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.

December 20, 2012

Follow Friday - U.S. Census Pathfinder

   Michael Hait, of Hait Family Research Services, and author of the blog, Planting the Seeds, has written a new blog post called "U.S. Census Pathfinder Is Now Available."  This is a wonderful resource for learning as much as you can on any census.  Here is a shot of the first page:

First page of US Census Pathfinder

This wonderful resource contains 23 pages full of hyperlinks to the direct websites.  This gives you a complete reference to everything you would like to know about the United States census: enumerator instructions, NARA census catalog, FHL microfilm list, blank census forms, among many other sources.

The best part of this resource is it is free!  It opens as a pdf in your browser and you can then save it to your computer so view at any time.  This can be a valuable resource for your genealogical research.

Copyright © 2012 by Contra Costa County Genealogical Society.

December 14, 2012

Annual Christmas Party - 2012

Nice buffet!
     Our joint annual Christmas Party with the Concord Family History Center was very successful last night.  The evening started off with meet & greet during which time appetizers were served.  Dinner was potluck and everyone brought delicious food.

    After dinner we had wonderful entertainment and games.  We sang five favorite Christmas Carols.  The game included guessing the name of the carol (that had been renamed) and then we sang that carol.  Jim Gillespie from FHC led the singing and he has a wonderful booming voice.

    Between songs, we had two readings: "The Elusive Ancestor" and "Grandma Climbed the Family Tree."  They were very humorous!  The closing song was "A Dozen Intervals of Light Between Sunlight and Dark Commemorating the Annual Festival of the Birth of Jesus" which was really "The 12 Days of Christmas" that was sang by tables. All were having a great time participating.

   Besides the great food and entertainment, members brought toys for the Toys For Tots program and food for the Contra Costa Solano County Food Bank.

   The Christmas Party committee did a fantastic job.  Thank you very much.  Next year the party will be hosted by the Concord Family History Center.

Copyright © 2012 by Contra Costa County Genealogical Society.