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Our next meeting:

July 12, 2018 Special Event for members. The Pennsylvania Room (Bellefonte) will be open for “Genealogy After Hours”, 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm, for members’ research and to use the Memory Lab. The Centre County Library and Historical Museum is offering this special time as a way to thank CCGS for its support.  (Please contact the Pennsylvania Room directly to schedule one of the two 2-hour blocks for the Memory Lab.)

Coming up…

August 19, 2018 (Sunday) Join us for Family Heritage Afternoon at the Grange Fair. We will be in the Rec Building form 1:00 to 4:30. Contact Joyce Adgate or Justin Houser if you can volunteer to help out!

September 6,  2018. Mary Sorenson from the Centre County Historical Society will describe the CCHS Archives content that may be of interest to genealogists. (7 pm at Foxdale Village, 2nd Floor Meeting Room)

October 4, 2018. Elissa Powell will join us again, to talk about Sailing Into the Sunset: Tips for Finding Your Ancestors on Passenger Lists. (7 pm at Foxdale Village, 2nd Floor Meeting Room)

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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.

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 Tuesday mornings from 10 am to noon and 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.
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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).

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.
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