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 16th-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.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Received at the Library

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.