Who Are We?

The Contra Costa County Genealogical Society (CCCGS) is engaged in helping its members research and trace their family trees and to advance the best practice principles of genealogy. 
Located in the San Francisco East Bay Area, we bring the California spirit to promote genealogical research and to provide educational experiences on the tools and techniques that lead to discovery and breakthroughs. We welcome people of all genealogical skill levels from beginning to advanced.
The CCCGS is one of the few genealogical societies in the area that holds meetings in the evenings allowing those who work to attend and participate. Our meeting presenters are experts in myriad topics related to genealogy and are eager to share their knowledge with our members and guests who attend free of charge.
We were founded in 1975 and are a non-profit organization. We are not affiliated with any political or religious organization.  

Operating Year: January - December 2023

Board of Directors
President: Joseph Palmer
1st Vice President: Karen Janette Hunt
2nd Vice President: Sharon Harris
Treasurer: Dee Lemons
Secretary: Charlene Staricco
Director: Tess McIntosh
Director: Judie Palmer
Director: Linda Schmidt
Director: Fran Marie Shockley
Alternate: Sharon Elaine Garrison
Alternate: Charlie William Meiser
Alternate: Bob Michael Weinberg
Ex-Officio: Jackie Hein
President Emeritus: Madeline Yanov
Committee Chairs
Communications: Deb McNaughton
Diversity Equality & Inclusion: Judie Palmer
Education: Charlie William Meiser
Events: Karen Janette Hunt
Finance*: Dee Lemons
Fundraising: Vacant
Governance*: Joseph Palmer
Grants: Vacant
Membership: Sharon Harris
Query: Madeline Yanov
Records Management*: Charlene Staricco
Special Roles
Genealogy Roundtable: Lisa Gorrell
Newsletter Editor: Tess McIntosh
Sunshine Fund: Patty Click
Website Admin: Joseph Palmer


General Meetings
These evening meetings held via Zoom feature a guest presenter on a genealogical topic of interest. They are free to both CCCGS members and the public. You must register to attend. Visit the Events page for more information and registration links. 
  • Time and Date: 6:30 – 8 p.m. (Pacific Time) 2nd Thursday of each month (except August and December).
  • Register for these Zoom meetings on the Events page.
Other Activities and Events
Monday Morning Roundtable
This is a group that meets to share information on helpful genealogy research and to assist each other with their personal genealogy projects. The meetings take place via Zoom. 
  • Day and Time: Fourth Monday of each month at 10 a.m. 
  • Contact Lisa Gorrell at snrylisa@gmail.com for information on how to join
Annual Fall Seminar/Webinar
This popular event, usually held in October, features one or more professionals from the genealogy field who conducts a deep-dive into a broad topic of interest. The program is held via Zoom. Note: Our 2023 program has been postponed to 2024. 
Descendants Newsletter
Our monthly newsletter, Descendants, is published ten times per year (not in August or December) and is included with every Membership. You must be a member to receive or have access to the newsletter located in the Members Only section of this site. The newsletter covers a variety of topics including: 
  • President's Message
  • Special interest stories 
  • ​Contra Costa County research and historical information 
  • Calendar of CCCGS hosted events 
  • Interviews and tips from genealogy experts, including our own member experts
  • Event notices for local area, Northern California, and national genealogical societies 
​Feedback, ideas and suggestions for the newsletter are welcomed at Newsletter@cccgs.net