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.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Time Travel with Google Earth at Our April Meeting!

We all have them -- the non-genealogists in our families who just roll their eyes when we talk about our family history discoveries. At our April meeting, Tuesday, April 14, we will learn one way we can get those family members to appreciate what we already know. Using the free Google Earth program online, our speaker will show us how to create time travel experiences that will attract everyone's interest.

Lisa Louise Cooke, our April speaker invites us to "get ready to experience old historic maps, genealogical records, images, and videos, coming together to create stunning time travel experiences...we'll incorporate  automated changing boundaries, and uncover historic maps that are built right into Google Earth. Tell time travel stories that will truly excite your non-genealogist relatives! You have never seen anything like this class."

Lisa Louise is the owner of  Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company. Through this company, Lisa Louise produces her very popular Genealogy Gems podcast, an online audio genealogy show that is heard in 75 countries around the world. She is also the author of the Genealogy Gems website and blog, 4 books ( Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers, The Genealogist's Google Toolbox, and Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategy), and a video series, Google Earth for Genealogists. When she is not online, she is a very dynamic and popular speaker at conferences, seminars, and genealogical societies, worldwide. While she is achieving all this, she is proud of her loving role as a wife, mother, and grandmother! 

Lisa Louise will be joining us prior to her appearance at the NERGC conference in Providence, RI, which is scheduled to begin the day after our meeting. 

If you have never heard, nor seen, Lisa Louise, you will not want to miss this wonderful opportunity. Join us at the Brewster Ladies Library, Tuesday, April 14, at 10 AM.

She will also have available for purchase copies of some of her publications.

Please note the day change for this month only!! -- It will be on TUESDAY! - APRIL 14,  to avoid a conflict with the NERGC conference.  

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Received at the Library

Catching up... with the last issue published under the title Family Chronicle (Jan./Feb. 2015).  "Music in the family" suggests ways to uncover the music enjoyed by your forebears.  Did you know that keyboard instruments were taxed to help finance the War of 1812 and the Civil War?  An article entitled "Historical Records Survey" recalls a 1930s WPA depression-era project that made accessible much information still used by genealogists today.  "A Primer on the Russian language and names" might prove very useful to those with Russian ancestors, providing tables of numerals, common names, months, genealogy words, and other research tips.  Was your ancestor a blacksmith? You'll want to read Claire Gebben's first-hand exploration of her German-born ancestor's profession. Other topics covered: finding pre-1866 African-American ancestors, family fortune myths, heirlooms, handling sensitive family stories (black sheep), and "Your DNA autobiography."