Monday, May 4, 2015

Focus of May Meeting: Where Does the Census Lead?

We are all familiar with the US Census, but what do you do next? Census reports are only a starting point. Once you have found your ancestors in the Federal Population Schedule, do you know where to research next?

At our next monthly meeting, Seema-Jayne Kenney will show you some sources to go to after locating your ancestors in the Federal Population Census Reports. Her presentation will talk about the many crossroads your research might take after finding a family in the census and will connect clues from the census to data in more than twenty other sources.

Seem is a wife, mother, and entrepreneur. She started exploring her family history when she was still in high school. Her roots go deep into Colonial New England, especially in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine.
In 2010, Seema received her Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. She is currently a member of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists and the New England Chapter of the
Association of Professional Genealogists.
Those of you who attended the recent NERGC conference in April may recognize her, as she had a very active role in making the conference successful.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Genealogist's Google toolbox : featured library resource for May 2015

Our April program meeting talk by Lisa Louise Cooke was both interesting and inspiring, displaying some of the many possibilities for using Google Earth as a genealogy tool.  We have acquired for the Library her 2015 revised 2d edition of The Genealogist's Google toolbox: a genealogist's guide to Google.  It is a treasure trove of ideas for making the most of what is not only the most popular search engine, but a family of other databases and software that can enhance our genealogy lives.

The first six chapters coach us to get the most out of searching, including ways to narrow your search, recover cached information, locate images, and succeed with common surnames.  Further chapters are devoted to:

  • Google alert
  • Gmail
  • Google Books
  • Google News Archive
  • Google Scholar
  • Google Patents
  • Google Translate
  • YouTube

Finally, there are seven chapters covering Google Earth, the subject of our April presentation  We are shown how to overlay historical maps, photos and more to create a "family history tour," sure to entice family members young and old.  A handy listing of "how to" sections completes the volume. We hope you'll come and spend some time mining Cooke's tips and creative ideas in this volume at the CCGS Library.

Monday, April 20, 2015

NERGC 2015 Conference Ends

Saturday evening, April  18, marked the end of  this year's very successful NERGC conference.  The  number of attendees surpassed previous years for both the conference, itself, and also for our membership!  We had more than 20 members attending this year, two of whom traveled to Providence from Illinois!  Cape Cod was very well represented, as there were also a number of attendees from Falmouth Genealogical Society!
Of course, there were lots of wonderful speakers, from all over the country, including the keynote speakers, Lisa Lousie Cooke (Genealogy Gems)and Judy Russell (The Legal Genealogist), and the "resident rockstar genealogist" (as he was often introduced), Josh Taylor, of  Who Do You Think You Are and Genealogy Roadshow.

The Society Fair, held on Thursday evening, was an opportunity for participating societies to set up displays to advertise  the benefits of membership and upcoming events. CCGS, FGS, and the Mayflower Society were all represented. Many familiar faces were seen there throughout the evening, both working in the booths, as well as stopping in to see what was available.

But, for those of us in the "know", the highlight of the week occurred Saturday evening at the final dinner... the announcement of the Donna Holt Siemiatkoski Volunteer of the Year Award... This year's winner was our own David Martin! The award is given to an individual who has performed outstanding volunteer service to NERGC and its member societies (including CCGS).

David receiving the award from Richard Roberts, one of the tri-chairs of NERGC 2015.

Congratulations, David!!

Those of you who missed this exciting event will have another opportunity in two years, April, 2017, in Springfield, MA.