Meetings & Events

All of our programs are open to the public and free of charge (except where noted). Please note that we no longer meet at Foxdale Village! See the notes about meeting venue (and Zoom) that are given below.


Our Next Programs.

CCGS is pleased to announce the following presentations.

2022 December 1. Richard K Miller will demonstrate his GoldieMay software, a tool for genealogical researchers.  GoldieMay offers a variety of tools to more easily document and manage your genealogy research. Richard Miller is a software developer who worked in tech roles at three genealogy companies.

The presentation will again be in a hybrid format with the physical location of South Hills Business School. We will begin at 7:00 pm. There is no fee for the webinar and everyone is welcomed to join us. A link will be sent to all members by Elaine Prestia. Not a member? If someone would like the link to the presentation they can contact Carmine Prestia at


2023 January. There will not be a meeting.


2023 February 9. Brian Rhinehart, “Finding Your 19th Century Ancestors on Fold3– Is There a Better Way?” Ever get confused on Fold3? Learn what records are available for your 19th-century military ancestors there, and pick up some search strategies to narrow down what you’re looking for. Yes, there is a better way to search!

Please note that this is the second Thursday of the month and not the first Thursday.

Bio Sketch: Brian Rhinehart is a professional genealogist and speaker and is the owner of He is a graduate of Boston University’s Certificate of Genealogy Research and the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (GenFed) in Washington DC. A direct descendant of six Civil War soldiers, Brian specializes in research and record retrieval for Civil War and War of 1812 soldiers at the National Archives in Washington DC and has retrieved military files for hundreds of clients there.


2023 March 2. Representatives from DAR and DUVCW will be presenting about how to complete the genealogical research for membership in these organizations (tentative).


2023 April 6. Tina LaFreniere, “Related Faces: A Matching Tool to Assist in Identifing People in Photographs.”

Presentation Description (shortened version): Every day that passes bits of photographic family history are sold, thrown out, or otherwise discarded, because people inherit unlabeled photos, and the person who knew who was in the photos has passed. Tina  invented Related Faces as a tool to help people rediscover their ancestors in these unmarked photos.

Related Faces is an amazing new tool for genealogists or any one with old photos. It utilizes the faces of the people in the photos to help us discover who they are and enables people to possibly connect with other relatives anywhere in the world who have the same faces in their photos. Since founding Related Faces, Tina has experienced some amazing discoveries…

Bio Sketch: Tina LaFreniere is the founder and CEO of Related Faces Technologies. She a graduate of The University of Houston where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. She is a former Assistant Vice President and Production Manager for a mortgage brokerage firm in Dallas, Texas. Tina began her genealogical journey over 15 years ago and along the way has inherited thousands of photos from her family, hundreds with no identification. These photos were the inspiration for Related Faces back in 2018 when she conceived the idea for Related Faces, and the site was launched in February of 2022. Tina is a member of the Genealogical Society of Collier County, Florida, the National Genealogical Society and The Photo Managers Group.


2023 May 4. Judy Dombrowski of the Pennsylvania Room will be discussing resources available there and how to conduct genealogical research using those resources.


2023 June. TBD.


If you will be attending in person, the presentations will begin at 7:00 p.m. but the doors will open at 6:30 at South Hills.

If you want to attend via Zoom, please pre-register for each talk by sending your email address to Carmine Prestia at He will send you a link to register with Zoom. You should log into the presentation about fifteen minutes prior to the presentation.

If you have any questions, please contact Pamela McCloskey, CCGS President, at (814) 380-0176 or email or Elaine Prestia, Membership Chairperson, at, (814) 574-0107. Hope to see you at our events!

Recent Past Events:
November 3, 2022: Teresa Mull on “Philipbsubrg’s rugged, romantic, and bogus beginnings”,  and Debbie Arnold on resources for familiy history at the Milesburg Museum.
October 6, 2022: Denys Allen on finding Pennsylvania Vital Records.
September 1, 2022: Reconstructing the Lives of Our Farming Ancestors.
August 4, 2022: Cemetery Projects in Centre County.
May 5, 2022: “Who Put the ‘7’ in the Seven Mountains?”
March 5, 2020: Interviewing Family Members.
January 14, 2020: DNA Special Interest Group.
December 14, 2019: “Meet & Greet” Open House at the Centre Furnace Mansion.
November 12, 2019: DNA Special Interest Group.
November 9, 2019: How to Climb Your Family Tree (class canceled: underenrolled).
November 7, 2019: Searching Online Historical Newspapers.
October 3, 2019: Comparing the Big Four Genealogy Websites.
September 17, 2019: DNA Special Interest Group.
August 20, 2019: DNA Special Interest Group.
July 18, 2019: “Genealogy After Hours” at the Pennsylvania Room.
July 16, 2019: DNA Special Interest Group.
June 6,  2019: DNA Special Interest Group.
May 4, 2019 : How to Climb Your Family Tree (introductory/refresher course).
May 2, 2019 : Organizational Meeting for DNA Special Interest Group (SIG).