Thursday, September 18, 2014

Discovering Your British Roots

Cape Cod Genealogy Society announces 
a Special Workshop

Discovering Your British Roots

David Curtis Dearborn,
Genealogist Emeritus from the 
New England Historic Genealogical Society

DATE:  Saturday, October 25, 2014
TIME:  10:30am - 12 noon
PLACE:  Brewster Ladies Library,  Rte 6A, Brewster, MA
COST:  $15, members of Cape Cod Genealogy and Falmouth                                  Genealogy Societies
               $20, non-members

Reserve a space by sending a check, by Oct 15, to:
Box 1394
Harwich, MA 02645

For more information, contact:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Vertical File : featured library resource for Sept. 2014

Many libraries make use of what we call a "vertical file" for materials that do not lend themselves to living happily on library shelves.  They are typically file folders arranged by subject, and contain clippings, pamphlets, photocopies, magazine articles or issues, and so forth.

The Cape Cod Genealogical Society Library has a vertical file that takes up a large file drawer, and covers lots of interesting subjects.  While it has not been kept current in recent years, there is still a lot of valuable material there.  So to make it more accessible, I am posting a list of the file folders on our blog here.  You can find this list in the right hand column just above the Library Catalog link.

Recently I added an issue of Family Tree Magazine that we otherwise would have discarded under "Census guide (Family Tree, 2010)" because that was the main theme of the issue.

You are hereby invited both to use the vertical file, and to contribute to it if you have printed materials that would relate to genealogy on the Cape or interests of members of the Society.

Carol Magenau, Librarian, CCGS

Monday, September 1, 2014

Legacy Family Tree Software

For any of you who are using Legacy Family Tree Software to compile and organize your genealogy, I discovered something today that may interest you: Webinars!

There are at least 25 free Legacy Family Tree Webinars to help train and improve your capacity to research!  They range from Beginner Tips to Beyond the Basics and lots of specialties in between!

I just watched the Beyond the Basics and learned a lot of new techniques that will really help me!

They are free, can be watched at any time and are available to everyone.  So even if you are just interested in seeing if Legacy would be a good software to use, I would highly recommend this site for you!

And be sure to let me know what you think!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

September Meeting to Focus on Cape Cod Genealogical Society

All You Wanted to Know About CCGS, But Were Afraid to Ask

Do you know what membership in Cape Cod Genealogical Society really means?
Do you know what all the benefits of membership are? -- not just those listed on the Membership Page
CCGS logoHave you ever wondered how the CCGS Library can be useful in your research, even though you do not have Cape Cod ancestors?
Are you aware of programs available to help you find your ancestors and document what you find?
Have you shared what you know with others who might learn from your experiences?
Do you have additional questions about your membership or about any programs we offer?
Are you familiar with SIG and NERGC? and why they could be beneficial to you and your research?

At our first meeting of the 2014/2015 season, we will be addressing all these questions --and many more.
CCGS BulletinYou will learn what the goals of the Society are and how your input makes a difference...about our publications...about planned activities. You will have an opportunity to talk one-on-one with many of the people who are instrumental in providing these benefits.
If you are a member, this meeting will help you make the most of your membership. If you are not a member, come to find out if our organization would be of benefit to you.
Save the date on your calendar now!
Wednesday, September 17, 2015, at 10:00am, in the auditorium of the Brewster Ladies Library, Rte 6A, Brewster, Cape Cod.
We hope to see you there.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hello and an Invitation!

Hi everyone!

My name is David Frederici and I am the new chair of the Communications Committee.  I am very excited to be a part of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society and look forward to contributing to its continued success.  

A little background: I am a Roman Catholic priest currently serving as Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Pocasset as well as the Director of Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Fall River.  In my role as Director, I oversee the Diocesan programs at 5 universities and colleges, as well as serving as chaplain at UMass Dartmouth and Bristol Community College. In my 11 years of involvement in Campus Ministry, I have had to learn about effective use of various online and social media platforms.

The CCGS has accomplished quite a bit and is being recognized for its work outside of Cape Cod.  A challenge facing us is how to use the available technology to help us maintain what we have going on, as well as looking at ways to grow in how we communicate with our members and with the general public.  We shouldn't be looking at using the latest fad just because it exists.  Any use of technology, whether a website, Facebook Page, whatever, should be a means on continuing our mission as an organization.  

A quick look of the blog reveals that we have certainly stretched the use of that platform quite a bit.  There are some problems surfacing, such as many different uses of the main blog page, a need for better organization of information so it is easier to access, a tighter appearance.

I am looking at some ways that we can allow members better access to this information through a more traditional website.  This wouldn’t mean getting rid of the blog, but would actually incorporate the blog into the site and possibly create more than one.  

If you are interested in helping in this endeavor, please email me at

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Irish libraries : featured library resource for August 2014

The library has received a gift of an important volume for Irish genealogical research, from member Jane Burke LeGendre.  Compiled by Robert K. O'Neill, Director of the Burns Library at Boston College, Irish libraries : archives, museums & genealogical centres was published in 2002 by the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast.

The main body of the book lists institutions by town within county, giving contact information, access information, and a description of holdings.  This geographical arrangement makes the book especially useful for someone planning a research trip, and indeed its purpose is stated as "an effort to include those institutions that are likely to be most attractive to and welcoming of visitors, with a focus on local and family history." (p. xi)

Additional chapters and appendices cover: the Irish Genealogical Project, a brief essay on Tracing your County Kildare Ancestors, and a substantial listing of Tithe and Valuation Records c.1823, by county.  (The latter were tax records that serve as a de facto farm census.)  There is also a glossary which covers historical events, political and organizational terms, religious denominations, etc.  A select bibliography and an index complete the volume.

We welcome your visit to the CCGS Library, housed in the Dennis Public Library, and open Tuesdays (12-4), Thursdays (10-4) and Saturdays (10-noon).

Monday, July 21, 2014

Searching for Scudders

The Family Reunion of people with the surname Scudder will take place on Cape Cod in October, 2014. The organizers, who are from outside New England, are seeking individuals who have ancestry in the Scudder line, to contact about this event. 

If anyone is familiar with Scudder ancestry, please contact David Martin at  We hope everyone is enjoying the summer. Thank you.