Saturday, July 22, 2017

Received at the Library

"Road trip for roadblocks" is the featured article in Your genealogy today for July/Aug. 2017.  The author suggests onsite visits to the local court house, registry office, cemetery, library and more to add depth to your knowledge of an ancestor.  An interesting account of an Irish immigrant who chose loyalty to the British crown and removed to Canada from South Carolina shows another side to the American revolution.  Other articles cover baby and funeral books, organizing DNA results, information found in lost & found ads, and tips for investigating black sheep in your family.  A poignant description of using information gleaned from genealogy research to stir memories in an Alzheimer's victim rounds out the issue.

Several articles in NGS magazine for April-June 2017 deal with World War I research.  Two of those articles deal with foreign populations: internment of enemy aliens, and treatment of "hyphenated Americans."  The latter is a new term to me, but references for example German-Americans, who were treated with hysteria on the homefront.  (My father was named Otto at birth in 1907, but it was dropped in favor of his middle name William due to anti-German sentiment during WWI.)  In addition, there is a cluster of religion-themed articles (using religious periodicals, Irish dissenting churches, and church-related organizations, like the Knights of Columbus).

Friday, July 14, 2017

DNA Discussion Group

At the June annual meeting, there were a significant number of people who indicated an interest in forming a DNA discussion group. Two of our members, Everett Johnson and Mike Carroll, have volunteered to organize these discussion group meetings.

The initial meeting is planned for Tuesday, July 18, 2017, from 10AM to 12noon, at the Dennis Public Library, 5 Hall St, Dennisport. At this meeting, time will be devoted to discussing the group's experience and interests.

If you would like to participate in this group, please contact genealogy@EverettJohnson.com  or CCGS --DNA, PO Box 1394, Harwich, MA 02645, expressing your interest, and including the following general information:
Level of experience with DNA:
        1 -- Have some understanding, but not yet tested
        2 -- Tested, but not sure what to do with my results
        3 -- Have done some work on my results, but need some help to progress further
        4 --Have used tools like a chromosome browser, GEDmatch, triangulation, DNA Adoption Methodology, etc.

If you are unable to attend the first meeting, but are interested in future meetings, please let us know, so that we will be sure to include you on any notifications related to this group.
By sending us information on your experience level, we will be able to plan future meetings with your needs in mind.

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).