/moving.aspx to learn more.
The handout for our November 7, 2019, presentation on “Searching Online Historical Newspapers” is now available as a PDF file in the Members Only section, with web links, etc.
A summary of our October 3, 2019, viewing of Sunny Morton’s webinar on “Comparing the Genealogy Giants” appears in the Fall 2019 issue of our newsletter, Roots.
The handout for our March 7, 2019, presentation on “I have My DNA Results, Now What?”, by guest speaker Kelli Bergheimer, is now available as a PDF file in the Members Only section. This is a longer version (in color) of the printed version passed out at the program.
The handout for our February 7, 2019, presentation on “Space, Time, and Relatives!” (using maps and other tools for family history) is now available as a PDF file in the Members Only section, with active links to the websites mentioned.
The handout for our November 1, 2018, presentation on “Finding Females” is now available as a PDF file in the Members Only section.
The Index to the CCGS Cemetery Series is now online and free to the public!
Members, we have the last 11 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. See the top of this page for information about closures due to COVID-19.
Microfilms already in our possession are available to view. Premium websites, such as Ancestry.com, and restricted digitized records are now accessible.
- Please remember, anyone interested in genealogy is invited to join CCGS or attend our meetings. Having a Centre County ancestor is not required!
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- History: 4o years old! The Centre County Genealogical Society held its first meeting in December of 1975 as the Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and Library. A few years later, the group's books were donated to the local LDS Church to provide the nucleus of its genealogy library, and our current name was adopted as it better reflected our interests. Today, the society has hundreds of active members living around the world.
Centre County, located in the heart of Pennsylvania.