Friday, January 30, 2015

Learn About Descendancy Research at our February Meeting

We are all familiar with the traditional methods of learning  about our family history by researching our ancestors.  But, in the words of our next speaker, "Researching the living descendants of your ancestors can give your family history new life and excitement."
In his presentation to us, at our February 18, 2015 meeting, Michael Brophy will discuss the reasons for doing Descendancy Research, as well as give us advice on how to go about it.
Michael Brophy is a nationally known, professional genealogical researcher, heir search specialist, and lecturer, from the Boston area.He has been a board member of  Massachusetts Genealogical Council and treasurer of the New England Association of Professional Genealogists.
Mike earned his MBA from Suffolk University and BBA from UMASS-Amherst. His genealogical education includes seven certificates from the Institute of  Genealogy and Historic Research (IGHR), as well as certificates in Private Investigation and Advanced Forensic Genealogy from Boston University.
He was featured on the Irish TV series, Dead Money, a genealogy television show about heir searches. He was also hired to conduct research for the NBC television program Who Do You Think You Are?, on an episode dedicated to the family history of actress, Gwyneth Paltrow.
He has lectured on a wide variety of topics, including his specialties of New England and Irish research, at National Genealogical Society conferences and will be among the presenters at the New England Genealogical Consortium conference.
This meeting should prove to be a very interesting one. Hope that you will be able to join us on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at 10 AM, Brewster Ladies Library, on Rte 6A, Brewster. Come early for our "Meet and Greet" with tea, coffee, and donuts.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Received at the Library

Lisa Alzo describes her pilgrimages to Slovakia, and makes suggestions for planning your own "immersion genealogy" travel experience, in the latest issue of Family Chronicle (Nov./Dec. 2014).  There's a complementary article on traveling to Belarus.  Newspaper research is highlighted in the remarkable story of a man scalded in a railroad accident in 1908 in California, who received skin grafts from over 200 friends and relations.  (He married and lived into his late 40s.)  World War I is featured in two articles, both involving letters and other artifacts.  Other subjects covered are vintage home movies, "Ten hidden sources you might be missing", and posters as a means of sharing genealogical information.

Two feature articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (December 2014) deal with solving mysteries: teasing out which is the ancestor among identical names in Greenwich CT, and investigating the origins of a New Hampshire individual not listed in any primary sources.  A third article comprehensively covers the abundant genealogical resources found in Iowa.  In addition to the location and characteristics of the various repositories for documents by type, it details special topics like ethnic records, transportation and women of Iowa.

Received at the Library

These periodicals have recently been added to the Library's collection:

Mass-Pocha (Oct. 2014) contrasts Jewish emigration from Lithuania to the US and to South Africa, and reports on genealogy trips to Lithuania and to Belarus.  The Jewish community in Malden is profiled, and a family in Lowell is traced.

If you are having trouble identifying your emigrant's town of origin, The Essex genealogist (Nov. 2014) records a nice presentation that systematically lists numerous sources where you might find that important information.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Special Drawing to be Held at our January Meeting

We will be holding a special drawing, open to  ALL CCGS members, during our January 21st meeting. In response to many members comments that the expense is a reason for their not attending the NERGC Conference , the board of directors has approved giving away three vouchers to cover the costs of registration for a single day. Each voucher, with a value of $90, is to be used toward the cost of NERGC registration, by February 28, 2015. This is a rare opportunity to experience a genealogical conference at a greatly reduced rate.

Members who attend the meeting on January 21st, at the Brewster Ladies Library, may register for this drawing when they sign in on that day. Anyone who is unable to attend the January meeting, and would like to be included in the drawing, is asked to email no later than Sunday, January 18, 2015, to make sure that your name is included in the drawing.

NERGC 2015The New England Regional Genealogical Consortium conference is held every two years, somewhere in New England. This year it is scheduled for April 15-18, in Providence, RI. This makes it possible for Cape Codders to plan to attend for one day, rather than the entire four days, but still be able to experience the conference.  Each voucher will cover the cost of one day's registration or may be used toward the cost of a full registration.

The conference gives us a great opportunity to meet other genealogists from all over New England, and beyond,, as well  as to gain valuable skills to aid in the search for your ancestors. With a theme of "Navigating the Past: Sailing Into the Future", this year's conference will focus on research methodologies and strategies,including technology and online resources.

