Wednesday, August 26, 2015

September Meeting to Address Researching Your Civil War Ancestors

September will start our new Cape Cod Genealogical Society monthly programs.  Reminder that most of our regular meetings will now be held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month! 

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in our nation's history. Many genealogists have been focusing their attention on those ancestors who lived and fought during that time. In his presentation, "Civil War and Genealogy: Research Clues are Everywhere," our September speaker, Mr Fred Wexler, will make suggestions for little known sources of information that you may not have been aware of  for your research.

Fred Wexler, past president of the Cape Cod Civil War Roundtable, has given over 100 presentations on a variety of aspects of the Civil War, including as a guest speaker at the Bistoe Station Battlefield 150th Anniversary Celebration in Virginia. Originally from New York, he retired to the Cape Cod area after spending 30 years in corporate America. Although he was educated as a scientist and attorney, since his retirement, he has pursued an interest in Civil War history through membership in the Cape Cod Civil War Roundtable. In  2004, Mr Wexler was instrumental in the creation of the Dorchester Kneeling Soldier Civil War Memorial.

Our meeting is scheduled at the Brewster Ladies Library on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at 10 AM.
You are invited to come a little earlier for socializing and coffee and donuts at 9:30.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Have you got a brick wall you need help solving?



Genealogy Roadshow, a PBS series focuses on assisting individuals connect to their past, using genealogical techniques and methodologies, will be taping in Boston in the fall. They are looking for people in our area of New England, who would like help solving a family history dilemma.  This is your opportunity to get another opinion on that brick wall you have been staring at all this time.
Genealogy Roadshow
Their staff of experienced genealogists is especially interested in your unsolved genealogical  mysteries and unanswered family questions. They will follow both genealogical and historical ties in order to come up with the answers you are looking for.
Each week, Kenyatta Berry, Josh Taylor, and Mary Tedesco use participant's family stories, documents, and heirlooms to discover information about their ancestry. If you have never seen this program, there are videos available from previous seasons at Genealogy Roadshow.
In order to have your brick wall considered as one of this season's adventures, you should complete this application.
Good luck!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Received at the Library

Family Tree Magazine for Jul/Aug 2015 contains several useful items.   Have you gotten your autosomal DNA analyzed and been baffled by the results?  "Lost in the shuffle" will help to decipher the information, contrasting the results from different companies and explaining the science behind unexpected outcomes.  The 12 best sites for Irish genealogical research are identified in "Irish sites are smiling." "Hot D.A.M." describes how a digital asset management system can help you organize and control your photographs and other images.  "Genealogy myth busters" treats common misconceptions about our ancestors' height and weight, life expectancy, literacy and more,  The top ten living history sites in the US are named in "Living in the past" (one is our nearby Plimoth Plantation.)  An interesting column "Let's get physical!" details the origins of physical fitness movements in history and the modern period.  Other columns cover: picture postcards, draft records (includes a worksheet), how to overlay maps on Google Earth, and family storytelling websites.  This issue shows how diverse and exciting genealogy is for today's researcher,  So many cool things to do, so little time!