Friday, May 20, 2016

Received at the Library

The cover story for Internet genealogy for April/May 2016 is about 50 sites for tracing female ancestors.  Listed by state,  the emphasis is on historical societies, libraries, archives and museums.  A similar mode of ferreting out is found in "Reminiscences ... finding biographical sketches of your ancestors,"  I learned of a Congressional resolution in 1876 recommending that towns and counties prepare histories in preparation for the nation's centennial.  These often contained biographical sketches, and many are now online at state "memory projects."  Using Google maps and street view to locate houses your ancestors lived in is the subject of another article, with tips for getting the most out of the Google maps viewer.  Other topics covered: rejected pension applications; the British Merchant Navy lists for 1915; Fold3 WWII research; movies theaters; stowaways; and a product review for Growly Notes for Mac.

Strategies for Census success, the featured article in the May/June issue of Family Tree magazine.  suggests ways of finding your elusive ancestors (but I still can't find my parents in 1940!). An interesting article on the history of taxation points out that this year marks the 100th anniversary of our current income tax structure.  Maureen Taylor discusses how to preserve old home movies, and how to mine them for genealogical clues.  An issue we probably all could pay more attention to is protecting online privacy -- Dana McCullough has ten tips to help in this endeavor. A long "workbook" article elucidates military service records.  Lisa Alzo discusses Polish, Czech and Slovak geographic resources.  Other articles treat: English parish records, DNA matches for adoptees, fun ideas for engaging relatives with genealogy (e.g. a coloring book), winners of the Innovator Showdown at Roots Tech, and DNA Land (a website that further analyzes your DNA data from the usual providers).

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Received at the Library

NGS magazine (April-June 2016) announces two new online courses from the National Genealogical Society: Researching your World War II ancestors, and Genetic genealogy.  "Disputes and unhappy differences" explores the valuable information that can be found in land records (deeds).  Those with early California ancestors may wish to read about "California historic missions and their records," which were extensive and not limited to Catholic settlers according to the author.   Using vignettes to illustrate, J.H. Fonkert points out that immigration begins with an emigration, and that records both in the home country and the destination can illuminate the reasons behind a decision to change residency.  An article about timelines discusses formats, and the usefulness of this simple tool in revealing gaps, errors, new questions and more.  Lifestreaming is a new term to me, meaning digital diary-keeping; a column discusses tools and tips.  Other articles deal with: Civil War pension files, genetic genealogy matches, verifying family lore, and a history of Cyndi's list by Cyndi Ingle herself, to mark the list's twentieth anniversary.

German Interest Group members will be interested in an article in Your Genealogy Today ((May/June 2016) giving three sites that can yield surname maps within Germany (my own surname ranks 106,824, but got results!). Stuart Doyle suggests that knowing who the census enumerators were can give you a feel for the accuracy of their work.  Surname prefixes (de, fitz, mac, etc.) are explained by David Norris.  Other topics include: solving mysteries in cemeteries, homesteaders, older processes used for document reproduction, DNA test results, and genealogy trips.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Writing Up Your Research: Using Early Vermont Settlers Research Project Sketches As An Example

CCGS Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM


Scott Andrew Bartley is a genealogist, archivist, librarian, and editor specializing in Vermont, Mayflower lineages, and colonial New England.  He was formerly the manuscripts curator at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and later librarian/archivist for the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants and editor of their journal, Mayflower Descendant.  He also edited Vermont Genealogy (Genealogical Society of Vermont’s journal), and has been a FamilySearch.org Wiki Content Specialist creating research guides on Massachusetts and its counties including the City of Boston.  He was also editor of  the last “silver” book to be published on the descendants of Mayflower passengers, The Descendants of Elder William Brewster, part I.


Drew is currently the genealogist for the Early Vermont Settlers to 1784 Study Project for the New England Historic Genealogical Society and consulting editor for The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. He is also involved in the show “Finding Your Roots” with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on PBS as a fact-checker.  He is the editor and researcher for the Brewster fifth and sixth generations and the author and researcher for the next Allerton Six-Generation project for the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

10:AM at Brewster Ladies Library, 1822 Main St. (Rt. 6A), Brewster, MA.  Come a little early for coffee, donuts and socializing. Please park at the Brewster Baptist Church parking lot next door as the library parking lot is closed. Take the sidewalk from the church parking lot to the library.