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 attached to each meeting notice.


Our Next Programs.

CCGS is pleased to announce the following presentations over the next few months.

On Thursday August 4th two local individuals will be discussing projects that are occurring at some of the local cemeteries in Centre County. Justin Houser will be discussing the status of the Union Cemetery in Bellefonte and the ongoing work that the volunteers are completing. Debbie Arnold will be discussing the status of the projects that involve Swampoodle Cemetery in Milesburg and the Milesburg Cemetery also in Milesburg. After their presentations there will be an opportunity to ask questions about local events and discuss the Cemetery Series Books that are available through CCGS.

On September 1st Annette Burke Lyttle, the Heritage Detective, will be presenting “Reconstructing the Lives of Our Farming Ancestors”. Annette’s presentation will focus on how to gather relevant genealogical information about our ancestors who were farmers, including the use of agricultural schedules and other genealogical records and how to reconstruct the life stories of our farming ancestors. For more information about Annette please visit her website “The Heritage Detective”

On October 6th Denys Allen will be presenting on the topic of the use of the Pennsylvania Archives and how to access relevant vital records for our Pennsylvania ancestors. Denys is the founder of PA Ancestors. For more information about Denys and her presentations please visit her website PA Ancestors.

All the above presentations are going to be presented in a hybrid format. The presentations will be held at South Hills School of Business Technology at 480 Waupelani Dr., State College, PA. If you want to attend via Zoom, please pre-register by using the link below.  If you have any difficulties with the link, please contact Carmine Prestia at The presentations will begin at 7:00 pm but the doors will be open at 6:30 pm at South Hills and 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 via email at or Elaine Prestia, Membership Chairperson at

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Aug 4, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Recent Past Events:

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).