Thursday, March 5, 2015

Free Access to FindMyPast

Explore Findmypast for FREE this weekend

This weekend, from 7 AM (EST) Friday until 7 AM (EST... which by then would be 8 AM EDT) Monday, FindMyPast  will be available for no charge.

If you have never researched on this site before, this is the perfect opportunity to discover all that they have available... there are millions of US records, military records, including the American Revolution, and a newspaper archive that dates from the 1700's.

Sunday, March 8, is International Women's Day and there is a special program for that, also. For those "early birds" amongst us, on Sunday at 7 AM (EST, actually 8AM EDT, since this is the weekend we change our clocks!), there will be a webinar on searching for your female family members.

Take advantage of this opportunity to see what you might discover!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Three Centuries of the Cape Cod County : featured library resource for March 2015

We are adding to the collection a gift volume published in 1985 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the establishment of Barnstable County.  Entitled Three Centuries of the Cape Cod county : Barnstable County, 1685-1985, it includes a short section on the historical roots of Barnstable County, but also writes about its present day institutions from a historical perspective.  Each article is by a different contributor, presumably an authority in the area being discussed.

The book covers county services, socio-economic activities (agriculture, politics, transportation, tourism, etc.), and intellectual and cultural activity. There is a speculative essay about the future, interesting to review nearly 30 years on.

There are four appendices:

  1. County officials
  2. Organizations (yes, we are listed)
  3. Chronology of Cape Cod Libraries (begins with Brewster Ladies Library, 1853)
  4. Profiles of Cape Cod Towns
Old and recent photographs are included in a section in the middle of the book, and there is an index (in which I find no mention of oysters!)

If you are interested in background information on Cape Cod institutions, this book would make a good starting point. Come to the Genealogy Room and have a look-see!

Boston Public Library will be the highlight of March meeting

Despite the wintery weather we are experiencing, spring will be here in just a few short weeks. As it comes closer, plans will be made for our Spring Research Trip to Boston - New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Boston Public Library. If you have not taken advantage of this opportunity to visit the Library because you don't know what is there, nor how to find it, our March meeting will be just what you need!

Alice KaneOn Wednesday, March 18, at our regular monthly meeting, Alice Kane will be  our guest speaker and will tell us about "Exploring the Boston Public Library." She will give us the information we need to help us use this facility for our research.

Alice currently works at NEHGS in the microtext and digital collections on the 4th floor, so you may recognize her. Before working there, she was a librarian at Boston Public Library for 19 years and still uses the facility for research purposes. -- a perfect person to share her knowledge of the Library. Since the library has been undergoing renovations, she will be able to give us up-to-the-minute information for navigating collections of interest.

Alice has a Bachelors degree in history from Harvard University. She has extensive experience in researching French-Canadian, Irish, and German family history, so should be able to answer questions about collections available to help you in these areas.

You have the day, Wednesday, March 18, the time will be 10 AM, and the place will be the Brewster Ladies Library... all we need now is for the weather to cooperate!!