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.


September 8, 2013

General Membership Meeting - September 12, 2013

Ralph Severson
Hope everyone had a great summer! It's time to start our meetings again.

This month we have Ralph Severson returning to add to our knowledge of the FamilySearch.org website. It is ever changing and he will have the up-to-date scoop on those changes.

Meeting starts at 7 pm. LDS Church building on 1360 Alberta Way in Concord, California.  We hope to see you there. ,

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September 1, 2013

Update - NARA Virtual Genealogy Fair 2013

Here is more information on the Virtual Genealogy Fair 2013 being given by the National Archives on Sept 3 & 4, 2013.

Here you'll find the list of classes for both days and they have posted the handouts so you can download them ahead of time. In fact, this is a great way to decide which classes you would like to take.

Thomas MacEntee from Hack Genealogy has created a great two-page flyer with links to the various sources.


I am very interested in attending the following classes on Sept 3 (times are EDT, for our west coast, this first class will start at 7 AM!):

  • 10 AM, Introduction to Military Records at the National Archives 
  • 11 AM, Introduction to Genealogy: Civilian
  • 2 PM National Archives Online Resources for Genealogy
  • 3 PM, Citizenship Matters: Bureau of Naturalization Files at the National Archives
And on Sept 4:
  • 11 AM, Military and Civilian Personnel Records: The National Archives at St. Louis
  • 12 PM, Union Civil War Pension Files
  • 3 PM, Genealogy Through Navy Deck Logs
However, there are lots of other classes and if you cannot attend live, they will be available for viewing later. If you want to view them live, NARA suggests you attempt to view the ustream.tv site ahead of time. Instructions are here. The Chrome browser was recommended.

Hope to see you in class!

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