Society News…


The Nominating Committee is seeking members who are willing to be candidates for President and Vice-President at the elections to be held at our October 4 meeting. Please see the By-Laws (scroll to bottom of the Members Section page) for the current description of Officers and Their Duties. The Committee must present a slate of candidates to the membership, but nominations from the floor are also permitted.

Please note that the Executive Committee is considering whether to propose an Amendment to the By-Laws, that would shift elections from the October meeting to the April meeting, with terms to begin July 1. This is to better align the Nominating Committee’s work with when people are in town! If the membership were duly to approve such a change at a future meeting, the officers elected in October 2018 would likely serve only six months (January through June 2019), with new elections to be held in April 2019.

Below is a slightly more detailed “job description” for the President. Note that “people” skills are more important for this Society role than “genealogy” skills! If you are interested in serving the Society as President or Vice President for a while, or know of a well-qualified member who is willing to be nominated, please promptly contact any present Officer (via the Contact Us tab, for example).


Our next meeting:

September 6,  2018. Mary Sorensen from the Centre County Historical Society will talk about The Intersection of History and Genealogy and give an overview of the collections of CCHS. Click the Meetings & Events tab for more info. (7 pm at Foxdale Village, 2nd Floor Meeting Room)

Notice to Members: At the beginning of the September 6 meeting, there will be a short Membership meeting to vote on two motions: (A) Setting Membership Dues for Calendar Year 2019 and (B) Setting the Quorum Size for Amendments and for Regular Business. Please click on the Members Section tab at the top of this web page for further details.

Coming up…

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)

Notice to Members: At the beginning of the October 4 meeting, there will be a short Membership meeting to elect Officers for 2019. The Officers to be elected are President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer. Please refer to the Constitution and By-Laws (click on the Members Section tab of this web page and scroll to the bottom).

October 27, 2018 (Saturday). We will repeat How to Climb Your Family Tree, a one-day Workshop for Beginning Genealogists, at Foxdale Village in State College. Click the Meetings & Events tab for more information.

November 1, 2018. We will have a webinar presentation on Finding Females in Your Family Tree, with a short discussion (Q&A) to follow. (7 pm at Foxdale Village, 2nd Floor Meeting Room)

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 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.

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 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.