Saturday, April 8, 2017

Two articles in the NGS magazine for Jan.-March 2017 anticipate the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society, to be held in May in Raleigh NC.
  • Scots-Irish migration to the Colonial Carolinas
  • genealogy materials at Duke and UNC libraries
Another emphasis in this issue is church records.  An article on Quaker records gives strategies to overcome poor indexing in Ancestry.  Another elucidates Irish church registers, both Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland, plus there's a column about Roman Catholic records generally.  Yet another article shows the information to be gleaned from church records for the African-American community.  And lastly the Federal Records column deals with religion-related federal records.

Your genealogy today (March/April 2017) takes us to Tahiti for South Seas research.  If you have ancestors who succumbed to tuberculosis, you will want to check out "Family in the time of plague," an interesting account of a young man's death in 1917. Robbie Gorr uncovers a naming tradition for females carrying their mother's first name, with the addition of "Ann" as middle name.  (For males, the equivalent would be "junior.")  David Norris looks at the role of the radio (or wireless) in family life, and Sue Lisk looks at gardening, which might turn up in family letters or an agricultural census.  Articles treat veteran's stories from both World Wars.  Lisa Alzo urges us to have a plan for the disposition of our genealogical treasures to future generations.

Monday, March 27, 2017

April Meeting Presentation to Highlight Autosomal DNA in Genealogy

Our invited speaker at the CCGS meeting on April 18 will be Pamela Guye Holland who will be giving a lecture entitled "Finding Cousins Using Autosomal DNA". Pam's presentation will show how to explore your DNA matches and how to use the tools made available at FamilyTreeDNA, AncestryDNA, and 23andMe. It will focus on practical ways to discover how you are related to your autosomal DNA cousins. This talk assumes you are considering or have already tested at one of the three DNA testing companies.
Pamela Holland

Pam Holland has been researching family roots found in MA, NY, Ohio, England, Germany, and Ireland since 2001. She is a certificate holder from the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate program. In 2013 she became a professional genealogist and currently takes private clients and works for Research Services at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). She also serves on the board of The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA). Her website is

Our meeting will be held at the Brewster Ladies' Library, Rt 6A, Brewster, on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 10 a.m. As usual, all are invited to come early for socializing and to enjoy refreshments starting at 9:30.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Received at the library

The Feb./March 2017 issue of Internet genealogy features an article on organizing your family photos.  The author suggests that photo management software is very worthwhile, allowing images to be tagged according to their many different aspects, and therefore findable no matter how you choose to organize the collection.  Examples discussed are:Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Apple photos, and Google photos.  Numerous other topics are addressed in this issue:
  • Google My Maps (free, customizeable)
  • Civil War damage claims
  • resources for researching circus performers
  • maximizing clues from the records you find, and from city directories
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania genealogical resources
  • the Italian Ancestors Project on FamilySearch
  • (a service to help your research survive you!)
Members of the German Interest Group may wish to take a look at the featured article in Your Genealogy (Jan.-Feb. 2017), which discusses calendars and religious feast days   Were you aware that in Germany there were competing calendars in use in the late 1500s and through the 1600s? and that the old names for months established by Charlemagne prevailed until the 1700s in some parts of Germany?  Another article explains how names like Gottlieb were expressions of the German Pietistic tradition which was important among Lutherans in the 17th and 18 centuries, and came to America along with many German immigrants.  If you are looking for ways to involve your grandchildren in genealogy, Cindy Thompson offers some ideas in "Uncovering ancestral mysteries."  David Norris reviews the history of unisex naming practices.  The restoration of a cemetery in Iowa is described by Constance Cherba.  The United States Federal Mortality Census was taken in many counties and states in 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 and 1885, and gives "A wealth of information" on those who died in the year leading up to the Federal Census.