Welcome to the CCCGS blog.

The purpose of this blog is to promote the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society by announcing upcoming events and reporting on past events. In doing so, I hope it will encourage all who are interested to attend any of our events and meetings, and share in our enthusiasm of genealogical research.

August 23, 2011

General Meeting -- September 8, 2011 -- Lisa Louise Cooke

We have a special treat this month. Lisa Louise Cooke will speak about how to make better searches using Google.com. The meeting starts at 7:00 P.M. and is located in the LDS Church, 1360 Alberta Way, Concord, CA.  See below for details of our speaker:

Ultimate Google Search Strategies

Frustrated by thousands of irrelevant search results when you search for your family using Google? Do you want to achieve better results in a shorter amount of time? Learn the art of online search with Genealogy Podcaster and Google Expert Lisa Louise Cooke, author of the book The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox. In this class you will expand your Google search repertoire and learn techniques, tricks and tips to achieve better genealogical search results.

Lisa Louise Cooke is the Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, a free online genealogy audio show at www.GenealogyGems.com and in iTunes. She is the author of the books Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies and The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, and the Google Earth for Genealogy DVD series, an international conference speaker, and writer for Family Tree Magazine in the U.S.

August 9, 2011

Blogiversary -- Aug 9, 2011

On August 9, 2010 this blog was born.  Members of the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society here in Concord, California thought that forming a blog would help us get our message out to the world (or at least the surrounding area), acquire more members (we could always use more), and share the love of genealogy (who doesn't love it?).  We got off to a good start, but then "life got in the way" and blog posts were infrequent.

Now we're have picked up the frequency of posts by writing about upcoming speakers, the meetings themselves, and other events we have participated in.  Other genealogical topics will be written about in the future.  Stay tuned for our next year of blogging!

August 7, 2011

Genealogy at the Peddler's Faire

Membership Drive at the Peddler's Faire
Saturday, August 6, 2011 found several members staffing a booth at the Peddler's Faire in downtown Martinez.  They had a fun day, talking to hundreds of passerby's about genealogy in general and our society in specific.

Many people said they didn't even know we existed.  That is why we are now making an effort to publicize our society and happenings.  Talking face-to-face with people is always a great way to let people know who you are and what you do.

We handed out our brochure and the flyer for the October 15th Digging for Your Roots.  We also had a signup sheet for 3 months of our online newsletter, Diablo Descendants.

Hopefully we will see some new faces at our next meeting, Thursday, September 8, 2011 at the LDS Church,  1360 Alberta Way, Concord.

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