Also at the January - April meetings, Suzanne Walton, our society's NERGC representative, will be available to answer any questions you may have about the conference or about NERGC, itself. There will also be sign up sheets for anyone planning to attend the conference and for those interested in carpooling.  Conference brochures will be available for anyone who needs one.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Sharing Our Research With Others to be Topic of January Meeting

The holidays are behind us... A new year is here and it is time to refocus on our genealogical discoveries. Did you make any resolutions relating to your research this year?  Did you give any thought to how you will share your findings with family members and others? If so, you are going to be excited about our January meeting topic. If you have not given thought to sharing your findings, this meeting will give you lots to think about!

In the words of Ralph Wadleigh, "One of the hardest things we genealogists have to accomplish is to find a way to share our findings. One way is writing about certain ancestors and sharing the results with current family members."
Combining  timelines and  historical events that affected his ancestors lives, with the family events he had discovered, as well as the family stories that have been passed down, he was able to build a biographical sketch to share with his family.

At our January meeting, Ralph will present the process he used and will encourage us to share our own findings with our family members by using his suggestions.

Many of you may recognize Ralph Wadleigh, as the former president of the Falmouth Genealogical Society, a position he held for a number of years. He is a retired banker and has been an amateur genealogist for the past 20 years. He is the author of a number of published articles in NEHGRegister (journal of the New England Historic Genealogical Society) and the CT Nutmegger (journal of the Connecticut Genealogical Society). He has also been active with NERGC (New England Regional Genealogical Consortium), serving as a board member for that organization.

We hope that you will join us on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at the Brewster Ladies Library, Rte 6A, Brewster, at 10am.
As always, coffee, tea, and donuts will be available before the meeting, so plan to come 15 or 20 minutes early and socialize with our members.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Received at the Library

Members may wish to view the latest magazine receipts at the Genealogy Room:

In May the National Genealogical Society will hold a conference "Crossroads of America" in St. Charles, Missouri.  The lead article in NGS Magazine for Oct.-Dec. 2014 discusses nearby archives and other research facilities that could be visited en route.  "The sociology of cemeteries" discusses several factors affecting where people were buried, including family relationships, religion, military service, and occupation, and has a nice bibliography.  The article "Inside emigrant guides" has given me clues about why my German emigrant great-grandfather might have chosen Nebraska soon after arriving in 1868.  "Educational opportunities in genealogy, part 1" deals with non-digital options for keeping skills current: books, magazines, conferences, institutes, continuing education, and TV shows -- so much to learn, so little time!  Lisa Alzo reviews online applications to help with writing tasks (note-taking, outlining, organization and planning, etc.)  A column on genetic genealogy addresses how to share information with your DNA matches.

Irish researchers may wish to review the lead article in Internet genealogy for Dec./Jan. 2015, on Irish petty session court registers.  Scanning applications for smartphones are reviewed.  Other topics covered: online libraries; genealogy blogging (LisaAlzo again); sports databases; apps for photo-editing; Fold-3's honor wall for US veterans; jumpstarts for weary genealogists; and 6 tips for staying focussed with your online research.  There's also a positive review of the latest version of Gramps, a free open-source genealogy software program.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Received at the Library

According to our 2014 membership survey, some members have primary or secondary interest in the Netherlands.  The lead article in Internet Genealogy (Oct./Nov. 2014) is "Finding your Dutch ancestors online."  It includes a nice translation table (relationships, occupations, etc.) and information sources about the Pilgrims who came to America from the Netherlands.  A review of nearly 20 apps that help make genealogical research easily portable with your handheld device is next.  The PERSI database, the largest genealogy and history periodical index is now available on, for the first time with digital images.  "Chasing Pancho Villa" piqued my interest, because as a small boy my father answered the door when Pancho Villa's rebel force came through the central Mexican town where my grandfather was in charge of a factory.  The article addresses records for veterans of the nine month 1916 US invasion of Mexico on the eve of WWI, which was an unsuccessful attempt to capture Pancho Villa, involving both regular and National Guard troops.  This issue also covers the practice of Social Security tattoos, databases providing context for UK ancestors' lives, deciphering old script (including tutorials on several sites), oTranscribe (a free tool that helps with transcribing taped interviews or lectures), and Australian newspapers.

The cover feature of Family Tree magazine for December 2014 is a listing of a total of 75 online sites for state records, arranged by state.  "Show your roots" gives creative ideas for ways to visually display your genealogy treasures.  Other articles include an extensive review of directories by Maureen Taylor, divorce records, Norwegian records, and for those seeking inspiration, "Best holiday tech gifts for genealogists."  There's also a feature on preserving your heirloom holiday ornaments.