|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.
Our next meeting:
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! (firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
No meeting in January, 2018
Regular first Thursday meetings will resume in February. Watch for details.
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!
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 email@example.com and/or Richard Wade at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Wednesday evenings from 7 pm 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 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.