Saturday, June 17, 2017

Received at the Library

As the US marks the 100th anniversary of our entry into World War I, Internet genealogy (June/July 2017) gives a thorough review of sources of information on WWI military personnel.  The armed forces grew from about 200,000 to over 4 million in the short time we were in the war!  Lisa Alzo describes using Pinterest for genealogy research, creating a visual timeline for an ancestor.  She also reports on a new free scanning app for iPhones called JoyFLIPS, created with sharing family history in mind. Pic Scanner Gold, another iOS scanning app, is also reviewed.  Ed Storey describes how he gets help with his research from others (think online forums and, family trees), and Sue Lisk offers tips for better online communications with fellow researchers.

The Essex Genealogist for May 2017 includes the transcript of a talk on old English records, specifically parish registers and wills, by Linda MacIver, New England Agent for Essex Record Office (UK).

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Identifying Early Family Photographs

Cape Cod Genealogical Society's Annual Luncheon Meeting - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mark A. Wentling
Join other CCGS members at our annual luncheon meeting at the Old Yarmouth Inn. There will be a brief social gathering beginning at 11:30 a.m., with the annual election of Society officers and directors-at-large to follow at noon. Following lunch there will be a presentation by invited speaker Mark A. Wentling on "Identifying Early Family Photographs".

From Mark's presentation, attendees will learn how to distinguish between 19th-century forms of photography and read physical and internal clues to establish when a picture was taken. Attendees will also discover how to discern the identity and relationships of individuals using provenance, personal characteristics, genealogical research and modern technology.

Mark A. Wentling, M.L.S., is a professional genealogist with more than 20 years of experience. He is the owner of Ancestor Introductions genealogy research service. Mark holds a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Maryland and a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University. Besides early photograph identification, his specialties include 17th-century-to-present New England and New York state ancestry, researching lighthouses and lighthouse keepers, and publication indexing. Mark has deep colonial roots on Cape Cod on both sides of his family stretching back to the Pilgrims.

A reminder that the reservation deadline for the annual luncheon is June 5 (please refer to the Annual Meeting Invitation for details). The luncheon will be held at the Old Yarmouth Inn located at 223 Route 6A, Yarmouth Port, MA.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

May Meeting to Feature Presentation on Lineage Societies

The May 16 meeting of CCGS will feature a presentation from Lilly Cleveland entitled "Lineage Societies - Taking the Mystery Out of the Magic". Have you joined a lineage society, or are you interested in doing so? Lilly has joined 8 societies and has worked for 3 including the Alden Kindred of America, New England Women, and Colonial Dames. She will discuss the overall process and the evidence required to join a lineage society. Learn how implementation of genealogical research standards can lead to the emergence of interesting stories about your ancestors.
Lilly Cleveland

Ms. Cleveland studied at Boston University where she majored in American History and genealogy. She enjoys object research, ancestor character development and correlating evidence from a variety of source materials. She most recently published an article on the website www.alden.org describing a child's sampler and how she researched the ancestor who created it. Lilly is a member of the Mayflower Society, New England Women, Alden Kindred of America, DAR, Colonial Dames XVII Century, and John Howland Society. She most recently joined the Associated Daughters of Early American Witches, proving her line back to John Proctor who was accused and hung for witchcraft in 1692 at Salem.

The meeting will be held at the Brewster Ladies' Library, Rt 6A, Brewster, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 10 a.m. As usual, all are invited to come early for socializing and to enjoy refreshments starting at 9:30.