Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Received at the Library

The newsletter of our sister Society, Falmouth Genealogical Society news (fall 2016) reports on presentations about solving same name puzzles, colonial records, and using DNA research to find cousins.

Post scripts from the Bourne Historical Society (fall 2016) announces a scenic train ride on Oct.29 from Buzzards Bay Railroad Station to the restored West Barnstable Station; costumed narrators will provide commentary en route.  An article on Whaling colorfully describes the rise and fall of a once major Cape Cod industry.

Received at the Library

The cover story in Your genealogy today for Sept./Oct. 2016 gives ideas for tracing children who may be missing from your family tree, given the high rate of infant mortality and past practices of adopting out or apprenticing children to other households.  Another article traces assistance to the poor since the early years of our country.  Dog licenses were required in Ireland from1866, and in the absence of early census records, the applications can provide clues for genealogists; many are available on Family Search or on FindMyPast.  Sources abound in Europe for studying World War II military service, advises Jennifer Holik.  The question of whether it's necessary to learn your ancestors' language to effectively conduct research is debated.

Did you know that census enumeration maps can be made available prior to the corresponding census records?  Ancestry has them for 1940, FamilySearch has 1900-1940, but the National Archives has 1890-1990, as described in Internet genealogy (Oct./Nov. 2016).  New websites of interest include RootsMOOC, a free course on starting genealogy; and crew lists for whaling expeditions out of New Bedford.  Other topics covered in this issue include: North Dakota resources; Famicity, a growing site for preserving and sharing family histories; Freedman's Bureau records (concerning freed slaves and other impoverished individuals in the post-Civil War South); Fold3 Library edition [available at the CCGS Library!]; Scrivener, a popular word processing/content management tool; and Tasmanian convict research.

The Essex genealogist for August 2016 contains transcriptions of interesting talks about the Salem witch trials and about Hannah Duston and her captivity with and bloody escape from the Indians.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Did Grandma Have a Filling Station? - Recovering Hidden History

October CCGS Meeting to Focus on Local Histories Recovered from Overlooked Municipal Records

Shari Strahan
The October 18 meeting will feature a collaborative presentation by Sara Campbell and Shari Strahan covering the wealth of local history that can be uncovered from town records. The title of their presentation is "Did Grandma Have a Filling Station? - Recovering Hidden History from Married Women's Business Certificates"

Sara and Shari have painstakingly digitized women's business certificates found in several town clerk's vaults and have analyzed them to see how they fit into local history. Who were these business women? Why did they do what they did? Using historic newspapers, business directories, census and vital records they will re-tell these forgotten stories of enterprising women. Both presenters have taught workshops in genealogy at Greenfield Community College in western Massachusetts, and they have presented to a number of genealogy societies across the state. Visit Sara's blog (rememberingancestors.blogspot.com/) for additional background.

Sara Campbell

Our meeting will take place at the Brewster Ladies' Library, Rt 6A, Brewster, on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 10 a.m. All are invited to come early for socializing and refreshments at 9:30.