Submitted by Dee Lemons: Member Since 2015
Submitted by Dee Lemons: Member Since 2015
Grace Romenia Webb was born in Bangor, ME in 1861. The youngest of eight children, she was an early pioneer “who came to California from Maine on the first transcontinental train to cross America.” She lived in San Francisco with her parents; in Manila and Shanghai during her husband’s time in the Navy; and in Berkeley until her death in 1928. The widowed mother of four worked as a dressmaker and artist. Grace also was a member of the Eastern Star.

Welcome to Our New Website!

The Contra Costa County Genealogical Society has a new and improved website allowing us to better engage with our members as they trace their ancestors and fill out their family trees. Our aim is to make this website a dynamic experience where members can share with and learn from one another. Here are just a few ways to engage on this site:
  • Start by going to the Members Login area and filling out your profile. Login instructions, including password information, was sent in a separate email. We suggest that you change your password from the default for best security. 
  • Add the names of ancestors you are tracking in the Surnames tab under your profile. These will automatically show up in the Surname Research area where visitors to the site can find and share information they may have on your ancestor.
  • Go to the Forums section and join a discussion thread. If you have a topic youj would like to add, contact 
  • Submit feedback, topic ideas or tips to our Co-Presidents, Madeline Yanov and Steve Stierwalt at

Upcoming Events
April 12
"Opening Pandora's Box: When DNA Finds Unexpected, Improper Ancestors" With James Baker PhD, CG
Popular speaker, Dr. James Baker shares the surprises that DNA can uncover.

May 10
Members "Show and Tell"
This popular annual event invites CCCGS members to share their genealogy stories of success and to show "family treasures" they have discovered. Each participant has 10 minutes to share. Also, this meeting ...

June 14
Navigating the New York Census With Fewer Tears
Steve Morse presents on conducting the New York censuses in 1905, 1915 and 1925, the decades when large numbers of immigrants came to America.