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Please join us for our next program (virtual meeting by Zoom)!

What: Resources at the Milesburg Historical Museum
When: Thursday, Feb 3, 2020, at 7:00 pm ET, by Zoom

Debbie Arnold is a member of the board of the Milesburg Historical Museum. She will share information about the local resources that are available at the museum, including a number of Family Books. Debbie personally likes to do land searches at the Centre County Courthouse. She is also compiling a list of books and material that are available at the Museum.

A Zoom link will be sent to all current CCGS members (2022 membership) a few days before the meeting. If you are not a member and would like to join us, please send a brief email to president@centrecountygenealogy.org to be added to the mailing list for this link.

It’s Time to Renew Your Membership!

Membership dues for 2022 are now being accepted. You can renew by mail using a printable PDF form, or you can renew online via Paypal. Click on the Membership Information tab for further information.

If you are not yet a Member, please click on the Membership Information tab to learn about Benefits of Membership and download the mail-in Membership form, or use our Paypal registration. Your membership will begin immediately and continue through calendar year 2022.

If you are in doubt about your membership status, or wish to update your contact information or submit a new “Super Eights” surname list, please contact membership@centrecountygenealogy.org.

Other News…

We will not be conducting in-person meetings for a while yet. We have conducted a few meetings by Zoom, and we will be exploring the possibility of hybrid meetings, to allow “remote” attendance (or perhaps rotating between in-person and remote meetings), once conditions permit.

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 closed until further notice.

Covid-19 Details…

As the coronavirus situation continues, in-person meetings are discouraged, and in particular Foxdale Village has restricted outside groups,  to protect its residents and nursing staff.   We do not anticipate having in-person program meetings for a while yet.  We may need to find a new and suitable location when we do resume.  We will re-evaluate the situation from time to time. Meanwhile we will hold on-line meetings, via Zoom, from time to time.  Please check this website or our Facebook page for updates.

The Family History Center (at the Latter-Day Saints church on Whitehall Road in State College) is closed until further notice.  Centre County Library  locations are re-opening in a staged manner, as is Schlow Regional Library.  Visit their websites for information about “curb-side” services, etc. . See the announcement, above, concerning limited reopening of the Pennsylvania Room.

Future Events:

Our April and May 2020 programs were postponed indefinitely. 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 (president@centrecountygenealogy.org).

Unless otherwise indicated, meetings are held 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.

It’s Here! 

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?

Society News…

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.


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 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.